Do you steal?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 41 moms have responded )

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So, just curious. If you are shopping, and you forget to put something on the belt, and the cashier does not see it, what do you do? It is an honest mistake, and by the time you get your kids loaded into the car, and start piling in your purchases, you realize the error. What do you do?

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Kate CP - posted on 03/20/2012

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If I'm still in the store when I realize it I'll go back and pay or just leave it in the store some where (depends on how demonic my kids are being). If I make it out to the car and everyone is loaded in and the item is less than $5 I say fuck it and leave.

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April - posted on 03/23/2012

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i stole a hershey bar once when i was about 8. i felt so bad that i told my dad before we even got back to the car. he made me put it back, but he was too embarassed to let anyone know i had stolen it. i just quietly put it back.



i haven't had the experience of not being charged for something in a grocery store or a clothing store, but i have had the experience of not being charged for part of a meal in a restaurant. i don't question it, but I do leave the same amount of tip that I would have left if the bill had been higher.



Oh, today we went to Olive Garden and they charged my son 75 cents for water! Normally, I wouldn't question 75 cents, but come on, it was water! lol! Apparently, they thought he'd gotten a soda.

Mommy - posted on 03/23/2012

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If you make a mistake and miss one of my items, I take it as a sign from God that I deserve a present. lol

Vegemite - posted on 03/22/2012

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hahah I accidentally steal things all the time :o/ woops. Every time I've realised before leaving the shopping centre but obviously after leaving the shop, except once. I noticed when I got home and the item wasn't on my receipt, I did think it was strange that it was still in the pram instead of a bag when I was loading the car but it didn't click. This was on a monday I returned and payed for it on the next Friday, they didn't care and appreciated my honestly.

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Pride myself on my honesty.I was half way down the street and my 2 and half year old was singing happy birthday as it was close to her birthday lol.I stopped to make sure she had her blanket on and there she was with a happy birthday banner she took from the shop.I turned straight back and handed it to the lady, told her and the laughs out of her was priceless.Things like that have happened, my young baby took a book in the buggy and chewed it to death, i left the shop, spotted it then when she was choking on a bit of the book, i had to go back, explain and obviously buy it.

Also we have copped once out of a shop and restaurant we got back more change than what we should of and we went back.

Leading by example is something i hold myself to dearly.My parents were the same.I know my daughters will follow.

Tracie - posted on 03/22/2012

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Depends on the item. If it was just a pack of gum or some other really low cost item, I'd keep it and just pay it forward somehow. But if it was $5 or more, my conscience would get to me. I'd have to unload the kids and go back in to pay for it. (and tell the kids what I'm doing and why - don't want to waste a chance to show them the right thing!)

Aleks - posted on 03/21/2012

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I have experience with something like this. I used to put the cereal or toilet paper packet in the hood of my baby's pram when shopping... and have accidentally a couple of times left the store without paying. I walked almost all the way home (bah, I believe that I did manage to get home once too) before I realised. I marched straight back! I know not many would, but I just feel like i want to have good karma, you know?



thats me :-)

Stifler's - posted on 03/21/2012

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I never stole as a kid either. probably because I know how ti feels to be constantly stolen from by my sister.

Sherri - posted on 03/21/2012

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Nope not saying anything and not bringing it back. Call me evil don't care. Especially since it usually works out in the end when they constantly forget to put things in the bag or cart and I don't say anything when I realize it when I get home and I am not going back for a $3 loaf of bread etc.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/21/2012

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Oh, another confession. As a teen I was also very well dressed. Partly thanks to my mother but a lot more thanks to my klepto abilities... I even clothed my friends with jeans... Ok, I was just rotten! Good thing I don't believe in Hell because that is were I would be going if I did! ;)



No wonder jeans cost so friggen much now!



Mind you back then - 22 years ago - there were no such things as alarms at the entrance of a store... It would be a hard one these days for today's teens. Thank goodness!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/21/2012

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I was beyond honest as a teenager. I never stole. I was a really good kid. As an adult, with 2 kids, sometimes as you all know, it is hard just getting to the car in one piece then getting them strapped in. I just cannot be bothered. But you bet your sweet ass if I was charged $20 for 2 avocados, I would be heading back in.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/21/2012

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Joy you totally reminded me of something that happened just the other week. I ordered some knee pads and wrist guards from an online store. When I got my order I discovered that they had sent me the wrong wrist guards. I was sent the $49 ones instead of the $20 ones. I emailed the company and they said I could just keep them as a present for being so honest lol. It`s totally karma!

