Post # 1
I posted this in the other thread, but here’s my account again.
I accidentally stole one of those hard little back/shoulder massagers. the ones you hold in your hand and just rub on the other person?
Anyway, I was in winners and i saw it first thing in the store and I grabbed it and then just kept browsing. By the time I left the store I didn’t even realize I was still holding it anymore because it just felt like a part of my hand!!! (I spend a lot of time browsing).
I walked RIGHT past all the cashiers with it RIGHT in my hand. I got halfway down the escalator and was like “Uh…. wtf? OMGOMGOMG!” turned around and went back itn the store and put it right where it was originally and left asap!
So??? Let’s hear your stories… if you have them… I can’t be the only one…..
Post # 3
I have accidentally stole stuff when it was placed underneath the shopping cart because it was full and the cashier didn’t see it and I forgot about it. I also intentionally stole a bottle of soda as a child when my two “friends” told me to do it. I got caught and got yelled at. The worst part was that my parents frequently visited the store and I would insist on waiting outside out of fear that the cashier would recognize me and tell them what I had done.
Post # 4
When I was little like 4 or 5 I stole a candy bar from a local hardware store. My mom found out as soon as were were in the car and made me return it.
Post # 5
Well I already posted my mom stealing nail clippers and me nearly doing so by way of using my coat pockets as storage. I don’t think I’ve ever actually gone out the door with something, though.
Post # 6
This was YEARS ago… I was shopping at a discount department store (similar to Target) and I was buying a new purse, some clothes (including underwear), and a ton of new makeup. Since I didnt have a basket, I just started tossing all the makeup into the purse, followed by the undies, and carried the whole thing on my shoulder right next to my regular purse. I was shopping with my best friend and as usual we were clucking like a pair of chickens the whole time, including all the way through the checkout. It wasn’t until I got out to the car, and swung my purse off my shoulder to put it in the backseat, that I noticed a SECOND purse there! We had gone right through the checkout, no security alert, the casher did notice, NUTTIN!
Anywho, unlike you, I was kind of a dick, and I kept the whole shebang. I was kind of panicked, and frankly very young and very broke. Not cool, I know.
Post # 7
@juliasoko: heh! Kids. When I was a kid (like 5) I intentionally stole a grape because I was hungry put it in my mouth, chewed it, felt bad, spat it out and put it back. AHA.
Post # 8
I’ve never accidentally stole anything, but I did purposefully steal (although I didn’t understand it at the time) when I was 3 or 4.
I was in the bulk food aisle at the grocery and my mom caught me eating some of the bulk candy from the bins. She went and found a store manager, made me tell him what I did and apologize for it, and had the manager give me a “lecture” on why stealing is wrong.
Post # 9
I’ve totally done this… numerous times. I am so incredibly absent-minded when it comes to shopping. I will pick up a small item ( like a Chapstick or an eyeliner) then set it next to my purse in my cart so it doesn’t get lost with everything else. Get out to my car and yep- there it is. I finally started just bringing in my debit card and phone so I couldn’t do it because frankly my local store probably was starting to wonder what my damn deal was, haha.
Luckily I have never gotten in trouble as it is clear it was just an accident. Maybe because I always bring it back, red faced and apologizing. Thank GOD no store around here would call the cops for something like that.
Post # 10
Yep. I was looking for some beads at a craft store. I accidentally knocked over the entire display case of purple beads. I have a tendancy of putting my purse on the ground when I’m browsing so somehow the beads must have fallen in. I picked up my mess and walked out because I was embarressed. Walking in the parking lot I was digging through my purse to find my car keys and thats when I felt the tube of purple beads. I freaked out got into the car and drove off as fast as I could. I ran into my house sobbing telling my mom that I stole something. I was 16 and it was seriously one of the worst things to ever happen to me at that point in my life.
I didn’t go back in and return it because I was SURE the store wouldn’t believe me and make me go to jail.
Post # 11
@MissNoodles: Honestly, my experience happened as an adult, if I were a teenager, I probably would have done the same thing you did. I also think panic sets in and you just get in a “Get the F outta here” mode!
@MrsPinkPeony: haha! Your story reminds me of something I did. Not really stealing but probably just as bad. I backed out of a parking stall and just barely scrapped some paint of a car near me (small parking lot), I was so scared that I left immediately, cried all the way home, sobbed to my Darling Husband and made him take me to the police station to turn myself in. The officer just kind of stared at me blankly (still sobbing) and probably wondered why on EARTH I would report a little scrapped paint. He didn’t fine me and nothing ever came of it. haha… I just hijacked my own thread. sorry! continue!
Post # 12
I remember one time when I was little we rode our bikes to a store. I left my money in front basket/pocket of my bike, so I carried a little plant outside to my bike to get the money out of my wallet! I was mortified when I got outside and ran back inside to pay for it!
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
So, this is a funny story. When Darling Husband and I were in Florida looking at venues last December, I accidently stole something from a CVS.
We had just visited the Florida Aquarium (which we would later select), and I was so excited. I was on the phone with my brother, telling him all about it, when we stopped in to CVS. Darling Husband needed some hair product, I believe, and I wanted some gum. So, I’m chatting away. and I put my gum on the counter and then I pick it up after I think the guy scanned it. I’m still chatting on the phone, when we finally get to DH’s grandmother’s house… and he tells me I just stole the gum. “No way!” I said… and then he hands me the receipt. Sure enough, I stole the pack.
I was mortified! I had put it on the counter to be scanned!!! The guy should have noticed and just asked for it back.
Darling Husband still teases me, and that was over a year ago.
Post # 14
Yeah, when I was a kid I saw “give a penny take a penny” and obviously I was 7 years old and I didn’t understand that it was for leaving your spare pennies for someone else to make their change even. So I took the 4 pennies out of the tray and put them in my Little Mermaid fanny pack, and the cashier FREAKED out at me, yelled at my parents. Basically made a huge deal out of it. Whatever.
On two different occasions my daughter has grabbed something from the shelf at a store. And both times I’ve returned the items with an apology. I’m sure I *could* have been prosecuted if security had followed me to the car. No one ever made a big deal out of it.
Post # 15
Never done it myself, but I used to work in a grocery store and it happened to people all the time. They would put their handbag on top of something in the cart, or tuck something under their arm, or their kid would be holding on to an item, and they’d come running back in a minute later going “Omigod omigod omigod I cannot BELIEVE I forgot to pay for this!!!”
My mom once managed to get out of the store with an entire bottle of Windex under her arm. Neither she nor the cashier noticed it when she was at the till. It wasn’t until she got to her car that she had her OMG moment and was back inside the store in two seconds flat to pay.