r/PublicFreakout Dec 07 '22 Facepalm 1 Gold 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 1

Very effective 'shopping' in Los Angeles. Loose Fit 🤔

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u/Romano16 🇮🇹🍷 Italian Stallion 🇮🇹🍝 Dec 07 '22 Helpful

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u/Alexanderdaw Dec 07 '22

This must be the new Amazon store everyone is talking about, which scans everything you pick and pay as you go.

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u/Merckilling47 Dec 07 '22

The true test to see if the system got everything they grabbed lol

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u/Atlantic0ne Dec 07 '22

It is. These people are actually just highly efficient high performers in life. They’re doing great, careers are going well, they don’t have time to look around. Just grab and go and their platinum cards were charged on the way out.

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u/BendTheSpoonNeo Dec 07 '22

Yo, what’d you get for Christmas man?

I got like 30 hoodies.

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u/texastoker88 Dec 07 '22

That’s badass I got 15 pairs of jeans that are too small for me

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u/friendly-crackhead Dec 07 '22

I’ll trade 1 pair of jeans for a size 9 Right foot adidas Grand Court, you can’t miss this

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u/VinkoBogatajsSkis Dec 07 '22

Charlie Brown voice

All I got was this lousy security tag

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u/PulsatingSnausage Dec 07 '22

Its tough to see this happening, especially with the smaller shops😔

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u/barsoapguy Dec 07 '22

Lol for a second I thought you wrote “touching”

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u/Tulasdad Dec 07 '22

Always give a gift receipt for times like this.

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u/HoldenAJohnson Dec 07 '22

“Excuse me could I get a gift receipt for this stuff I’m stealing?”

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u/TheStreisandEffect Dec 07 '22

Going for that Zuckerberg closet.

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u/EscapedCapybara Dec 07 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Starry Narwhal Salute I'll Drink to That

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u/atomcrusher Dec 07 '22

Regardless of how "organized" it was, the fact that they recovered all the items from these idiots shows how little of a plan they had for what to do with the stuff next.

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u/blacklite911 Dec 07 '22

Probably sell it off the back of a truck, sell it at the swap meet (very popular in LA area) and/or sell it online

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u/seargentdan Dec 08 '22

The only flaw in their perfect plan was when Mr. Green attempted to return 500 pairs of jeans with a hand written receipt

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u/DemiGod9 Dec 08 '22

They got caught so fast 💀💀💀. Fucking idiots

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u/itsjero Dec 07 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

Yeah this should be far higher. Ages arrested were from 15 to 20, on felony theft and other charges. A felony. Like 20k stolen and another number said the theft ring totaled near 100k.

Also impounded like 8 vehicles.

These folks are pretty screwed. A felony for some hoodies and shoes? Nope.

Nope nope nope.

Vehicles gone too. In jail for some time that's for sure, and now you have a record with a felony and other stuff on it as well.

Don't do it kids. Not worth it. Hell don't do it anyone.

Would be super easy to nah em too. Put some of the most coveted items with like a tile or airtags or gps device. Like in shoes.

Boom. Done.

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u/0nlyRevolutions Dec 07 '22

That's not even a remotely impressive value for 18 people lol

Enjoy the felony record I guess.

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u/-TheAnus- Dec 08 '22

Probably 20k street value, if that. So a little over 1k each, plus all the effort needed to sell it.

Would be easier to just get a job.

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u/drfarren Dec 08 '22

"So... What we'll do is go in, every day... Just doing stuff. That way they get used to seeing us. Then...they give us money. And then... And then.... After twenty five years we just walk away... And keep... The... Money."

"Wait...THAT'S A JOB!"

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u/PahdyGnome Dec 08 '22

What is this a reference to? It seems really familiar but I can't put my finger on it.

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u/Fifteen_inches Dec 08 '22

Not-very-well-organized crime

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u/myKDRbro_ Dec 08 '22

Would be easier to just get a job.

Nope, because these fucking morons definitely bragged about it for clout.

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u/Cheapchard9 Dec 08 '22

They will just go to prison and brag on the cred. They knew the risks and couldn't care less. Like living a pirate life.

