So I stole a tank top.

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    Jul 17, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    This past weekend I went shopping for cheap wife beaters for gym. I asked around and got the good info that you can find tops 3 to a pack at Marshalls for cheap. I also heard the store is a mess, most items especially underwear get rummaged through and stolen.

    While browsing I noticed every package of the 3-pack beaters was open, and seemed to be missing the white shift leaving only one black and grey. I didn't want to cheat myself so I decided what the heck, I pulled a gray small from another package and added it into another small pack.

    Arriving home and taking them out to shrink wash I found despite the white beater cover picture the package really contained 2 black and 1 grey top. Plus the 1 grey top I pretty much stole.... icon_confused.gif


    What would you do after finding you pulled a theft without knowing it? On one hand it feels wrong to know I ripped off the store. On the other hand I'm not sure how they would react if I went back and said I took a shirt by accident. I mean if they really wanted to be a bunch of jerks and with several witnesses they could phone the police. icon_neutral.gif
  • NashRugger

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    Jul 17, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    You're going to hell mister. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 17, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    Don't return it!
    If you really feel bad about stealing it you should donate it to your local good will... not sure if some one will actually buy it though... but it's the thought that counts, right? icon_wink.gif
    One of my teacher's friend's son- 5yrs old... once "stole" a toothbrush from a grocery store... and when the mother realized what happened she went back to return it and they called the cops on her.... icon_eek.gif Yeah for a toothbrush taken by her 5 year old son.
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    Jul 17, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidThis past weekend I went shopping for cheap wife beaters for gym. I asked around and got the good info that you can find tops 3 to a pack at Marshalls for cheap. I also heard the store is a mess, most items especially underwear get rummaged through and stolen.

    While browsing I noticed every package of the 3-pack beaters was open, and seemed to be missing the white shift leaving only one black and grey. I didn't want to cheat myself so I decided what the heck, I pulled a gray small from another package and added it into another small pack.

    Arriving home and taking them out to shrink wash I found despite the white beater cover picture the package really contained 2 black and 1 grey top. Plus the 1 grey top I pretty much stole.... icon_confused.gif


    What would you do after finding you pulled a theft without knowing it? On one hand it feels wrong to know I ripped off the store. On the other hand I'm not sure how they would react if I went back and said I took a shirt by accident. I mean if they really wanted to be a bunch of jerks and with several witnesses they could phone the police. icon_neutral.gif



    uh, you're going to HELL!!!!
    kidding...

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    Jul 17, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    I agree. The risks of returning it is too high, and the consequences can be very disproportionate to the seriousness of the "crime".

    I once accidentally walked out of a bookstore with a notebook. I felt bad, but I didn't return it for the above reason.
  • jimjock

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    Jul 17, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    SIMPLE: icon_idea.gif

    Go back to the store, and carefully find the pack missing the one you misappropriated. It doesn't appear your intention was to steal.

    On the other hand, you could always package the shirts again, and return it to the store. Either way your personal ethics are important and so is your integrity.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    Just go buy another three pack, but this time remove one...
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    jimjock757 saidSIMPLE: icon_idea.gif

    Go back to the store, and carefully find the pack missing the one you misappropriated. It doesn't appear your intention was to steal.

    On the other hand, you could always package the shirts again, and return it to the store. Either way your personal ethics are important and so is your integrity.
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    I would have agreed with you if this was anyplace other than America, with its overreactions and punishment mentality. What you propose is very risky.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
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    Seriously, do not worry about it. You made an honest mistake. In this case, you have not stolen it, until you decide to keep it. If you want a totally clear conscience, mail it back to the store with an anonymous note.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    ATC84 said

    What would you do after finding you pulled a theft without knowing it? On one hand it feels wrong to know I ripped off the store. On the other hand I'm not sure how they would react if I went back and said I took a shirt by accident. I mean if they really wanted to be a bunch of jerks and with several witnesses they could phone the police. icon_neutral.gif


    If you have to ask the question in such a public way, then obviously your conscience is bugging you. Do what your conscience is telling you. If it didn't bother you, then why would you have asked us this question in the first place? Take it back and just let it go.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    Enjoy it! You overpay for stuff at retail stores anyway. It isn't highly moral, but neither is jacking up the price to make larger profits. My story involves a pocket atlas when I was 8.

    I had been leafing through the book as mom grocery shopped. Put it in my pocket to help her get something and forgot it was there. Discovered it as we walked to the car and felt guilty as hell for a year.

    Mil8 said

    Seriously, do not worry about it. You made an honest mistake. You have not stolen it, until you decide to keep it. If you want a totally clear conscience, mail it back to the store with an anonymous note.


    Second this.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    scottishwarrior said
    If you have to ask the question in such a public way, then obviously your conscience is bugging you. Do what your conscience is telling you. If it didn't bother you, then why would you have asked us this question in the first place? Take it back and just let it go.


