In an effort to forcefully reclaim value from this feudal slavery system, I’ve started exploiting holes in the home improvement store sales systems and gotten almost a grand of things to improve my home with in the past month. $300 worth of paint, stainless faceplates, anchors, paint brushes, loads of plants… but it’s all been hiding the good in the cart and relying on the cashiers negligence to attain them. I started getting a bit more bold and just loading plants and shit into my car before I leave and whatnot.
I figured why not extend this to groceries, and I tried to conceal some small items like Larabars and some cheese which was good and all but doesn’t really help me with my grocery bill which is frankly getting ridiculous. So I built up a little courage and tried a walkout on two stores that I never go to. I loaded up my reusable shopping bag with $40 worth of coffee, $14 of butter, 6 avocados, 2 pints of dairy free ice cream, some Red Bulls, organic raspberries, guacamole… just some luxuries that we can’t really justify right now.
I just left, and it was so easy. The second store actually had locks on the carts that I failed to notice, so as I tried to wheel it out, it froze and beeped, attracting some attention, but the employees didn’t seem to think I was trying to steal anything and unlocked the cart for me, and then just let me leave. That was pretty crazy and taught me a lesson.
I’ve been thinking that I need to not use my reusable shopping bags repeatedly for this, and be more perceptive of the security systems.
One reusable shopping bag trick that I use is that I have one of those “insulated” shopping bags with two layers, and it has separated in one spot, and I can slide small items into the slot which looks like I’m just bagging the item, and the bag looks empty at the self checkout or if inspected.