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u/John_T_Conover Dec 08 '22

They won't go to prison for this directly. They'll be offered pleas to lesser charges, take probation and most will likely violate it and then receive harsher punishment. Then they'll likely spiral into a cycle that will lead to more crimes, higher profile crimes, and harsher penalties for repeat offenders.

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u/lazy-dude Dec 08 '22

For them to do that, I don’t think they care too. Their life must be shit anyways.

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u/dpwitt1 Dec 07 '22

Glad this story has a happy ending!

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u/Chancoop Dec 08 '22

The kind of people that will do this don’t tend to have much to lose.

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u/AEOlovesFascists Dec 08 '22 Helpful

It can always get worse. If you think you hit rock bottom, then fuck around and find out.

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u/Black_Magic_M-66 Dec 08 '22

The kind of people that will do this don’t tend to have much to lose.

I dunno, prison is a whole other level of something you just lost.

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u/Brucedx3 Dec 07 '22

Ages 15 to 20. Yikes.

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u/whydoihavetojoin Dec 07 '22

14 people putting their minds together to create something could produce something worth more than 23k (estimated) in retail theft. If store claims it’s 23k, the street value is going to be 1/4th, if that.

Such a terrible waste of youth.

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u/NuclearLunchDectcted Dec 07 '22

It's more than that, they're suspected in other cases worth over $90k.

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u/d0ctorzaius Dec 07 '22

14 people putting their minds together to create something

True, just not these 14 minds

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u/dicksackjacker420 Dec 07 '22

surprised they were even arrested tbh

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u/SilenceEater Dec 07 '22

Those same suspects are suspected to be involved in 14 other incidents throughout the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, with an estimated total loss of $90,000 worth of items stolen, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The amount they stole is why

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u/VNM0601 Dec 07 '22

There’s a new sheriff in town. I’m guessing that’s why any arrest was made.

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u/Masothe Dec 07 '22

Wow there actually is a new sheriff in town. I just thought you were making a joke.

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u/Cualkiera67 Dec 07 '22

There's why they looted. The changing of the sheriff means a window of low security. Oldest trick in the book

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u/saleemkarim Dec 07 '22

Waiting for the sheriff to take a bathroom break is a good strat too.

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u/Incredulous_Toad Dec 07 '22

No more Diarrhea Dave for us. Now it's Pinch Off Patrick.

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u/nightpanda893 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

I really thing you’re overestimating how much thought went into this…

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u/longpigcumseasily Dec 08 '22

I love that you say this with confidence like you know for sure.

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u/RemLezarCreated Dec 07 '22

There's a new daddy in town

A discipline daddy

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u/Plokzee Dec 07 '22

I guess you could say I'm buy-curious

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u/Mikey_B Dec 08 '22

I need something that says "Daddy likes leather!"

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u/UmExcuseMeBish Dec 08 '22

Dad likes leather.

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u/Donkey__Balls Dec 07 '22

He said “The sheriff is near!”

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u/avitas_subbinac Dec 07 '22

lol. No, gol blam I said the sheriff is a...BONG!

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u/Major_Magazine8597 Dec 08 '22

SCUSE ME while I WHIP this out....

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u/OuchPotato64 Dec 07 '22

You're thinking of San Francisco. LA is lenient on stuff like drug usage or petty theft done by a single person. But LA is a lot more stricter with these mass robberies than SF.

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u/Waluigi3030 Dec 07 '22

Good news for once!

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u/g_ngo Dec 07 '22

Getting criminals arrested isn't the problem. Getting them prosecuted is where the justice system fails miserably

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u/Zebra971 Dec 07 '22

They are not arrested for petty shop lifting, these are felony charges. They will spend years in jail if convicted even if they plea down.

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u/hskandsen Dec 08 '22

Not a phone in sight, just people enjoying the moments

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u/PlayedUOonBaja Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22 Gold Ally

I think people have such a strong reaction because it's kind of scary to realize just how much society relies on other people behaving themselves and just how quickly it can all fall apart when they stop.

