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Any close call stories?

Submitted by Macy5 in Shoplifting

For me personally. It was at Macy lol.

I grabbed a lot of clothes as usual I was also trying them out.

There is no point taking something you don’t like lol.

But anyways. While I was changing. Someone texted me. So I was shirtless with my boxers on.

Then some old lady. Who gave me the looks 👀 but it’s whatever. I acted casual.

Anyways. She didn’t knock or anything. She just put the key in and opened the door while i’m Half naked texting something with some clothes on the floor/ on the rack.

She just looked at me and said. Who text in the fitting room?

I’m like. Hmmmmm close the door lady?

Lol. She closed it and left but yeah. I still took whatever clothes I liked. I think I took like a lot. 4 ties that are $45 MSRP. 2 set of boxers(3 in each set) $40 and some clothes/jacket($200)

Yes. That was the closest call for me. Thank goodness I wasn’t stuffing clothes in my bag or trying to get the tag off hahaha

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Megalomaniac wrote (edited )

Several. And one in which I did get caught partially because my dumbass accomplice.

  1. In the early days wasn't nearly as knowledgeable now. Wanted new, still in package dvds (before blurays were a thing) for resell. Put them in an old Walmart bag and just walked out setting off the towers. Knew they'd go off so had my cellphone to my ear and was pretending to be on a call as they went off. Heard the greeter yell after me but just kept walking and pretending to be on my phone.

  2. Not TOO long ago (3? 4 years maybe?) was much more confident. So much so I've walked out with full cart loads of unbagged groceries and whatever (nothing tagged in any way/shape/form) but just walked out. Normally I was just ignored the 2-3 times I'd done this prior but this particular time a greeter was at the door. An elderly, wheelchair bound greeter. She called out for my receipt, but my wife was on top of it. Having read Consumerist religiously we were well aware of our rights: we did not have to show our receipt. She said this but the lady kept hounding us. Wife tried again "sorry, we're in a hurry to get back in time for class". By this point a slightly older woman (non-employee) grabbed my arm to stop me but I guess I gave her a look of death because once we locked eyes she let go. Of course I was still in motion so maybe I just got loose. shrug Wheelchair lady followed us all away across the parking lot (we had parked at the opposite end), wrote down our tag number, and wheeled herself back. Never heard from the police or anything, but honestly didn't expect to in the first place. Was living in another county anyways and the previous address hadn't been updated either.

The time I got caught? Probably the fourth or fifth time I'd had full grocery carts of stuff so was oozing confidence on this trip. Had a friend with me who was supposedly a pro at this stuff coughbullshitcough and supposedly had my back coughs again. I probably would have gotten away with it had it not been for those damn kids... wait... that's Scooby Doo... probably would have gotten away with it but several mistakes.

  1. Was careless. As such I just threw in stuff I wanted with no regard to price. This is was tipped off the undercover floor LP.
  2. Trusted the wrong person. Not only did he bail on me, but took our car and left me behind. Even if I did get out I would have been on foot and SOL. Didn't help he was in neon green shorts and a bright orange shirt. That alone should have told me "bad idea" but, again, too cocky & overconfident to care. In my mind I was "untouchable". Despite this never narked on the POS.

When I spoke to my attorney I learned I had several options. IF I understood correctly I didn't have to go with the LP dude to their little office & wait for police. HOWEVER, had I touched the guy he probably could have then restrained me. Had they kept me there without physical contact it would have been illegally detained. I MIGHT be completely misunderstanding him though so don't take this as any advice.

Since then I still clepto here and there. It's... idk... just an urge I've had ever since I was a kid. Possible partially because of depression and partially because I was raised as if we never had enough money, stuff, etc. I'll pick up things like junk food, cheese, those little flavor squirt things for water, craft supplies, mystery figures, etc. just to keep the urge under control. Stuff I can masterfully get with a simple slight of hand trick (have gotten so good I've been standing next to friends and family and they're like "wtf how/when?!?") shrug

Did have one other incident though. In this case cleptoed some scented wax. Something else triggered the alarm that surprised me. Something I still have no idea wtf was so probably was a legit item I paid for but didn't get deactivated (think it was one of those stupid $7ish blurays if I had to guess, but even those are 50/50 or 30/70 if actually tagged.) Was with fam so didn't just keep walking, showed the greeter my near 2 ft long receipt, they glanced at the cart full of bagged items, peaked at one or two, shrugged and let us go. Actually regretted not getting something bigger that time around.

And one time I SHOULD have had a close call but either the guy watching self checkouts was naive or, more likely, didn't give a fuck. New self-checkout cameras at apparently (???) a high theft Walmart next to the highway that are super sensitive. If you don't scan it "right" (too many items at once, trying to scan while the light is red so it doesn't register, put something in the bag w/o scanning, etc.) it'll record you, call the attendant over, show the clip (which showed me obviously trying to pretend to scan), have them verify/enter their code, and either ask if the item will be rescanned or not. Have only seen this ONCE out of all the Walmarts (so far) I've been to across state though. Not sure if newly being rolled out across the board or just higher theft stores. (Can anyone else confirm?)

So yeah. Nothing exciting. The extremely rare tower going off thing and keep on walking or pretend I'm on the phone (and keep on walking). But mostly stick to smaller things that are 99% not likely to be sourced tag that I can sell in bulk or that I actually use. Since getting caught that one time my confidence just hasn't fully recovered despite skill, previous huge successes, and even more alert + knowledgeable. From semi-pro to n00b all over again.

One day though... one day I'll have my white whale again and can retire on a high rather than in this embarrassing slump.

