The most shoplifted items of the season

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    Dec 04, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    Some of these are a bit unusual. I have to admit I find them amusing...

    All those gays stealing high quality meat icon_rolleyes.gif


    By Joanna Douglas, Shine Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 2, 2011 5:21 PM EST

    While most of us are out buying holiday presents some people are getting their gifts with a five-finger discount. 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.

    Ad Week spoke with loss prevention experts on why shoplifting is the highest it’s been in five years. "Most shoplifters simply succumb to temptation, “Johnny Custer, director of field operations for Merchant Analytic Solutions, told Ad Week. “But add a sense of desperation because of the economy and holiday pressures, and you have the recipe for theft soup." Barbara Staib, a spokesperson for the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, told Ad Week, "Seventy percent of shoplifters tell us they didn't plan to shoplift."

    Exactly what are people stealing? Ad Week has compiled the top 10 most shoplifted items of 2011 and they’re truly bizarre.

    1. Filet mignon
    So many people are tucking choice cuts of meats under their jackets that supermarkets are now considered the stores with the most theft.

    2. Jameson
    Those with an unquenchable thirst for booze just help themselves to a free bottle of expensive liquor.

    3. Electric tools
    Apparently the the most common items men nab are electric toothbrushes and power tools. At least they’re fighting cavities.

    4. iPhone 4
    Electronics like smartphones and video games are high risk items, and one research group claims 100,000 laptops are stolen annually from big box stores.

    5. Gillette Mach 4
    Anyone who uses non-disposable razors knows they’re pretty expensive, so in tough financial times people don’t want to pay for them anymore.

    6. Axe
    The men’s deodorant and body wash we love to hate are often stolen in mass quantities and resold at flea markets and corner stores. Dial is popular amongst thieves too.

    7. Polo Ralph Lauren
    Clothing theft is up 31 percent since 2009. It’s hard to look good in a bad economy, so some score fresh threads the illegal way.

    8. Let’s Rock Elmo
    The Sesame Street toy topped the Toys’R’Us "Hot Toys" list this year, so parents are stealing this must-have toy for their kids if they can’t afford it.

    9. Chanel No. 5
    Who wouldn’t love a bottle of this popular woman’s fragrance? Expensive perfumes make up nearly four percent of loss in stores that carry them.

    10. Nikes

    As Ad Week points out, some shoppers wear flip-flops into a store, try on a pair of sneakers, and walk out wearing them. Sneaker heads will do whatever it takes to score the kicks on their wish list.

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    Dec 04, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    That's truth.
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    pocketnico saidSome of these are a bit unusual. I have to admit I find them amusing...

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    By Joanna Douglas, Shine Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 2, 2011 5:21 PM EST

    While most of us are out buying holiday presents some people are getting their gifts with a five-finger discount. 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.

    Ad Week spoke with loss prevention experts on why shoplifting is the highest it’s been in five years. "Most shoplifters simply succumb to temptation, “Johnny Custer, director of field operations for Merchant Analytic Solutions, told Ad Week. “But add a sense of desperation because of the economy and holiday pressures, and you have the recipe for theft soup." Barbara Staib, a spokesperson for the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, told Ad Week, "Seventy percent of shoplifters tell us they didn't plan to shoplift."

    Exactly what are people stealing? Ad Week has compiled the top 10 most shoplifted items of 2011 and they’re truly bizarre.

    1. Filet mignon
    So many people are tucking choice cuts of meats under their jackets that supermarkets are now considered the stores with the most theft.

    2. Jameson
    Those with an unquenchable thirst for booze just help themselves to a free bottle of expensive liquor.

    3. Electric tools
    Apparently the the most common items men nab are electric toothbrushes and power tools. At least they’re fighting cavities.

    4. iPhone 4
    Electronics like smartphones and video games are high risk items, and one research group claims 100,000 laptops are stolen annually from big box stores.

    5. Gillette Mach 4
    Anyone who uses non-disposable razors knows they’re pretty expensive, so in tough financial times people don’t want to pay for them anymore.

    6. Axe
    The men’s deodorant and body wash we love to hate are often stolen in mass quantities and resold at flea markets and corner stores. Dial is popular amongst thieves too.