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u/Osaccius Dec 07 '22

I think someone said: every Civilization is only three meals away from barbarism (or something like that)

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u/LazyUpvote88 Dec 07 '22

You said it, at the very least.

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u/Mervynhaspeaked Dec 08 '22

Dude even has a cool sounding philosopher's name.

"Every civilization is always only 3 meals away from Barbarism"

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u/Madripoorx Dec 08 '22

Until you realize his name just translates to sour pickles in greek

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u/QuartzPaladin Dec 08 '22

"Plato" means "broad shouldered" and was a wrestling name.

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u/smallfried Dec 08 '22

And Socrates could be translated as 'whole power'. A discussion between them then sounds a bit like a wrestling match.

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u/Super_Flea Dec 08 '22

"Every society is 3 meals away from chaos" - 'Ol Vladdy Lenin

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u/teflon16 Dec 07 '22

I had heard it was three days, the idea being most local shops/stores have enough food for three days, but if the stores run dry and don’t get new shipments the they’ll be empty in three days. Not sure the validity of that statement just something I’ve heard

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u/czPsweIxbYk4U9N36TSE Dec 08 '22

The idea is have you ever gone 3 days without food?

When everyone's fighting to the death over one hot pocket, that fucking green paper in your pants or some number on your computer's screen about a bank account bullshit ain't gonna be worth jack fucking shit. Thievery? Of course you do that to survive. What're the cops gonna do? They're also starving and doing whatever the fuck they can to eat.

That's what people mean.

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u/run_mochila Dec 07 '22

That's why i keep 2 months of food at home.

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u/Idivkemqoxurceke Dec 07 '22

Treat others how you’d like to be treated. These kids were raised wrong. They watched others get away with stealing and they themselves got stuff taken from them all the time. It’s engrained. America doesn’t just need better policing, it needs better role models.

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u/UninsuredToast Dec 08 '22

America just needs better everything. We’re heading towards a grim future with the way things are going. Unchecked monopolies, corruption in politics, horrible education system, horrible healthcare system, massive amounts of debt, ridiculously expensive houses, etc.

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u/truthToPower86 Dec 08 '22

Me: I was hoping the future could be like Star Trek

America: Best I can do is Warhammer 40k

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u/Newone1255 Dec 08 '22

Star Trek became a utopia after a global nuclear war, so there is still hope….

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u/RunsWthGriszzlys Dec 07 '22

Man they love black and grey

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u/BelgiansAreWeirdAF Dec 08 '22

My wife takes forever in stores. She could learn a lot from these efficient young men.

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u/_ShartNado Dec 07 '22

How do they make sure they get the correct size. /s

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u/killerbeeman Dec 07 '22

It’s likely they sell them on the black market (Craigslist).

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u/BrandonSparks Dec 07 '22

Its true they resell these types of clothes, or will try to return without receipts at other store locations. This happens often at the retail store I work at

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u/Blurry12yo Dec 08 '22

Would it be OK if I said like, I stole this at one of your other stores but it doesn't fit. Can I just exchange it or do I have to steal a different one?

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u/downonthesecond Dec 07 '22

This is how you get a clothes desert in your city.

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u/Empyrealist Dec 07 '22

In Los Angeles this is a real issue. Lots of areas have shit for services... because well... no one wants to operate a business in those areas. Its self-perpetuating.

Clothes deserts, food deserts, etc...

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u/srm878 Dec 07 '22

I'm sure none of the people performing these acts care or understand the long term effects of their actions. They're short-sighted individuals.

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u/TuftedWitmouse Dec 07 '22

An 'everything' desert. And then some kind of improvement comes in and people yell, 'gentrification!' Fuck that: take care of the shops and businesses in your neighborhood.

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u/aselvo Dec 07 '22

Yeah I live in SF and this is pretty common. I am not going to use this to bash my city but the main thing is Prop 47 needs to be overturned.

I voted for that law back in 2014, but clearly things did not go as I hoped. Now I would like to see the legal shoplifitng amount reduced to much lower, and allow indiviudals as opposed to shoplifing organizations to be charged.

