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What's the cheapest packaged product you've seen people steal from a store?

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What's the cheapest packaged product you've seen people steal from a store?

In the spirit of this thread: how-low-can-people-really-go-908087/

What's the cheapest product you've seen people steal from a store, excluding "sampling" from the produce and bulk section?

I've seen razors, soap, memory cards, toothbrush replacement heads, batteries and, today, 1 bottle of water. Seriously, you're going to risk your life/reputation by taking a 10c bottle of President's Choice water? :confused:

It really doesn't surprise me that a simple flash drive comes in a huge blister pack that can takes a table saw to open.
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My parents used to run a convenience store when I was younger. I even helmed the cash register during my early teens and I would see people try and steal small items. For example, someone would come in and ask for some type of cigarettes, but while my back was turned they would swipe a pack of gum or chocolate bar.

I got smart to it and was able to grab the pack of cigarettes without during around. You'd think this doesn't happen often, but I caught at least 10-15 people trying to do this.

But the biggest culprits of petty theft at our convenience store were the cops. We had 3 break ins that I can remember. The cops would show up and help themselves to pop, chips, chocolate bars, etc. Then leave without paying for it. This was in the 80s and 90s, so maybe things are different now.
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A bag of Splenda. The father of A FAMILY (with wife and children) entered it as some cheap bulk product at the self-checkout (at RCSS) and the price was $0.10 instead of ~$8. Shame on him (and the mom) :evil: .
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if you've ever gone into a bootleg dvd store, they always have porn at the very back and one time i saw this guy trying to steal one.

he was using a rice bag as his purse and trying to slip one or two into it.
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I would say candy bars, everytime when you see someone walk past one of those grocery stores cashier to pay for their cart of groceries I would see someone snatch a candy bar and holding it on to their left hand and with the right hand, pretending they are paying for it with the wallet.
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I was at the dollar store and saw someone get busted for stealing a $0.65 package of gum. They called in the police and everything. She was only like 13-14 years old. I just couldn't imagine the police questioning me over an item that cost less than a dollar :confused:

I also saw somebody stealing a candle (maybe $2) from zellers. It was a mom with kids, and it was obvious she was stealing it. It's not like it was a neccesity or something. I feel kind of bad for the kids, because if this is how their parent acts, what kind of morals will they grow up with?
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rf134a wrote:
Jul 1st, 2010 7:12 pm
today, 1 bottle of water. Seriously, you're going to risk your life/reputation by taking a 10c bottle of President's Choice water? :confused:
Ive seen that...the exact bottle of water you've seen. an undercover security caught 'em.
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Did anyone watch the news when a teenager went to steal a $20 item from a store and the store did not call the police, few weeks later, the teenager got billed like $300 without knowing? It was on the news.
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In high school, people would tip the pop machine so that the cans on the bottom of the stacks would fall out.
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Jul 2nd, 2010 10:52 pm
Did anyone watch the news when a teenager went to steal a $20 item from a store and the store did not call the police, few weeks later, the teenager got billed like $300 without knowing? It was on the news.
That doesn't even make sense. Unless you are leaving some part of the story out.

You stole a $20 item and instead of calling the police and having you detained/arrested I let you go. Therefore I feel as retribution you must pay me $300.

??? Ya good luck with that.
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That story is legit - it was on the radio recently - here's a recent story on it

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2010/0 ... arges.html

Participants include the Bay, Zellers, Loblaws and SDM. They claim the $300 fine is to cover "investigative expenses".

Personally I like the approach by the store in NY which fines you $400 and takes a picture of you holding the stolen goods, then posts it up on a notice board in the store :)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/22/nyreg ... plift.html
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Personally, I think the "bill you this amount" is a much better route than the press charges route. Petty theft often begins at a still-impressionable age. If charges stick, they stick for life and can really ruin a reputation and person's demeanor in the permanent sort of way. On the other hand, if you're caught when you're young and have to pay a bill that's bigger than you can afford because of it, that can instill a strong and lasting aversion to the activity. It gives the opportunity for parents to step in with some parenting to "right" the kid, rather than just throwing the justice system at them.

Unfortuantely, some parents would rather blame corporations than parent their own kids. Such parents are not fit to be parents.
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I agree with the father in the story. Shoplifting is disgusting in itself and you should be punished for it, but letting these kids go instead of pressing charges and having them arrested only to what seems like blackmail them and their parents with huge "fines" in a form of a bill weeks later seems rather sleazy. How exactly could you get away with it by taking them to small claims court?

What kind of "investigative expenses" could they claim were needed, especially if the person was caught red-handed on a security camera and detained by the store with their information willfully given by the shoplifter?
Seems like your duty as a store owner would be to call the police to have them arrested, not intentionally try to bilk extra money out of them.
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condoms Lol.. e.e;; i guess they were desperate. oh well. atleast they're practicing safe sex Lol... ;)

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