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I Got Caught Shoplifting

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    A November To Remember

    I have shoplifted since I was maybe 12 years old. I was caught at age 30 because I was with a friend who was drunken shoplifting, very sloppy. They took us together. I am not proud of my history. If I had to guess, I'd say I have shoplifted close to 10 grand or more in my...
    TMP1978 TMP1978 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 19, 2010

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    What more can I say? I got caught.

    I walked into JCPenny's looking for a dress and trying to vent some frustration i had pent up for a while. The longer I walked, the more I remember everything that upset me throughout the week and I became even more frustrated. I crossed by Sephora in JCPenny and decided to have...
    DarkAllusion DarkAllusion 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 10, 2015

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    I got caught shoplifting

    and I'm fifteen. It was my first time doing it for myself but I've been around others while they have done it so i guess i am guilty by association. They caught me and my friend as we were leaving and they told us to take out everything we took. I cooperated and felt so horrible...
    alexthegreatest alexthegreatest 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2015

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    Today I went shoplifting

    for the first time with my friend (let's call her "A"). So A and I walk into Macy's while my parents and my sibling go a different way to a different store. We had no intention of stealing whatsoever, we were just going into look. We were first in the clothing aisle, just...
    newcomer1023 newcomer1023 13-15, F 2 Responses May 3, 2015

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    I went to kholes today

    and I stole some earrings, a shirt, candle and a bag. When I stole these items I removed the tags off everything but the earrings. For the earrings I just took off the earring it came on and hid the holder with the rest of my tags in the dressing room. I walked out for 6 seconds...
    thatwhitegirl123 thatwhitegirl123 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2015

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    My friend and I needed to go to walmart

    and get some make up. She didn't have any money on her and I did but I didn't want to spend it because I'm leaving for New Jersey in a few days and wanted some money to take with me. But then we got caught. The ladies were very nice, we were really cooperative. We are both 18 so...
    sarahsmile96 sarahsmile96 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    Today, my friend and I had plans to go shopping.

    We had already gone to all the stores we had planned on shopping at and gotten a few things from a few of them when we decided to check out Sephora before we went home. At this point I had no money left, and wanted some brushes and lipsticks... We ended up taking almost $1000...
    vtcvr vtcvr 16-17, F Jan 24

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    I got caught shoplifting $350 worth of stuff

    from a department store. Was caught and cooperated with them fully. I have never had any criminal record or experience with law enforcement. I come from a good family, and just to hear my rights being read to me, seeing my name on the criminal charges... it was a huge blow to me...
    Asiacherey4 Asiacherey4 18-21, M Mar 23, 2015

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    Terrified..

    I just recently got busted for shoplifting.. And il admit it's not the first time I've done it just the first time I got caught.. I'm 18 and the amount of stuff was over $200 total so I had to go to jail.. I was terrified. I cried.. And I normally don't cry I'm pretty strong...
    alikatt23 alikatt23 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2013

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    On November 19th I got caught

    and had the chance to rectify situation but didn't so I got arrested and had pot on me so it got worse, I was more humiliated then what I have previously thought might happen, since then I continue to act on these urges and don't know why I am terrified of jail and if I get...
    Spalonely Spalonely 36-40, F Jan 28

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    Help! I'm Scared!

    I was caught shoplifting by a store employee (no LP). I denied, denied, denied, and left the store. She yelled out "Call the police!" and kept demanding that I empty my bag of the items I took (under $100). She followed me outside and got the tag number from the car I was...
    LailaLoca LailaLoca 46-50 6 Responses Oct 1, 2011

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    Over 8 years ago I got caught shoplifting with

    my sister and a friend of ours (all of us were 15 at the time). I can still remember the day like it was yesterday. We had been shoplifting for a while, although one day we slipped up and as we were walking out of Marshall Field's (now Macy's) we were followed by security and...
    sapphyreopal5 sapphyreopal5 22-25, F Dec 30, 2013

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    Scared Stright - I've been shoplifting

    since I was about 14, and recently the "habit" and gotton worse and I kept telling myself to stop. Today I got caught. I was on my way out of the store, i was confident I would be able to just walk out as I have done times before but this time, a man approched me asking to come...
    Littlepervert84 Littlepervert84 22-25 Jan 5, 2014

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    The first time I got caught shoplifting was at

    17, when I had stolen some chocolate and the man had caught me. Thankfully he was nice and I paid for it and he let me off. I'd been stealing a few years prior, so I thought I was invincible, haha
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Jul 29, 2014

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    I am 30 years old, and was caught shoplifting

    in Burlington Coat Factory in Illinois worth 60.00 of clothing. They did not call the police, but did take a copy of my job Id because I couldn't find my drivers license. ( I work in a school as a teacher) after digging through my purse I found my drivers license and they...
    lapaya4 lapaya4 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 19, 2014

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    Not Caught Yet!

