Camark3

Reply to comment by Camark3 in by Throwaway465748

Camark3 wrote

Punctuation would help. A lot.

What do politics have to do with any of this?

I never told anyone to pretend to be a woman. Need help with reading comprehension?

Members of all religions and races shoplift. I've caught Christians, Hasidic Jews, Muslims. All races. Black, white, Hispanic, middle eastern, Asian. I've caught men, women, and transgender shoplifters. EVERYONE fucking shoplifts. Your grandiose display is appreciated though. Thanks for the laugh.

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Camark3 wrote

Not to be a Scrooge or anything, BUT be careful about corruption. When I was a teenager, my mother donated a bunch of new toys to a church. They were supposed to go to needy families. The pastor and his wife kept every donated toy for their own kids. Additionally, my cousin worked for the Salvation Army for many years. Lots of donated items find their way into employee's homes FYI.

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Reply to comment by Camark3 in by Throwaway465748

Camark3 wrote (edited )

You were downvoted because shoplifters like to maintain a false sense of morality. “Hey, I steal things but I’m not racist/ableist/homophobic/etc.” The act of down-voting allows a self-righteous person to feel better about his or herself. “Look at me pressing the down arrow! I’m a good person!”

I’m both disabled and a minority. I’m not offended at all. I have no problems exploiting my so-called “disadvantages.” Everyone here is gaming the system. We just do it in different ways.

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Reply to comment by Camark3 in by Throwaway465748

Camark3 wrote

I appreciated the tip. I actually bought one off Amazon after reading it and am testing it out today. I live in a very diverse neighborhood and will blend in. I'll be one of 10+ people in the store with the same garb.

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Camark3 wrote (edited )

My reasons for stealing vary. I used to steal from my employers once I became disgruntled. I was an excellent employee doing everything I was supposed to do. At a certain point, I'd get fed up and ask myself, "Why?" Why was I busting my ass for multi-million dollar companies who don't care about me and exploit their workers. I'd make myself feel better by taking the merchandise we sold.

Later, I began stealing from other retailers because we are now on one income. I am not contributing to the household financially and feel bad that the burden is on my hardworking spouse. So now I lift to help ease the burden. Deodorant, cleaning supplies, OTC medicine, etc.

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Camark3 wrote

If you leave the packaging behind, the employees know a theft occurred. The manager or LP will likely view camera footage to find out who stole the item(s) and when. Without the packaging, they will not be aware that the theft occurred (unless you're caught in the act).

I used to be a retail manager (apparel). Shoplifters would leave the hangers and tags behind and leave them under fixtures or on shelves behind other merchandise. We did nightly sweeps on all shelves and under fixtures at closing. Anything that was found was left in my office so I could review camera footage the following day.

You're much better off taking the packaging with you. If you can't fit it in your jacket, use a purse or shopping bag from a nearby retailer. Don't, however, use a shopping bag from a retailer that isn't in the area. It's a red flag.

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Camark3 wrote (edited )

As a store manager, I was on top of anyone who I suspected or knew of shoplifting. I took descriptions, license plate numbers, and filled out reports. I showed their pictures to everyone on staff so they’d know who to look for. I maintained a huge LP focus in my stores and ensured my people were well-trained. Anytime someone shoplifted from one of my stores, they increased my shrink and therefore decreased my bonuses. Not good for my wallet.

At the same time, I was stealing merchandise left and right. I took off the tags from everything that I stole. Then on a weekly basis, I scanned those UPCs out of my system as damaged merchandise. This way, it didn’t affect shrink, and therefore, my quarterly bonus.

Double standards, indeed. I have to look out for what’s best for my wallet, not anyone else’s.

ETA: For what it’s worth, the only times I would call the cops is if someone got belegerent with me or one of my employees and started cussing or threatening. I’m not trying to ruin anyone’s life over shoplifting, but I had to look out for my safety and my employees’ safety.

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Camark3 wrote

Most clothes have a low re-sell value IMO. 50% off minimum. Not sure about luxury brand items though. I stick to stealing from low-end stores like the Gap, Express, etc.

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Camark3 wrote

They scan your ID for no-receipt returns. You can buy scannable fake IDs online for less than $100. Their tags are store specific. I go in a couple weeks beforehand and pull tags off items that are similar to items that I want to return. I then attach those tags to what I want to return.

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Camark3 wrote

If you had used pepper spray, surveillance footage would have been blasted on the local news. Someone would have recognized you and turned you in. Later, the news would have followed up with a second story, "Teenager accused of pepper spraying retail employee has been identified!" Either way, you would have something on your permanent record, but at least with a boring shoplifting charge, your humiliation is semi-private rather than being broadcasted to the world.

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