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What I found was incredibly disheartening. There are tons of sites and forums out there solely devoted to shoplifting and stealing, and the best techniques and stuff to steal. Tons of people talking about what they're stealing and how. Lego is one one of the top things these dirtbags focus on, due to its popularity and being able to easily sell it on ebay for retail prices. It's just soul crushing.
Perhaps the FBI should simply join those forums, find the people on them, and get warrants based on their posts there to search their property?
If I was posting on such forums, should I really be surprised if the police/FBI show up? That is just stupid.
But unlike LFT, when I go in to buy a bunch when its on clearance I go through a line and not the self scan just to avoid any issues. Yesterday I only bought 4 of the big box sets and the guy ringing me up said it was the biggest cart of LEGO he's rang up. I chuckled at it thinking back to January when I had the cart with like 25 battle packs and at least 15 normal sized sets. This guy probably would've freaked out if I had done that. Of course if stuff was at 50% I *would* have done that.
To be honest, before reading this story, it never occurred to me to put a different barcode label on the box. That is just... wrong...
Why bother, it is theft, if you're going to steal, why not just steal?
Plus, based on the stories I've read, I have a feeling he started off totally legitimately like all of us, and then went off the deep end at some point with this whole barcode business. I bet he wasn't doing it very long before he got caught...
Also, greed is not what drives capitalism. Keep in mind, greed is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. Just wanting something for yourself is not greed. And anyways, the thing that really drives capitalism is that efficiency is rewarded. I would argue greed tends to derail capitalism.
How he did it was by using a trio of barcodes ripped from three different cheap products sold at Wal-Mart: a pack of sticky tack, a shower curtain, and a very small Lego set (I forget which one, but it was a Castle set). His targets were a few BIONICLE sets, but when he got ambitious and tried to slap a barcode for $6.97 on the 7676 Republic Attack Gunship and pass it off at the self-checkout, it raised a notification to the attendant, who promptly came over to see what was wrong. Wisely, he discretely ripped the false barcode off before the attendant came over, and paid the full $118. After that close call, he claims he never did it again. For his sake, I hope he is true to his word.
Capitalism, when in check, is good for a society, but when you have a majority of people that would sell their own grandmothers to make a buck, then it is out of control.
Actually, I do like her, very nice person, if a bit crazy, but aren't they all? :) But a week would have been nice. :)
So... Can I sell her? Or maybe just trade her for Lego? :-)
I am all for hard work equaling profit, and don't confuse "profit" with "greed". Lego has worked hard to get to where they are and I applaud them for it. If they get rich in the process (which they are doing very well, as a matter of fact), then good for them.
Does she cook/clean/fold down to a compact size for ease of storage?
Scrap that. Last time the authorities found out I was keeping "house-elves" under my kitchen sink I wound up in a fair spot of trouble.
Also I'd like to see a cart filled with $1600 of Lego looks like, @legofantexas. Is Walmart having a sale? Nevermind. I can't go to Walmart - ever since I discovered the peopleofwalmart site, I'm scared to go.
I don't want to see people walking around with urine bags tied to their legs. :\ You can't unsee stuff like that.