    7. Polo Ralph Lauren
    Clothing theft is up 31 percent since 2009. It’s hard to look good in a bad economy, so some score fresh threads the illegal way.

    8. Let’s Rock Elmo
    The Sesame Street toy topped the Toys’R’Us "Hot Toys" list this year, so parents are stealing this must-have toy for their kids if they can’t afford it.

    9. Chanel No. 5
    Who wouldn’t love a bottle of this popular woman’s fragrance? Expensive perfumes make up nearly four percent of loss in stores that carry them.

    10. Nikes

    As Ad Week points out, some shoppers wear flip-flops into a store, try on a pair of sneakers, and walk out wearing them. Sneaker heads will do whatever it takes to score the kicks on their wish list.



    I'm not street smart enough to know how to get an iPhone out of a store without the alarm going off-- geez I wonder how people do it lol
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    Dec 04, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Filet mignon of all things, though? Granted, a good piece of filet mignon is mighty tasty (second only to real Kobe beef, of course). But who would've thought that's what people are stealing most of all? Haha.
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    Dec 04, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    I remember the Lifesavers candy I stole 46 years ago, it still haunts me. I haven't stolen anything since.
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    Dec 04, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    The fuck would someone steal Chanel N.5?

    That shit smells like granny.
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    it would be embarrassing to get caught stealing anything...but especially a filet mignot!
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    7Famark saidThe fuck would someone steal Chanel N.5?

    That shit smells like granny.


    ROFL!

    Well, maybe it's those thoughtful kids who are wanting to give Granny a gift! ;) LOL
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    Buddyboy938 saidI remember the Lifesavers candy I stole 46 years ago, it still haunts me. I haven't stolen anything since.


    I unintentionally stole a pack of gum at the supermarket when I was 4. I was with my dad in line as he was checking out. I was fascinated by all the pretty colors of the gum packages. Of course, many of them were at my height and within reach. This was well before I knew you had to pay for shit icon_rolleyes.gif

    Needless to say I walked away with the gum without any trouble. Then we got home and my dad saw me take the gum out of my coat pocket. He drove me right back to the store and told me to give back the gum to the cashier and apologize. I don't remember the cashier's reaction or what he said because I didn't dare look up at him.
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    7Famark saidThe fuck would someone steal Chanel N.5?

    That shit smells like granny.


    I honestly don't mind Chanel N.5. My mom has been wearing it for as long as I can remember. Fortunately she doesn't bathe in that shit like some women do. I've always thought it was a great fragrance for her.

    Now what really smells like old grannies is White Diamonds. Liz Taylor (may she rest in peace) was an acting legend, but that woman sure made the perfect fragrance for old ladies everywhere. It's the ultimate old woman scent.
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidFilet mignon of all things, though? Granted, a good piece of filet mignon is mighty tasty (second only to real Kobe beef, of course). But who would've thought that's what people are stealing most of all? Haha.


    Down here in Oz it seems to be meat and cheese. But the cost of living is much more expensive in Oz than the US, so why would people shoplift in a country were everything is all so bloody cheep.
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidSome of these are a bit unusual. I have to admit I find them amusing...

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    By Joanna Douglas, Shine Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 2, 2011 5:21 PM EST

    While most of us are out buying holiday presents some people are getting their gifts with a five-finger discount. 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.

    Ad Week spoke with loss prevention experts on why shoplifting is the highest it’s been in five years. "Most shoplifters simply succumb to temptation, “Johnny Custer, director of field operations for Merchant Analytic Solutions, told Ad Week. “But add a sense of desperation because of the economy and holiday pressures, and you have the recipe for theft soup." Barbara Staib, a spokesperson for the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, told Ad Week, "Seventy percent of shoplifters tell us they didn't plan to shoplift."

    Exactly what are people stealing? Ad Week has compiled the top 10 most shoplifted items of 2011 and they’re truly bizarre.

    1. Filet mignon
    So many people are tucking choice cuts of meats under their jackets that supermarkets are now considered the stores with the most theft.

    2. Jameson
    Those with an unquenchable thirst for booze just help themselves to a free bottle of expensive liquor.

    3. Electric tools
    Apparently the the most common items men nab are electric toothbrushes and power tools. At least they’re fighting cavities.

