Newt

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Newt wrote

For smaller or flatter items, grab two of the same item. Go to your blind spot and conceal. Leave the blind spot with that item visible in your cart. Right before you leave, hand it to an employee and ask them to put it back, because you're in a hurry. Be sure to remember the employee's name on their name tag. In the unlikely event someone tries to stop you, tell them who you gave the item to. They'll have to believe a fellow employee, and you're in the clear.

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#1 is why it's important to pick a shopping cart that doesn't limp, squeak, or rattle. People are so used to those noises, that it's easy to grab a noisy cart without thinking about it, and that will attract unwanted attention.

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I once did a walkout totally by accident. One of the employees started chatting with me while I was at the self-checkout, and I forgot to pay for my stuff. I nearly shit myself when I got home and realized I'd just stolen over $100 worth of merchandise. I didn't dare go back.

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If ever you want to scope a place out for cameras, here's an easy way to look upward without looking suspicious. Wrap an elastic bandage around a knee or ankle and limp a bit, then use one of the electric shopping carts. Since you're sitting down, you have to look upward to see merchandise, the signs above the aisles...which makes it very easy to find the cameras without looking sneaky.

Reply to comment by /u/WavyJessa in Switcheroo by /u/Newt

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Never use plastic. Pay cash, keep your receipt, and you'll get cash back without having to show ID. Then deposit the cash back into your bank account.

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Bringing a container into a store and switching the lotion there would be idiotic. Far too much risk of being seen, and a stunt like that could have worse legal ramifications than just shoplifting.

As for returning the items...as I mentioned, you have to keep your receipt for a hassle-free return.

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Learn a few phrases in a rare language that most people don't understand. If someone calls at you to stop, then you can play dumb. Smile, wave, and say thank you in that foreign language. The greeter will think you don't understand what they're saying. In that moment when they're confused and wondering how to get through to you, get out the door.

The reason I suggest a rare language is because if you try this with Spanish, for instance, there's a very high likelihood that the greeter might speak that language, so they won't be confused. The trick here is to baffle them just long enough for you to make your getaway. Of course, you need to get the hell out of the parking lot before anyone comes after you, but there have been more than enough posts about how to do that.

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Even if they don't mark your receipt, you can't do more than one return with a receipt. They scan the barcode on the receipt, and it shows up on the register if the item has already been returned.

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After you've taken an item and before you leave, make sure to go to the bathroom. It's part of their policy that they have to watch you from the time you take the item until you leave, and going to the bathroom breaks that visual contact is broken. Constant visual contact is a policy that LP professionals must follow in order to make an apprehension: https://www.tagremovers.com/tag/loss-prevention/

Reply to comment by /u/Amberzey in Walmart camera question by /u/Newt

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But other Walmarts have a different kind of camera. That's what I was hoping someone had a picture of, so I'd know what to look for. There's a Walmart in my area which I think might have these, because they don't have the hanging dome cameras anymore. But I can't see where the cameras are now. That's why I want to know what these new ones look like, but I don't know what they're called, so I can't Google them, either.