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Crystal M.

Crystal M.

UNITED STATES,
United States

83 posts

I was shopping at H&M, looking for my size, when I heard one of the employees yelling about the pile of clothes thrown on the floor. He went on a rant saying his job was going to give him a heart attack and how we hated ghetto people who were probably just trying to steal anyway. It was quite amusing. When my boyfriend and I brought our clothes to the register, he was our cashier. We brought up conversation about his blow up before. We asked if shoplifting was a problem and he went on to tell stories of shoppers ripping censors, stealing right in front of him.

So what are your experiences with shoplifting?
What are your funniest shoplifting moments at work?

almost 12 years ago

#51
David M

David M.

RICHMOND,
United States

1744 posts

@Zoe C.

Hahaha I know someone who worked there. And you could probably have stolen her clothes and she wouldn't have noticed.

0 · November 8, 2009

#52
Cassandra M

Cassandra M.

PENNSYLVANIA,
United States

273 posts

I have a problem with it. It makes me feel badass compared to my pish-posh lifestyle.
Well, I'll have time to regret it later.

0 · November 8, 2009

#53
Johanna R

Johanna R.

VIENNA,
Austria

898 posts

2 years ago i stole some necklacs and earrings and cheap sunglasses from claires and h&m. i just did it because my sister and her friends shoplifted pretty often and they always had the new cool clothes because nobody ever paid for them. so i tried it..yeah but i stopped before trying to steal something really pretty because one of my sisters friends got caught. we never tried it again, because she's now banned from all h&m's in whole austria and had too pay 200euros or something.
when she stole the things, she was wearing a stolen jacket from h&m and they noticed, so she had to appear in court. poor kid :(

0 · November 9, 2009

#54
Ellis Dee

Ellis D.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

7596 posts

the rational in that video makes complete sense

0 · November 10, 2009

#55
Alice Liddell

Alice L.

OREGON,
United States

284 posts

The first thing i ever stole was a toy tiger, I was 5 and I put it on the belt thing and when the cashier got it her said "Here's your toy back"
He thought it was mine, but it was from the store....

It was riveting.

0 · November 10, 2009

#56
Jen O. Cide

Jen O. C.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

3608 posts

I used to be amazing at shoplifting when I was a super broke ghetto university student but I don't really do it anymore. And I only ever took from chain stores where they expect to have losses and budget for it, not small places where you would be hurting an independent business owner.
The other day I accidentally stole an umbrella, I put it under my arm while I was looking at other stuff and forgot about it, and then I paid for my other things and just walked out with it under my arm.

0 · November 10, 2009

#57
Tina Anne

Tina A.

STOCKTON, CA,
United States

112 posts

i don't shoplift & im so afraid to ever do it. I get paranoid quick and i hate it. I don;t like friends who do it too. I make sure i stay away from theieves... If my friends could steal at stores...shows that they can steal anything even my stuff.

0 · November 10, 2009

#59
Camille .

Camille ..

NEW YORK CITY,
United States

1810 posts

i've only ever stolen from urban oufitters because it's just way too easy

0 · November 10, 2009

#61
Stephanie R

Stephanie R.

RICHMOND,
United States

198 posts

When I was 12-14, I was a champion shoplifter. I would steal entire outfits and people wouldn't notice. But, alas all good things must end and I ended up getting caught stealing a stick of eyeliner...since it was so insignificant, I didn't get charged or anything but it scared the shit out of me. I've only stolen once after that, and it just made me so paranoid, I don't think it's worth it anymore. I don't judge people that shoplift, though. It would be hypocritical for me to say that they're stupid for doing it because I did the same things. You just gotta wait for everyone to learn their lesson, if they're meant to.

0 · November 14, 2009

#62
Sophie Leigh D

Sophie Leigh D.

ENGLAND,
United Kingdom

2132 posts

ive never even attempted to shoplift anything since i know it would probably be obvious what i was doing. but, i am banned out of aload of shops since my bestfriend shoplifts everything and hes really good at it. hes only been caught once while attempting to steal a pair of ghd's and got chased down middlesborough high street by 4 security guards while i was just stood there like :|
for my birthday we went to asda with my mam to buy some food for my party and he walked around opening things, eating them and putting them back on the shelf and never even got caught :')

0 · November 14, 2009

#64
Viki Cheung

Viki C.

LDN,
United Kingdom

1686 posts

when i was working at the crown court for work experience this woman got booked on stealing 102 pairs of earrings from claire's, and a pair of sunglasses. i was sitting there like..lolwut
i used to nick stuff like eyeliner and earrings. and once i nicked a dress by taking it into the changing rooms when there wasn't an assistant and put it on under my clothes. but i don't anymore; i guess i grew out of it.

