thekraken

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thekraken wrote

Well, first, they'd have to catch you. And then they'd have to suspect you've done it before. And then they'd have to review weeks or months of video, which is no small task. So you're likely fine, though I have heard of places letting people steal, but noting what they steal, so they can get them once they pass the felony level - though I doubt a drug store is gonna go to that length with someone swiping energy drinks.

Reply to comment by /u/ziq in Winter is Coming! by /u/thekraken

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thekraken wrote (edited )

Yeah, especially closer to the Christmas holidays. It gets to be a mad-house in most of the bigger stores around those times, and everyone is in bulky everything. LP are on high alert, but really, their job is near impossible in conditions like that. I successfully walked out of a big-box store with a 40" TV on Boxing Day one year (day after Christmas in Canada, it's like our 'Black Friday') due to all the chaos. While I don't actually recommend doing THAT, concealing smaller items in similar conditions will be trivial.

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I think part of the issue is due to how it is presented. At face value, someone (who has white skin) seeing comments about 'White genocide' - which is commonly used as a joke - for the first time will take it literally. They don't understand that White isn't a race, and that 'Whiteness' is a social construct. They think that it is a racist attack on them due to their skin colour. (The irony of that is a whole other topic). I don't have any solution to that, and I'm not going to go around telling oppressed people how they can and can't joke about their situation, but it helps to understand why people react the way they do.

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I'll pay for things made by indie devs / small bands that make music I like / etc. The minute it's produced by a publicly traded corporation, or large private entity, I view it as immoral to pay for it, as I feel those kind of organizations are antithetical to the individual and ought to be suppressed as they no longer serve humanity but are instead a way for the greedy to oppress the poor without it affecting their consciences (i.e. "The Company did that, not me, I'm not a bad person.)

Fuck em.

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thekraken wrote

Amazon (if they are the seller) will require a signature for a $400 order. Any competent 3rd party seller will, as well. If you're outside the US, you could try the slowest shipping option from a 3rd party seller, and hope that they ship via USPS (tracking generally doesn't work properly on USPS' site once it leaves the US with certain shipping methods), but that's hit-or-miss. You'd probably have better luck saying it arrived, but was damaged. Again, though, you may or may not succeed. There's no hard and fast for guaranteeing a scam will work, it's more about trying it and seeing if it will. You'll need to be able to live with the possibility of just being out the money in the end.

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thekraken wrote (edited )

I can certainly see this being the case, for sure. I haven't tried middle of the night calling myself, but I tend to rely more on the social engineering side of it, so I prefer someone who speaks English well and whom I can build a report with. I have even had a CS person decide to 'take charge' of my case, and monitor my claim and call me back with updates over the course of several day, until the process was complete and I got my refund. This was mostly due to how nice I was to them and how upset/bothered I was with my 'experience' with the 3rd party seller.

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thekraken wrote

I am sure some asexuals that have people insist that they are 'broken' or 'have not yet met the right man/woman' might disagree with you about the lack of direct material oppression due to being ace. As for your point in regards to aro people, it could be valid. Though to be frank, an aro cishetero is still hetero, and so, imo, should not classify themselves as queer in any way.

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thekraken wrote

For a big ticket item, they might actually check with the post office and investigate. If your packages just get left with no signature and you never interact with the postal worker you'd be fine. If you deal with them face-to-face, you could wind up with trouble if you claim you never got it, and the USPS worker says they gave it to you and/or have your signature for it.

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thekraken wrote

Your best bet for this sort of thing is Amazon. While they will ban your account after a lot of returns, their A-to-Z policy fairly well guarantees you refunds easily until that occurs. Especially if you get packages delivered without signature (which happens where I live a LOT, they just leave it at the door). You can then claim 'you didn't get it', and you'll get a refund, or another item.

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thekraken wrote

Less expensive generally. I can buy enough dried beans, tinned tomatoes, TVP, spices, a 'extra' veggies (corn, tinned mushrooms, etc) to make Chili for a month for the cost of a couple of big steaks. The only time it gets expensive is if you buy a bunch of the processed pre-made stuff, like veggie burgers, or Daiya, or whatnot.