Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Here's what happens when you allegedly try to shoplift a pair of socks at the 1st Ave. Rite Aid



The Post reports today a 29-year-old man allegedly tried to take a pair of socks from the Rite Aid at East Fifth Street.

"When [the man] realized he’d been spotted, he started running, smashing into displays and sending toothpaste and bottles of mouthwash flying. But he was soon nabbed."

The NYPD reportedly charged the would-be thief with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.

No word of what impact this had on the always long wait at the checkout line.

[The online version of this story didn't contain a photo credit]

34 comments:

Pinch said...

Seems about right to me. The gentleman who apprehended this person maybe should get a spotlight in the next "Out and About in the East Village" segment. Well done.

abrod said...

There are times when I hate that Rite-Aid for being kinda ghetto... but then, the alternative worries me more

Spike said...

I believe industry standard for shoplifting is one has to exit the store to be found guilty. He shouldn't have run and made an ass of himself and just put the stuff back.

Anonymous said...

Kinda ghetto? 1st Avenue? Sounds like a contradiction.

Anonymous said...

I love this Rite-Aid employee and everyone who steps in to stop shoplifters or those creeps who grab cell phones on the street and in the subways. You should try to interview this guy.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Geez. I do not get this story at all. Reactions from all involved (shoplifter, store, cops) seem a tad over the top. unless Unless we're talking about the World’s Most Expensive Socks.

abrod said...

Anon 9:31 - next time you need something, try the Rite-Aid - you'll understand!

john penley said...

Is E.V. grieve becoming the LES NY Post ? Yeah give the corporate security guard a medal cause he tackled a guy trying to steal a pair of sox ha ha !!!! F Rite Aid !

EV Grieve said...

Hmm. Not sure what kind of socks we're talking about in this incident... Looked at Rite Ad's website, where the Futuro Support Men's Dress Socks, Large, Navy, Firm, Reinforced Toe/Heel go for $14.99 while the No Nonsense Slipper Socks, Shortie, Black, are just $3.99.

nygrump said...

What amazes me about this image is that it shows the store actually has some products there - whenever I go in the shelves are always half empty. 24 hour supply chain mgmt to the teeth...

sam_the_man said...

That guard has definitely played some linebacker in his day.

Chad M. said...

Knowing that Rite Aid, I'm surprised they had socks (or anything for that matter) in stock that someone could try to steal.

Anonymous said...

The one time I tried to get a prescription filled here, it took so long, that the product was now available over the counter.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

After re-reading the linked-to article and the EV G post a number of times, I cannot find anything about "giving the corporate security guard a medal" anywhere, john penley. Weird!

Anonymous said...

Hey Penley - what EV wrote here is no different than what Arihood would have written. It's straight-ahead reporting of something that happened in our neighborhood. Are you now against transparency?

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

Is that Crispin Glover?™

ahoy polloi said...

And yet Lloyd Blankfein walks the streets today, a free man...

Slightly disproportionate response to the "crime", no?

Pinch said...

If the guy was trying to steal something then there are consequences to that (or at least there should be). It wasn't the Crime of the Century but that's not the point. Anyway, at least for those who disagree, in whatever fashion, with the response to this guy's actions, are so easy-going that they wouldn't mind if they were ever impacted directly by such petty crimes.

BJ, Esq. said...

Nope. Concealing merchandise, passing registers and heading toward the exit will do it. There's no rule that you have to exit the store.

glamma said...

LOOKS LIKE FUN

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there some kind of rule, unwritten or otherwise, that said you should wait until the shoplifter, alleged or otherwise, is outside before confronting?

Goggla said...

This Rite Aid is my go-to place for entertainment. Never fails.

jdx said...

they make a mean prilosec.

Anonymous said...

Believe me, when you work in retail and you continually see people come in and steal shit, it gets to you. Especially when you think about how you are working your ass off for shit pay and some idiot can walk in off the street and take whatever he wants.

Gojira said...

It might also be that the worker had no idea if the guy had stolen anything besides socks; reality is, he was just doing his job.

I wish the bus drivers on the M-14 were a little more vigilant about all the people who slide on without paying while I subsidize their rides by always going through the front door and using my Metrocard; the other night seven - seven! - got onto one Ave. D bus while the driver idled with all doors wide open. You do the math.

Anonymous said...

People also sneak onto the bus for free when it stops near the PC Richard on 14th Street. It is so annoying to watch them jump on and not pay.

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

Grieve, if you are indeed the new 'LES NY Post' you have to work on your headlines. SOCK IT TO ME! would have been better.

Anonymous said...

this guy must really take his job seriously.

Marty Wombacher said...

Socks and drugs and rock and roll!

Anonymous said...

Someone in Indiana, possibly working in cohoots with a local retail worker here, stole thousands of dollars from my bank account on Saturday (technically known as identity theft) and the 9th precinct told me straight up they would do absolutely nothing about it, not even send the report to Indiana police, but they would allow me to fill out paperwork and file it.

A couple years ago a man threatened me in a most disgusting and public way, and again, nothing but paperwork from the 9th. (The d.a. subsequently tracked him down and took appropriate action)

But steal some socks, and you are toast.

Anonymous said...

9:25pm, it is unlikely that this guy will be "toast". Maybe if he had an ounce of weed on him, but not for stealing.

Anonymous said...

I do not think, being knock to the ground for a pair of socks, is nice or fair.
This store is of no use - just another link in the chain of stores.
I bet you guys would not do this to the greedy bankers or landlords.
You let them destroy our LES.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to body block some GS guys. And I think most of the community (and country) would as well.

Anyway, since when is being tackled the end of the world? There haven't been any reports of serious injury. Should we feel bad this guy is embarrassed?

daho said...

Yet, there's never enough check-out staff. I've lived here 18 years, and have never walked out of that store without having to wait in a long line for 10 minutes, waiting for the 1 or 2 cashiers they have on duty. The sock snatcher probably just got tired of waiting. I've thought about it a few times...