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terrificbuilder wrote

start off at dollar stores. Where I live there's a chain of dollar stores called Dollarama that either don't have security cameras or if they do there's one pointing at the register. I joke and call the place "freeorama" it's painfully easy to shoplift there to the point where I usually go in with a backpack, just load it up with food and other stuff, and then walk out. I'd suggest starting at something like that and then working your way up. Gradually you'll pick up on how retail works and you'll quickly learn that those security cameras you see everywhere are very rarely, if ever, monitored. I personally haven't paid for groceries in 3 or 4 years so that should give you a good indication of how easy this stuff is.

You'll hear a lot of stories about stores that will "build cases" or have plain clothes LP or active LP or even folks that look at the monitors for 8+ hours straight. A lot of the time it's BS. It also depends on the area. A nicer part of town or high income part of town is naturally going to be lax on LP/Security. NEVER shop lift in a lower income part of town just to be safe. Also a lot of LP, if not the majority, have hands off apprehension. they can't physically stop you and they like to gloat and say they have something called "Verbal Judo" to catch people. Really only the gullible or idiots fall for that. In all my years of shoplifting have had 2 or 3 LP attempt the verbal judo on me to which I say "nope, i'm out, not coming back." or simply just ignore them.

Also keep in mind that the majority of retail employees simply aren't paid enough to give a damn about shoplifters. only the ones who are "lifers" (people who have no intention of ever leaving the company or moving their way up to management) give a damn and those people are painfully easy to spot.