NEW FEATURE: VOTE & EARN NEATOPOINTS!
Submit your own Neatorama post and vote for others' posts to earn NeatoPoints that you can redeem for T-shirts, hoodies and more over at the NeatoShop!


Is Shopdropping (Reverse Shoplifting) A Crime?

Okay, we all know that shoplifting is a crime - but what about the reverse: shopdropping (or droplifting) where you go into stores and actually put things onto the shelves. Is that a crime?

Here's a neat article on WebUrbanist about the strange (performance art?) act of reverse shoplifting:

Shopdroppers have their own reasons for doing what they do. Some are social and political culture jammers who want to raising awareness about consumerism or adding warnings to dangerous products. Others seek to promote their own product, such as an album left in a record store. Still others do it for their own amusement and artistic fulfillment without expectations of any kind of return. [...]

Shopdroppers who are caught are variously freed by confused police or held on charges related to destruction of property or even fraud.

Link


A Bavarian themed shopping center I used to live near has a problem with this. Neo Nazi kooks try to slip propaganda pamphlets and junk into the gift shop.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
there was a story a few years ago of an artist who snuck in to museums and glues his own art on to empty spaces on their walls, somehow that story is more interesting than this...
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
If, for example, you were shopdropping/droplifting an album into a record store. Couldn't you simply print a barcode from another album onto it? (I'm sure when it goes through the scanner the clerk doesn't check the title[I used to work in a record store]) It could mean that people buying your illicit album would up the sales figures for another artist... Britney, if your reading this, we know what you're up to.

D.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
If you were a store owner, would you want people placing products on your shelves that you didn't know about? Imagine if someone unknowingly put some canned tomatoes down, which caused someone to get sick?

Or if someone slipped some pornography into your childrens book section?
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I do this, I admit it. When I was a kid we were very poor and had to eat the cheapest (and therefore unhealthiest) foods. So sometimes when I go grocery shopping I take along a roll of scotch tape and whatever coupons I've gotten in the mail and I tape coupons to their corresponding products. Why? Well, for starters I'm not using the coupons, I have food allergies and try to eat really healthy, so why shouldn't I pass them on to someone who may need them? Besides, if it means that some kid gets an extra can of soup or loaf of bread then I've done something I can be proud of.

I also play those claw machines at grocery stores and restaurants and then give the toys I win to random kids. I always ask their parent if it's ok first though, don't want anyone thinking I'm a kiddie snatcher or anything. I leave my wait staff notes in restaurants when I'm leaving to thank them for the exemplary service (my mom was a waitress most of her life and I know what a tough and thankless job it is). Oh, and I send my mom these little pewter angel coins and she gives them to random people who look like they could use some cheering up or maybe a guardian angel.

I know it's corny and cheesy and all that, but I like giving back. I'm not rich, but I can still makes someones day a bit better in my own small way.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Because we all know, in The Land of The Free (tm):

1. Sharing is bad (so corporations fuck you in the a$$)
2. Free always means cheap (most people still believe this lie)
3. New laws must be passed every day to restrict rights
4. Reminders of new, vague, or potential laws must be broadcast every day
5. You are not free
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
The next time you struggle with the tamper-proof seals on over-the-counter medicine, remember the Tylenol Scare that occurred in 1982 after someone put potassium cyanide in Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules, killing seven people in the Chicago area. The culprit was believed to have entered various supermarkets and drug stores over a period of weeks, pilfered packages of Tylenol from the shelves, adulterated their contents with solid cyanide compound at another location, and then replaced the bottles.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
If you play Sam & Max, you may remember season 1, when Bosco's main problem was people trying to stock merchandise he didn't order at Boscos's Inconvenience. Never thought of it as 'shopdropping'.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
My dad used to do this at the library at the university where he worked. He subscribed to the Journal of Irreproducible Results and printed labels that looked like the library's. He would bring in his issues and leave them on the appropriate shelf in the current journals room. I don't think the library paid to bind them when the year ended...
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I think the danger here is that in the past some kooks decided it was a great idea to put poison in food products and medicine bottles and this resulted in a few fatalities. As such...this is a dangerous and irresponsible thing to do. If it's non-edible then it's fine.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I believe Bill Hicks was murdered, via a "cancer sprinkle".