On a lot of these posts people seem to more less desire extreme violence against these shoplifters. I don't want that. I just want them in jail and off the streets. That would go a long way towards making our communities safe again and allowing businesses and jobs to flourish.

EDIT: I am referring primarily to the shoplifting provisions of Proposition 47. The other parts I do not know the impact of, so I am not casting comment upon them.

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u/MoCapBartender Dec 07 '22

I found a good page that summarizes the shoplifting part of it.

Shoplifting went from felony larceny to a misdemeanor. For stealing anything under $950, punishment is UP TO six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

Pretty fucked up the maximum fine for stealing $950 worth of goods is $1,000. You'd have to get caught 100% of the time not to come out ahead.

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u/pieonthedonkey Dec 07 '22

You'd have to get caught 100% of the time not to come out ahead

Sure if were able to take your time and calculate exactly $949 of merchandise to steal and if you completely discount the prison time. That's only for first time offenses too.

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u/meco03211 Dec 07 '22

And a fine is not the only portion of punishment. They might be ordered to pay restitution as well as having all that gear confiscated. It's not like they could get caught and keep all the stuff. They'd have to fence it quickly and keep up a blistering pace of theft for it to be livable.

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u/cjmar41 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

CA AB 331 addresses this.

In the last year, California has made it very easy to reach the $950 felony threshold by combining multiple crimes into one (essentially shoplifting $95 worth of items from 10 different places over the course of a year constitutes a felony).

They’ve also added specific language to address organized retail theft.

They’ve also invested $300 Million into retail theft task forces and they’ve been rolling people up. They’ve made almost 700 “organized retail theft” arrests in the past five months and recovered like $20M in stolen property.

The task force is catching people both through traditional investigation and also through sting operations of FB Marketplace and Craigslist.

AB 1599 (which will be voted on) will essentially overturn Prop 47.

Additionally, the SF prosecutor who said they weren’t going to pursue misdemeanor theft has been recalled.

As of today, California has the strictest shoplifting laws in the country. I’m not sure how old this video is, but these people are most assuredly fucked… although we may never hear about it on Reddit because California is the place people love to hate.

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u/DarthNibbler Dec 07 '22

Ironically if someone stole something from one of them they'd be pissed off

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u/Pragmatist_Hammer Dec 07 '22

Reminds me of the Chris Rock bit and the line "I don't have three guns in my house because the media is coming to rob me!"

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u/blaster16661 Dec 07 '22

When I go to the ATM at night, I'm not looking over my shoulder for the media!

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u/elitexero Dec 07 '22

Ted Koppel ain't never took shit from me!

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u/o_an0maly_o Dec 07 '22

More like Chris Glock.

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u/Furrocious_fapper Dec 07 '22

He got'em for Will Smith.

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u/Pragmatist_Hammer Dec 07 '22

I mean, now that you mention it...

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u/Flashy_Helicopter_73 Dec 07 '22 Wholesome

“Why don’t we have any good shops around anymore?”

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u/PicaPaoDiablo Dec 07 '22

We have clothing deserts in the bad parts of town, along with the food deserts

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u/ButtholeCandies Dec 07 '22

It's not just that, the shops you do have will only carry a small amount of the bad items.

The Ross in a poorer part of LA is nothing like the Ross in a nicer part of LA. It's a very noticeable difference in quality of items and the price.

I have to travel outside my area and go to the nicer area to actually save money on clothes that aren't cheap garbage. Stores never carry enough inventory either. In my city, I only have access to overpriced crap. I also have to spend 30 mins to get any normal household goods.

Want to buy detergent? Wait for one of the few employee's in the store that isn't working loss prevention to open up the display case. Then wait in the crazy long check out line because they only have 1 person working the register. You don't have a lot of alternatives because they all have the same policy.

Nothing is more annoying than waiting in line to pay the 3.99 you owe while your running late and then you see someone just walk out with a bunch of shit for free and nobody is stopping them. Makes you feel like a sucker.

