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Shoplifting: Let's talk about stealing shit, but never actually steal shit, bcos illegal

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Welcome to Shoplifting! If you're here to preach morals, enjoy your very brief stay. If you're here to learn and share, please help contribute to our wonderful community of allegedly corrupt and soulless individuals.


What motivates shoplifters?


For the affluent, it can be kleptomania or thrill-seeking. For the poor, a means of feeding a family or addiction, or simply boredom.


What do they shoplift? And why?


The most commonly shoplifted goods are food, alcohol, books, cosmetics, clothes, drugs, toiletries, electronics, and accessories.

The acronym CRAVED explains the product characteristics most likely to influence a shoplifting decision: Concealable, Removable, Available, Valued, Enjoyed and Disposable.


How do they get away with it?


Knowledge minimizes risk! r/LossPrevention must observe someone actively concealing a product in order to a make a "stop". A "bad stop" could mean the end of a LP career.

The odds are weighted in favor of any lifter who understands the law, the limitations of a LP effort, and has considered the vulnerabilities of specific stores/products.


What lingo do LP teams use?


  • NVI = Non-Violent Intervention
  • APS = Asset Protection Specialist
  • LPA = Loss Prevention Agent
  • PTZ = Pan/Tilt/Zoom (Cameras)
  • EAS = Electronic Article Surveillance
  • POS = Point of Sale
  • NPD = Non-Productive Detainment
  • NAA = Non-Apprehension Approach
  • HPA = Hours Per Apprehension
  • SRA = Sales-Reducing Activities
  • SKU = Stock-Keeping Unit
  • ORC = Organized Retail Crime
  • SWIM = Someone Who Isn't Me

Other subreddits of interest


r/DumpsterDiving

r/ThriftStoreHauls

r/Frugal

r/Flipping

r/Barter

r/Anticonsumption

r/LateStageCapitalism

r/Stealing

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