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Well call me Miss Goodie Two Shoes because I take it back. Every time. And I know, I know, I only have one kid so it would be sooooo much harder to do if I had a small herd of children. I know me. I'd still take it back. Anything less than taking it back would feel (to me) like stealing. And if it was something I didn't discover until I'd made it home? I'd take it back with me next time. If it was perishable, I'd make a point to get back to the store soon. I did that once with 3 steaks that had accidentally ended up in my bags and the next day when I took them back, the manager was so impressed with my honesty that he let me keep them. Karma. Then again, I also go back when I'm overcharged for things too. Not long ago I was charged $20 for two avacados. Bet your butt I got my $18 back lol (they were $1 each and the cashier rang 20 @ $1 instead of 2 @ $1). Easy mistake.



In my teens, I was a kleptomaniac. Half my wardrobe was stolen by me. In my late teens/early 20's, I was a drug addict. Part of getting clean (for me...I didn't work a program or anything) was to live an honest life. So there ya go. I now live the most honest life possible....which sometimes gets me into more trouble than it's worth lol Me and my big, honest mouth lol

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/21/2012

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Exactly LMCBW. Just how I feel the one or two times it has happened to me.. I have been overpriced several times. To the point that I now check my receipt before leaving.



Now as a teenager I was awful. We did several dine and dashes. We on several occasions deliberately went to a specific restaurant ordered a bunch of food and pigged out. All of us would head out and one would grab the bill and go to the washroom, then be-line it out the door after a min or two. I never felt guilty as a kid but now that this thread has brought back those memories I feel HORRIBLE!



I no longer live there, otherwise I may be compelled to go and tell them, perhaps give them $100 to repay for our dumbasses... *kicks herself in the ass*



I had forgot ALL about that until now... sigh...

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/21/2012

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I have no issue with it. If I make it out to my car, there is no way I am heading back if it was an honest mistake. I have been over charged so many times for things, I figure it all works out.

Mother - posted on 03/21/2012

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I would probably take the item back. Once when my daughter was tiny she had picked something up in an aisle and I didn't notice it. Even as I packed her into the jeep I didn't clue in that it wasn't hers. I set it aside and took it back later in the week. The owner was shocked that we brought it back and upon hearing my story just gave it to my daughter as a gift for being honest.



At one time I wasn't so honest. I was out of my parents house at a very young age. Wasn't even finished high school. I worked at nights and weekends to "try" to pay for my overpriced apartment. I certainly didn't eat as well as I should have. So, i'm ashamed to say that when i went grocery shopping this one time I lifted a bunch of food because I was starving. I had a big purse back then and let me tell you, it fit a lot of food. As ashamed as I was, I'm glad it happened. It gives you a whole new prospective on life. It makes you appreciate what you have. I use to raid a neighbouring garden as well. I think the Lady knew tho because when the growing season was in full swing she came over with "extra". And said if I ever needed anything not to be shy.



UGH.....made me feel worse.

Janice - posted on 03/21/2012

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If I'm not to the car yet then I definitely go back, but on two different occasions I have forgot something on the bottom of the cart and didn't realize till I was packing the car and I didn't go back. I really love the grocery store I use but occasional the meat I buy goes bad before the sell/ freeze by date and I 'm not able to get over there to return it so I think we are even.



When I was 10 I stole 5$ white canvas sneakers from a discount store. Took my old pair off and slipped new ones on. My best friend at the time did it often and convinced me. I felt soooooo guilty I didn't go back there for many years.

Sal - posted on 03/21/2012

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depends on what and how....if i find an extra packet of pasta in a $300+ grocery bill i'm not going back, by the same token if i'm over charged a couple of dollars on something (last week i got charged for the wrong apples) i'm not going back then either...a couple of years ago i bought a car booster seat, i picked a box off the shelf went and paid and left a few days (and 120km) later i opened the box and there were 2 in the box, i range the store they said it was a packing error at the factory as there was only single unit boxes so as far as they were concerned it didn't exist....so i got 2 for the price of 1; my little ones are terrible for picking up stuff especially pink things and when i catch them i take them back, but if i'm home i'm not going back, i don't let them keep them.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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I saw a thing on one of those current affair shows about all these people who keep getting bank errors in their favour. Like $10 000 a month and they told the bank and they didn't care. But they didn't spend it anyway because they thought it was wrong so they got interest on it and the bank didn't do anything about it.

