Monday, 15 February 2021

I've mastered the art of stealing from self-checkout lines

quote [ Empowered by the rationalization of scamming a morally-corrupt corporation — along with the ease and the thrill of scoring some epic savings — I became a master of stealing from self-checkout. The techniques are simple enough, with risk of getting caught pretty minimal if all the right precautions are taken. Thankfully, automation makes shoplifting a pleasantly streamlined process. ]

Real Les Mis posting hours nowadays. Don't get caught!
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[by steele@4:26pmGMT]


mechavolt said @ 8:57pm GMT on 15th Feb [Score:2]
At first I was judgmental of this. Then I started thinking in terms of the recipe website I posted that extracts only the recipe. You have a system which the owners changes in some way to save/make money, and the inconvenience is passed on to the users/customers. Grocery stores installed self checkouts to save costs on wages, and now customers have to check out their own groceries for the same prices they were paying before. Recipe websites added 500-word essays to game the web search engines and increase traffic to their sites, and now visitors have to deal with bloat blocking the information they're trying to access. Checkout thieves use the complexity and unsupervised nature of self checkout to steal some items, which costs the grocery store money. The recipe app bypasses the entire webpage, denying ad revenue to the site owner.
steele said @ 9:24pm GMT on 15th Feb
In addition to all that, I find it interesting how much blatant propaganda there is demonizing poor people in order to allow businesses to get away with what they're doing. Whether it's bullshit claims about drug dealers buying stolen formula to justify extra surveillance, or ignoring record breaking profits while claiming prices are going up because of shoplifters, the consumer is being exploited at the registers and at a much more cerebral level. In many ways, shoplifting is an act of political resistance.

Reminds me of a quote by Arundhati Roy:

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
C18H27NO3 said @ 1:06am GMT on 16th Feb [Score:1 Underrated]
You mean "fight?" Fight and never give up? Never concede? /s
Bruceski said @ 7:09am GMT on 17th Feb
And it's taken out on whichever grunt's on duty at the time. And encourages them to remove self-checkout which, even though it was implemented for profit, is useful for some folks with issues that make it difficult to interact with people. Particularly in pandemic times.
ubie said @ 10:57pm GMT on 15th Feb [Score:1 Good]
Funny, I accidentally stole some toothpaste a few hours ago. It had fallen into a back corner of my cart, missed it until I got to the car.
steele said @ 2:42am GMT on 16th Feb [Score:1 Hot Pr0n]
You are now the ceo of antifa.
ooo[......7 said @ 11:43pm GMT on 15th Feb
Hell yeah brother!

The only thing you have to lose are your chains!
And maybe that toothpaste.
robotroadkill said @ 12:40am GMT on 16th Feb
I remember buying school supplies once as a kid... I tucked a notebook into a planner to see how it fit, and promptly forgot. Free notebook and feelings of guilt!
C18H27NO3 said @ 1:10am GMT on 16th Feb [Score:1 Funny]
I went to a college art store as a high school student with a friend, and the cashier, when I placed items on the counter said "Didn't you pay for these already?" Because he was stoned out of his mind, and my buddy bought the same items right before me. I said "oh yeah. I did."

No. I wasn't sorry. But I did feel guilty when the same buddy put cassette tapes under his sleeve and walked out with about $10 worth of tape when I was with him. We were about 16.

Bruceski said @ 7:11am GMT on 17th Feb
I accidentally walked out with a comb, and the next day smuggled it back in to scan and pay for.
damnit said @ 4:50am GMT on 16th Feb
I accidentally stole a AAA-battery pack (2) when I was a kid. I put it in my dress pocket and forgot about it.

A pet peeve of mine, though, are people who steal from sellers in the dealers room at conventions. Rich-ass kids stealing anime merch and brag about it.
Hugh E. said @ 10:45pm GMT on 16th Feb
This is going to be the whitest scheme ever, isn't it? Yeah, it is.
But, hey, gotta do your part.
rylex said @ 6:35am GMT on 17th Feb
im brown skinned and dress like im homeless. they watch me too hard for me to do this. #whiteprivilege
Bruceski said @ 7:16am GMT on 17th Feb
If someone profits from their "protest" it's pretty difficult to take it seriously.
steele said @ 2:33pm GMT on 17th Feb
They'd have to steal quite a lot to profit over their exploitation.
steele said @ 3:08pm GMT on 17th Feb

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