If you shoplift don’t reblog posts about respecting retail workers doing holiday seasons. 

It’s very clear you don’t respect them if you’re willing to ignore the fact that they say they risk being laid off, having fewer hours, etc. as a result of people shoplifting. You are fucking over someone’s livelihood. 

I’ve started taking photos of stolen merchandise I find around our store (empty boxes, torn open packaging, etc).

That money literally comes out of my paycheck. I’m struggling to pay my mortgage and still be able to feed myself, let alone my bills, medication, or even just A Nice Thing every once in a while.

(All of that is from two or three days, by the way. I could go on.)

If you shoplift, or condone shoplifting, go fuck yourself. Don’t fucking pretend you care about respecting me or anyone else working retail this holiday season, or ever. You clearly don’t.

I’m currently doing security for a mall and I have to deal with shoplifters quite often. Lemme tell you, they are some if the most self absorbed and stupid assholes I’ve ever met.

They are typically fairly young, around 12-21, and are not in hard spots in life. The mall I work for stocks some fairly high end products, so these things that these shitheels take are not necessities. They’re things like iPhones, makeup, jewelry, expensive clothes, and the like. They don’t need these things, and we know this because after we arrest their dumb ass we check their record with the police to determine what we will do with them.

One case I had to handle was a group of girls stealing hundreds of dollars in goods from stores that their friends worked at. They exploited the trust of their friends so they could get some fucking yoga pants. Upon my arrival and speaking to the shopkeep, it was decided that I would let them off the hook so long as the merchandise was to be returned. They returned most of it, but STILL stole from their friend’s store. Last I heard, they got busted trying the same stunt elsewhere, one of these idiots is currently in County.

Many of them, once caught, are already running a record as long as my fucking arm, and here in Utah retail theft cam escalate to a felony. Meaning, after enough reported cases of a person stealing goods (either by arrest or if they have video evidence of the person stealing) or after a certain dollar amount stolen the crime is moved from misdemeanor to felony and is punished as such.

To you shoplifting shits out there, quit while you’re ahead. You are ruining people’s lives for trinkets and you will be caught sooner or later. You will ruin your lives for absolutely nothing, and you will always be known as a dishonest individual and barred from numerous employment opportunities as well as losing certain rights.

If your employer is taking stolen goods out of your paycheck, that is wage theft. That is your employer paying you less than you are owed, as punishment for something you did not do. Please explain to me how shoplifters are responsible for your boss violating labour law? Why are we implicitly defending the cruelty of a person in a position of power threatening subordinates for things beyond their control?

Except they don’t literally deduct it from the worker’s paycheck. 

They give them fewer hours. Instead of giving them 40 hours in a week they may only get 16 hours that week as a result of people repeatedly shoplifting. Retail workers have repeatedly made posts about how shoplifters cause them to get laid off, get fewer hours, make it harder for them to pay their bills, etc. yet you still try to defend your own shitty behavior. It costs literally z e r o dollars to not shoplift and make shit harder for retail workers. Why is it that you’re so ready to make bad and rude customers take responsibility for making shit difficult for retail workers yet you can’t even do the same thing?

Not to mention y’all are stealing shit YOU DONT NEED when I worked at Target we didn’t have to deal with people stealing food, we dealt with people stealing literally dozens of electronics or, at one point, a woman walking out with at least $200 worth of clothes on her person. Fuck off with this “well it’s not MY fault” shit, you’re making my already hard retail job even harder

About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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