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Shoplifers

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by yorkshiregoth, 28 Aug 2007.

  1. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    Shoplifters

    Doing a bit of shopping this afternoon in my local Tesco's and heard some screaming and f'ing and blinding from the exit. Along with half of the store we all went to be nosey and see what was going on.
    The security were trying to restrain a couple of lads who must have been about 13 years old, and a chavvy looking pregnant girl. One of whom had an unusual bulge under his jacket which turned out to be a large bottle of cider. The two little brats were swearing and fighting like mad. Eventually the security were able to control them a bit until 2 police cars turned up with blue lights flashing. Shame I didn't fasten my camera onto the trolley.

    Probably get a slap on the wrist and a free lift home from the police.;)
     
  2. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Little bleeders have even nicked the 'T' out of your thread title. ;)
     
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through


    Too true! But they're the kind of 'things' that end up 'lifers'! :sad:
     
  4. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    When the police ring the parents to fetch them from the station, they most probably say
    "you're picking on him/her, go and catch some real criminals" ;)
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I witnessed something similar once, when a woman had tried to smuggle out a frozen chicken under a tight-fitting t-shirt.
     
  6. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Wait for the 'it's OK cos it's from Tescos' argument.......
     
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    There's a juggling/kite shop near here. It was originally called Selly Oak Juggling. The owner had made his own, wooden sign.

    One evening someone decided to do their own editing of the sign.

    For a couple of years henceforth it was known as "Selly Oak Tugging".
     
  8. Jack

    Jack New Member

    Location:
    UK
    It's OK, 'cos its from Tesco's....
     
  9. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I've also seen people stealing in supermarkets etc. but what do you do ignore or make a scene and report!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    Similar to shoplifting - a few years ago, two youths drove into my local petrol station, put £5's worth of petrol in the tank and drove off. Come on, chaps, if you want to do a drive off - fill the tank! (No, I am not condoning theft)
     
  11. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    you missed your chance there mate. while security were struggling and everyone's eyes were on them, you should have legged it with your shopping ;)
     
  12. purpleR

    purpleR Senior Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I used to work in What Everyone Wants on the Bridges in Edinburgh. We had a great relationship with our shoplifters. One guy in particular was really sweet. If you caught him mid-lift, he'd sheepishly put everything neatly back on the hangers, and wander off (only to reappear 5 minutes later ;)).

    We'd say hello on the street, and when catching up with a former colleague a few weeks ago she was telling me everyone's news - which included how this particular guy was getting on.
     
  13. gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    once saw 2 kids empty a shoppers trolley into the freezer when she left it unnatended,& made of with the empty trolley,I presume this was to get the £1 deposit back on the trolley!!
     
  14. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Actually that's a common technique. I used to manage a large mobile phone shop and gangs would come in and distract our staff, set off alarms and all sorts. The problem was that while all that was going on their mates would be quietly nicking phones. That said, the vast majority of our display phones were dummies, but they cost more than you'd imagine.
     
  15. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Those youngsters needed proper legal advice. Shoplifting of goods of up to £200 is dealt with by means of a fixed penalty of £80 and no court proceedings. They needed to nick a lot more to make it cost effective.