2. Engage the Staff
One of the most frequently cited errors in a successful shoplift is when a potential thief enters the shop, looks around shiftily, grabs an item, and then runs out of the store without so much as a “thank you” to the retail staff. Make sure to greet anyone working at the store, to ask questions about items (though we recommend that you don’t ask anything about that which you intend to steal) and thank them for their time. If you’re really serious about your career as a small-time crook, become a regular customer and establish relationships with the staff. This means that even if they see you steal, they’ll be way too embarrassed to do anything about it — you’re best buddies after all. As they say, keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and the victims of your crime closest of all.
3. Buy Something
This may seem counter-intuitive, but believe us, it’s the most effective way of gaining the trust of the staff. Buying another item also has the added advantage that, should you be foolish enough to get caught, you can chalk it up as a simple mistake: after all, you paid for the Prada keyring, why would you possibly be trying to steal the dress, shoes and handbag?
4. Home Run
As you leave the store, stolen good in handbag, make sure to walk leisurely and with confidence. Fervently scuttling away is not the walk of a victor.
* Just in case you need a disclaimer, here it is. Flavorpill does not really endorse shoplifting. But we do endorse Winona. Thank you.