LiftSmart_LiftSMart

LiftSmart_LiftSMart OP wrote

Thank you so much, that makes me feel so much better. I plan not to loot in that entire shopping center for 6 months, but I will probably go back in a month and just purchase something small. After that, I gotta work on taking less at a time. I made it too obvious. I will however be plundering the stores in the surrounding areas, albeit taking far less. (And maybe a different bag.)

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

Wow, that looks ridiculous- also horrible- like a really bad duct job. How the hell does the robot even see out of the aluminum tube?

Also, what about the little segways between aisles? They go all out for something like this, but won't do away with those? Or is my area the only one that has these? I can't imagine it being able to see in there.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

I would detag everything, walking out without suspicion is worth the effort. They tag all clothing, but not socks or hats. (Check anyway)

They tend to use cheap, older magnetic tags. You need at least a stack of Neodymium magnets or a golf detacher. I've heard some people say theirs just uses ink tags. There is an alarming ink tag out there but I haven't heard about it being in the states yet. Walk close to a tower and pretend to drift near it. If it doens't go off, then it's not one of those. You can just detag those at home.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

They are easy. If you can get into a fitting room that would be best, but if they try to count you can de-tag your stuff and conceal in any of the many blind spots. Be nice, smile, hold lots of shirts over your arm as a cover. I have crouched behind a clothing rack, one hand holding shirts while I de-tag then conceal under them, and the other browsing through FunkoPOPS or other shirts.

As for what they do if they suspect you- I can't say I know for sure. I don't think I've been suspected before or had this happen to me. Personally I would leave, but I'm extra careful. Should you dump your spoils first? I say it depends on the mall. I don't think HT calls security for the most part, but every store is different. I hope someone else could fill us in on it.

I take plenty of jewelry which is also by the register. I would say pick through them, don't take TOO long, but wait until the people who saw you are busy. Try to go when it's super crazy or even when there's only one associate. They have so much to do, I doubt they will be worrying too much about you.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

Hot damn! What a great idea! I will absolutely be downloading it.

Ideas:

Password access so when I download it on someone else's phone, they can't figure out what I'm doing. (COUGH I use my Mom's phone a lot.)

Insider information per store from those that may have worked there. Like employees (most likely disgruntled) ones can post security info. Like, you can click on the store on the map and it can be rated how easy it is, security/LP level, ect.

Perhaps a way to scan bar-codes and check source tag info? Or perhaps a way to detect RFID tags? (I heard some apps can do this.)

People can post pictures and maybe even floor maps as to where cameras may be?

Just spitballing here; I'm no expert on apps or programming. But this is very exciting! The possibilities are endless!

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

When I worked at a pet store, I had one lady come back in after making a big cat food purchase. She was so bothered by the fact that she left a can in the cart and asked to be rung up for it. I gave her a confused look- and told her she could have just kept it. Honestly. Even when I worked retail I could see how all of this stuff really takes pennies to fucking make and is overpriced out the ass afterwards.

She looked offended, clutched her pearls, and said "Oh! But it's not worth my eternal soul!"

Me, not being religious, didn't answer but did give her a disgusted look. Then I rang granny up for the whole dollar and change she would be surely ROTTING IN HELL for if she didn't pay it.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

Funny enough, I went back today (not to lift, my mom just wanted to look at the new Easter stuff) and all the packs of Copics were goooooone. Either they got rawed and someone picked them clean (kind of a dick move) or they were suffering too much shrink and planned on locking them up front. Which would suck. They did have the sticker on the label that indicates they've been reordered, however- so I hope that was it.

This store also has all the good stuff locked up, so they probably will do the same at some point. Damn it. I'll keep an eye and see if they stock up. I just want one of each color! I'm not greedy- and luckily Copics last forever.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

I find it odd that they would have the packs out in the open to take, whereas the singles are ALWAYS locked up- I would assume it would at least be the other way around? But then maybe the singles are just easier to lock up- smaller area and all that, and easier to pocket.

It's like, oh hey, you're not allowed to steal one marker, asshole- you gotta take at LEAST 5, OKAY? lol.

At least the ones you mentioned make more sense, even if it does suck.

I have yet to check out Hobby Lobby's Copic collection, but now I will. Also, there doesn't appear to be any Dick Blick's nearby, but it sounds very interesting. I will have to keep an eye out next time I'm out of the area.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

Naw mine does that too. I don't know what the logic of them having the packs of Copics out but not the individuals? Funny enough, had they had the singles I was only planning on lifting a few I needed, but those were locked up so I just took a few packs instead.

As for other things, really everything is. It depends on what you need. I work with a lot of different materials so I take a little of everything. I also take a lot of the plastic dinosaur/animal models and toys. Same with plastic/silk plants. Find a good blind spot, load up, get out.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart OP wrote

Well fuck me- I never even THOUGHT of that. I just looked it up, and you are right. I had them in there for hours before I got done running errands and stopped by the mall. That was probably what did it- normally I wait to pop them in there until right before. I had no problem using fewer magnets for the same tags before, so nothing else makes any sense.

Well, the detacher is still coming but I'll reserve that for serious cases. Until then I suppose I can hide them somewhere in the car.

Thanks for info! This is why I come here, lol.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart wrote

I tried to lift at my local one today and I can say I did NOT feel comfortable enough to conceal. Granted, I fucked around WAY too much and it couldn't have helped, but I usually have no problem grabbing what I need and doing it in one of the little 'segways' between aisles.Then direct out the door and gone. I've never done a big obvious lift so I find it hard to believe I'm on database?

But yes, I concealed something and when I stood up, someone walked by at THAT EXACT MOMENT and I was so surprised I didn't have time to even look non-suspect. Then I looked at the exit and saw someone hanging out in that area. I walked to the bathroom, took out what I concealed and left with nobody stopping me- so was I paranoid? Who the hell knows. But I don't regret being careful.

Like you OP, not being able to get shit at Lowes will hardcore fuck my ability to get things I need. I really, really hope it was just me. There was JUST enough people to make concealing difficult, and just enough staff to make me nervous.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart OP wrote

Reply to comment by FKit in B00ks @ Million by LiftSmart_LiftSMart

If you beep, do they actually care? Do they follow you, call security? I do look through all the books but it's great to have a backup plan of course, especially since missing one is always possible. Do they tag the other items, like gifts? I saw a spiderwrap on a Christmas ornament once.

As for the cashiers and asst. manager, does that mean someone will be there watching cameras, or is that more possible with less people? (Like Sundays, I assume.)

Thank you for all of your input!

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart OP wrote

Did recon today, no cameras but one employee and loads of mirrors. I would suggest being nice, smiling and having something in mind that you were looking for/to ask about if they ask you a few times what you're looking for. Lift light. If I had made my grab I would have gotten out when she walked to the back of the store, but thought I'd wait for a busier time.

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LiftSmart_LiftSMart OP wrote

I was in one that was non-local earlier this month. Lots of mirrors and they kept eyes on you- but no cameras that I could see. That I can handle. I'm one sneaky bitch.

Just need to scope out the local one and then make my move.

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