Johnny - posted on 03/20/2012

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I also once got an extra $20 from the bank machine. I went in to give it back, they handed me a two page form to fill out. I took the money and went to catch my bus to school. Don't feel bad about that one either. So I supposed I've dined & dashed and robbed a bank. Lock me up.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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If I get something extra from McDonalds there is no way I"m going to park up and take it in. THey would have to throw it out anyway since I could have contaminated it. I migh as well eat it.

Johnny - posted on 03/20/2012

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I suppose I did an approximation of the "dine and dash" once. I was having a couple of drinks at the pub with some friends. A guy came in to rob it and pepper sprayed the place. We all had to run outside, and I grabbed my bill (as did my friends). We were told by the police to go home because it would be hours before they would open it again. So the next day, I went in to pay my bill. The waitress gave me a hard time for leaving and pointed out that been tip share wouldn't be right and on and on. She was a total bitch to me. So just as she was handing me the credit card machine, I grabbed my card, turned around and walked out. I don't feel guilty about it at all. I had driven 20 minutes out of my way to pay that bill. She fully deserved it and so did the manager who was standing right there listening to her rag on me.

Becky - posted on 03/20/2012

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I take it back in. Usually, it's my kids who have stuck something in the stroller basket without me knowing it. I usually just stick it back on the rack or on an empty till, I don't actually go give it back and tell them I walked out with it.

Once or twice though, I haven't noticed something until several days later and I have no idea where it came from, so then I just keep it. The only thing I can remember this happening with it is some allergy medication - which we don't use.



We were shopping at Macy's once in the States and bought an outfit for my son and they forgot to charge us for it. Dh wanted to just keep it, since it was their error, but I couldn't. I went back in and paid for it. We'd just left the store when we realized they didn't charge us. If we'd been all the way back at the hotel, we wouldn't have bothered.

Johnny - posted on 03/20/2012

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She should hang with my Gran. She isn't know for stealing, but smuggling. Very expensive jewelry and high-end clothes. She once flew back from Hawaii with a large sapphire and diamond ring sewed into her skirt hem. For a friend, not even herself. My father once put her on a plane home in Oregon while we were on a car trip because she was refusing to declare a necklace she'd bought when we got to the border. He wasn't interested in going to jail for her.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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My mother in law deliberately steals stuff. I used to put renae's capsule in th trolley to just get a few things and logan in the baby seat and she would stuff things down the side and just walk out and act like it was an accident, but I know her. She also was mjucking around with hats in target and just walked out with one on.

Johnny - posted on 03/20/2012

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When my daughter was about 18 months grabbed a bottle of squeezable mustard off the shelf of the grocery store when I wasn't looking. I had actually thought she was sleeping. I didn't discover it until we got home, a 1 hour walk from the store. I wasn't about to go back right then. But the next time I went to the store, I took it with me and took it to customer service to pay. They just laughed and didn't charge me. So I'm not sure if I'm a thief or was given a gift?

Jocelyn - posted on 03/20/2012

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If we're not counting the time I was 14-15 years old, then no I don't steal on purpose lol. Last year I managed to steal one oven mitt (I thought it came as a two pack, but nope it was just two stuck together and I only scanned one).

I didn't go back to the store.

I'm such a bad ass.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/20/2012

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I have only not gone back once. I was at stupid effing Superstore and once again they had hardly any tills open and we waited about 20 minutes in the line with a cranky toddler. One of my limes rolled out and hid itself under my bag. I couldn't bring myself to go back in and pay for one lime. Yup, I'm a criminal.

Isobel - posted on 03/20/2012

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I got caught shoplifting when I was 10. My mother grounded me for the ENTIRE month of June, to my room with the window shut and the shade pulled. They took away my radio and left me with a Beano book, Black Beauty, and the Bible.



I have done this...and I go back and pay ;P

Krista - posted on 03/20/2012

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I swiped a soother by accident once. It was when my son was tiny enough that he was still in his car seat attached to the stroller, and the soother slid under the car seat. I noticed it after I had loaded him into the vehicle, but for a couple bucks I didn't bother to go back in. I felt slightly guilty every time he had that soother in his mouth later!



Another time, when I was probably around 12 or so, I was shopping in the Disney Store in the mall and I was wearing this ridiculous pleather jacket with big, turned up cuffs. I reached up to look at a glass ornament and knocked one down and broke it. It was probably worth $20 or $30, a lot of money to my 12 year old self! The store was packed and no one seemed to notice that I broke it, so I left it there and walked out. I could not enjoy myself for the rest of that shopping trip because I was sure that my crime was on video and that they had sent out an army of Disney employees to catch me and bring me to justice. I suppose I'm making up for it now with all the money I spend at that place for my two kids!

