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What are the three most shoplifted items from a grocery store?

-- mitch hearn (, May 28, 2002


candy, cigarettes, and make-up

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, May 28, 2002.

Hi Mitch!!!

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, May 28, 2002.

I'm with Melissa on those three, though cigarettes may be off the list since most places now have them encased or behind the counters.

-- Gary in Indiana (, May 28, 2002.

true Gary, I have never bought them but I do think that at Kroger's they are behind a counter now..

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, May 28, 2002.

Cigarettes, make up, and _____________? In the order given!!~

-- mitch hearn (, May 28, 2002.


-- Bob in WI (, May 28, 2002.


-- SteveD(TX) (, May 28, 2002.


-- Ross (, May 28, 2002.

Condoms? No sarcasm intended.

-- Melinda (, May 28, 2002.

The third item is a consumable, but is not by the human body.~

-- mitch hearn (, May 28, 2002.

Candy has GOT to be up there -- with all the kids who dare each other to "score" something.

What about CD's??

-- Tracy (, May 28, 2002.

Dog food?

-- Gayle in KY (, May 28, 2002.

Hey Mitch! I'll go with the dogfood answer, too.

-- Annie (, May 28, 2002.

Dog food does not make the list, candy is number7, the list conserns "retail value lost" so think small and expensive. Over the counter medicine is number 4.~~~

-- mitch hearn (, May 28, 2002.


-- Julie in NC (, May 28, 2002.

Batteries is correct, small, easy to hide and costly.

-- mitch hearn (, May 28, 2002.

I was walking into Krogers one day and the police were there questioning a lady. Seems she tried to sneak out of the store with 8 big bags of dog food in her cart!!! Like no one would notice. :) Some people........

-- Annie (, May 28, 2002.

Mitch, I'm an attorney in NJ. One day I was in Court with the security officer from Home Depot. He caught a guy who stealing the UPC code bars from cheaper items, taking them home and scanning them into his computer. He printed them on sticky paper and went back to Home Depot and stuck them on more expensive items. I would put meat, frozen shrimp and diapers into the list of most stolen items. They have a great resale value in the small grocery stores and the drug addicts know it. Yucky world we live in. Thank God for nice people like the ones on this forum. - Sheryl

-- Sheryl in NJ (, May 28, 2002.

That is outrageous!!! People will do anything it seems.

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, May 28, 2002.

The guy really was rather bright to figure out a method of doing the bar code thing, I'd never have been smart enough to think that one up but then maybe I would if I wanted an easy way to steal something. It would be nice if they could get him turned around to use his ingeniousness (my own word?) on something legal and good.

-- Anna in Iowa (, May 29, 2002.

I worked in Wal-Mart in high school and we had people take the comforter packages (big zippered bags) and open them, then stuff things down inside the comforter where you couldn't see it. Makeup was a big one, and something else pretty common there was sheets, shams, etc. to match the comforter!

-- Christine in OK (, May 29, 2002.

baby formula is a big theft item around here - some stores keep it locked up or right up front by the check-out

-- pookie,mn (, May 29, 2002.

Wouldn't it be awful to have to steal formula so you could feed your baby? I hope I am never that poor. :^(

-- Gayle in KY (, May 29, 2002.

I caught a woman shoplifting a 20 pound ham when I worked at our local store. She was carrying it out in a baby blanket with a bottle in her hand, cooing to the smoked shoulder :>)

-- Jay Blair in N. AL (, May 30, 2002.

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