Would you tell someone if you saw someone else shoplifting?

United States
November 25, 2006 6:44pm CST
I've confronted shoplifters personally (not recommended). I've also told people working in the store and they don't seem to care.
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@yarntales (639)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I've heard of people confronting them. I haven't ever seen this, so I dn't know what I would actually do.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
I have actually confronted someone about this, but I don't recommend this. In my case, it was a child, but an adult might possibly get violent with you. I just think it's a shame when stores in my area go out of business because of all the stealing.
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@berry9 (590)
• India
5 Jan 07
I wouldnt tell or complain to the staffs.Even if I do,il have to risk myself.The shopkeeper is not going to escort me home. Il mind my own business even if icsuch thinghappen.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
You don't have to make a big deal about it. Just discreetly tell them what you saw. If you are in one of those small towns that just has one person or a family running the shop, I can see why you would hesitant.
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@katprice (807)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Wow, that's frustrating. I guess the store employees are afraid of confrontation as well, or they are aiding/in cahoots with the shoplifters for their own gain.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I think you're right about the fear of confrontation. I wonder though, if they just think it's not worth it to confront anyone unless they are stealing huge amounts. Or, it could be that they don't want the food back after it has been stuffed under their shirts or down their pants and would have to throw it out anyway.
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@ukchriss (2103)
4 Jan 07
when i was working in a clothes store many years ago, I was busy hanging the new stock of t-shirts when this bloke walked over took a t-shirt rolled it up into a sausage shape then placed it up his coat sleeve and walked out of the store. well i was so shocked that someone would do this right infrount of me, it took a few seconds before i told the manager who then followed him into another store where he tried to do the same thing. so yes they caught him but never did find out what happened to him.
• United States
5 Jan 07
Thanks for responding. That's an interesting story. I've noticed that clothing and department stores seem to be a little more concerned about shoplifting than grocery stores. But, they have to be careful. We've had at least one person in our town that has been shot while chasing after shoplifters.
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@mysiraylon (1102)
• United States
4 Jan 07
For me yes, to warn those that are planning to do things like that... It is to be corrected anyway, but always report report to the right person and do it with no panic.
• United States
4 Jan 07
That's true. That's all I can really do, I guess. I actually try to avoid stores where I see this happening often and nothing is done about it. Some of those stores have ended up going out of business.
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• United States
25 Dec 06
I would definately report them to the service desk. Shoplifting is a crime. The damage is seen later when we have to pay higher prices.
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• United States
25 Dec 06
I know! But, they don't seem to care or they just laugh! This is especially true in a food store. I think in a department store, it would be a little different.
@simplysue (631)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I would tell a store employee about it. If they don't do anything about it at least I'de have done my part. If we don't say anything the store will just have to charge higher prices to the rest of us to make up for what they lost in stolen merchandise. The way I see it, they aren't only stealing from the store....they are stealing from everyone as honest people who pay for merchandise have to pay higher prices because of theives.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
That's true! I mean, you do what you can do and you can't control the rest. I know a store that began charging so much that people stopped shopping there. They had to close. They said they were closing because the thefts were just too high for them to deal with.
@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
26 Mar 07
yes, i did one time tell the lady at the register and the person was cought. it helps as if we dont, they will rise prices to make up for whats been stolen.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
I know what you mean. In my area, there are people that can help those who can't afford to eat. I think it's more that they don't want to pay rather than they can't pay.
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