To be annoyed by store security for following me with my pram?

(68 Posts)
Hotmad Wed 05-Mar-14 20:12:53

Since having my baby I have noticed that I have been followed by security guards in shops, one in boots, one in a sports direct and one In sainsbury who was undercover but so blatantly a secret one. I never have been followed like this before so I can only assume it's because I have a pram and probably look like someone so has been dragged through a hedge backwards blush
Is this fair that they target mums with prams if this is the case?
Do mums with prams steal a lot?
Does this happen to others or is it just me?

whois Wed 05-Mar-14 20:17:12

It's a totally common shoplifting technique to hide stuff in a pram or buggy I'm afraid!

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Mar-14 20:18:35

Blimey I must be pretty unobservant confused

I've had 3 kids and have never been followed round a shop by anyone to my knowledge.

KiwiBanana Wed 05-Mar-14 20:19:10

Happens to me quite often. Doesn't bother me too much as I'm not stealing anything but I can see why it's annoying.

Cleartheclutter Wed 05-Mar-14 20:19:30

Not unusual, another trick is someone in a wheelchair with a blanket on their lap, they put things under the blanket

People with prams do steal a lot. I don't know about those particular shops, in house of fraser they definitely did. Prams are often in the 'things to look out for' list in retail security talks, along with large empty looking bags and bulky coats with hands in pockets, si is imagin it must be fairly common tbh. Bloody annoying when it happens to you though sad.

* so I'd imagine, god only knows what garbled crap I've convinced my phone is a real word...

Hotmad Wed 05-Mar-14 20:24:03

I should add, i am not stealing so nothing to hide or be upset about just found it funny/annoying, I felt like I was deliberately proving my innocence by not being suspicious, I couldn't help it!

WeeClype Wed 05-Mar-14 20:24:04

In Sainsburys yesterday every corner I turned there seemed to be a security guard watching me! After reading this I guess it's cos I had a double buggy.....even the people trying to sell credit cards didn't even stop me but asked everyone else hmm

WooAGhostCat Wed 05-Mar-14 20:25:24

When I had a temp job at boots as a student it was always mums with prams that were basically looting the place.
In the end I became suspicious of every Mum and baby. Even the naice looking ones with silvercross prams.

WeeClype Wed 05-Mar-14 20:32:03

Oh god I'm going to feel paranoid now knowing that people will think I'm on the rob, even tho I've never stole anything in my life.

maybe a mascara when I was 13

formerbabe Wed 05-Mar-14 20:34:15

Yes, I get followed all the time when I am shopping with my buggy... Once, I got so pissed off that I dumped my basket of shopping at the security guards feet, told him he could put the stuff away and walked out!

EatDessertFirst Wed 05-Mar-14 20:42:28

DP used to be a supermarket security guard and about 50-60% of the shoplifters he caught had prams or buggies. The bigger the buggy, the more suspicious as well apparently (his words!). The wheelchair one, as mentioned by clutter was a pretty popular one as well.

So YANBU to be narked by this, but unfortunately, its way more common than a lot of people think. X

BakerStreet Wed 05-Mar-14 20:44:54

I get this all the time and I haven't pushed a pram in over 10 years. Its not just confined to one shop either.

There is a little Indian security guard that follows me around my local supermarket every time he happens to be on shift when I'm shopping.
He makes it so bloody obvious that he's following me and doesn't stop until he see's me heading for the door.

I must just have one of those faces, either that or as dh reckons he must fancy me!!!

Finola1step Wed 05-Mar-14 20:46:05

Yes, pretty common I'm afraid. When I worked in retail, one of the most common shoplifting techniques was the toddler in the buggy with a large basket underneath. Usually the toddler was just a bit too old for the buggy IYSWIM. If they got caught, they would always trot out the line "I put it at the bottom of the buggy so it didn't get dropped. I forgot it was there. I'm so tired with lack of sleep. I just forgot". The same story time after time. There was the odd genuine case but they were very easy to spot.

5littlefreckledspogs Wed 05-Mar-14 20:49:03

Feel so much better reading this, I was followed round morrisons - a few months ago, and was so mortified I've not been back since - I thought I was the only one!

Oldraver Wed 05-Mar-14 21:19:19

It is irritating I have had it happen to me but I have led them a merry dance a few times. I've also told a manager his security was a bit too obvious

VikingLady Wed 05-Mar-14 21:46:02

Unfortunately DD (2yrs) does have a shoplifting habit. Small sparkly stuff goes around her in the buggy. It is why I didn't get her a cosytoes this winter! I've never been followed around the shops though - maybe I just look honest? Maybe because we don't have a big buggy, just an umbrella thing.

She's swiped enough without me noticing now that we have a new rule. If it looks like it cost over £1 we take it back, but less than that is just too embarrassing blush

peppercold Wed 05-Mar-14 21:58:40

Ds2 when he was little swiped three packets of Halls Soothers!

deakymom Wed 05-Mar-14 22:33:04

its pretty common im afraid however ive bought clothing put it on the hood of the pram when i leave the store and the security tags were still attached the alarm did not go off!

ive also put something on the hood and had to go back to pay for it (they were surprised i was honest

i saw someone shoplift with a trolley once she put bottles of pop underneath and "forgot" to pay for them of course the girl at the checkout can't see the underneath (until she walked out the door but no security so what can you do hmm)

BigRedBall Wed 05-Mar-14 22:41:04

This happens to me in Boots by a security guard. He peers around and over the aisles as I pop anusol and sanitary pads in my basket. Whenever I look up he's there. I once pretended to walk around the shop for no reason, just marching here and there and he followed me! I must look like a thief.

puddingsforsandy Wed 05-Mar-14 22:46:11

Try being black.

BigRedBall Wed 05-Mar-14 22:50:59

Are you black puddingsforsandy? confused

whitepuddingsupper Wed 05-Mar-14 22:51:05

The security guard in poundland always follows me when I have the buggy. If I was going to shoplift (I'm not) it would be somewhere more worthwhile than poundland grin.

Episode Wed 05-Mar-14 22:52:07

second puddings!

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