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O2BDumb
12-31-2007, 04:44 PM
This is driving me crazy and I can't get any solid answers out of Albertson's employees, just that they're told to lock 'em up.

Other stores aren't doing this (like Ralph's or Target)...

Are they being illegally used for something...??

Lynne_kilii
12-31-2007, 05:03 PM
This is driving me crazy and I can't get any solid answers out of Albertson's employees, just that they're told to lock 'em up.

Other stores aren't doing this (like Ralph's or Target)...

Are they being illegally used for something...??

I've seen it in the major grocery stores, King Soopers (Kroger), as well. They do that with high theft items. Things that are small but high value that people tend to steal. Depending on the area, condoms are locked up, too.

Lobsang
12-31-2007, 05:08 PM
I'm guessing they're stolen by self-harmers.

DanBlather
12-31-2007, 05:17 PM
It's just that they tend to be stolen. mach 3 blades and the like are expensive and easily concealed.

Geobabe
12-31-2007, 05:17 PM
I'm guessing they're stolen by self-harmers.Nah, I think they're stolen by people who like the fancy blades but either don't have or don't want to pay $15 for a 4-pack. I usually only see the high-dollar blades like Mach 3 locked up, while the more run-of-the-mill disposable blades are displayed in the open.

ETA: Baby formula is another item I often see in a locked case or behind the counter; that's also pretty pricey.

gotpasswords
12-31-2007, 05:18 PM
It's just a cost:size ratio and not unique to Albertsons - some of those cartridges cost more than $45 for a package that's pocket-sized and easily pocketed. Someone comes along and thinks that $45 is an excessively big bite ut of their grocery budget, so they either get less food, don't shave, or steal the blades.

Condoms are a high-theft item because some of them can be fairly pricy to start with, and traditionally, they've been somewhat embarrassing for some guys to buy.

Another high-theft item is baby formula. It's bulky, so it's harder to steal, but it can still be very expensive, so people will swipe it - rolling it up in a coat, stuffing it into a diaper bag, or wherever else they can fit it.

chorpler
12-31-2007, 05:20 PM
Yep, they tend to lock them up in stores where they get shoplifted a lot. They don't do that very much where I live (small town near Las Vegas), but all the stores in Las Vegas that I've been to have them in a big glass case. Similarly, most of the Wal-Marts have locked up all the electric shaver blade-and-foil refills, presumably because those suckers are expensive as heck (like $25-$30 each) and very small and easily pocketable.

Jake
12-31-2007, 05:48 PM
[QUOTE=gotpasswords]

.......Condoms are a high-theft item because some of them can be fairly pricy to start with, and traditionally, they've been somewhat embarrassing for some guys to buy.......

Are ladies embarrased to buy them? I kinda don't think so as women (I think) are more practical than men are in matters like this. :)

Girls??

thelurkinghorror
12-31-2007, 06:25 PM
You'd think that locking condoms up would only make people more reluctant to purchase them. I don't buy locked up things precisely because I don't want to spend 10 minutes chasing down an employee, and you'd think people would just go to another store to buy the more embarrassing items.

Duckster
12-31-2007, 06:32 PM
<Walmart Intercom=on&loud>
Price Check!

Hey Cecil, what's the bulk price for a thirty-pack of ribbed Trojans? Thanks!

</Walmart Intercom>

gotpasswords
12-31-2007, 06:38 PM
Depends on the community. In the big anonymous city, not so much, but in smaller towns where seemingly everyone knows everyone else, condom shoppers may want more privacy than possible in such places.

All it takes is for the cashier to start gossiping "Mary Poppins bought a box of Trojans yesterday! Isn't she dating Davy Crockett? Her father's going to kill her if he finds out she's doing it!" to drive even the most otherwise law-abiding types to swipe a box.

gotpasswords
12-31-2007, 06:39 PM
<Walmart Intercom=on&loud>
Price Check!

Hey Cecil, what's the bulk price for a thirty-pack of ribbed Trojans? Thanks!

</Walmart Intercom>
Or worse...

I need a price check on the Pencilpecker size condoms!

Jake
12-31-2007, 07:05 PM
Now THAT sounds like fun!!
Pencilpecker?? HAH!! :D

Walloon
12-31-2007, 07:06 PM
Two Walgreens stores I have visited have their disposable razor blade packages in a clear plastic case; when the door to the case is opened, it makes a mild buzzing sound until the door is closed again.

O2BDumb
12-31-2007, 07:37 PM
I'm guessing they're stolen by self-harmers.

I think you're on to something here. I did a google search on "self harmer"+"disposable razor" and got enough interesting results to support that theory.

http://google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=%22self+harmer%22%2B%22disposable+razor%22

I suppose alot of the people who cut themselves are depressed or abused kids (with little or no income) and it would make sense for them to shoplift disposable razors.

