Newt

Newt wrote

I agree, that post should be included in the wiki. The only thing I would add is that it's not always easy to unscrew the light bulbs on license plates, depending on the make/model. On my car, it's harder than hell to push the bulbs into their sockets, and you practically have to bring a toolbox just to get at the damned bulbs. I exaggerate, but not by much.

So what I do instead is carefully get out of my parking space BEFORE turning the lights on--I say carefully, because you sure as hell don't want to hit a pedestrian. When my car is turned so that it's parallel with the building and you can't see my plates, then I turn the lights on. I did that at a mall when I stole some expensive leather gloves. As soon as my lights came on, I tore ass out of there as fast as I could without laying rubber, LOL.

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Newt wrote

If you really want to have fun, bring some tape with you...grab a bunch of sensors, and quickly tape them onto a shitload of different shopping carts. By the time the towers go off about 15 times without catching a real thief, you will have driven the staff crazy. With luck, they'll think the towers are malfunctioning, and turn them off just to get some peace and quiet.

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Newt wrote

You'll need to get more practice under your belt before hitting an Apple store, but every journey begins with a first step. Congrats on your first lift.

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Newt wrote

The more cameras there are, the more high-crime the area is, and the more LP will be watching. I find it's best to go to areas that are a little bit high-class without being overly snobby. Places with less crime are your best bet.

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Newt wrote

It's always hard to think straight in a high-stress situation. But it would have been hilarious to just let the guy have his power trip...then come back later, see which car he gets into after work, and loosely follow him home. So many things one could do for revenge, it makes the mind boggle. Like, buy a cheap laptop, download a fuckton of child porn, then hide it somewhere on his property and make an anonymous phone call to the cops about his "hidden child porn stash". Let him know how it feels to have authority not believe one fucking word he says.

Only his sentence would be a lot worse than you'd ever get for shoplifting.

Yeah, I believe in seriously heavy-duty revenge when it's called for.

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Newt wrote

So just conceal, instead of trying to do a walkout. As long as you make a detour to the crapper, they can't stop you even if they suspect you, because it breaks visual contact.

You can have some fun with this, too. Keep a shit-ton of receipts in your wallet or purse. Then when they ask to see your receipt, go through all of them: "Hang on, I know it's here somewhere...." before you finally fork it over. There's a phrase for this, where you deliberately annoy somebody by being compliant, but I'm too tired to remember it at the moment.

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Newt wrote

I'm not sure what you mean by receipt shopping. I don't have a WM account. I just use the app to scan for prices and find merchandise, since the workers never know where the hell anything is.

Though the app does helpfully tell us when our local Walmarts are the most busy...!

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Reply to comment by Newt in Different kind of camera at Wal-fart by Newt

Newt OP wrote

The checkout cams were black, but the same type of small, tube-like camera posted vertically. Seeing the shape of those enabled me to spot the white ones, even though they're harder to see.

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Reply to comment by Newt in So, Dollar General. by MuerteApacible

Newt wrote

Sorry, but...no, no, no. In cities with high crime, Dollar General is very hard to lift from, and the employees are Nazis. They won't even let the public use the bathrooms, to prevent people from concealing. Cameras everywhere, tagged merchandise, and towers at the door.

I nearly got nailed when an item I hadn't yet concealed was in my cart, and I got too close to the door. Thank God someone else was walking out as the towers went off.

So I take stuff from the DG in a smaller city that has no towers at its store, and far fewer cameras.

DG security varies widely. Always scope it out before you even think of stealing from them.

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Newt wrote

This. And do NOT call from a cell phone. Call from a landline and dial *67 before dialing, so that your phone number is blocked. It might also be fun to suggest that you're going to call the cops on the "pervert" who set up the boob-cam.

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Newt wrote

That's why I prefer bringing things to Tarrrrget, rather than taking them out. As in, leaving behind stuff that will really start stinking when the staff get around to finding it. A little bit of raw fish can turn into a hell of a smelly mess, a few days after you've left the store.

I figure, since they don't want us taking things, why not leave presents for them?

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Newt wrote

I don't know the size of the items you're referring to, but try wearing slightly baggier shirts and pants with some stretch so you can shove shit down into them.

Also, go to some thrift stores and get a cheap coat or jacket with an inner pocket that conceals stuff better. My inner coat pocket has helped me lift hundreds of dollars worth of stuff.

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