If you’ve ever worked in retail, you’re familiar with the methods customers use to shoplift from stores.
Some methods are innovative. For example, one TikTok user claimed that Walmart changed the design of the vest because people bought the previous design online to steal from the store. Other methods are also easy, such as removing the product from the box and hiding the box in the store, as demonstrated by a Target employee in this video.
Now, a TikTok user has sparked controversy after documenting everything a customer stole from his workplace, Rose’s Discount Store, in one day.
In the video, which has more than 320,000 views, TikTok user Shania (@cocoa_nia8) walks down an aisle, discovering various discarded items along the way.
@cocoa_nia8 It’s amazing how people always steal from this little store 🤣#fyp #claw clip hairstyle #relaxed hair #thief #fypppppppppppppppppppppppp ♬ Original song – Shania🦋
In total, the shoplifters stole two packs of LED lighting strips, phone and tablet stands, bars of soap, slime, boxes of Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths, and two pairs of underwear from three packs.
The fact that the TikToker said “I approve” after observing some of these thefts caught the attention of commenters, with many claiming that she knew what the statement meant.
“‘I approve’ lol. I thought the same thing at the grocery store I used to live in. They literally went after the guy who stole the toothpaste,” the user recalled. “I’m here to give that guy a little bit of a breath of fresh air… You can take that $3 loss.”
“As a Dollar Tree employee, I humbly acknowledge some of the people.” [steal] But it’s only $25,” another added.
“Lol, whenever that’s needed, I always approve,” a third declared.
Shania later posted a second video showing the results of yet another shoplifting attempt.
@cocoa_nia8 Cheers to part 2#fypppppppppppppppppppppppp #fyp#thief ♬ Original song – Shania🦋
In this iteration, visitors stole air fresheners, pillowcases, a three-pack of T-shirts for boys, and bags of candy.
Commenters were quick to express their appreciation for the user’s video.
“Okay, but please don’t quit this series!” one commenter exclaimed.
“I keep coming back to this series every day,” another was heard saying. “Thank you for your service!”
The Daily Dot reached out to Shania via direct message on TikTok and Rose via email.
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*First published: September 18, 2023, 10:37am CDT
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work has appeared in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, and Schon! magazines etc.