Kelly - posted on 03/20/2012

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I would go back into the store if it was just me. If I had loaded little ones in the car and/or was in a hurry and it was something small and their mistake it would not be worth the effort to return it. So no I wouldn't go back. I don't really see it as stealing if it was a cashier mistake. If it is a can of beans or something it's silly and a huge waste of your time. I also figure I have probably paid more for a few items that were an error the other way too and I didn't notice. If it was a more expensive item and/or I forgot something on the bottom of my cart I would return back to the store then or next time I went shopping there I would bring it to their attention at the service desk.

Jodi - posted on 03/20/2012

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Nope. Here's what I did. My daughter had something still in her hand one day. I didn't realise until we got home. It WAS something on my list, but I had forgotten she was carrying it around. So next time I went to the supermarket, I took the item back and explained the situation to them and I paid for it.



Yeah, I know, I'm nuts.



Another time, I bought two of something, and only one scanned. I corrected them!!



I am going to confess that once, many, many years ago, I tried on a jacket and walked out of a store with it on (yes I shoplifted, it was NOT innocent, it was totally deliberate) and I have felt guilty for that ever since. Never, ever, ever again.

Amy - posted on 03/20/2012

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It's happened to me on two different occasions, once I had already put the kids in the car and started putting the groceries in when I discovered a pack of batteries I hadn't paid for, I left them in the cart and returned it to the cart return. I should of taken them back in and paid for them but I figured that was the next best thing. On another occasion we were walking out to the car when I realized my son had a $2 Santa hat on his head that we forgot to pay for, we went right back in and bought it.

Jodi - posted on 03/20/2012

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Depends. Once time, while doing a quickie grocery run, I picked up a few items, including sandwich meat. Well, I had thrown the sandwich meat in the top basket part of the cart, where your kid can sit, and it had slid under my purse. I didn't notice until I got out to my car, and picked up my purse. I went back in and paid for it.



But, a few months ago, my mom and I ran up to a bigger city (with better prices) that's an hour away. We were at Michael's, and since she wasn't getting much, she was putting her items in the top basket part. My purse was also up there...the zipper open. Well, we pay for our stuff, load it into the van, and since that had been our last stop, we went home. I dropped my mom off with her stuff and got to my house. As i pulled the receipts out of my purse, I found this little, child sized wooden rolling pin. I knew it was my moms, she had gotten one for each of her grandkids. Well, one had been tossed into my purse, I'm sure on accident, and came home with me. Seeing as how I wasn't driving, and nor was my mom, an entire hour and another hour back to pay for something that only cost a buck or 2, we just kept it. We only get to that bigger city maybe once a month, so we had completely forgotten by the next time we went up.



It happens.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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Haha Kelly we have a Kenny Koala plush that Damian stole from Dreamworld at age 2. I have no idea how his parents wouldn't have known that he stole it, it's huge.

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Hey! I just had a dream about this last night!



J & I were at the mall and I needed to buy khakis and they actually had slims, so I picked them up, and we were in a huge hurry and he grabbed this flashy light thing. I saw him grab it, and we just walked out of the store. Then I ran back in to pay for it, but I didn't have my wallet.



In real life, I've never walked out without pay for something I meant to buy, but when J was a toddler in the stroller, he used to snatch stuff all the time. Usually, I found it unloading the stroller and ran it back inside, but one time, we were in Tokyo and he took an animal thingy from the airport store that I didn't find until we got on the plane. We kept that....I still have it. That was almost 5 years ago.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/20/2012

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It all depends. If it was mine and I missed it, I leave. Although, I may have had it happen once or twice. I do my best to check under the cart always...



However, once, not long ago. I was loading my groceries into my truck and threw in a large thing of toilet paper. I thought, hmmm, I don't remember picking that up. Then I remembered the lady behind me had toilet paper. I looked at my receipt, nope no toilet paper on it. I seen the lady coming out of the store and I asked her if she noticed whether she was missing any toilet paper. She looked and said "Yes, I am". I told her it must have gotten thrown in with my stuff. I went and got it and gave it back to her.



I realized that I would be some pissed if I paid for a large thing of toilet paper ($15) and got home to find it not there. She was very very happy. ;)

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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Nothing just leave. But make a conscious effort to not do it again. I don't think I have actually ever done this. I would be heaps embarrassed. This is why I don't let Logan eat things in the shop before we pay for it.

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