    Hi all, just wanted to add an experience of someone who hasn't yet been caught, felt this was the best place, as didn't want to start a new thread called "i never get caught shoplifting!" LOL Don't get me wrong, this isn't meant to be gloating, or cocky in any way. My...
    snookdogg123 snookdogg123 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 21, 2013

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    Shoplifting Perspective From Loss Prevention

    I have read many stories online on this site and others about people who were arrested for shoplifiting. I wanted to share m views on the topic as a member of the retail loss prevention community. Before I go any further on the topic I want to make clear shoplifing is a horrible...
    irishgreg83 irishgreg83 26-30, M 14 Responses Mar 19, 2012

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    Me and my cousin, both 14 at the time,

    was caught shoplifting at the mall. I was spending a week at my aunt and uncles house when this happend. I stole a lipstick and she a small bottle of perfume. My aunt was called and she was furious. When we got home she said- I´m gonna have a talk with you. And she had with a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Oct 17, 2015

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    Today I did one of the most craziest,

    stupidest things I have ever done in my entire life. I went to the mall and the first store I went to I noticed the clothes were very expensive so I went into the dressing room and stole a dress. It felt good then I went to other stores and stole more. I stole at least one item...
    omgcid omgcid 16-17, F 2 Responses May 11, 2014

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    i was at lush if you don't know what

    that is its a bath bombs bath store its really expensive i always shoplift so i thought it would be easy today so i steal some bath bombs and the worker saw it was so embarrassing i apologize and everyone stares at me i gave back the stuff from my bag and i will never go back it...
    janechaa janechaa 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2015

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    Handcuffed And Caught

    I got caught shoplifting at a local store called Sobeys. I feel really stupid and horrible. What makes it worse is I stole the stupidest thing a pack of goldfish crackers. I Went in to the stole grabbed the pack and put it into my bag, I was careful to check that no one was...
    Lovatic777 Lovatic777 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 21, 2013

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    I went shopping today,

    with the actual intention to spend quite a bit of money as I just got paid and had around £600 in my bank account. I went to The Body Shop and bought a couple of items, and then I went to Debenhams and I decided I wanted to buy some makeup, but I have a pretty expensive taste...
    troubledbody troubledbody 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 2, 2015

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    This just happened to me today.

    As 17 years old I have never felt so scared in my life. I have stolen before not very proud of it but when you don't have money and come from a not so wealthy family I missed out on a lot of things and wanted more so I began stealing. Today I decided me and my boyfriend would go...
    Nopeyy123 Nopeyy123 16-17, F Oct 22, 2015

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    Employee Theft (Felony level)

    First of all, I am not a lawyer, I am not giving legal advice. Just an ex criminal giving some advice, and sharing my story  (in plain english) to people in my situation. Let me start by sharing two things with you. One, Cameras. are. everywhere. It is the 21st century, and they...
    eatontowngirlxo eatontowngirlxo 18-21, F 148 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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    I'm 16 and I think I self sabotaged myself.

    ... again? So the night before I pulled an all-nighter and stayed up to finish this book that I like. I realized if I wanted to do anything fun the upcoming day that I had to not sleep (I know stupid, but I was sleep deprived and pumped with one too many red bulls). Any who I...
    Goodhearttou Goodhearttou 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 25, 2015

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    I was with my mom at a small flea market

    and she was looking at a family friend's jewelry stand and I went to go browse around. I stuck out like a sore thumb in the place, not only was I dressed nice since my mom and I were going to a ballet after this quick stop, but I was a raging queer in a low-class dingy market...
    irlbabushka irlbabushka 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2015

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    Was at walmart stealing the free codes from blu

    rays and the loss prevention guy stopped me at the front door demanded that I give him the codes and then told me to go purchase the discs I broke into. He didn't follow me or write down my name so I decided to run out the garden center since I knew he couldn't get there in time...
    redx24 redx24 26-30, M Mar 4, 2015

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    ...And I'm 17. I have to say,

    when that guy came walking toward me I just knew my life was over. Turned out my instinct was right and he worked as loss prevention (for at least a decade I might add). At first I was gonna lie to him and give him a friend's info or random person. Then I'd have given him a...
    zeusandwich zeusandwich 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 1, 2014

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    A few years ago, I got caught shoplifting on

    the military base exchange. I took a small digital,video camera and went to the ladies room to hide it in my crotch area. Upon exiting the store, a guy from loss prevention asked me to follow him into his office. It was then that I went through a 3 hours process from admitting...
    IridescentOne IridescentOne 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2015

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    My friend & I usually go around to different

    targets & we get a basket to put dirty clothes in & we fill it up with stuff that we like. We always just walk right out with out Paying so basically we shoplift. But this one particular time one of the workers was getting the carts & I guess he noticed that we didn't have any...
    Shlsrmrz Shlsrmrz 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 25, 2015

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    Some one please help.

