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"FIVEFINGER DISCOUNT"; WHATDO YOU THINK?

posted at 12/3/2011 7:38 PM EST
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While most of us are out buying holiday presents some people are getting their gifts with a five-finger discount. www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/steal-136712" rel="nofollow">Ad Week is reporting that one in every 11 people walks out the door with at least one item they didn’t pay for. With shoplifting up six percent this year, retailers stand to lose a whopping $119 billion of merchandise to shoplifters in 2011. And it’s not just kids with sticky fingers—75 percent of shoplifters are adults, most of whom have jobs. We know people are hunting for holiday deals, but this amount of theft is both surprising and sadFrown

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posted at 12/3/2011 10:23 PM EST
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It's so sad that some people think it's ok to steal things.  They don't stop to think that we all end up paying more because of it.

I have seen people in the grocery store, eating things that were in their cart then putting the open packages back on the shelf.  So wrong in so many ways.  I don't like paying higher prices because some people can't control themselves.

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posted at 12/3/2011 11:35 PM EST
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The more the store loses to shoplifters the higher prices they have to charge to the honest people

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posted at 12/3/2011 11:59 PM EST
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It is so sad that so much of this is happening today.  There is no excuse for this.  As stated, it is not people who don't have jobs.  How our world has changed and not for the better.

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posted at 12/4/2011 10:14 AM EST
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I see that so frequently while I shop ..... adults are eating things, drinking soft drinks, giving things to their kids and later you find a banana peel in the bread aisle., a soda bottle is in the canned beans .............    I wonder why.  I wonder why.

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posted at 12/4/2011 11:41 AM EST
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My sister works at a Walmart store and she said you would be surprised who the ones are
that shop lift.It is not the poor and ones who really need something. It is the ones that can
pay whatever the cost is.

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posted at 12/4/2011 12:10 PM EST
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This has been a problem for me.  My husband does not understand that he just can not walk out of a store with something he has not paid for.  I know it is a progression of the Alzheimer's and not him but that might be difficult to explain to a store manager or a security guard.  It has gotten to the point that I have to frisk him before we leave a store.

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posted at 12/4/2011 1:43 PM EST
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People need to realize they have everything they need, and don't need to have more. If we only would...

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posted at 12/4/2011 3:03 PM EST
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This has been a problem for me.  My husband does not understand that he just can not walk out of a store with something he has not paid for.  I know it is a progression of the Alzheimer's and not him but that might be difficult to explain to a store manager or a security guard.  It has gotten to the point that I have to frisk him before we leave a store.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki,
   Oh my!!!  I had never thought of that.....my husband is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.  I will certainly keep the frisking in mind for future use.  Right now, he doesn't go in the store with me.....he enjoys to just sit and "people watch".  I'm not sure what all I should be looking for as his condition progresses.  It must be very hard on the spouse.  My sister-in-law has Alzheimer's....very advanced.....but my brother has never clued me in on what to expect.  He lives in CA, so we just talk via the internet and of course, the telephone.  He is so good to his wife.  I hope I can be the same when my time comes.  Thanks for the info that you mentioned.

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posted at 12/4/2011 9:30 PM EST
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 GRANA  here;Many children think about taking a tempting item at sometime in their lcves,some actually do.
Parents usually catch the act & either see to it that it is returned or paid for w/ an apology.when employed adults shoplift there s only one excuse( to save the life of a loved one( stealing vital food or medications) no toy r tem of jewelry or clothing or electronic gdget is needed so much that stealing it iss excuseable
.!Yell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Frown

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posted at 12/5/2011 12:41 PM EST
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I think it is very sad that so many people feel the need to shoplift especially those that can afford to pay for the items they are taking.  When I worked in retail years ago, I was amazed at the empty packages that we found in the store.  One time  there was a customer in my line with a bottle of cough syrup or something like that.  He tried holding the package next to the counter with his leg.  Unfortunately for him, I saw it and asked him "Are you planning on purchasing that too?" and he put it on the counter and paid for it.  I was shocked that he was trying to take it right in front of me.  It made me wonder how many items were going out the door that I hadn't seen.

I think it is terrible that so many people just take what they "want" while the rest of us have to work our butts off just to stay above water.

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posted at 12/5/2011 3:52 PM EST
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My son is a police officer....happens all the time.  Larceny of merchandise.  Very sad indeed.  Frown

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posted at 12/10/2011 10:44 PM EST
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I worked in a grocery store and it would shock you if you knew how people got things out of the store.I think the one that shocked me the most was a Lawyer who walked in with his brief case and attempted to leave the store with the brief case loaded with cartons of cigarettes.To boot he had enough cash on him to pay for what he was attempting to steal.Believe it or not employee theft is even worse than customer theft.It's very sad,we all have to pay higher prices due to theft.

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posted at 12/10/2011 11:16 PM EST
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My children go to a public school that is in a low income neighborhood.  We live in a middle class area but the school has program that draws students from all socio-economic areas.  We hear so much of the "i am entitled to this" from so many different walks of life.  Recently a small convenience store located near the school has now posted a sign stating no children under 18 without an adult allowed in store.  Sad but true that the "five finger discount" seems to have hit them too.  As if convenience stores needed another reason to charge higher prices for their food.

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posted at 12/11/2011 12:17 AM EST
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The court system is over flowing.

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posted at 12/11/2011 5:25 AM EST
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I had to frisk a women who was caught stealing from the grocery store where I worked.I wasn't working security,but I was the only female on duty at the time.It was sad,an elderly women,she was homeless.She had taken a cheap can opener,a can of tuna and some produce items from the maked down rack,nothing expensive,just something to eat.They had me escort her out of the store.They didn't press charges because of the circumstances,she was told never to come back to the store.I gave her some money to get to the shelter downtown and to get something to eat.She thanked me and gave me a hug,both of us had tears in our eyes.We all should thank God for what we have.Most people today are just a paycheck away from being homeless.

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posted at 12/11/2011 5:34 AM EST
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This has been a problem for me.  My husband does not understand that he just can not walk out of a store with something he has not paid for.  I know it is a progression of the Alzheimer's and not him but that might be difficult to explain to a store manager or a security guard.  It has gotten to the point that I have to frisk him before we leave a store.
Posted by nikki p


Hi Nikki,Bless your heart,for caring for your husband.Just do your best to keep an eye on him.I would hope that the store where you shop would be understanding under the circumstances.

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posted at 12/11/2011 6:11 AM EST
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While most of us are out buying holiday presents some people are getting their gifts with a five-finger discount. www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/steal-136712 " rel="nofollow" /> Ad Week is reporting that one in every 11 people walks out the door with at least one item they didn’t pay for. With shoplifting up six percent this year, retailers stand to lose a whopping $119 billion of merchandise to shoplifters in 2011. And it’s not just kids with sticky fingers—75 percent of shoplifters are adults, most of whom have jobs. We know people are hunting for holiday deals, but this amount of theft is both surprising and sad
Posted by ann h

Anne,
This is so sad. A comment on our society. I know someone who can afford to buy and still likes to take the 5 fingered discount! Heaven help us.Cry

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posted at 12/11/2011 6:14 AM EST
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My sister works at a Walmart store and she said you would be surprised who the ones are that shop lift.It is not the poor and ones who really need something. It is the ones that can pay whatever the cost is.
Posted by Sara S


Sara,
Don't you wonder what happened to the pride in working for what we get. It always felt like it was worth a lot more and we had the satisfaction of EARNING it.  Why do so many people feel that it is owed to them???

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posted at 12/11/2011 7:27 AM EST
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 the court system is very bissy around the holidays ,
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