MadameLift

MadameLift wrote

This is obviously a pressing topic with the numerous threads lol.

The culture has changed. While most have stopped, you will always see a few people in-store with masks on. It will not go back to the way it was previously with only an occasional Asian wearing them.

I was just in Walmart yesterday. Around 30 or 40 percent were still wearing masks.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

I’m not suffering from anything.

I’m legit basing my opinion that internal theft is a bigger priority to retailers based on the very well known ones I worked for in the past. Along with what I’ve seen employers of other retailers specifically bemoan about.

Of course, I was never in the upper echelon to know the figures and exactly how much money was allocated to tackle internal theft. Nor did I ever claim to be. But the incentivized programs put in place to get employees to narc on one another is another example of how seriously these corps take internal theft. They don’t want to pay you a salary while you simultaneously rob them blind. It becomes personal.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

Best thing to do is feign complete stupidity when using self checkout. Act like an 80 yr old grandma who just started using a smart phone.

That way, if they question you it will be obvious you might be frazzled at best or mentally disabled at worse. Plausible deniability can only be used at self checkout. You can’t with a walk-out or concealment.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

It’s been proven with indisputable facts that almost 50% of shrinkage is internal.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the retail game. But I was in it from childhoood to early adulthood. Big chains invest most of their budget to tackle internal theft. And it’s for good reason. I saw more coworkers get made than customers.

I don’t see that changing, tbh. Regardless of the media scare tactics. Most customers are still abiding by the “honor” code of paying.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

Reply to comment by TheMoreUknow in by !deleted34816

Yup, it’s challenging. But I gotta admit, the cat and mouse game like the other person mentioned is kinda thrilling.

They expect Black people to not only be lifters, but dumb ones. So when we outsmart them at their own game it is intoxicating.

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MadameLift wrote

Reply to comment by !deleted34816 in by !deleted34816

I used to work for Walgreens in a tough neighborhood when I was a teen.

The only LP they have is the manager. He has to be actively watching the camera and see you conceal before he approaches. But they can’t follow you out the store. It’s against policy.

So if you see the manager on the floor and not in the back room (cameras), that’s your sign to lift.

With this social “revolution” playing out, lifting has become more mainstream. People who wouldn’t ordinarily lift are tired of playing by the rules.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

Most Black people do steal? Lol

Spoken like a true degenerate that probably doesn’t know any Black people outside of the local cashier and security guard that works at his shitty place of employment lol.

Then, you try to play it off as if you yourself are a Black man. This is a forum for criminals. No need to go through the trouble of trolling and pretending to be something you’re not, buddy. Judgement-free zone.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

Reply to by !deleted34816

It’s not so much about race if you “look” a certain way. Humans are fucked up beyond repair. So use their flaws against them.

If you’re clean-cut, above average looking (very important), dressed nicely and older you won’t get as much heat as if you fit a certain “demographic”.

It’s almost as if people think attractive or well-off people can’t possibly lift. So once again, use people’s idiocy and pre-dispositioned blind spots to your advantage. Racial profiling innocent women of color persists. So yes, this could be used as a threat if being made or followed.

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MadameLift wrote (edited )

If I could be convinced that my chances faired better as far as treatment/safety from harm in an establishment frequented by POC I would borrow more from there.

But based on experience and observation, that isn’t the case. Public shame is a non-factor. Because a Black shoplifter will get demonized either way.

There is a sense of arrogance and naïveté in predominantly white patronized establishments that almost always makes it a better/easier choice.

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MadameLift wrote

Nope. Bad idea.

As a POC (person of color), I can tell you that stores that have predominantly POC customers have the HIGHEST levels of security.

I mean, I’m talking the entire beauty/hygiene aisle is locked behind a case.

That’s because the racist bigoted assumption is that most Black & Latino people shoplift. I can tell you what I know from experience. Most Black people I know are aware that they are heavily racially profiled in stores and don’t shoplift as a result.

I’ve decided to take a different approach. If you are going to accuse me of some shit, then I’m going to do it! And if you want to be a racist establishment who treats paying customers like crap…I’m going to clean you the fuck out. Just because of spite.

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MadameLift wrote

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That’s why I’m failing to pull the plug on buying tools. It comes with a much higher risk of charges.

It’s definitely an important decision.

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MadameLift OP wrote (edited )

Solid advice. There are too many other drug stores to lift from to dwell on this particular one.

I guess my ego is just bruised because that little fucker employed the element of surprise. And he’s been secretly watching me each trip.

If I absolutely need to go back I’ll come at a different time and wear a neck gaiter mask that covers half my face, glasses (I normally never wear glasses in stores) plus maybe even a bonnet on my head ghetto style to cover all of my hair lmao.

None of these things are unusual to see these days in public and it’s hard to distinguish a persons features.

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MadameLift wrote

$800 per week, every week, is going to take some risky borrowing. And hauls that large either require frequency or high value items, both putting you in jeopardy of getting caught. Since you have mid-tier experience, I wouldn’t advise it.

How about just borrowing essentials (food, toiletries etc) to get your skill level up and applying for federal disability benefits? SSA approves any damn body.

I’m not trying to dissuade you from borrowing. But I know PROFESSIONALLY that disability is pretty easy to get. Especially since it sounds like you have a legitimate need.

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