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If you saw someone pocketing an item in a shop, what would you do?

Would you tell anyone?

Would you challenge the person?

Or would you simply ignore it?

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What I have always done.
Tell a store person.
I would let staff know. I wouldn't want to get involved directly. Probably the staff won't either and will just call security or the police to deal with it. One place I worked someone confronted a thief and was stabbed with a syringe. She then got to spend the next 6 months waiting to see if her blood tests came back okay. Not worth it.
I'd tell a member of staff.
In a hurry and/or if the person if mean looking - do nothing.
If otherwise - I would approach the shop manager discreetly and tell them.
I don't think I could confront them. Who knows how they might respond. I would be likely to tell a storeperson though.
by Vee
I wouldn't confront them directly as they could just say they had popped the item in their bag on the way to the cash register and had intended to pay. I would let a staff member know to keep an eye on them. I don't think they can do anything until someone actually leaves the store with unpaid for goods anyway.
I'm not sure what I would do, as I would be a bit worried about getting bashed.
When I was recently working at a shopping centre, a shop assistant saw someone take something and phoned Security.
They got the person, and that night the girl was bashed in the car park -obviously by friends who hung around the rest of the day.

That turned me off telling anyone.
I have also been in the situation in the same shopping centre while serving at an Op Shop as a volunteer, that a lady brazenly picked up some jewellery and dropped it in her pocket. I started to say something and looked at her, and shut my mouth -she was about twice the size of me, and we had been told not to "challenge" anyone stealing!
by Finy
I have approached persons(usually school girls) and told them that I just noticed them drop makeup into their pockets/bag. I told them that if I noticed them do it, then security probably have too. Told them they should put the items back, leave the store and have a think.
Mind you, I have asked to see the manager in some shops, and in particular at Christmas time, when I have had to wait so long to get served. I said to one manager that I was very tempted to just walk out of the store(with the goods I wanted to purchase).I thought by me saying that to him, that he would drop everything and serve me himself - but he didn't. Was a time where extra staff would be hired over the Christmas period (naturally very junior staff and very temporary). Some times I think the shops deserve to lose their stock to shoplifters. Bad managers everywhere.
by fran.
Would tell nearest staff member, who'd call security.
In this day & age, definitely would NOT approach alleged thief!
So . . . somebody you know gets off scot free? ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
by Rice
by jonaja
So Plecl, what WOULD U do, if it WAS someone you knew?
by Miro
Look them in the eye and call for security.
by Rice
Report them to the staff.
by Miro
These days, probably approach a staff member, ask to speak to the manager, if I do get to speak to the manager, tell him the situation and ask him to manage the shop.
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