If you see somebody shoplifting, would you say something/report them?

@mermaidivy (15404)
United States
August 16, 2009 1:11pm CST
Couple months ago, I went shopping at a craft store, I was looking at the cosmetic stuff, I picked up the lipsticks that was on sales, it supposed to have 4 licpticks in it but I saw one of them was torn apart and 1 lipstick is gone... Couple days ago, I went shopping again, I saw something similar again... so it makes me wonder if people do do stealing in the store??? And I asked myself should I say something if I see people stealing stuff? Go straight and talk to the stealer? or report to the people in the store? What would you do?
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@bryanski (497)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
It depends really. Here's the case: What if you see someone stealing and that someone looks really grumpy and twisted that you might be wondering if it is possible for the person to have something sharp or dangerous with him. Better keep safe for everybody's welfare. But if you see someone stealing and that someone's manageable, it's best to report to the authorities and not handle the situation by yourself.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
That's why what I do will be reporting it to the people that works at the store.
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• Hong Kong
17 Aug 09
I have seen once that when I was picking up the earings. I found that one pair was stolen by someone. I didnt report to anyone cuz I think anyone can see it. But osmetimes I just dont be in the case. That's all of my sharing~~
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
You mean you saw somebody stealing or you found earings were missing?
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
Hi there! You've seen it twice and you didn't say anything? Seeing a shoplifter in action is kinda unusual and unexpected. I mean, when we are at the mall we don't usually notice people if they are shoplifting or not. Hadn't it occurred that the second time you saw it, you have to report it? The second time could be a sign that God wanted you to report it. If I see a shoplifter I will report it. I will tell a salesperson to spy on the shoplifter and leave the job to them after telling. I don't want to feel guilty by not saying anything knowing I knew someone stole something. Besides, the shoplifter will not know that I'm the one who reported. I'll make sure of that. Ciao!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
No no no, I didn't actually see the person stealing, I just saw the stuff was missing so I wondered if I would have said something if I saw the person actually doing it in front of me.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Oh I see.. I thought you actually saw it. Why did it came to your that someone might have stolen it? Maybe someone already bought it.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
I fortunately have not caught anyone shoplifting before. Aside from it obviously being wrong, getting caught isn't something to look forward to, especially when you got caught stealing something that isn't really that significant or important. It would be really embarrassing. If I ever get to see someone in the act of stealing or shoplifting, I would try to approach that person and see if I can convince him/her to correct themselves immediately. I wouldn't really like to make a scene or humiliate them in front of a lot of people if ever there are people around. (^_^)
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I think we could tell the people that works at the store.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
It really depends on the situation I guess.. (^_^")
@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Wow great question, humm I think if I actually saw someone stealing I go to them and remind them of what could happen if they were caught hopefully they will listen, to actually report to the store itself I am not sure,considering when you go into some of these stores people like to follow you and that pisses me off, so no I won't go to them, but I will tell the person it's not worth it, you should not do that.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
17 Aug 09
It is really stupid to do so... what if they get caught..
@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
17 Aug 09
You are right but you must remember some people are stupid, sad but true, I would say something if I saw this, but that also depends on the individual if they look like they will hurt me, I will mind my business trust and believe that.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
24 Aug 09
Often if its something thats a multipack and they sell them as individual items i wonder in cases like that if someone opened the multipack to get the colour they wanted and purchased it like they would a single one. Unless i actually saw someone put it in their pocket and there was someone to tell nearby it would be pretty hard to prove they really intended to steal it.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Aug 09
Yeayea it is exactly what I saw at the store made me wondered!
@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
honestly, if i see somebody doing that... i'll just pretend i din't see what he's doing.. i'd rather not get involved. he has reasons......i don't wanna send anybody to jail for petty theft... It would make me feel so guilty.. his familt would be so hurt if he is thrown in jail. and who knows? he must be in great need? if he does get caught, he has to deal with it himself... but i'm not gonna let him get caught by telling him off
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Hmmm I think you don't need to feel guilty, you should report to the people that works at the store and let them do whatever they want to do. MAybe this will help them to release their addiction of stealing.
@Theresaaiza (10539)
• Australia
17 Aug 09
I haven't witnessed anything like that before but if in case I do, I will ask a watcher or the store's employee to follow that person around or report that person.They are the ones who know best what to do in cases like that. I have heard a story by my friend where she reported a shoplifter. The guy knew that she reported him. A few days after, the shoplifter was freed, and located where she lived. The shoplifter went to her house and threw a stone at her window as a revenge. I dont want that to happen to me. Good thing that was all he did. What if it was someone who was really bad and would do more than that, right?
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Right... so I think reporting to the people that works at the store is better.
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
I haven't seen someone shoplifting, or haven't encounter the same situation. But i knew someone who tried shoplifting and wasn't caught but that person do not really steal its just curiosity but haven't done it again. If ever i saw someone shoplifting i wouldn't report, maybe i'll try talking to the person or just ignore, I don't know, i hope i wouldn't ever encounter that thing.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I don't hope I would see situation like that either...