Those who speak out now either die of heart attack (via poisoning), fast-moving cancer, or some accidental type of method, never the lone gunman anymore.

Sure, lots of people will say, "But Hicks smoked his ass off!" Fuck that, the guy was at his peak, ready to bloom in America and his life was cut short by a "cancer sprinkle" from the powers that be. "Where's your proof?" Watch his videos, audio, everything from the guy, absorb through your eyes and ears, breathe his stuff, you'll see he was a lone preacher in the wilderness, trying to open our hearts to the reality of our present dictatorship. Friends, there is no land of the free, we are all slaves.

Bill Hicks:

"They don’t want the voice of reason spoken folks, cos otherwise we’d be free. Otherwise, we wouldn’t believe their fucking horseshit lies, nor the fucking propaganda machine of the mainstream media and buy their horseshit products that we don’t fucking need and become a third world consumer fucking plantation which is what we’re becoming. Fuck them. They are liars and murderers."

Where are voices of reason like this in today's media? Nowhere. The guy making a comment about GB hating black people and Rosie on The View telling people to Google gulf of T..... was as close as it got.

When a person speaks out to the people and for the people in a voice they can understand, they don't end up well soon after, this is fact. At the very least they are pulled from a show, or the show cancelled. If they are vocal enough and well respected enough not to be smeared or jailed, the shadows swirl around them.

Vote for Wesley Snipes and send a message: fuck your taxes we are not slaves.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I believe Bill Hicks was murdered, via a "cancer sprinkle".

Those who speak out now either die of heart attack (via poisoning), fast-moving cancer, or some accidental type of method, never the lone gunman anymore.

Sure, lots of people will say, "But Hicks smoked his a** off!" F--- that, the guy was at his peak, ready to bloom in America and his life was cut short by a "cancer sprinkle" from the powers that be. "Where's your proof?" Watch his videos, audio, everything from the guy, absorb through your eyes and ears, breathe his stuff, you'll see he was a lone preacher in the wilderness, trying to open our hearts to the reality of our present dictatorship. Friends, there is no land of the free, we are all slaves.

Bill Hicks:

"They don’t want the voice of reason spoken folks, cos otherwise we’d be free. Otherwise, we wouldn’t believe their f----ng horses--t lies, nor the f----ng propaganda machine of the mainstream media and buy their horses--- products that we don’t fucking need and become a third world consumer f---ing plantation which is what we’re becoming. F--- them. They are liars and murderers." - profanity omitted to pass filters here on neatorama

Where are voices of reason like this in today's media? Nowhere. The guy making a comment about GB hating black people and Rosie on The View telling people to Google gulf of T..... was as close as it got.

When a person speaks out to the people and for the people in a voice they can understand, they don't end up well soon after, this is fact. At the very least they are pulled from a show, or the show cancelled. If they are vocal enough and well respected enough not to be smeared or jailed, the shadows swirl around them.

Vote for Wesley Snipes and send a message: f--k your taxes we are not slaves.

Note: profanity omitted to pass censorship
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I wrote a short story 20+ years ago (it was published in the Burlington Spec) about a guy who was charged with this same activity, but he was exhonorated because it was proved he suffered from 'philanthropomania' (the reverse of klepto).
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
hmmm "land of the slave". Thats an interesting quote. Ahh, the calm, sober judicious voice of reason and sanity. You raise many subtle and intriguing points and express them with grace and humor.

But what the F--K!@! are you talking about and what the !@!#$ does it have to do with shopdropping?
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I just place products back where they don't belong so I guess that doesn't count. Especially at Safeway, where they pay some east indian security guard with a comp sci degree minimum wage to profile their own customers and follow those who they think look suspicious.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.
Click here to access all of this post's 28 comments




Email This Post to a Friend
"Is Shopdropping (Reverse Shoplifting) A Crime?"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.

 

Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
 
Learn More