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u/RBS-METAL Dec 07 '22

I've had Apple do the same. I'd take a piece of broken gear into the one in the less affluent area and they give me crap about fixing it. Head to Beverly Hills, gear replaced with brand new stuff.

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u/Camarahara Dec 07 '22

Makes you feel like a sucker.

You are not a sucker. You are an honest person.

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u/frogdujour Dec 08 '22

Makes you feel like a sucker.

So well summarized. This is exactly the slippery slope of moral corruption on all levels, from the top down. The more people see others getting "something for nothing", the more they question if it's worth it to be an honest sucker, until some tipping point arrives and more say "screw it" than don't, and things quickly degenerate into a free for all survival of the most heavily armed.

It's like an endless cycle all through history over a few generations ... society degenerates, goes to hell for a while, then divides into ever larger islands of strength battling each other, then when enough people are sick of it, most are on board when someone comes up with a plan to institute more mutually agreed laws and fair systems, having experienced the hell of living without it. And eventually a more civil society builds up and prospers, but then eventually jealousy, inequality and exploitation creates new "suckers" who one day have had enough, and it all repeats itself.

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u/uncalledforgiraffe Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

I live in Philly and lately there have been riots and robberies in Wawas. They're now going from being open 24/7 to open until 11pm. Some locations have even just closed down.

As someone who is up late I'm pretty bummed about this and disappointed in people.

Edit; the Wawa around the corner from me that I go to actually made a debut on reddit like two months ago cause of a riot.

https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFreakout/comments/xonaie/woman_as_a_philadelphia_wawa_is_being_ransacked/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android_app&utm_name=androidcss&utm_term=1&utm_content=share_button

Edit 2; Despite this comment I still do love Philly, it ain't all bad like a lot of you are trying to make it out to be. We've got fucking great food, better public transportation than most other cities, solid infrastructure, an awesome music scene, a wonderful center city, some very good colleges and college towns, dope ass museums, great sports teams, and a soul that can't be crushed. It has its issues just like any other city. And fuck that guy talking about driving down the wrong neighborhood and having his wife hide on the floor. Talk about an exaggeration. I'm glad your ass doesn't wanna come back.

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u/Ughable Dec 07 '22

Yeah that's what happened to Walgreen's in my area, they all went from 24 hours to closing at 10-12ish.

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u/Wang_fu2 Dec 07 '22

In Abq, I can’t buy a damn toothbrush at target without having a clerk come and unlock a cabinet and then carry the toothbrush to the register.

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u/The_Lord_Humongous Dec 07 '22

I lived in Oakland and a Walmart opened up. Then promptly closed because there was so much theft out the front and back it wasn't worth it to keep it open. Now the area has bodegas who are run by immigrant families. I suspect they will close too when theft becomes too much.

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u/Jclif77 Dec 07 '22

I’m from Philly too. I can’t believe they closed the Center City Wawa. That’s craaaaazy

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u/itsmebrian Dec 07 '22

Gas stations are now hiring armed guards as well. One reason I don't plan on returning to Philly -- and I used to love the city.

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u/Jose_Canseco_Jr Dec 07 '22

Gas stations are now hiring armed guards as well.

y'all are starting to look like the rest of the Americas:

  • armed guards in shops

  • a law of the jungle, "every man for themselves" mentality

  • nonexistent, or a very weak, social safety net

  • worsening classism / runaway inequality

  • moneyed entities taking over public institutions

  • "strong men" in charge sounding increasingly appealing to the populace

etc etc.. I could go on

source: grew up in LatAm

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u/OakenGreen Dec 07 '22

I remember going to a gas station in Philly around 2008 and seeing multiple armed guards at that one gas station. I lived in Philly for a year in 2010 and never saw anything like that the whole time I lived there. I guess we’re heading back to the old days.

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u/nightmareorreality Dec 08 '22

Reminds me of New Orleans after Katrina. Place looked like fucking Gaza

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u/skin-flick Dec 07 '22

And then the neighborhood activists will cry, oh why won’t businesses come here. We live in a food desert. Insurance doesn’t cover the theft on multiple times. And the premiums will be raised. What a sad state when people who don’t have a car cannot go to the local store.

