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To have shoplifted from Morrisons today....

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Tryharder Thu 18-Jun-09 18:10:31

I walked to Morrisons this morning with DS2 in his pushchair. Only intended to buy a couple of things but as you do, kept piling things into the basket so I had loads to carry. At the end, picked up some jellies that were on special offer but had no room for them in my basket so balanced them on top of the pushchair and went to pay.

As I literally was walking out of the store, I looked down and saw these jellies still wedged in the pushchair in the folds of the hood (iyswim) - had totally forgotten to pay for them.

Anyway, I should have gone straight back in again and either paid for the jellies or handed them in at the customer services desk.

But, I thought oh feck it, Morrisons get enough of my hard-earned cash as it is and they can afford it and just continued out the store...

I am being unreasonable, aren't I? blush

lynniep Thu 18-Jun-09 18:12:19

ooh you've opened a can of worms on this one - prepare yourself wink

BitOfFun Thu 18-Jun-09 18:12:31

I think you know the answer...

Morloth Thu 18-Jun-09 18:12:52

Yep, it would be driving me crazy right about now and is probably going to do the same to you.

pranma Thu 18-Jun-09 18:12:52

Mmmmmm many will condemn but I reckon few would have acted differently.I would have panicked and rushed back because I would be scared someone else had seen them.

chim000 Thu 18-Jun-09 18:13:01

I've done that before, I expect most people have. One time it was in Debenhams and I'd been out of the store for about 5 minutes. I was still in the precinct and so scared that someone was going to come after me that I didn't go in any other shops and went the long way home to avoid walking back past Debenhams blush

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 18-Jun-09 18:13:07

If this is genuine then yes, yabu and are a thief.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 18-Jun-09 18:14:24

I went back when I discovered I hadn't paid for something (2 things stuck together so was only charged for one) I was allowed to have it for being honest. I can enjoy using it now without feeling guilty.

RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Thu 18-Jun-09 18:16:21

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junglist1 Thu 18-Jun-09 18:17:47

It was a couple of jellies. You're right they earn loads and don't pay well.

risingstar Thu 18-Jun-09 18:20:04

well- yes you are-you are either honest or not!

not so long ago i walked all the way home (several miles) to find that dd2 was sitting in a bottle of tomato ketchup. I did remember giving to her to hold, and i thought i had done a thorough check of buggy before going through the checkout.

having a sense of perspective, next time i went in, i confessed and offered to pay. they thanked me for my honesty and suggested that i put some money in the charity box outside ( cancer research).

This was Waitrose though------ they might have done a citizen arrest in morrisiongrin

Could you do the same if your conscience bothers you? If it doesn't it hardly matters in the overall scheme of things.

Tryharder Thu 18-Jun-09 18:25:48

Guilty as charged m'lud grin

Some bitch swiped my £10 bottle of hair serum at the gym when I was swimming last week so perhaps this was fate's way of righting the wrong so to speak... a bottle of hair serum in exchange for a pack of jellies....

<< I'll get me coat>>

HecatesTwopenceworth Thu 18-Jun-09 18:26:22

well, I think it was wrong.

I accidently walked out of tesco with a tin of catfood under a sack of spuds. (hadn't lifted spuds out of trolley at checkout, she'd taken for them though grin ). Anyway. It was only a tin of cat food. Pennies. But I went back, went to customer services and paid.

They looked at me like I was mad! grin

I have gone back into a shop when I noticed they'd given me change for a twenty when I'd given them a ten. I have taken my shopping back to local shop when I realised they'd not scanned it all and had undercharged me. I yelled after a bloke in a car park because he'd left a quid in the machine. etc etc grin

The point is I do not believe you should keep something that isn't yours and more importantly, how can you teach your children the importance of honesty, if you are not honest yourself? and yes, that means going back to pay for a tin of cat food grin

I am 100% black & white on this issue! grin a can of coke, a diamond necklace - all the same. If it's not yours, it's not yours.

Ivykaty44 Thu 18-Jun-09 18:29:44

Now if it was tesco - well they don't pay bills for under £50 so it would be dealing in the ame vien that they do so hardly a crime for them.