    4. iPhone 4
    Electronics like smartphones and video games are high risk items, and one research group claims 100,000 laptops are stolen annually from big box stores.

    5. Gillette Mach 4
    Anyone who uses non-disposable razors knows they’re pretty expensive, so in tough financial times people don’t want to pay for them anymore.

    6. Axe
    The men’s deodorant and body wash we love to hate are often stolen in mass quantities and resold at flea markets and corner stores. Dial is popular amongst thieves too.

    7. Polo Ralph Lauren
    Clothing theft is up 31 percent since 2009. It’s hard to look good in a bad economy, so some score fresh threads the illegal way.

    8. Let’s Rock Elmo
    The Sesame Street toy topped the Toys’R’Us "Hot Toys" list this year, so parents are stealing this must-have toy for their kids if they can’t afford it.

    9. Chanel No. 5
    Who wouldn’t love a bottle of this popular woman’s fragrance? Expensive perfumes make up nearly four percent of loss in stores that carry them.

    10. Nikes

    As Ad Week points out, some shoppers wear flip-flops into a store, try on a pair of sneakers, and walk out wearing them. Sneaker heads will do whatever it takes to score the kicks on their wish list.



    Seriously an Elmo doll?? What the hell?!?? hahaha I can see it now, Inmate #76898-745: Convicted for the theft of 2 Let's Rock Elmo dolls valued at $24.99....that would be so embarrassing, I would just change my name.
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    pocketnico saidFilet mignon of all things, though? Granted, a good piece of filet mignon is mighty tasty (second only to real Kobe beef, of course). But who would've thought that's what people are stealing most of all? Haha.


    Down here in Oz it seems to be meat and cheese. But the cost of living is much more expensive in Oz than the US, so why would people shoplift in a country were everything is all so bloody cheep.


    Cost of living varies greatly throughout the country. It's pretty complex in each state, not to mention within certain regions of each state.
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    Dec 04, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    There was a story in the local paper this morning about a former store detective ("loss prevention specialist") who got busted shoplifting to feed his meth habit. He was hitting two or three stores a day. Had a regular list of compact but high-value items from the grocery stores. Basically, he hit the OTC pharmacy and grooming aisles. No word on exactly how he converted the stuff to cash. Maybe he ran a drug store out of his van?

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/12/police_say_portland_loss-preve.html
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    Dec 04, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    This guy thinks the amount of theft this year will destabilize the euro. I do not understand the connection. The figure appears large, but not as a percentage of the GNP's of all the Shengan countries.

    "The research figures set out a depressing scenario. Of the £1.041bn set to go missing during the holiday season, £656m is expected to be down to shoplifters, with a further £302m stolen by staff and £83m lost through supply chain fraud."

    http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/Jacques-Delors-Says-Eurozone-skynews-1374130662.html?x=0
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    Dec 04, 2011 10:03 AM GMT
    Why steal a Mach4? Just means they'll have to keep on stealing Mach 4 replacement blades (the expensive bit).

    A lot of meat here's got labels that set the alarm off as you leave the store.
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    Dec 04, 2011 10:35 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidI do need new running shoes...

    Just kidding. I'm a good thief.


    So I've heard. I never leveled thievery past 11, when I was caught shoplifting candy.
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    Dec 04, 2011 10:59 AM GMT
    in the USA razor blades are the most shoplifted item bar none. Thats why they are now behind the counter for the most part these last 5+ years and still lol youz guys manage to foil the security and keep pocketing the Mach 3's (4's?)
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    Dec 04, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    never stole any of those lol
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    Dec 04, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    Buddyboy938 saidI remember the Lifesavers candy I stole 46 years ago, it still haunts me. I haven't stolen anything since.


    THIS!!!!
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    Dec 04, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    LOL -- In the weeks closing in on Christmas, the collection baskets in church
    get dipped into if someone doesn't let the "men" know they're being watched with a
    mindful cough now and then, "just to be sure no one gets passed over, naturally".

    But how else would they get pissed by noon with the cripple that sells them crack?
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    running11 said
    I'm not street smart enough to know how to get an iPhone out of a store without the alarm going off-- geez I wonder how people do it lol


    You don't have to be if you work in the store.

    Methinkins the retailers should look internally, first. Just sayin'.