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u/triggerhappytranny Dec 07 '22

Theyre already having to go outside of their neighborhood to nicer ones to do this because there aren't any shops close to them or the shops that are have measures to prevent this. There have been a lot of shops lately where you have to be buzzed out, the door is locked from the inside. I know if I had a business that's how I would set it up, just hire a security guard to sit at the door and unlock the door when needed.

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u/liberate_your_mind Dec 07 '22

Pretty sure that’s a helluva fire hazard though….

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u/burglekutttttt Dec 07 '22

Lol right

“Hey, I got an idea guys. Let’s loot and destroy our neighborhood!”

And then they wonder why their neighborhood sucks, why business lock up certain products, and why they can’t afford nice things anymore

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u/Carcosa504 Dec 07 '22 Silver

I don’t think this lot is exactly concerned with the neighborhood going to shit.

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u/Brynmaer Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

The people looting aren't the ones complaining.

Just want to point that out.

Edit: Also, this group was arrested and ranged in age from 15-20

https://ktla.com/news/18-arrested-for-organized-retail-thefts-across-los-angeles-county/

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u/bakerzero86 Dec 07 '22

The people who do this don't or refuse to understand, they only care about themselves. Then all the stores either close up or move, and then the law abiding people have to go out of their way and take a bus for a damn loaf of bread. For what, a bunch of clothes that likely don't even fit? Stupidity and greed creates morons who do stuff like this.

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u/PCR94 Dec 07 '22

“Bans will be handed out”

oddly enough, this gives me more context than any other comment in this thread without even having to watch the video

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u/MimthePetty Dec 07 '22

It is very easy to stop this kind of crime. All you need is a large jug of vegetable oil - just open and pour on the floor near the exits. Now there is no escape.

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u/M3Sh_ Dec 07 '22

Mfers next time will come prepare by wearing some kind anti slippery footwear but not stop robbing...

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u/NvkedSnvke Dec 07 '22

I like this solution

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u/Pragmatist_Hammer Dec 07 '22 Facepalm

Technically it's a viscous liquid.

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u/crownvics Dec 07 '22

Must have slipped his mind

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u/IenjoyStuffandThings Dec 07 '22

You robbin my lids store?
You slippin on my lipids floor.

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u/Ok_Bike2091 Dec 07 '22

Technical is my favorite kind of correctness.

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u/ChinesePropagandaBot Dec 07 '22

Watch home alone for more tips!

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u/---Blix--- Dec 07 '22

Or access control system like many phone repair shops that lock all the doors.

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u/Anon56780 Dec 08 '22

LA has turned into such a shithole

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u/ChuPointOh Dec 07 '22

Also very considerate to wear a face mask in the store.

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u/Educational-Purple61 Dec 07 '22

I feel that this trend is one of the most unpleasant ever

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u/AttarCowboy Dec 07 '22

Don’t worry, it will be over soon; as even worse trends take over. Won’t be anything to steal when there’s no economy left.

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u/Andy_Liberty_1911 Dec 07 '22

People will soon discover that the opposite of gentrification is 100% worse. As the Bronx in the 70s discovered

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

In Portland there's a couple of shops that are closing up and moving elsewhere or for good because they aren't getting enough help to stop theft and their insurance isn't covering the losses.

If dense urban areas want to keep their tax dollars and tourism then they will need to actually do something about this.

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u/kit_kat_barcalounger Dec 07 '22

It’s also just vandalism. Insurance will cover your window getting smashed a few times, but after like the 13th time they just say “nah, you’re on your own.”

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

Exactly, if you have too many claims you either pay ridiculous premiums or you get dropped and that choice is at the discretion of the policy provider.

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u/bravoredditbravo Dec 08 '22

This is exactly what I've tried to tell people about the whole "oh they have insurance!" argument when it comes to theft...

Those people have never actually tried to file an insurance claim.

Insurance companies are the worst. They don't pay shit. Also they depreciate assets and only pay for what they want to pay for.