0 · November 14, 2009

#65
Wally Highroller

Wally H.

CHICAGO,
United States

104 posts

funny story

just recently a friend confessed to me that he is a mastermind theift, no kidding.

we went to Express, H&M, and Macy's.
where he stole shoes, sweaters, and outfits.

i'm talking 600$ worth of stuff,
this kid is the real deal.


i can't wait until he gets caught.

0 · November 26, 2009

#67
Richard Hamilton

Richard H.

NORTHERN IRELAND,
United Kingdom

467 posts

i stole a rubber once from a gift shop, and i felt really guilty so i gave it to my friend instead :)~

0 · November 28, 2009

#69
Catherine E.

Catherine E.

PHILADELPHIA,
United States

1160 posts

@Crystal M.

I work at a small toy store too... and I have a ridiculous story as well. A little girl asked for a bag, and the people who were working just gave it to her without thinking. She proceeded to fill the bag up with about $150 worth of Ugly Dolls, then walk out of the store. Her dad was like "oh I didn't know you had money" and my coworker told him that she stole those. He freaked out. And it happened again, like two weeks later! Just makes you wonder what her mother must be teaching her...

0 · November 28, 2009

#70
Destiny L.

Destiny L.

AROUND AND ABOUT KANADARIO,
Canada

190 posts

i personally think shoplifting is terrible even if it is from a big company.. but i worked this year as a wading pool attendant and we would bring out pool toys for the kids to play with and every day we would have less and less toys and one time i saw this lady taking four buckets and two boats and she came in with no toys so i went up to her and asked her if that was hers and she said in a very cocky tone "yes" and just stared me down to challenge me but i just left and let it slide, btw at the end of the summer there was no toys and all the kids were devastated :(

0 · November 28, 2009

#71
Tree Person

Tree P.

CHICAGO,
United States

657 posts

i shoplift sometimes. usually small things like nail polish and necklaces from forever21. anyway i don't really do it much anymore but yesterday at akira i switched a sale pricetag on a dress from $10 to $5. i switch sale tags a lot. but it isn't as bad i guess? sort of?

0 · November 29, 2009

#73
Emma F

Emma F.

SCOTLAND,
United Kingdom

415 posts

once in a makeup store, i saw this girl getting caught with about 3 mascaras in her bag.
she challenged the assistant, and then proceeded to shout across the shop "SHES GOT STUFF TOO" and point at her friend.
i just remember thinking what the fuck, its bad enough you getting caught, why drag your friend into it?
some people are really strange.

0 · November 29, 2009

#74
Jo Zepeda

Jo Z.

THE HAUTE ASS DESERT ,
United States

313 posts

I'm way too clumsy and obvious. They only thing I ever stole was from McDonald's when they give you water cups and you put Sprite in them. Only thing I could ever get away with. My face would tell the whole story anyways.

0 · November 29, 2009

#75
PJ Dancer

PJ D.

JIM HENSON'S CREATURE SHOP,
United States

986 posts

My experience with shoplifting shall be left with the courts thank you. At least I was young and white so it isn't on my record!

0 · November 29, 2009

#76
Crystal M.

Crystal M.

UNITED STATES,
United States

83 posts

@Catherine E.

We sell Ugly Dolls too! And stupid mall rats are always so sketchy around them, but I can't even imagine someone stealing a whole bag of them.

0 · November 29, 2009

#77
Crystal M.

Crystal M.

UNITED STATES,
United States

83 posts

@Tree P.

I swtich price tags too lol. Not often. But on sale items.

0 · November 29, 2009

#78
Tree Person

Tree P.

CHICAGO,
United States

657 posts

@Jo Z.

oh shit, if that's considered stealing too then ........ hahah talk about every time i go to subway, mcdonalds, quiznos, wao bao, chipotle, anywhere with open fountains really.

0 · November 29, 2009

#79
Jo Zepeda

Jo Z.

THE HAUTE ASS DESERT ,
United States

313 posts

@Tree P.

yeah! Definitely considered stealing. I stopped because if they catch you then at least in AZ they can fine you to around $150. It's madness.

0 · November 29, 2009

#80
Skye Stewart

Skye S.

THE EMERALD CITY,
United States

33 posts

I refuse to shoplift myself, but pal around with much too many people that do. I have one chum who even got caught by the American Apparel staff (and graciously let free with no charges, as well) and continues to steal from that store. I'd love to give them a big talking to or rat them out, but they're (a) hard to get through to and (b) the kind of stubborn person who'd abandon me as a friend for that kind of thing.

On a seperate note, I'm even moral in dreams. I dreamt I was shoplifting at Macy's and then stopped myself thinking "this is wrong" and emptied my pockets and left with nothing. It's just slimy to take what's not rightfully yours.

