This guy did not follow the
shoplifting advice in the article.
From what I know, much of this anonymous shoplifter’s advice seems real. Many readers of The Gothamist, where this was originally published, were unhappy with the perceived irresponsibility of this article. An excerpt:
Do you have any advice for aspiring shoplifters? Yes. First, choose your locations carefully, number one. Don’t start right away, go there several times, walk around, get to know the people who work there, especially the ones who don’t dress in uniform. Number two, the most important: get to know the camera system. You don’t want to be directly under the camera, you don’t want to be in front of the camera, you want to find blind spots, this is my technical term. Beyond the corner or the bottom reach of the camera.
Number three, always have an exit strategy. Meaning put things in different places, in your pocket or under your pants. Don’t do it right away. First you take the item and walk with it for a little bit. Then when the moment is right and the inspiration is correct, you put it in there. And you don’t run away right away, you stay and shop in the store for awhile until the energy comes down and then you calmly walk out. But the bottom line is don’t rush, don’t rush.
So you’ll pick up something at one part of a store but you won’t
immediately put it in your coat until a different part of the store?
Exactly, it comes from experience. There’s an energy climax and you
feel it. When you’re not ready, when you’re afraid or you’re unsure,
this is the wrong time to do it, you’ll definitely get caught. You have a
fraction of a second when you know what needs to be done and you do it
at that moment.
Read more: Interview with a Shoplifter, The Gothamist>>
– Image of guilty shoplifter from Mass Most Wanted>>