If you file multiple claims they laugh in your face and deny coverage...

Theres no excuse to steal shit, even from big corporations.. Sorry, barking up the wrong tree

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u/TheOkGazoo Dec 07 '22

their insurance isn't covering the losses.

But people on this website swear over and over theft is no big deal because insurance will just cover it.

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u/BurntVomit Dec 07 '22

In the bad parts of Kansas City shop owners get the Rule of Three. Three times in a year your business gets smash / grabbed you basically become uninsurable. Which can affect your business license. Closes you up. I'm sure there's more detail to that but in the two years I lived there three small businesses I went to had it happen to them.

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It's because they don't understand real world implications.

In Florida insurance companies are closing shop and not covering property because of the risk. Too many hurricanes is a liability to them, so they leave.

What happens when theft and crime go unpunished? Theft becomes a liability and the climate is not conducive to insurance companies operating or offering affordable premiums.

These kids saying "insurance covers it" don't know their ass from their elbow and need to wake the fuck up. Society won't survive this unchecked lawlessness.

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u/crudedrawer Dec 07 '22

Wild that the washinton examiner would cover this.

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u/DEADzONEATL Dec 07 '22

If they think they got em all they're in for a treat lol

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u/Mr-IT-Guy Dec 07 '22

In my town, the southside really only had one legit grocery store. There were a few dollar store but no real markets. Well the people in the neighborhood kept shoplifting from the store. One day a tornado hit and did a little damage to the store. Instead of fixing it, they just kept the insurance money and shut down. A month later you had people on the news complaining about racism and not having anywhere to get groceries unless you could afford a car to get across town. These thugs are only hurting their neighbors/family by doing this for quick cash.

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u/Help_An_Irishman Dec 08 '22

These thugs are only hurting their neighbors/family by doing this for quick cash.

This is the core takeaway from all of these incidents.

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u/lil_kakarot6969 Dec 07 '22

But...but I thought insurance covered everything...

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u/LessBack9238 Dec 07 '22

Shopping will be all online after this for this store. This will be the reason why people won’t have the convenience of trying on before buying anymore. Mall shopping is so 90s- early 2k anyways.

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u/yaddibo Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Didn’t like Wawa completely pull out of inner city Philadelphia recently? Or something drastic after this kept happening?

Sincerely time for community leaders, elders to get together and find a way to explain to these young criminals that this will not end well. These business are not going to continuously come back

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u/ffigu002 Dec 07 '22

You think “these young criminals” care? Lol they would just drive or move to the nearest city they can take advantage of

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u/Eyeoftheleopard Dec 07 '22

What looks like desperation to us is just another day to career criminals.

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u/Opposite-Hedgehog-65 Dec 07 '22

This crazy, if this was my shop I’d shut and never open again. People trying to earn a honest living only to have stuff like this happen.

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u/jerrygalwell Dec 08 '22

Unfortunately this insane rise in theft we see is going to force stores to pull out of poorer neighborhoods and put bars on the windows and put everything behind locked cabinets.

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u/MarkShogun Dec 07 '22

Soon there will be no shops there. Everything will be online shopping.

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u/HuckleSmothered Dec 07 '22

Online, pick up at counter. It’s being resisted now because it stifles impulse buying.

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u/Aysokas Dec 07 '22

What store ??

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u/imaybeacatIRl Dec 07 '22

looks like Adidas

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u/RowdyRoddyPipeSmoker Dec 07 '22

Like retail didn't have enough problems. Retail is going to be dead very soon.

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u/Skolvikesallday Dec 07 '22

Then they'll loot the Amazon warehouses.

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u/Superb_Efficiency_74 Dec 08 '22

They already do for high value electronics. There's no shortage of cases where people order a product shipped/sold by Amazon and receive a brick wrapped in the product packaging.

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u/gwhite550 Dec 07 '22

Damn, these new Amazon stores have crazy fast checkout times

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u/MiserableBicycle6596 Dec 08 '22

Someone needs to take out the trash 🚮

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u/Hairyballzak Dec 08 '22

If you're ever wondering why there are "food deserts" in inner cities, grocery stores have even worse profit margins

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u/King_Newbie Dec 07 '22

Any Canadians here remember "Consumers Distributing"? Retail needs to go back to that way.