0 · November 30, 2009

#82
Jessica G

Jessica G.

SACRAMENTO CA,
United States

33 posts

one time i stole two packs of polaroid film from walmart, before they locked it up. it was about 40 dollars worth of film. when i went to walk out the alarm thing went off and the very large employee woman sitting by the door called this dude over to check me out, so i just said it was my phone. well, he left to get someone else so i said to the lady, "look lady, i have class in a half hour. i have to go." so she just told me, "I aint stoppin ya" and laughed, so i just left. the end.

0 · December 7, 2009

#84
Jazz Nicole

Jazz N.

NEW YORK,
United States

2650 posts

I did do it once completely unintentionally. I went to the mall last semester, after not having slept for two and a half days and taking a final. I ended up stealing a pair of boots (I stuffed it in my bag) and not even remembering picking them up, let alone seeing them. I felt really bad afterward and returned them. I don't even know how I walked out of the store without setting off an alarm.

I'm just glad nobody saw me take or return them, 'cause I don't know how I would explain myself.

Shoplifting never even crosses my mind, tbh.

0 · December 7, 2009

#86
/-\Alexander/-\ E.

/-\Alexander/-\ E.

TENNESSEE,
United States

49 posts

I find shoplifting BEYOND trashy. To me, it's one of the worst things you can ever do: stealing things that end up making the bottom line more expensive for paying customers, like myself.

It's even worse, because I am a brown skinned man who can afford things, but always seem to be the guy that store employees follow. I was in Saks 5th Ave. one day with a white friend of mine...I ended up paying $150 for a pair of shades, and SHE ended up STEALING $400+ of Betsey Johnson accessories.

Guess who they were following?!

Mind you, these same white people are also the ones who often tell me they the have to watch when "ghetto" people come into their retail shops because "They're always stealing something". Then I have to remind them that they are the SAME GHETTO TRASH I was walking around with in Saks the month prior.

The funny thing is that I have a hunch that there are many of the same types of people as my former acquaintances in this very thread. How many of you bitches are wearing STOLEN GOODS in the looks we're hyping?

And I have no problem pointing out trash when I see it. Call me a snob you want to, but I abhor thieves...and their hypocrisy.

0 · December 7, 2009

#87
Kristina M.

Kristina M.

NEW YORK,
United States

90 posts

Hehe, the first time I stole was when I was four. I was on the bus with my older friend and he had ths chapstick thing. He put it on, rubbing it in. I was like, D:. Then I went to CVS [a drug store] with my ex-stepfather and saw the exactly same one. I took it and put it in my pocket. When I got home, I felt so ashamed so I cut my teddy bear open and stuffed the chapstick in, lmao.

Yeah, I've stolen before. Earrings, headbands, perfumes, pens, etc. I do it whenever I am with this friend and have big shopping bags from other stores so I'd put stuff in and no one would inquire me about it. She just goes, "let's take this." and I am just like, whatever, sure. I don't care much about it lol. The last time was like a couple of years ago.

0 · December 9, 2009

#88
Emily Alexander

Emily A.

COLUMBUS, OH,
United States

36 posts

I've worked at H&M for quite some years now and we deal with shoplifters daily. People who steal are trash. I don't care how cute your outfit looks or if you just stole something minuscule, to me your look dishonest and insincere. It's really nothing to gloat about especially on the internet, in fact I would be embarrassed. People in retail work hard, and when their theft rate is high hours get cut. I actually work hard for my money so I can buy myself nice things while others just take. I honestly don't know where people get the idea that they are entitled to it just because we are a big corporation.

0 · January 10, 2013

#89
Eddie Cossaboom

Eddie C.

VICTORIA, BC,
Canada

523 posts

Shoplifters simply just fuck things up for everyone. Never done it, never even had the temptation to do it, and I never will.

That said, many years ago, while doing my undergrad at college, a friend and I forgot to pay at a restaurant. We were just so involved in our conversation, and quite often, one of us would pay for both, and we'd take turns (rather than splitting the bill each time)... So we walked back to campus (about 30 minutes) when it dawned on us BOTH at the same time that we had forgotten to pay. I was like, "Um... Something just occurred to me... Did you pay our bill?" And she was like, "Uhhhh. I was going to ask you the same question." Aw, shit! So we turned right around, walked all the way back, where we apologized profusely, settled our bill, and left a HUGE tip, all while feeling incredibly embarrassed and quite red in the face.

The wait staff took it in stride. They weren't exactly overjoyed, but you could tell they were relieved that we came back and did the right thing. You KNOW that they would have had to take it out of their tips that night, and just the principle of it would make me uncomfortable. I was raised honest. Lol.

1 · January 16, 2013

  

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