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Old 01-16-2019, 02:00 PM
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When I was a student at LSU, I once went to the library to study. I'd brought along some books that I'd bought at Schoenhof's Foreign Books, in Boston. I was unaware that there were still some security strips in the books I'd bought, and was surprised when I set-off the alarm, as I was leaving.

The bar that you push-open as you're leaving suddenly locks into place when the alarm is set off; I knocked the wind out of myself as my body continued moving forward, and tried to 'fold in two' at bar level, which is about stomach height.

A thorough examination showed that I wasn't vamoosing with library property.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:06 PM
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I am not a thief, so wouldn't have thought about this, but some of the dumbest criminals out there might not have thought of it as well.
I wouldn't worry. There is an entire subreddit dedicated to this anyway. Naturally, store security personell at many places keep a close eye on it in order to spot new trends and methodology to watch out for
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:26 AM
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When I worked for the pet store I had a couple of ladies come in and return stolen stuff (don't get me started on that part, it's a good chunk of the reason I had a breakdown and quit). One had gone to the bathroom and the other was hanging out in one of the cat aisles. So I went to face the dog aisle across from her. Her friend joined her and they kept quietly talking to each other and watching me. They moved over an aisle, so did I.

They got mad and left and I was left with this parting shot, "You're bad at this!"

No, sweetie, I'm pretty sure getting you out of my hair without saying anything means I'm good at this.

Old 02-19-2019, 12:07 AM
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One thing I wish I'd done when Staples got rid of me was to take one of those stickers and stick it on the base of the door sensor. Sadly, I wasn't given the chance. :P

Old 02-19-2019, 08:34 PM
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I've been to a few places that had it but ignored it because it was over-sensitive. Back when Circuit City was still around, I went in looking for something and left without buying anything, and the alarm went off anyway.

I guess it got to the point where this was happening all the time, because another time I left with some items that I had paid for, and it went off again. This time they guy barely even looked at me and just said, "It's probably your phone!" and waved me on.
Had this happen at a grocery store. I had $100+ dollars worth of groceries. The clerk asked me, "Did you buy a steak?" I had, and showed him the receipt. He told me that steaks had been setting the alarm off all day.

Old 02-21-2019, 01:25 AM
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Beware, one trick some thieves have used is to spread a few adhesive-backed stickers around in the parking lot and let people track them in, resulting in a lot of false alarms.

Old 02-21-2019, 02:21 AM
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I used to have a wallet that would set those things off every time I went through them. I was confused because I couldn't find the security tag in it. After a few months of wear, I found a small rip in the lining and discovered that they had sewn it into the wallet. You couldn't remove it without cutting the wallet apart.
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