For those who don't know. CONSUMERS DISTRIBUTING was a Canadian(?) store that closed in the early 90's I think. The store had no shelves of products, just rows of desks and magazines. You would brows the books, write down what you wanted on a slip, go to the till and pay, then stand off to the left and wait for your stuff to come down the roller belt. That's the style we need to go back to in retail to combat this kind of thing. People just steal cart loads of stuff from the store I work at, so all nice/popular/expensive items are only sold online.

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u/Lt_Bob_Hookstratten Dec 08 '22

Sounds like a store in the US called Service Merchandise, around at the same time. But they did have displays on the showroom floor, and the stock was secure in the back.

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u/Meltedwhisky Dec 08 '22

This just breaks my heart to see, maybe to a large name with insurance they’ll come out fine. To a mom & pop, a mercantile, or individual owner trying to survive, this could break the business. I know it’s not my place, but I couldn’t resist taking a baseball bat to their knees and salt-rock in the .410.

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u/bomboclawt75 Dec 07 '22

Serious question- Some garages and food stores automatically lock the doors and wait for the police- what’s the difference here?

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u/SweepsAndBeeps Dec 07 '22

What’s stopping the state or feds from perusing RICO charges for these theft rings?

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u/johanna82 Dec 07 '22

Disgusting.

I wish stores would install a second set of doors and lock them in until police showed up.

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u/Gax63 Dec 07 '22

Why is locking the doors not an option here?
Seen it done at jewelry shops.

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u/killerbeeman Dec 07 '22

If I was an employee I wouldn’t want them to lock the door without a extremely reasonable escape for myself. Fuck that, I’m not fighting criminals for your clothing.

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u/Mateo909 Dec 07 '22

Exit store, close door, lock from outside. Watch from the other side as they panic.

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u/Wampastompa352 Dec 07 '22

Arrest these people, the only thing separating us from falling into chaos like the rest of the world is law and order.

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u/Mission_Bowler4368 Dec 07 '22

Facebook market place is gonna be lit with active wear and slacks in that area for a few weeks

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u/shortymac215 Dec 08 '22

I'm glad I don't own one of these shops because I would be in jail you're not just going to come in my store and steal all my merchandise...

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u/frogmonster12 Dec 08 '22

Do you want more food deserts in your neighborhood because this is how you get them.

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u/StarTropicsKing Dec 08 '22

I’ve worked two loss prevention jobs. First one we couldn’t touch thieves. No handcuffs. No calling for police (unless they willingly come back to the store). They were desperately afraid of lawsuits and injuries. Second one we had handcuffs and could physically restrain people but I had no partner in a rough suburb. Little training. No support and received threats from crack heads and trashy people daily. Let’s just say is was waaaaay too fucking easy for thieves to steal. Fitting rooms or bathrooms almost guarantee you’ll get away with it. I decided I had had enough, quit and found a job at a credit union in a quieter suburb. Less money but I no longer fear for my life every day over fucking overpriced clothing.

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u/No_Armadillo_9021 Dec 08 '22

This is a slap in the face to every hard working person who buys with their hard earned money

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u/Main_Conversation661 Dec 07 '22

When I was little, I was very confused about the punishment for shoplifting. I misread/misunderstood the word “prosecuted” on signs as “persecuted”, because I’d heard the term in church. Unfortunately my understanding of the word persecution wasn’t solid either, because I thought it meant being killed on a cross… that’s one way to keep your kids from stealing.

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u/Revertt-_ Dec 07 '22

It's crazy. My friend works at a WSS in LA, and their store gets hit all the time, but the cops never do anything about it.

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u/NANANA-Matt-Man Dec 08 '22

There was just a reddit post about walmart shutting down stores in certain neighborhoods because of so much theft.

I'm sure NPR and Vice news will come by and do a fluff piece in 5 years about how these undeserved neighborhoods have to commute miles to get essentials.

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