Trustwh0m

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Trustwh0m wrote

Years ago, I was a sex worker. At the time it did not affect me negatively. I thoroughly enjoyed making my own schedule, being my own boss, and making good chunks of money quickly.

Now, I no longer am in that line of work, by choice. It is far more difficult for me to adapt to working, and my attitude toward how much time I spend trying to survive a “straight” life is not well adjusted. I think back to days of champagne, whatever I wore to eat, and designer clothes being purchased for me.. the thrill of taking a private car home with a couple grand in my purse.

While I am no longer fulfilled by those things, my quality of life was certainly leveled up, and it did leave me with higher expectations out of what I can have, and just how much work I have to do to get them.

If I could advise younger me, I would tell myself to always maintain working a regular job on top of the sex work, if only to keep me grounded in reality.

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Trustwh0m wrote

It is our duty.

I wrap things up nicely- blankets, food, hygiene supplies, books- to give to those I see in need on the street. It’s nice to be handed things, but it’s also nice to be “gifted” things.

Wishing you all a safe & fruitful upcoming holiday season. Give back as best you can. And look after yourselves so you may continue to look after others.

Reply to comment by /u/Old_Whitelady in T.J. Maxx by /u/Crusty

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Trustwh0m wrote

I never ever carry out an empty hanger. I once had an attendant also check the clothing I was taking. Thankfully it was on a “straight” shopping bout, and I wasn’t concealing anything. But that definitely made me more cautious.

If you’re lifting one item, place two items onto one hanger while shopping. You’ll leave the fitting room with all hangers filled.

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Trustwh0m wrote

first off, welcome.

secondly, ah yes, dear NYC- land of the rip off. I don’t think I paid for a single lunch once the entire last year I was there. I’m from the city but moved abroad for a while, and I do miss the Whole Foods hauls, and still fantasize about the Fairway bounties.

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Trustwh0m wrote

Dude don’t go back. With so few employees, one of them is bound to notice you, and while it may appear safe, they’re probably already alerting the mall’s security.

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Trustwh0m wrote

In theory, this seems like a good idea.

But given the bulk & noticibility of the item you’re swapping, I have a feeling if you walk in and are trying on the exact same jacket- be it on the floor or in the fitting room- you may be detected.

If you were swapping a lighter weight dark coat that didn’t have massive fur trim, I think it would be significantly easier. And now that I think about it, I did this a couple winters ago with a black coat.

Reply to LP Bribery by /u/Trustwh0m

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Trustwh0m wrote

I wouldn’t try bribing after the fact of being caught. Especially since some stores offer their own incentives of catching lifters.

I feel as if trying to make friends with one of them could be done: gather intel, and ultimately offer them the chance to profit off whatever they turn a blind eye to. I’m contemplating this tactic. Was wondering if anyone had tried something similar.

Reply to comment by /u/stayschemin in EU thread by /u/crackhead

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Trustwh0m wrote

I’m in Berlin.

One of the locations here is absolute garbage. There’s nothing I would even want to take lol. Another one located in what is like Times Square of Berlin has an insane designer section, but garments are also tagged with something I’ve never seen before, along with the normal sensors. I will make another post about it.

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Trustwh0m wrote

I’m happy to help with this list compilation. I’m in Berlin.

I’ve had good luck at BIO Company & Denis. The organic food stores tend to be a bit more lax, while the discount ones don’t skimp on their LP. I was caught swiping a bottle of wine at Edeka and it was truly a nightmare. LP dragged me back, police were called, and they even came back to my apartment with me so they could validate my passport. Thankfully my roommate had just left.

I also find that H&M employees don’t give a shit. These chains vary drastically from location to location. COS can be good; they’re not overeager to help and they usually don’t count items. Zara is more difficult.

The big chain bookstore Dussmann is a goldmine. It’s multiple levels and they carry more than just books. Other bookstores here are also easy to swipe from, but I try to hold my moral ground. On the rare case I do steal from an indie bookshop, I will buy a couple other items as well.