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big robbery at michaels?

Submitted by lilyachty in Shoplifting

so i grab a hand cart, get like 4 cricuts (out in the open) then go through the back door. park my car nearby and then bounce. how risky is this? should i just do a regular walk out?

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throwaway111234 wrote

Be CAREFUL. This month is Shrink Awareness Month at that red craft store. They will be on high alert as compared to other months. Don't let people see you lift in general. You should be fine, however.

That good for nothing store has a no chase policy and they can't stop you if you don't let them. Had a person stuff all the Golden oil paints into a backpack last night and then leave and they couldn't really do anything except watch the area more closely.

Also, I don't own a car, but I'd park far away so that they can't see your plates. However, I don't think any of those stores have cameras outside, only when you come in. Must depend on the store.

Let me know if you want any more info about that store, because I work there.

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I_buy_shit wrote

Calling /u/ActionSaxon24 to weigh in on this one.

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throwaway111234 wrote

Yeah, that's probably a good idea. I'm just a disgruntled peon, so he'd have more knowledge about the situation....it also depends on the store.

In the room there was this lame poster drawing of a brain of shrink awareness month, but from what I saw on the drawing, it's every March.

Also, PSA to anyone new who's reading this, customers snitch. That's how the guy was found out.

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I_buy_shit wrote (edited )

Never belittle your position.. it does not define who you are as a person!

I'm just a disgruntled peon

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ActionSaxon24 wrote

Completely and honestly, very good point and perspective /u/throwaway111234

Yes it is Shrink Awareness, but to anyone below manager level it's not really that important of a task. Just something pushed to try to get hourly employees into the vibe of it.

/u/lilyachty

Honestly, most of the situation is just timing, gusto, and once you start moving don't stop. There's no stopping you outside the door, and frankly no stopping you in the building. You can say you wanted to see if they'd fit in your car since you planned on buying them, and there's not a thing we would do other than say keep an eye out for said person. Most of it is planning and getting lucky to find them, don't go out of your way to make the scene happen. Just plan and execute when you see the time is right.

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FreeIsForMe wrote

Does this mean they are monitoring cameras more or just walking the floor customer servicing you to death?

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throwaway111234 wrote

The only ones who can monitor the cameras are the managers, because the cameras are located in the office where the safe and other capitalistic nonsense happens. I'd have to get the final word today when I go to work. SA's like me don't get access to the cameras unless we're in the office.

But from what I heard, they're just watching the areas more closely. Honestly, just don't be dumb and bring a backpack and hoodie and shove all that shit in your bag, because that's how that guy was found out. But even so he managed to leave so....shrug

Also: if they say, Security Scan: All Aisles, its a load of horseshit. We don't have LP, and it's just a scare tactic, at least at my store.

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FreeIsForMe wrote

Also do they sell those helium balloon boxes? I can't recall seeing them there and need 2 of them.

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throwaway111234 wrote

The helium balloon boxes that you blow up? I believe my store does, but it depends on store availability and other such stuff. Our inventory managing sucks. We don't get shipments until a certain day, and even then they don't manage to restock everything.

Hope that was helpful.

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I_buy_shit wrote

How often do you do inventory?

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throwaway111234 wrote

You might not like the answer to this one.

Someone left an expensive watercolor set behind(the packaging) and no one checked it for several weeks.

We’re supposed to get new stuff every Thursday, but...we don’t even know what’s going to come in. We don’t have a real stock room. It’s just a room with all the stock and damages and garbage.

Hope that helps.

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I_buy_shit wrote

The answer is fine.

Have you ever had someone come in and steal the entire Copic cabinet(s)?

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throwaway111234 wrote

Hmm. Our locked case with the copics is broken at the moment, and my managers were talking about replacing the lock yesterday...but yeah, that case is Empty with a Capital E. People are definitely taking from it because you can just open the case without a key. But yeah, funnily enough, that fine arts section isn’t monitored, only the paint aisle is at my store.

So if you were to take all the copics, I doubt they’d know it was you. They know everyone’s been taking from the case but they don’t have a camera in that section, so they wouldn’t be able to know who it was.

Who wants to pay 8 dollars each for markers?

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I_buy_shit wrote

I think you would be hard pressed to meet a burglary statue with what OP is describing. In a handful of states you might be right, but in 40+ states burglary requires forced entry and unless OP is opening a locked case the other states would likely only prosecute this as felony theft. And if in California this might still be a misdemeanor.