Wee Bairn
12-31-2007, 07:59 PM
I'd say because they're the best combination of small/easy to conceal and high price, and they can't lock up everything. I don't buy the self harmer thing because any one can buy them regardless of age, and the lock doesn't prevent purchase. It may prevent self harmer theft though.

For the record the only thing I've ever stolen in 18 years of adult life is a pack of disposable razors, and why? Expensive as hell and easy to conceal.

Mrs Johnson
12-31-2007, 08:18 PM
I think you're on to something here. I did a google search on "self harmer"+"disposable razor" and got enough interesting results to support that theory.

http://google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=%22self+harmer%22%2B%22disposable+razor%22

I suppose alot of the people who cut themselves are depressed or abused kids (with little or no income) and it would make sense for them to shoplift disposable razors.From my experience (as a former self injurer), old style double edge razors are dirt cheap and usually not locked up like Gillette and other expensive razor refills. They also come in smaller packages - probably easier to steal, though I've never stolen any.
I could be wrong, but my guess is that they're locked up because they're pricey and easy to steal. I don't think self-injurers are the primary concern of retailers.

Mister Rik
12-31-2007, 10:28 PM
I shop at Safeway. They lock up the condoms, but not the razor blades. The blades are simply hung from display hooks that make it insanely difficult to actually remove the package.

S'okay. I don't go through the Mach 3's nearly as quickly since I stopped shaving my head.

LSLGuy
01-01-2008, 09:26 AM
We don't have the razor blades locked up here, but we do have all the tooth whitening products locked up. At $25-$35 for a box little larger than a toothpaste tube you can sure see the theft potential. And yes, I do live amongst many spoiled pretentious twits.

flodnak
01-01-2008, 09:47 AM
Many stores here have begun using vending machines for expensive but easily shoplifted items such as cigarettes and other tobacco products, OTC medicines, condoms, and yep, razor blades. You pick up a card for the item you want at from a rack by the register, and the cashier swipes it for you. Once it's registered as being paid, you have X hours (usually 24 or 48) to stick it in the store's vending machine and retrieve the product.

In the stores that don't have these machines, such items are often in racks that are difficult for anyone but the cashier to reach - and locked at least when a cashier is not on duty at that station.

DrFidelius
01-01-2008, 09:59 AM
Or worse...

I need a price check on the Pencilpecker size condoms!

Needle-Dick the Bugfucker in town again?

mhendo
01-01-2008, 10:01 AM
Two Walgreens stores I have visited have their disposable razor blade packages in a clear plastic case; when the door to the case is opened, it makes a mild buzzing sound until the door is closed again.Our Superfresh has those, although the sound is more like a high-pitched beep, and is fucking annoying as hell. It really fucking irritates me that i have to draw attention to myself like that just because i want to buy some fucking razor blades.

I figure that if they're going to do that, i might as well give them their money's worth, so occasionally i'll lift the door and just hold it there while i'm making a selection. I've been tempted, in the past, to prop something in the door and leave it beeping, but i've never actually done it.

BJMoose
01-01-2008, 10:13 AM
The little moosette works for Squalor Gen-- excuse me, Dollar General. From the sounds of it, some folks are into shoplifting serious quantities of stuff they can resell on the street. One night she stopped a guy with a whole bag full of shampoo and the like.

I went through this hassle last time I tried to buy blades at Wal-Mart - they're all locked up at that store. When there was finally a clerk around to open the lockbox, I found she was obliged to escort me and the blades to check-out. No way. Found 'em elsewhere, but from the sounds of it that won't be possible much longer. Guess it's time to grow a beard.

Loach
01-01-2008, 11:00 AM
The answer is: theft. Not a guess. I deal with a lot of shoplifters. We are not talking about someone who really needs a shave and can't afford it. The problem is the professionals. Crackheads and junkies shoplift for a living (if you can call it that). In the town I work in they used to steal razors, OTC medications like Tylenol and vitamins. Small easily concealed items with a higher price tag then other similar sized items. They can sell these items to bodegas in neighboring towns for half the price. Enough to get their fix. The stores have been locking up the razors for a while. The newest trend is to fill up a cart with baby formula and just go out through the front door to the car. Takes a lot of balls.

Caractacus Pott
01-01-2008, 03:15 PM
Loach,
That reminds me of a story my sister told me about working at Wal*Mart on third shift. The store was understaffed so they had shoplifting problems. One guy got a 42" flat panel TV. Just rolled it right out the door. His escape vehicle? A taxi. A taxi that wasn't there waiting for him. If I remember properly, his getaway vehicle was waiting for the second bigscreen he got a few weeks later. Amazing. Now does THAT take some major chutzpah?

Wee Bairn
01-02-2008, 09:14 AM
Loach,
That reminds me of a story my sister told me about working at Wal*Mart on third shift. The store was understaffed so they had shoplifting problems. One guy got a 42" flat panel TV. Just rolled it right out the door. His escape vehicle? A taxi. A taxi that wasn't there waiting for him. If I remember properly, his getaway vehicle was waiting for the second bigscreen he got a few weeks later. Amazing. Now does THAT take some major chutzpah?