    I hate myself for doing it and i don't know what's going to happen to me. I can't sleep at night because the scene replays over and over in my head. My birthday is next weekend and my parents want to take me to a different mall to get a dress, but it's technically owned by the...
    winharlow12 winharlow12 18-21, F Aug 30, 2015

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    Stole an eyeliner from a sephora at jc pennys

    (22$). I was with my dad, also sucky because we were having a nice day. Some security guard approached us shortly after exiting the store. I don't feel remorse for stealing, just for getting caught. I am extremely ashamed and apologetic towards my dad. A fine is going to come in...
    anon0599 anon0599 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2015

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    So I finally got caught shoplifting this June.

    I've been frequently shoplifting for about two years. Mostly stealing clothes which had no magnetic tags and make-up. This time I went "shopping" for a new eye pencil. Should have listened to my intuition! I had a strong feeling what a women next to me wasn't a normal customer...
    littleayeaye littleayeaye 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 16, 2014

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    OMG i got caught with ,

    my friends at target....worst idea EVER!!! what me and my friends failed to realize was there were cameras EVERYWHERE! rookie mistake....we had to wait for our parents to come pick us up.
    prettyinnocentright prettyinnocentright 18-21, F Mar 18, 2015

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    Learned

    I was 15 when I got caught. Unfortunately they didn't report me, they dealt with me. I was in a back room and my wrists tied high above my head. My shirt was pulled up over my head, my bra unsnapped, then my jeans and bikini panties pulled to my ankles. He asked me where I hid...
    caterina1 caterina1 13-15, F 3 Responses May 15, 2013

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    Stolen Lipgloss

     I shoplifted from Shoppers Drug Mart. I made it ten steps away from the building when a big ugly man grabbed the back of my t-shirt and announced he was store security and that I would need to follow him. After leading me through the crowded store, clearly embarrasing, me...
    pinkprincess995 pinkprincess995 16-17, F 8 Responses Sep 4, 2009

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    I got caught shoplifting today.

    I was in the mall and I shoplifted a small concealer and then when I was walking in the other store a guy poked my shoulder and said I need to go back to the store. I went there and he took me inside the store room. He told me that I shoplifted and I have him back the concealer...
    Mia97 Mia97 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 10, 2014

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    I suffer from depression

    and anxiety, and I used to self-harm. When I finally stopped hurting myself, I started using shopping as self-medication and racked up quite a bit of credit card debt as well as nearly emptying my bank accounts. None of that is an excuse for what I've done, but it provides a...
    MLC98 MLC98 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    Last night I was caught shoplifting.

    I'm 23 years old with a 2 year old daughter. I'm not sure why I did it and now I feel awful. I can't eat, sleep or function as I fear what is going to happen to me. I was called into the office of the store emptied my bag and had $20 worth of things. They made me plead for...
    TiffyJean TiffyJean 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 30, 2014

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    So, I'm 22 and I just graduated college,

    I live with my parents and work part-time. I started shoplifting in college and have done it a few times since then, I've always lifted from big corporations, usually Walmart but I have lifted from Target and a few grocery stores. I'd never been caught until today. I usually...
    pumpkinshire pumpkinshire 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 7, 2015

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    Hey please anyone answer my question ,

    i got caught shoplifting what if i applied for a work ? they will not take me ?
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 24, 2015

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    this happened yesterday

    and i was caught at sephora. I had $284 worth of stuff. They didnt call the cops because the local cops had been busy and told to mall security not to call with any shoplifting. So i was banned from the store and the mall. But now im worried if they could call and have the...
    Kylie808 Kylie808 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    One Dare That Nearly Got Me A Criminal Record.

    It was February 2012 when a friend of mine dared me to shoplift from a dollar store near my apartment. Okay IDK why she dare me to steal from them all I know is we passed it on our bikes and she dared me to do it. I don't know why I didn't say "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND!" instead...
    anonymousperson123456 anonymousperson123456 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    I Got Caught Today

    First of all, I want to say that I feel so so stupid. I can't believe I've kept on doing this. It all started when I was at university and had been diagnosed with depression. I got told that one way to feel better about myself would be to 'pamper' myself but there was no way that...
    givemelove09 givemelove09 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2013

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    I did this misdeed quite a bit

    as a teenager. I did it to be cool and be daring. My world crashed around me almost 50 years when I got caught. I read the obits in the paper religiously so I gave the manager the name of a dead person when he asked me for my name. He wasn't buying the fact that I did not...
    cak2135 cak2135 61-65, F Oct 17, 2015

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