Arcstrider

Arcstrider wrote (edited )

It's literally illegal in my state to wear a mask. Because of this pandemic, local government did a 180 and we're allowed to wear them (for now.) Since then, I'm more confident because no one can see my ugly fucking face. I hope it stays this way. It really is a bonus point that masks also break facial recognition.

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Arcstrider wrote

Since there's already a reply helping you out, please just know that Amazon and other online retailors may be on higher alert for stuff like this due to the pandemic. Be safe, friend!

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Arcstrider wrote

They had no right to search you if you weren't seen purposely concealing stuff, so you did the right thing about saying no and getting out after you paid. Same thing with walking out at Walmart, the greeters/receipt checkers can ask, but they can't force you to show them your receipt.

You technically can get caught with camera evidence. If you paid with cash, they can't get your name, address, etc. That means they don't really have anything on you if they did see you on camera. If you're really worried about it, don't go back for a couple months.

What store were you in?

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Arcstrider wrote

This is literally included in one of the pinned posts on this board. If you don't know what pinned posts look like, they're the ones that always appear above the rest of the posts. Their titles should be green, and have a giant pushpin icon next to it.

Please take a look around this forum, as a lot of older posts have very good information, and recent ones have decent advice.

That being said, this link is what you're looking for. https://raddle.me/wiki/ShopliftingTags

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Arcstrider wrote (edited )

Reply to by cometothetree

If I steal something small like that, I usually wear long sleeve shirts or hoodies, grab two bars, sliding one into my sleeve while picking it up, to look like I only picked one up. Put the other one back, or carry it for a while around the shops and then put it back to look less suspicious. After it's concealed in your sleeve you should be able to slide it into your bag/pocket, just make sure there isn't a bulge where you put it.

Another trick I do is to pick a couple snacks up and don't (or half-ass) conceal them, just hold em in my hand, walk around, explore, then pretend to get distracted and look at other items, and shove my hands in the shelves and shit. At that point, I break line of sight on the item itself, so for all the cameras know, I tossed them. This may be a bit riskier, but if I'm doing regular shopping and don't want to conceal yet, this is what I do, because I intend to buy other items.

Picking up a couple cheap items to buy makes you less suspicious, and in my experience relieves some anxiety. Grab a couple candy bars, then a cheap pack of gum or something and buy that.

Or just take the whole fucking box off the shelf and scoot on out of there, but I'm not sure about laws in NZ and whether or not store associates are allowed to make physical contact. If they are allowed, drop the shit and RUN. Some candy bars are not worth being caught, and there's always another day to do it.

Good luck, OP!

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Arcstrider wrote (edited )

The article was deleted by Harrisburg an hour after I posted it on r/aboringdystopia, so here's the archived version for those who want to read it: https://web.archive.org/web/20200506130947/https://harrisburgu.edu/hu-facial-recognition-software-identifies-potential-criminals/

Edit: Once again, deleted. This time I nabbed a screenshot from a different source. I checked, and it's almost exactly the same article. https://coinsh.red/ipfs/QmTaprN22cuznmo9WbLCmoZ2ZPrb9fxeBMC5GvDY4UkHau?filename=Harrisburg_Article.

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Arcstrider wrote

This is why I hope after this pandemic it becomes somewhat of a trend to wear face masks. IIRC, most facial recognition currently relies on the lower half of the face, yes? The rest of the concealment could be easy with just sunglasses and a hat/beanie.

I really hope more people see this and realize how fucked up this could turn out to be. Yikes.

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Arcstrider wrote

I definitely recommend fish instead of animals like sheep.

If you're unable to fish, see if there are any small family owned shops around you. If there are, ask them if they have any meat they're about to throw out, and if you'd be able to get a small discount on it since it's about to go off. The working class is off limits, so please don't steal from stores like this. <3

In the meantime, if there are any corporate owned stores (walmart, for example) around you that have a garden section, stop by there and see if there are any seed packets for tomatoes or other fruits/veggies you could grow easily. These will obviously take more time to get food, but it's something good to have, especially if there are situations often where you can't go to the store or can't afford to. There are great recipes out there that can and will use every part of every food in that dish to minimize waste and maximize how much you can make.

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Arcstrider wrote

May I ask where you live? Here, it's about to get so hot and humid, like numbers from hell kind of stuff. Hoodies won't work for me much longer, unfortunately. I usually gear up in mono/neutral tones, no big flashy "look at me!" colors.

I live in the southeast of USA, so small talk and stuff is a lot more common. Acting as a normal chatty customer and asking about different products/items they have in their basket and making small-talk with associates and customers that are too close for comfort has saved my shit so many times over the past couple months.

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Arcstrider OP wrote (edited )

I had to go grocery shopping with someone a couple days ago and I managed to swipe something against my better judgement. The house now smells like orange and mango Yankee Candle.

I didn't really notice too much of a difference in crowd even though there was a man standing at the door with a tablet, who appeared to be counting how many in and out, with other people around him that looked like they were standing guard or something? Weird as fuck.

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