How did they get past the octogenerain receipt checker- "hey look over there, its Matlock?" :)

Kizarvexius
01-02-2008, 09:26 AM
A store where I used to do a lot of shopping closed down the entire cosmetics section during certain times of days. Apparently lipstick and eyeliner were the items of choice among the stickyfingered set.

Cluricaun
01-02-2008, 09:59 AM
For those of us who live where they can sell booze at the grocery, you know those plastic bottle toppers that they have on some of the booze? It's because people will walk into the liquor section and just open up a bottle and start chugging. That's the only reason for the device, since it's easily broken off if you were to steal the bottle. I asked once while we were in line and the clerk said you wouldn't believe how many people will do that.

Enright3
01-02-2008, 10:25 AM
You'd think that locking condoms up would only make people more reluctant to purchase them. I don't buy locked up things precisely because I don't want to spend 10 minutes chasing down an employee, and you'd think people would just go to another store to buy the more embarrassing items.
This isn't just directed at you, lurkinghorror... but I'm curious... Has the thought crossed anyone elses mind:
If you're embarrassed to be purchasing comdoms maybe you're not mature enough to be having sex? What's to be embarrassed about having sex, and being smart enough to have protected sex?

*add on to say... *
However, I totally understand not wanting to deal with chasing down an employee. I swear, if you don't help they're all over you; but the minute you need assistance, they go into hiding.

Rick
01-02-2008, 10:29 AM
My son used to be a manager for Babies R US. He would come home and tell us stories of shoplifters that would have all of us going :eek:
I swear some of these people have solid brass balls.
It wasn't so much that they stole the stuff, they would come back the next day to return it for cash.
FTR his store was in a very upscale neighborhood (Mercedes dealership one block up, Ferrari dealership across the freeway)
Formula, baby monitors, and breast pumps were all high on the theft list.
People can be scum.

WhyNot
01-02-2008, 10:38 AM
This isn't just directed at you, lurkinghorror... but I'm curious... Has the thought crossed anyone elses mind:
If you're embarrassed to be purchasing comdoms maybe you're not mature enough to be having sex? What's to be embarrassed about having sex, and being smart enough to have protected sex?
Embarrassed? Hell, I'm BRAGGING! I skip down the aisles with my multipacks of Durex waving in the breeze like party streamers.

♫ ♫ I'm gonna get laid tonight! I'm gonna get laaaaaaaid! ♫ ♫

:D

Mister Rik
01-02-2008, 12:36 PM
For those of us who live where they can sell booze at the grocery, you know those plastic bottle toppers that they have on some of the booze
Can you explain these bottle toppers to those of us who don't live where you can buy booze in the grocery store?

Cluricaun
01-02-2008, 12:44 PM
Can you explain these bottle toppers to those of us who don't live where you can buy booze in the grocery store?

They basically look like these (http://alphaworld.com/bottlesecurity.asp) and they're removed from the bottle with a special key that the cashier has. If you attempt to remove it it produces an audible alarm.

ETA - they're not that strong though and if you had one at home it wouldn't be hard to manually disable.

Solfy
01-02-2008, 12:54 PM
I worked for a convenience store that kept all condoms behind the counter. The official edict from corporate was that we were not supposed to sell them to persons under the age of 18. Behind the counter was where all the "over 18" products were kept - tobacco products, nudie mags, etc. There is definitely an age wherein people are old enough to use protection but still be embarrassed to ask the 19yr old checkout girl to pass you a box. The reality was that if some horny 16 yr old came in and asked for a box I wasn't asking for i.d.

My favorite was when I automatically bid a guy good evening after he came in for a box of Trojans. "Thanks! I will!" he replied, with the best grin on his face.

Telperien
01-02-2008, 01:09 PM
Embarrassed? Hell, I'm BRAGGING! I skip down the aisles with my multipacks of Durex waving in the breeze like party streamers.

♫ ♫ I'm gonna get laid tonight! I'm gonna get laaaaaaaid! ♫ ♫

:D

Yup, and then you set the boxes down nonchalantly on the counter when you go to pay, and examine your fingernails while grinning widely.

Might just be me.

Caractacus Pott
01-02-2008, 01:14 PM
Wee Bairn,
Um, what part of "understaffed" did you not understand? Just kidding. He fell down and couldn't get up because someone walked off with his LifeAlert® pendant.

Mister Rik
01-02-2008, 01:54 PM
They basically look like these (http://alphaworld.com/bottlesecurity.asp) and they're removed from the bottle with a special key that the cashier has. If you attempt to remove it it produces an audible alarm.

ETA - they're not that strong though and if you had one at home it wouldn't be hard to manually disable.
Thanks - pretty clever!

fortytwo
01-02-2008, 03:30 PM
FTR his store was in a very upscale neighborhood (Mercedes dealership one block up, Ferrari dealership across the freeway)

I love the way you prioritise "upscale" :)

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