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Throwdown321 wrote

i think your main issue, was doing brazen walkout, it makes people extremely greedy and cocky.

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Amberzey wrote

Wal-Mart, my second lift ever. Nothing even impressive. I was 15/16, can't remember but old enough to drive. I beeped walking out. A tag was on my shoe (my own shoes, I legit stepped on a ripped off tag) and I saw it sticking out by my toes. Lucky that day. The door whore really really wanted to bust me. Took another walk thru after removing the tag, no beep. I didn't go back for months.

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Throwdown321 wrote

i have many close-calls since i only can hit targets, because thats only "walmart-esque" store in my area. most recent i only stole something from a small inner city target but wasnt caught. I was in a downtown inner city target a few years ago, i stole a tin of pokemon cards, i opened the tin and took all the cards, and codes right in an aisle, that was pretty stupid. but i quickly left or went into the bathroom to check for tags. as i was leaving and down the escalator, i notice the LP/employees were extremely on edge, and over heard them saying "person is moving somewhere around the store". however they did not notice me already leaving on the escalator, because i always hug the walls where the camera cant track me at all, so they cant predict where i will end up all the time. however subsequent visits had made the lp there extremely weary of people like me"backpacks, shifty looking pant". years before this incident i was leaving in a different target in a mall outside my city, as soon as i walked out the security towers beeped and i quickly ran, powerwalked out to the parking lot, and into my parents car, i kinda hid under there(inside the car near the seats), the thing it was those "meddlesome kids" that actually shouted out when the security towers beeped. ever since i couldnt risk those types of items i was stealing.

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LiftMeUp77 wrote

Sephora—this was kind of freaky. A couple of months ago, I was attempting to lift a couple palettes, lippies and one of my white whale items the Beach Walk perfume. Welllllp somehow I caught the eye of this LP/SA who then took it upon herself to follow me like clingwrap from aisle to aisle. Seriously she was CLOSE—and like all LP, making it super obvious what she was doing. Thanks to anti-anxiety meds, I wasn’t freaking out too much but the perfume WAS concealed in my bag and I needed her to back away for 10 seconds so I could get rid of it. Finally after we walked around the store for 25 mins, she left me alone & I ditched the perfume (but kept the rest of the goods) and got the hell out. I read recently that both Sephora & Ulta stalk their perfumes like a hawk, so it makes sense I guess. Needless to say, I haven’t been back there since.

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Newt wrote

She thinks people don't text in fitting rooms? Hell, I've heard people talking or texting while taking a shit in the bathroom stall next to me. I would've raised hell with management over that one.

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andreis wrote

How did you conceal the clothes? Body conceal?

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Macy5 wrote

Nope. I used other stores shopping bags. My favorite is Express because it’s all black :D

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Lurkerz1 wrote

Closest call I had was I did a walkout at Walmart with tons of electronics like a grand worth fucking LP was hiding in the subway and pops out right as I beep out the door. Chases me like 3 buildings down completely off Walmart property yelling the cops are already coming just give up so I dumb the merch circled back while he grabbed it got my car and bounced outta there got away clean.

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ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

If they WERE on their way, dumping the merch was a pure loss for you. Already left the store and therefore already did the crime.

If they weren't and the LP was just bluffing, then dumping it might've made them give you some slack and actually not report it. "Might"

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Lurkerz1 wrote

I know honestly as experienced as I am this was the first time an LP actually chased me way off there property which is against Walmarts policy anyways but it was a spur of the moment thing and all that mattered was I made it not arrested. But yes afterwords once I was home I was like fuck man that was dumb to dump the goods but alas I've plenty made up for it by now. Live and learn except how would someone go about reporting this dude for chasing me literally across 4 different stores parking lots past Walmart

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Macy5 wrote

Haha. I’m surprised you didn’t mace the LP lol

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Lurkerz1 wrote

Lol no no thats not me your thinking of Dr Sparengetor "excuse my spelling "

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Macy5 wrote

Ohhhh ahhaha. XD

I swear I saw it somewhere that you mace someone because they “tried” to stop you ahhahaha

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Throwdown321 wrote

i have many close-calls since i only can hit targets, because thats only "walmart-esque" store in my area. most recent i only stole something from a small inner city target but wasnt caught. I was in a downtown inner city target a few years ago, i stole a tin of pokemon cards, i opened the tin and took all the cards, and codes right in an aisle, that was pretty stupid. but i quickly left or went into the bathroom to check for tags. as i was leaving and down the escalator, i notice the LP/employees were extremely on edge, and over heard them saying "person is moving somewhere around the store". however they did not notice me already leaving on the escalator, because i always hug the walls where the camera cant track me at all, so they cant predict where i will end up all the time. however subsequent visits had made the lp there extremely weary of people like me"backpacks, shifty looking pant". years before this incident i was leaving in a different target in a mall outside my city, as soon as i walked out the security towers beeped and i quickly ran, powerwalked out to the parking lot, and into my parents car, i kinda hid under there(inside the car near the seats), the thing it was those "meddlesome kids" that actually shouted out when the security towers beeped. ever since i couldnt risk those types of items i was stealing.

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Whitelightning153 wrote

I was at Walmart on the way home from work I was hungry so I grabbed a 2lb bag of frozen chicken fries,a big bag of Doritos and a jar of cheese dip and went over to the mens clothing where i have had numerous successful lifts in the past long story short I was about to unzip my backpack to conceal the food when and employee walked by and saw me and kept staring at me as he walked by so I only managed to lift the chicken fried and make it out of the store