Subreddit r/Shoplifting is a forum dedicated to shoplifters where thieves gather to boast about their conquests and share pictures of their ‘hauls’, such as the one above
Many of the posts on the forum see pilfering on a minor scale with shoplifters bringing home packs of Pokemon cards and stationary.
However, others operate on a far larger scale sharing photos of thousands of pounds worth of designer goods and electrical equipment – all of which they claim to have stolen.
Some users list the reasons behind each particular haul whether it’s treats for a Friday night, much needed bathroom supplies or, in one case, a birthday gift.
In this post the criminal admitted to running out of bathroom ‘essentials’ and rather than pay for them got a five finger discount
As you can see above, one user boasted of getting away with hundreds of pounds worth of Victoria’s Secret goods over the space of two days
And for this guy? His sister is going to be excited at her gifts, not knowing they were all stolen.
Others admit to committing the offense in order to make a profit with one Redditor shoplyft3rShoplifter posting: ‘In the last 30 days I’ve sold over $2,500 of merchandise on eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook (fake account). And people still ask why we shoplift… that’s why I lift.’
The site is also littered with threads from first time ‘lifters’ asking for help and advice from more seasoned thieves.
Members can be seen swapping tips on tactics for stealing including the ‘walkout method’ as well as giving advice on what will set off a security alarm.
Many users who are new to ‘lifting’ take to the site to ask more seasoned thieves for advice
Operating under usernames members remain completely anonymous, however, many choose to post under ‘throwaway’ accounts, deleting their accounts once they have posted.
While the forum is welcome to all the site’s organisers are keen to iterate that any judgement is not tolerated.
The description of the forum reads: ‘Welcome to Shoplifting! If you’re here to preach morals, enjoy your very brief stay.
‘If you’re here to learn and share, please help contribute to our wonderful community of allegedly corrupt and soulless individuals.’
The forum’s leaders also attempt to explain the psychology behind the criminal behaviour.
Under ‘what motivates shoplifters?’ they say: ‘For the affluent, it can be kleptomania or thrill-seeking. For the poor, a means of feeding a family or addiction, or simply boredom.’
They have this amazing coded languages they use to explain make conversations on Reddit. Some of them includes:
NVI = Non-Violent Intervention
APS = Asset Protection Specialist
LPA = Loss Prevention Agent
PTZ = Pan/Tilt/Zoom (Cameras)
EAS = Electronic Article Surveillance
POS = Point of Sale
NPD = Non-Productive Detainment
NAA = Non-Apprehension Approach
HPA = Hours Per Apprehension
SRA = Sales-Reducing Activities
SKU = Stock-Keeping Unit
ORC = Organized Retail Crime
SWIM = Someone Who Isn’t Me
According to MailOnline , they have contacted Reddit for a comment.
We shall keep you posted when they responds.