Morrisons though I have no idea how they operate in business

blowbroth Thu 18-Jun-09 18:31:42

I bought some bird seed this morning from a small independent shop. They were £3 but the assistant asked me for £2. I thought I'd misheard her but gave her £5 and she gave me 3 back. With no hesitation I said I think they're £3 and she said oh yes!
I thought nothing of owning up and would do so in big or little shops.

LilRedWG Thu 18-Jun-09 18:33:49

I'm with Hecate on this one.

tvfriend Thu 18-Jun-09 18:48:03

I stopped at a Little Chef a couple of months ago with my Mum, DD and DS. You pay as you leave. About 20 minutes after we left Mum said 'Did you pay'? I realised we hadn't as caught up in a huge double nappy changing scenario, whining toddler, screaming baby etc. I was convinced that a police car was going to come screaching down the A303 any minute. In fact we had faffed around in the car park for ages so they would have had ample time to come and get us.
We tried to phone but couldn't remember exactly where it was so we stopped at the next Little Chef (they is one about every 2 miles on the A303hmm)and explained to them what had happened. Thay looked at me like I was deranged and said I was very honest and phoned the one we had just left. They said they didn't remember us, could find no record of our order and wouldn't take our money. The guy said if they were that useless I shouldn't worry about it at all.
To be honest the food had been so overpriced and service so rubbish I didn't feel guilty at all.

AnnieLobeseder Thu 18-Jun-09 18:51:33

At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself. It doesn't matter to me if it's a big business which won't notice or a tiny business which will - I am scrupulously honest in my dealings with everyone, because it's between me and my concience, not me and the shop.

whoisasking Thu 18-Jun-09 19:03:33

The fact that you realised before you left the shop makes me thing that YABU. You should have handed them in.

I'm sure we've all done this kind of thing. When my youngest was still in a buggy (I think he was about 2) I was wandering around Clinton Cards looking for xmas cards. I didn't see anything I wanted to get (Horrible glittery OVERPRICED crap) and left the store. I'd got halfway home when I poked my head around the buggy, only to see my DS playing with an entire zig of wrapping labels! There must have been 40 of the bloody things grin I turned around and took them back. How embarrassing!


difficultdecision Thu 18-Jun-09 19:05:34

I would have gone back and I know it's silly but I want to live in a world where people do the right thing - I'm not naive enough to think I can but I think at least I can make a start. That sounds really loopy perhaps but if it isn't mine honestly I don't want it.

I took something by accident from ikea once (I put it in my bag rather than the one they give you to carry around - baby brain) and sent them a cheque - they sent it back saying thanks for the honesty and have it as a gift.

Chen23 Thu 18-Jun-09 19:09:12

"I am 100% black & white on this issue! a can of coke, a diamond necklace - all the same. If it's not yours, it's not yours."

Conceptually the same yes, but surely there is a slight element of degree here; nicking an old grannies pension from her bag whilst she isn't looking and pretty much accidentally walking out with a bag of jellies from Morrisons aren't totally comparable imo.

I've nicked stationary from my work before, hasn't caused me any sleepless nights....

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 18-Jun-09 19:10:12

She didn't accidently walk out though, she deliberately walked out as she knew she hadn't paid for them.

ShowOfHands Thu 18-Jun-09 19:10:54

If you want to commit theft then have the balls to say it. Don't blame it on oh they're a big corporation or I give them enough of my money. Theft is theft is theft. I'd have more respect if people didn't try to excuse it and just admitted they're morally incapacitated. wink

Midge25 Thu 18-Jun-09 19:16:38

See, what bugs me is when people say 'oh, it's a big company, they can afford it'. It's not unheard of for the value of 'shrinkage' (ie. stock lost through damage or theft) to be docked from employee's wages. This happened to me when I worked for a lg. newsagents' chain when at uni...if it happened on our watch, we lost pay. In addition, costs from this behaviour are very high and increase businesses' insurance premiums...less money for paying staff....

edam Thu 18-Jun-09 19:16:41

In a world where Fred Goodwin is getting brownie points for 'giving back' (hah!) one per cent of his ill-gotten gains I find it hard to worry about one packet of jellies, tbh.

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