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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:39 pm    Post subject: Couple admits shoplifting on national TV Reply with quote

What.... the..... f.......! ! ! ! !

What outrages me most of this note is not their cynism (they actually went on TV to brag about their shoplifting habits!) but that they were actually teaching their kids to do it! Today is a shoplifted Lego; what will be next? burglary? Armed robbery? or, if things go wrong, murder??


Feds search home after couple admits theft on TV
Fri Apr 3, 5:09 AM PDT

A couple who went on national television to brag about making $100,000 shoplifting and selling their loot on eBay is under investigation by federal agents.

Matthew and Laura Eaton of San Marcos appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show last fall to share their story, aided by a video of their three small children accompanying them on a three-day shoplifting binge.

Last week the Secret Service and other members of the multi-agency San Diego Regional Fraud Task Force searched their home and seized toys, a car and other belongings.

The Eatons have not been arrested or charged. The couple hired an attorney with the United Defense Group in Los Angeles to represent them, but the firm said Thursday they would not comment on the case.

Dave Hillen, a detective at the San Diego County sheriff's office, said he investigated the Eatons for shoplifting before their television appearance.

Last August he received a complaint from a Target store in Vista that the couple had stolen a LEGO kit and confronted them at their home. Hillen said he noticed a pile of unopened toys in the family's garage, but the Eatons claimed they sold the toys online.

He said the couple admitted stealing the LEGOs and he filed a misdemeanor case with the district attorney's office.

They appeared on the show several months later, telling Dr. Phil McGraw that they made $3,500 in one week from selling stolen toys. Matthew Eaton called the thefts "easy money."

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This kind of stuff is one of the reasons prices keep going up on stuff. The profits lost from items that are stolen is referred to as "shrink" (Stolen items "shrink" profits) and when there's a lot of "shrink" prices tend to go up. (Thanks to my Loss Prevention manager at work for explaining that to me! Clin d'oeil )

Anyway, after working almost four years in retail I can honestly say that nothing surprises me. I have seen people attempt to steal the stupidest things or I have seen when the stupidest things get stolen. What kills me is that most of the stuff they take isn't even expensive. I've seen people try to steal the packs of gum and candy bars that they put out in the checkout lanes as well as tubes of chapstick. I mean c'mon, guys! I know times are gettin rough but gum? Candy bars? Chapstick? That stuff all costs less than a dollar! It's not even worth your time to try to steal it! Pfff

When I worked at Kmart we used to find boxes for pregnancy tests all the time in the fitting rooms where girls would go get a pregnancy test from Health and Beauty and take them in the fitting rooms with clothes and actually perform the test right there in the fitting room. Embarassé (Yeah, it was gross! You'd think that they'd at least be smart enough to do the test in the restroom!)

I think the funniest one I ever saw was when I worked at Kmart and came across an empty box of Pepcid AC when I was helping price over the counter medicine in Pharmacy. Rire Apparently somebody had some bad heartburn, cuz they took both sheets of pills and and stuck the empty box back on the shelf. Rire

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the heck has society come to these days? I am glad I was raised better than this!

Who says friendships can't be EXTREME?

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