• Malaysia
17 Aug 09
I was shopping at my aunt's shop. while browsing in the shop, I saw this girl putting a box of candle tuck tight up inside her shirt. She was pretty young i guess 12 years of age? I told my aunt. She checked her and took the candle right out of her shirt then asked her to leave. My aunt did not make any report but gave her a chance. I think it all depends how the situation is.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I hope she learnt her lesson and won't do it again...
@trisha27 (3495)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I have noticed various items in the store when the item requires more than one thing and u see something missing. That kind of is not cool and then it makes u wonder do people actually open up boxes or packages and take one thing out or do the packaging company forget to add things when they're adding stuff. My husband and I were actually in a grocery store and trying to find some hair dye so my husband opened up one of the boxes and to see what was in it and made sure it had everything and there were a few items that were missing from the box. So we didn't get the product. Now if we were to find someone that was shop lifting in the store, I wouldn't confront the person. That would be a bit bold. But I would inform one of the workers in the store if I saw someone. That would be the right thing to do.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I think it is the right thing to do too.
17 Aug 09
If I saw someone stealing, I would tell a shopkeeper or a guard at the store, and then try to talk the person out of shoplifting. I would then call the police and the shoplifter(s) would get arrested.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I would probably talk to the people that works at the store.
@maezee (38833)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Yes! I think I would. I have to admit..I've been in the shoplifting position before, and I can definitely say with confidence that shoplifting becomes an addiction; an addiction to the high/thrill you get from being in such a dangerous situation. I shoplifted for about a year when I was 11 - and finally got caught when I was 12. In retrospect, I'm really happy I got caught - and prosecuted and whatnot because it was a reality check; a wake-up call, and I realized that there were consequences for my actions & at that point - I knew it had to stop. I think if you reported someone as shoplifting, you'd actually be doing them a favor considering how addictive shoplifting can be. And beyond that, you're doing the STORE or place of business a favor as well - because they obviously lose money off of stolen merchandise! I wouldn't talk to the theif; that seems unreasonable. I would talk to someone working at the store or a security guard (if the place has one) and let them know what you saw. The least they could do is keep tabs on the person in question.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I'm glad that you got out of that, I have heard stealing could become an addiction.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I would not say anything to the person doing the stealing, because you never know what they would do, that could be dangerous. I would say something to the person at the check out. Most stores now have cameras everywhere watching, but just in case they do not catch it. i would say something.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Yea.. that's why I don't understand why people will do stealing while cameras are recording them.
• United States
16 Aug 09
i'd move away from them so no one would think i was with them if the person looked very dangerous i'd leave the store. if the person looked harmless i'd tell a worker they should go see what that person is doing
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I think it is a smart idea to move your steps away from the shoplifter and go tell somebody else that works at the store.
@versio9 (329)
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
if the person shoplifting is poor, i will let him/her go. sorry, but i'm assuming she/he can't afford it. if the person looks like a goon, really dangerous-looking, i'd shout for the police. if the person shoplifting looks like a normal person, i'd report him/her to the store. but if the storeowner exhibits bad attitude. i will not report anything.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I think I will report to the person that works at the store, telling directly to the shoplifter, you don't know what is going to happen.
@jaiho2009 (38989)
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
Hello mermaid, I haven't seen personally someone stealing or doing some shoplifting.But,in any case,i would probably report it.If,i am beside or near the person and it's a woman,i would ask why she has do that,maybe she had some reason for doing it.But,if it is a man,i would report so he will be caught.(which of course if it happens at the mall,the camera surely had caught him stealing). I wonder how it will be if,someone is pickpocketting,and you saw it.What will you gonna do?
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I think I will tell the person that being picked up the wallet and let him'her do whatever he/she decided to do, I don't think I will chase the person for him/her seeing I don't think it will be good to do so.
@berrys (864)
• Singapore
16 Aug 09
I would not approach the stealer as they may claim that i put the item in their possession or anything, I would ask to remain anonymous and report the stealer only If i am absolutely certain that the person is stealing. often we can be mistaken as I notice some people use the items that they are gonna purchase before they actually make payment, so just be sure!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I think I will do the same, go to the people that works in the store, just to get out of trouble but reporting what I see as well.
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
I have not seen one,but i witness a mall guards drag a shoplifter and they varies from ages like a teenager, children, man and woman. All are caught in the actual stealing while others are caught by the alarm, and with security check up. The modus operandi, in cases of women wear heavy clothes to look like pregnant, wear doubles shirts and pants,then all the items is being inserted or at least in a dressing room she get many dress to try. But, the real truth she gonna wear it then overlap with her others clothes. Basically, I do not really like to meddle with other person business. Their are lot of survelance cameras around malls, and surely a shoplifter could easily be caught. I leave the responsibilities to the shopping mall security guard to do their works..Sometimes, some shoplifter being caught are all dramas that the shopping mall owner reenactment that a probable shoplifter changes her mind as somebody have been caught may drive the shoplifter plan to change her plans.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
16 Aug 09
I have seen couple times that police drag the shoplifters away too. I think people is stupid to do so... who will not know when you are stealing and the alarm goes off...
@psphacker (1054)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Yes if I see somebody sholifting i would say something/report them.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing.