Newt

Newt wrote

Steal from Goodwill. They exploit the disabled terribly. and, as the other poster mentioned, they often charge more than the item is worth. I've seen them charged $2 or more for the exact items you can get at Dollar Tree for a buck

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Newt wrote

Drive your car on muddy roads until the mug splashes all over the back end and your rear license plate.

But be sure to clean your tail lights, so that you don't get stopped by a cop.

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Newt wrote

That's hilarious, but I don't think a receipt checker would think it was theirs. The women keep their purses elsewhere, and the men wouldn't have reason to be using their wallet.

However....

What if you subtly dropped a fake wallet, and said to the receipt checker, "Looks like somebody dropped their wallet. Can you pick it up? I've got a bad back." When they bend over, you run like hell, LOL.

The other usage would be exactly what you did - distract customers in restaurants, so you can make off with their food.

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Newt wrote

Your first mistake is trying to do this in a high-crime area. Drive to another city where the customers are at least a bit wealthier, and there's less LP.

You might also want to subtly disguise yourself, to make yourself less recognizeable to those who have seen your picture. If you're a woman, dye your hair and change lipstick to make your lips look thicker or thinner. If you're a guy, experiment with growing facial hair. NO SUNGLASSES, as that's way too obvious.

I would agree with the other poster who said don't run unless you're about to be caught - then run like Usain Bolt.

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Newt wrote

Contact their corporate headquarters, and tell them how you were racially profiled. You have proof that you did nothing wrong, and you can tell them that a ban at ANY store is unfair and uncalled for.

Tell them that you're in the process of contacting an attorney.

Though I'm not promising anything, I wouldn't be surprised if they gave you a gift card to mollify you and keep you quiet. No company wants to make the news for unfair racial profiling.

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Newt wrote

It depends. First off, at a store like Walmart, going into the restroom breaks visual contact, so they have to start all over again with the 5 steps, before they can detain you. If they detain you after you've been to the restrooms, raise hell with corporate; they can lose their job for not following those steps.

Second, if you're stealing an item that a person would normally carry on their person, you have that argument in your favor. If you shove a salami down your pants, that would be harder to explain...!

Third, one of the top rules in lifting is never leave packaging behind. Even if you get away, as soon as LP finds packaging, they'll replay video until they find the perp. If no packaging is found, then it can be chalked up to employee theft or a mistake at the registers.

A Walmart employee told me that, if a checker doesn't scan each item separately, their computers don't register the item as being sold. So if you buy 5 TV dinners, and the checker enters a quantity of 5 and scans one item to the get price for them, their inventory registers that only 1 TV dinner is missing.

Clearly, this is information we can use to our advantage, as long as we don't leave packaging behind.

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Newt OP wrote

As someone who has volunteered at a food bank, I can tell you this. Food pantries are nowhere near enough to make up for a loss of income. And you have to sign a government form which specifies you can only go to one food bank per month. Plus, most food banks have a lot of food that's expired or nearly expired, so you have to throw out some of the stuff you get. A lot of the canned foods are off brands with horrible products you wouldn't feed your dog, and I've seen food banks with moldy bread and produce. Most food banks are literally distributing grocery stores' garbage.

You'd be surprised how many people lift out of necessity. I never lifted as a teen. The main reason I began stealing in adulthood was when I hit hard times financially and couldn't afford enough food. I did research on sites like the old subreddit, and it's a good thing I did, or I would have made a lot of stupid amateur mistakes.

But yeah...when you hit rock bottom, you'll do anything to survive.

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Newt wrote

I'm glad you got out okay and I'm not being unsympathetic...but I have to admit that I laughed my ass off at the mental image of you running like a maniac out of that store. I'll bet that startled the hell out of the LP guy!

I would agree with what's being said here, about not bothering to take the time to unpackage merchandise. Just grab & go.

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Newt wrote

In one of the National Lampoon Vacation movies, there was a theme park called "Wally World", and that eventually entered into the national vocabulary as a nickname for Walmart.

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Newt OP wrote

I know some people who work in LP (and yes, they're assholes). Many of them can and will take your phone. Do they have the right to do this? Probably not.

But I don't think it's a coincidence that the one LP guy's wife posted to Facebook, selling nearly two dozen fully-functioning, expensive smartphones for $20 each. She's a layabout who doesn't work, and I know he doesn't get paid enough to buy that many phones. She claimed that she won all those phones by doing surveys on the internet.

Yeah, I didn't buy that, either.

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