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Would You Ever Tackle A ShopLifter?

by S1m

A personal Sim’s Life post.

A few weeks ago, I read a story about a shoplifting ordeal in a local Facebook group and it prompted many conversations since and was definitely food for though (no pun intended).

The gentleman who wrote the thread mentioned how he had apprehended a wannabe shoplifter in our local village Co-op store and was surprised when no-one from the queue of people stood mere metres away helped. No-one had intervened to help, despite this gentleman being on top of the tea-leaf, which resulted in him being released when the shoplifted mentioned he had a knife and he would use it. Classy guy.

There was clearly sympathy for the have-a-go (almost) hero, but also comments from opposition and from actual people stood in the queue at the time. People were either unaware of what was going on and simply hadn’t seen, or they were with their children and didn’t want to get involved. Which is fair enough, if I had Liv with me then my first priority, as it is at all times is to protect her, plus who actually is that observant when stood in a supermarket queue? Generally you keep your head down, grumble about how long queuing is taking, pay and then finally be on your merry way.


How To Tackle A Shoplifter

The general consensus was that the gentleman who went to tackle a shoplifter probably shouldn’t have got involved. “The Co-op are insured against the loss anyway” and “it’s not worth getting hurt over a pack of sausages” were comments bandied around by people who accepted what the shoplifter did and didn’t bat an eye.

When did it happen that we all became so blinkered? How shocking is it that people actually have the need to shoplift a pack of bloomin’ sausages in today’s society?

The possible consequences of being caught shoplifting are:

  • You may end up being arrested and taken into custody.

  • If you are convicted in court of shoplifting, you can be fined and/ or jailed for up to six months if the goods are worth less than £200; or for a maximum of seven years if they are worth more than £200.

  • A shoplifting conviction means you will have a criminal record.

  • You may be offered a police caution as an alternative to prosecution. However, if you accept, this still counts as a criminal conviction.

  • You make a bad name for yourself and can be banned from the particular store.

Now I don’t know about you, but having to deal with the police intimidates me, which is mainly due to the fact that I was brought up with respect. There is a distinct lack of that these days and clearly the importance of those sausages far outweighed the potential threat of a fine/potential jail if you are a repeat offender – but worse still, a criminal conviction, which has all types of implications throughout your life.


A couple of weeks previous to reading the thread, I myself was witness to a shoplifting incident. The guy brazenly walked past me, picked up some meat and then hightailed it through the automatic doors of a Tesco Express. I had been in my own little world, staring at the meat selection as an Keto fan would do and was weighing up my options of dinner that evening. I’d clocked the guy as I walked in, scruffy urchin, clearly on some form of illegal substance but never did I imagine he would do that and so close to me too. The alarms were ringing and two of the young Tesco female employees were attempting to run after him before I knew what was going on (It’s more sedate in my dream world!).

Thoughts of ‘I should have thrown my basket at him’ and ‘I should have tripped him up’ sprang into my mind, but never did I think of running after him and kudos to the female employees that did, not knowing what was waiting from them on the other side of the doors.

I’ve now certainly become more aware of the shoppers around me whilst out and about, not because I am about to pounce on someone I suspect, but if someone does shoplift near me and I am able to throw something, I will. Though Liv is always my priority and I certainly wouldn’t get involved with a raucous that could lead to me getting hurt… over a pack of sausages.

What would you have done in these scenarios? Have you ever experienced a shoplifting incident?

If I did manage to save the sausages and apprehend a shoplifter, I would certainly expect free shopping for at least a year – just putting that out there!

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Jenny @thebrickcastle July 13, 2018 - 11:09 am

I have shouted at shoplifters in a corner shop where i felt friendly.with the guy behind the counter and was mortified what was happening – they just ran off. I’d hope I wouldn’t tackle them tbh because it could end badly for me, but at the same time, I’d rather they were caught! We all pay extra to cover loss from shoplifting, and small shops end up closing because they are too scared or can’t afford it. it would be so much better if we could all just be honest

Suzanne Chickenruby July 13, 2018 - 1:13 pm

In this day and age and from personal experience of living in South Africa where violent crime with knives and guns is common, I’d never challenge a shop lifter, I’d call them out loudly in the store and report it to the staff though #pocolo

S1m July 17, 2018 - 1:40 pm

I can’t even begin to imagine how crazy it is over in SA with knife crime – definitely alerting people to grab attention is the best way to deal with it x

Lizzie July 13, 2018 - 11:11 pm

I like to think I would tackle a shoplifter – it’s just rude and unecessary!


Mummy here and there July 14, 2018 - 2:55 pm

I think I would tell a member of staff and not tackle the shoplifter in case of the risk of being attacked X #pocolo

S1m July 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm

It’s such an unfortunate thing that we should be scared of getting attacked but raising awareness is definitely the right thing x

Patrick Weseman July 14, 2018 - 5:51 pm

Not anymore. I used to work at a grocery store many years ago and the owner expected us to chase after shoplifters and tackle them. It wasn’t my favorite thing. I stopped doing it after one walked out with a basket full of food and I went after them and they pulled a gun, I retreated back in the store and the owner asked me why I didn’t chase him. I told him I am not taking a bullet for you. After that, I said no more and soon after found other work. #PoCoLo

Tubbs July 15, 2018 - 7:56 pm

I’d probably yell but wouldn’t do anything else in case they were violent … I’m not sure there is a right answer to this question as although it would be great too stop them, as others have pointed out, it’s not worth getting stabbed over some sausages

S1m July 17, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Absolutely, make as much noise as possible to attract attention 🙂 x

Stephanie 139a July 19, 2018 - 11:42 pm

I’m not sure what I’d do, but in my mind’s eye I’ve a vision of you throwing a shopping basket now 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

Rosie Doal December 1, 2018 - 6:17 pm

I’m not sure what I would do and how I would react. It would depend on the situation, whether or not my kids were with me, whether the person looks violent or is armed x #PoCoLO


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