Sunday, September 16, 2007

Who steals shit like that?

A couple of days ago I found myself in the supermarket - again. I'm telling you.. I hate those places. But I always get interesting stories from them.

Anyway.. I'm only getting a few things, and I'm looking around for one of those hand-baskets. There aren't any of them. Anywhere. Normally I would sigh, roll my eyes, express irritation. Say fuck-it, and gather my few items and move on. But I'm still feeling particularly tolerant of people right now.

I decide to ask one of the checkers where they were storing them. Sometimes stores decide they want to place them so customers can't find one.

This time though, the checker said they didn't have any. To which I reply "what?!".

She told me people were stealing them, and offered to get me a cart. Normally I would decline and would have gotten my own damn cart. But, I thought it was nice that she offered, and I was still a bit perplexed on why people would steal such a stupid item. So, while I was waiting for her, I decided that I was curious enough to press the checker for more information.

She told me their store had been targeted for shoplifting. She thought people were filling up the hand-baskets with groceries to make it look like they'd bought them. Then were walking right out with everything. The store had just bought 30 baskets last week, and they were already all stolen.

Which didn't make a lot of sense to me. I've never actually seen those hand-baskets outside of the store. If you have few enough items to use one, you just walk out with a bag or two of groceries.

Plus - way to tell the customers you don't have any security cameras! Dumb-ass. You'd think the thieves would be easy to catch with such an obvious item. Not like you can stuff one of those hand-baskets into your pants.

Anyway.. I found it funny.

If I were a thief I think it would suck to have to get rid of all those baskets. I mean.. do you know how much space a stack of 30 might take up? I imagine a garage somewhere filled with them.


  1. These would be the people who think it's a good idea to put the hamburger they decided they don't want anymore on the top shelf of the bread aisle.

    Assholes! The whole lot of them!

  2. Waaaa? Is there no end to annoying people?