But in today's tech-savvy world, physical stealing is so 90s. Retail employees have gotten stealthy, using more creative electronic measures to cheat their companies out of cash.
The New York Times reports that gift cards are now one of the trendiest ways to shoplift.
Here's how it works: Cashiers do fake merchandise refunds, and electronically divert the amount refunded to gift cards, which they then take.
More mean-spirited cashiers take advantage of the shoppers too: When clients buy gift cards, they'll give them blank cards and then divert the shoppers' money onto cards for themselves. Talk about a Grinch!
"The retail industry has come to the realization that, as the Pogo comic strip said, 'We have met the enemy, and he is us,' " said Richard C. Hollinger, a professor of criminology at the University of Florida told The Times.
In this day and age of computers tracking everything (we're convinced ours is watching us now) it's amazing to us that this scheme actually works.
Isn't there an app for that?