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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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    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 2 Responses Jan 30

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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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    Hi guys, this is a really confusing topic

    but the fact is I have never stole anything in my entire life HOWEVER at my job I have previously took uniform back old which I have previously worn and exchanged for other girls which I can wear to replace new uniform. However (remorsefully) I did this by returning the old...
    Ilovewolves95 Ilovewolves95 18-21, M Sep 11

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    So I'm 15, a juvenile

    and I went to Meijer's and stole(well tried to) a $200 dollar phone. I had a blade and neatly cut the plastic only around the phone and put it in my gym shorts pocket(I had another pair of baggy pants on. I went to my family and was walking out of the doors when someone warned...
    joelstorm9 joelstorm9 13-15, M 3 Responses Jun 3

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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 1 Response Nov 8

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    I had a friend who got caught shoplifting at

    Walmart. And he gave them a non exist person personal information. And the police was called and he gave them fake no exist fake personal information they gave him a citation and the told him that he couldn't return to the store for three months plus they lady saw with her own...
    funnystory4 funnystory4 26-30 1 Response May 21

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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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    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

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    Ah, well a few months ago I got caught stealing

    from my local Meijer's. What happened was I went to Meijer's alone to the technology section and looked at the iPods. My parents kept telling me they were just a waste of money but I still wanted one. So, I gave in to my temptation and took one and put it in my sweatshirt...
    obitokage obitokage 18-21, M Jun 9

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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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    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 2 Responses Nov 11

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    Caught Shoplifting

    So i was at pricemart, filling up on items and shoving them in my jacket like makeup and candy. Ive done this plenty of times before and havent got caught, yet. I was just passing time before my next bus comes. I ws walking around and noticed a guy following me throughout the...
    chinacat81 chinacat81 16-17, F 1 Response May 19, 2013

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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

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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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    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 2 Responses Jul 29, 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 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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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 1 Response Oct 23

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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

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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 snucked in two pants in my bag ,

    walked out the store , an employee grabbed my shoulder and asked me to follow him back as he wanted to check my bag , i made an attempt for a run , he chased me down few stalls , i got caught again and he brought me back into the store , he then asked me to pay double of the...
    adam345 adam345 18-21, M 2 Responses May 17

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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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2013

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    I got caught shoplifting earlier today

    and they said they wouldn't call the cops if i gave them my ID and signed some papers. I signed papers saying I was shoplifting and wouldn't go back to the store for a year. They said they would send me a letter in the mail in a few weeks. Does anyone know what the letter will...
    craven1 craven1 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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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 7 Responses Oct 10

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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 3 Responses Jun 22

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    sissy1972 sissy1972 22-25, T 1 Response Nov 12

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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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    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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    ...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 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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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, T 1 Response May 15, 2013

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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 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 133 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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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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    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 13-15, F 2 Responses May 11

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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

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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 7 Responses Sep 4, 2009

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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 1 Response Aug 28, 2013

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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

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    Yet To Be Caught.

    yet to be caught, must be a pro right? heres my way of shopplifting food. i live in a small town in England. i go to one of the smallish supermarkets in town, then walk round filling my basket with food. once its full i make my way to the entance and walk out with the...
    Vegeta84 Vegeta84 26-30 3 Responses Jul 3, 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

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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 6 Responses Jul 29

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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

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    My Shocking Shoplifting Story

    First of all, I would like to say that I am so sorry to all those I hurt and let down. I would like you to know that I've never regretted anything more than this.... I was brought up as a polite, well-mannered child. my parents always wanted the best for me, and were frequentley...
    CANDYlandCutie CANDYlandCutie 13-15 1 Response Jul 18, 2010

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    I've been shoplifting

    for about 3 years and a few weeks ago I took a shirt from Target and the security guard caught me but he was really nice and just told me to put it back. I know I shouldn't have but today I did the same thing and was caught by the same guy, except this time he was really angry...
    BluperPorse BluperPorse 18-21 3 Responses Mar 8

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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

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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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    Addition to Shoplifting from the LP Point.

    On other posts I have noticed , that people ask "are loss prevention washed out cops". In my PERSONAL experience a lot of people that want to be cops but do not make it , and come to loss prevention dont last long , due to the "cowboy sindrom". Loss Prevention in recent years...
    deejaydee2014 deejaydee2014 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 1

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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

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    I am 15 and today I tried to take an EOS lip

    balm out of stater bros. idk how they saw me but after my mom was done checking out a man stopped me and walked us out to our car. I gave him the Chapstick and he accused me of taking the candy I was holding which means they were watching me. I got let off with a warning but it...
    Greeneyedjess Greeneyedjess 36-40 2 Responses Jan 21

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