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I Got Caught Shoplifting

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    Help! I've shoplifted twice before,

    I've never been caught! Today I stole (well tried to steel) 3 sports bras, 2 bathing suit tops and a bathing suit bottom when I thought nobody was looking. I was at the check-out line waiting for my friend to buy her things when a worker said to me "where's those bathing suits...
    9918172impacta 9918172impacta 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    I worked in my local mall at Forever 21

    as a sales associate and accessory specialist. I worked there about 6 months, loved it but hated it as well. Bitter sweet job honestly, I started stealing from the store about the fifth month working there.. I started taking off sensors knowing there was a camera facing me the...
    xanaxkisses xanaxkisses 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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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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    First Time I Got Caught

    My mom and I were shopping at a department store in the mall.  I was trying on clothing in the dressing room.  I found a really cute pair of jeans that thought I must have.  The jeans were really expensive.  I knew my mom would never get them for me.  I figured the next best...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 31, 2011

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    I got caught shoplifting at wal mart in Georgia,

    and got arrested on a misdemeanor theft by shoplifting. I went to court got a public defender, and got a court date for January where I will meet my public defender and plea guilty or not guilty. I got a free consultation with a lawyer he told me I can either get first offender...
    ThaiRosemarie ThaiRosemarie 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 23, 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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    ...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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    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 have only shoplifted a couple of times prior

    when in the company of friends and then have returned the items a couple of days after. But this time there was no way out. I was walking around with walmart with a girl I thought was my friend and she was telling me all about the stuff her and her husband had stolen back in...
    minimaddy94 minimaddy94 18-21, F Sep 5, 2014

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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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    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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    Hello everyone. I am new to EP

    and I'm still learning how everything works. I'm 24 years old now, female and this year has been rough. A month after turning 18 I gave birth to my son who is now 6 years old. He is my everything and I am not your stereotypical young mom. His father and I had been together for...
    lifeistolerable lifeistolerable 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    Finally Caught

    Okay, so my friend and I went to the mall and as normal, I stole as much things as I could that I knew didnt have sensors on them. I was 13 at the time and my friend was 12.. Whenever I shop with her, I had always stolen about 5-20 things, but nothing was too expensive because...
    Jazzminez Jazzminez 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 10, 2012

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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 12 Responses Mar 19, 2012

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    I got caught stealing scratch offs from my job .

    Well not really stealing I'll pay for some or whatever , but I got caught they said they were short a certain amount of money on lottery I doubt I'm the reason for that amount, bottom line I was so scared I'm on probation and I have a baby . I just spoke to the site manager and...
    AliPooh AliPooh 22-25, F Nov 8, 2014

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    Anybody been caught shoplifting from JCPennys?

    I was with a friend who stole 175$ worth of merchandise and put half in her purse and the rest in her Aeropostale shopping bag. I didn't see any of this. And this is a friend I've gone to the mall with thousands of times. The story honestly gives me knots in my stomach. So my...
    MakeAChange98 MakeAChange98 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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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 16-17, F 5 Responses Oct 10, 2014

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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 May 3

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    Form Doctor To Shoplifter

    i have been shoplifting since i was 21..and xclusively fr clothes..its not like i cannot afford,am quite capable of it..but there was no fun paying,wen u could get things fr free.i evn used to shoplift gifts for my friends.it was all going good,till i got caught yesterday.i was...
    chetana101 chetana101 22-25 1 Response Sep 5, 2010

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    I'm An Idiot.

    Yesterday I was at the store and I was casually walking around minding my own buisness and I have to admit that i have shoplifted before. But this time I was in a store where I have never done it before. I was going to steal a mascara, because its something not to expensive but...
    miak miak 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 29, 2013

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    I haven't gotten caught technically

    but I have been talked to, I started working at office max a while ago, I was a cashier and an excellent sales man. I took the liberty for almost 5 weekends in a row to take 20$ out of the register everytime I worked. I also was one of those people who took things because he...
    Hellslayer3 Hellslayer3 16-17, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    So today, for the first time ever,

    I got caught. I was just going through the local woolworths and I grabbed a few boxes of biscuits and a few ice creams, you know, the kind of stuff I'd usually get. And then I noticed this guy with a beard following me around but I thought "hey, he probably won't notice me...
    andthephoenixflew andthephoenixflew 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    i went to Target with my friend

    and we wanted to steal some makeup, which we had done before and never got caught. We grabbed a bunch, hid it in our pockets and then went to the bathroom to take off the tags. We hid the makeup in our purses and on our way out of the store we were stopped by a policeman who was...
    lindsme lindsme 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    This happened today at a store here in Canada

    called Winners. I came to return an item (to which I bought with my money) that I purchased to exchange it for another item. Then while I was making my way to the cashier I saw a lady change the price of an item with a sale red tag. Then I saw her pay, and get away with it. Then...
    rl061497 rl061497 16-17, M 3 Responses Aug 12, 2014

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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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    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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    so a couple months ago i started watching

    pretty little liars,in which hanna marin,one of the protagonists of the show shoplifts.a lot. so i guess that's the first time i ever considered shoplifting because they made it seem so normal. yesterday i ended school and i had to go at a restaurNt with my friend ,but she...
    hiitsmewhtu hiitsmewhtu 16-17, F 2 Responses May 1, 2014

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    I need some advice.. I was caught shoplifting a

    few weeks ago. I want to go talk to the store owner about it(ardenes) and tell them I'm sorry. They told me not to come back but I think if I can apologize and tell them I'll never do it again and explain to them why I did it everything will just stop! Should I do it?
    9918172impacta 9918172impacta 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 17

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    Im 20 years old and today i got caught

    shoplifting. I went to the mall and was in Sephora looking for a foundation. I did not walk in the store with any intention to steal anything. I found my foundation and the lady that worked there suggested that my foundation would look the best if i applied it with this...
    Sh318y Sh318y 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    Please can someone help me without being

    judgmental. I have had a really tough 3 years. I am a person who gives to charity's when i have almost nothing left. I worked at a reputable job for many years. I have recently lost 2 loved ones to suicide,my father died,I have had so many surgeries that didn't go well at all. I...
    gildedgoddess gildedgoddess 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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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

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    Hello! I'm 17. For 4-5 months prior my mother

    had been complaining about not having enough money, being in debt for the next month & she said a lot of it had to do with the grocery bill. No matter how we tried to cut down on the bill it just never happened. I have been shoplifting from a local store for about a month. It...
    lostsoul1726 lostsoul1726 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 12, 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
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 29, 2014

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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 2 Responses May 15, 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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

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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

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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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    I'm 26 and I just got caught this Sunday at

    Walmart shoplifting. They stopped me right before I got to the exit sliding doors and they took me to their backroom. They had me give me there license sign papers and they took my finger prints. They also said I would have to go to court and I would be contacted by mail. Now I...
    carterxian carterxian 26-30, M 4 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    A few years ago me and my two friends

    and sister got caught shoplifting at walmart i got a rubber band that i thought was worthless and that i wasnt gonna get in trouble for but my friends stole condoms with the help of my sister facepalm* i told them that they can get that free at the clinic or school but they din...
    Ilikefreestuff123 Ilikefreestuff123 22-25, F Dec 8, 2013

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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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    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 138 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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