    I was just wondering about opinions on the matter. Back in the real world I noticed a trend where my gay friends said not to worry about. Meanwhile the non-gay folks I relayed this story to jumped at me to return the tank or even give it away.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Adnoh saidJust go buy another three pack, but this time remove one...


    this
  • LJay

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    Jul 17, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    Retailers take a very dim view of shoplifting and might brand this as such if you were to return the shirt with a story. Don't do anything this time, except to remember that the next time you should call a clerk over and ask for help in getting what you are paying for.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    I was just wondering about opinions on the matter. Back in the real world I noticed a trend where my gay friends said not to worry about. Meanwhile the non-gay folks I relayed this story to jumped at me to return the tank or even give it away.


    I think most people on this site live in the real world too. There is about a 50/50 keep it/return it split here, so I'm not sure your gay friends are representative of anything in particular.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    If it was Wal-mart or Target just go in and return it, they really aren't going to set you down and interrogate you for a simple mistake. They have a high shrink rate and the appreciate honest mistakes which this was. Not an intentional theft.

    If it was a upper end mall store maybe your better off just donating it...
  • coastguy90814

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    Jul 17, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidThis past weekend I went shopping for cheap wife beaters for gym. I asked around and got the good info that you can find tops 3 to a pack at Marshalls for cheap. I also heard the store is a mess, most items especially underwear get rummaged through and stolen.

    While browsing I noticed every package of the 3-pack beaters was open, and seemed to be missing the white shift leaving only one black and grey. I didn't want to cheat myself so I decided what the heck, I pulled a gray small from another package and added it into another small pack.

    Arriving home and taking them out to shrink wash I found despite the white beater cover picture the package really contained 2 black and 1 grey top. Plus the 1 grey top I pretty much stole.... icon_confused.gif


    What would you do after finding you pulled a theft without knowing it? On one hand it feels wrong to know I ripped off the store. On the other hand I'm not sure how they would react if I went back and said I took a shirt by accident. I mean if they really wanted to be a bunch of jerks and with several witnesses they could phone the police. icon_neutral.gif


    Dude get real...if you take it back and explain what happened they aren't going to be jerks about it...lol. You obviously have a conscience which is attractive ;-) Take it back, you'll feel better and receive some good karma while your at it.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    Now, if you stole a shiny Papi trunk that would cause a ruckus.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    coastguy90814 said
    Dude get real...if you take it back and explain what happened they aren't going to be jerks about it

    "I didn't want to cheat myself so I decided what the heck, I pulled a gray small from another package and added it into another small pack."
    I doubt they'll let such a thing just slide-on-by...

    Just thought of something easier! Buy the package with the missing shirt! (Or a similar one) icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    A1EX said
    coastguy90814 said
    Dude get real...if you take it back and explain what happened they aren't going to be jerks about it

    "I didn't want to cheat myself so I decided what the heck, I pulled a gray small from another package and added it into another small pack."
    I doubt they'll let such a thing just slide-on-by...

    Just thought of something easier! Buy the package with the missing shirt! (Or a similar one) icon_wink.gif


    Then he may have a honest cashier who will check and say "Hey your missing one, got getcha another."

    Then bam! 15 days in the slammer because he didn't fess up before! LOL icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:54 PM GMT
    Oh my god you have no idea how much I love Marshalls. Rock-bottom dirt cheap UnderArmour and Emporio Armani? Hell yeah! And you're totally right about the underwear being a complete mess. Often times they have the incorrect garment inside. I've had to take out what's inside and find the right one and put it back in. And I've totally considered getting heavy handed. But when you're paying 5 bucks for a $36 pair or briefs theft isn't necessary.
  • FredMG

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    Jul 17, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
    I'd say take it to the customer service counter and tell them that the package was damaged when you bought it and didn't notice that there was an extra shirt in there. And offer to return the package or pay for the extra shirt.

    This way you tell "the truth", abiet not all and not anything incriminating, and no one is cheated out of anything.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    You could call the store and explain you found an extra shirt in the package.

    They are probably aware what a mess their store is, and a mix-up is plausible. Marshall's is practically a clearance warehouse. They are one step away from sending the unsold stock to Goodwill.

    You didn't intend on stealing the shirt. If you make an effort to be forthright, they may just let you keep it. I would be surprised if they make you drive all the way back to return it.

    Maybe I'm old fashioned. Character is everything.
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    Jul 17, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    Ricovelas said
    Then he may have a honest cashier who will check and say "Hey your missing one, got getcha another."


    Lol- you've never been to a discount retailer icon_razz.gif
    Everyone there is moribund.... They couldn't care less...
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    Jul 17, 2010 11:06 PM GMT
    I'm sure Marshalls is going broke, icon_lol.gif