Thieves Steal What They Can Sell, Like Soap and Razors

Alex Mayyasi noticed that the bars of soap at his Walgreens in San Francisco were locked up. If he wanted say, some bars of Dove soap, he had to ask an employee to unlock the case for him. Why was this? He looked at this question for his latest post at Priceonomics.

Workplace Thievery

Not condoned in the very slightest: stealing from work, because you’re unhappy at your job or feel like you’re being taken advantaged of. London-based Novara Media calls this “workplace reappropriation.”

What It Cost Me When I Got Robbed

So when a twenty-something guy walked by on a hot summer day to offer to do odd jobs, my first instinct was to send him away. Then I looked at my overgrown lawn, thought about the grad school work ahead of me, the run I wanted to go on, and the writing I wanted to do.

The Things We Steal

New York magazine has by-the-numbers look at shoplifting, including a list of the most frequently stolen items.


At The New Inquiry Charles Davis discusses stealing from evil corporations and although I see the point (corporations don’t always play by the rules, so why should we?), I don’t see how it makes walking into a retail story and stealing a flatscreen TV an OK thing to do, although “Corporations Steal, So I’m Stealing This TV” would make a pretty good #slatepitches piece. [Thanks to Jon for the link!]

Woman Gets Her Money Stolen Even After Canceling Her Accounts

A woman named Olga had her purse stolen at a Starbucks and immediately contacted her bank and credit card companies to cancel her cards and report the theft. Even so, the thief was able to withdraw money from her new accounts a month later by walking into a bank and using Olga’s driver’s license and social security card (I used to carry my social security card in my wallet too—until I realized that there really is no good reason to have it on you at all times.) Even with the I.D., the thief would need to know Olga’s PIN to withdraw money, but could have possibly sidestepped that by correctly answering security questions. It’s kind of mind-boggling that someone could walk in a bank with someone else’s I.D. and walk out moments later with that person’s money.