Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

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BBC: Recession 'fuels UK shoplifting'

Shoplifting has surged to record levels in the UK, fuelled by the recession, according to a study. The UK had the highest amount in value of shoplifted goods in Europe and was third behind the US and Japan globally, data from 1,069 retailers suggests. The recent uprising of the middle-class shoplifter, someone who has turned to theft to sustain their standard of living.

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1. cat and canary said...

"This is epitomised in the recent uprising of the middle-class shoplifter, someone who has turned to theft to sustain their standard of living." ...a modern alternative to mortgage equity withdrawal!

"This is driving theft of items such as cosmetics, perfumes and face creams, alcohol, fresh meat, mobile phones, computer games and DVDs, as well as small electrical goods like cameras, iPods and personal care gadgets" ... a sort of posh Vicky Pollard!

"Checkpoint Systems (vested interest of course), which commissioned the report, said there had been a rise in "middle-class" shoplifters." ..they´re probably not middle class anymore then are they?!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 08:14AM Report Comment
 

2. tyrellcorporation said...

Yet another great accolade to add to the mantlepiece at No. 10. Along with highest underage pregnancies, youth knife crime, truancy, illiteracy, alcohol abuse, illegal immigration and lowest social mobility...amongst many others too many to mention. It's amazing what you can achieve in 12 years.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 08:45AM Report Comment
 

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4. stillthinking said...

Given that honest purchasers have to carry all shoplifting costs, I wonder if this will show up in our inflation figures. This damps down consumption in the same way as flopped banks. I don't want to buy a new TV even though the base rate is low because I have to join the club of credit card holders paying for defaults, and I don't want to buy a new TV with cash because I don't want to join the club covering the costs of shoplifters.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:29AM Report Comment
 

5. estrader said...

@4, No doubt, this Government will find a way to support and protect those who need to shoplift these essential items. Probably another round of QE to cover the bill.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:34AM Report Comment
 

6. estrader said...

@3 Mr g, best thing I've read in a very long time. Brilliant, 5 stars.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:35AM Report Comment
 

7. the number cruncher said...

Mr G at 3

While I agree with all the ills you speak of they can be laid at Tory voters, just as much as labour voters.

The problem is you are laying down the problems of this country in over simplified party politics. The real problem is we have lived off borrowed money and this monetary policy was put in place mostly by conservative governments.

The new wave of neo-librel crony capitalists, borne of thatcher and Reagan, hijacked the labour party. so I do not see the connection.

I pretty much loath Blair and think Bullingdon Dave will be worse, as he is even more in debt to the crony capitalists than Brown - Hobson's choice

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:57AM Report Comment
 

8. cat and canary said...

masterpiece mr g! if only the 9 million were listening!

...because... (as my partner tells me), the main topic of conversation at her work at the moment is why did Simon Cowell note vote off John and Edward on X-factor! sigh

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:06AM Report Comment
 

9. 51ck-6-51x said...

the number cruncher
- You are right, two sides of the same coin.
All these "neo-liberal crony capitalists" give real libertarians bad press :(
It's all still about keeping the advantage with those with power, not about freedom. Just with better spin.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:53AM Report Comment
 

10. jackas said...

Mr g @ 3

Bravo, sir.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:56AM Report Comment
 

11. str 2007 said...

Everyone seems incredibly confident Conservatives will win the next election.

Yet with 9 million voters that need a bailout things may turn out differently.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 12:59PM Report Comment
 

12. contrails are not a conspiracy (formerly npnh) said...

Mr g @ 3. Best thing I have read here in a long time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 01:41PM Report Comment
 

13. rumble said...

6s, "about keeping the advantage with those with power"

Exactly, there'll never be any real reform or improvement at depth.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 02:34PM Report Comment
 

14. Landedgentry said...

Go Mr G ! LOL

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 02:49PM Report Comment
 

15. Landedgentry said...

Mr g, you are awesome

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 05:48PM Report Comment
 

16. jackas said...

Dammit - administrator you're getting very very sensitive these days.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 09:01PM Report Comment
 

17. mr g said...

My original post @3 must have touched a raw nerve, never mind, as the old saying goes, the truth hurts so here it is again a little toned down:

It’s been 12 years and you’ve enjoyed every moment, haven’t you?
You had **** all but weren’t happy watching others get on, so you voted for the party that offered you something for nothing, didn’t you? Guess who got rich? You or them?
I digress. Let’s get back to you lot. How are things? Still smiling? You’ve had 12 years to make the best of it. So let’s look at what you have achieved.
Whilst you’ve been enjoying cheap credit, the rest of us have noticed that we don’t actually own our country anymore. Whilst you’ve been enjoying hot tubs, 4x4’s, gas fired BBQ’s, nail studios, the hairdressers and trying to keep up with the Beckhams, the Magna Carta has been torn to shreds and thrown away. Whilst little Tyson has been riding around on his Argos 27.9% APR financed BMX, 900 years of British History has been sh*t on.
Ever wondered why you don’t have a villa in Tuscany? Ever wondered why everyone else takes holidays in the Caribbean whilst you go to Menorca?
It’s because you are thick and lazy. And along came a Party that told you being thick and lazy was no good reason for you NOT to have what they had.
You stupid, stupid XXXXX. Guess where T B is now? Do you think he is drawing the curtains on his two bed terraced house, full with M&S trinkets, to hide from the postman? Like you are? Do you think he wakes at 5am, shi**ing it that the bailiffs will be there at 11 to take away his new Nissan?
Cut to the chase. You’re up to your effing eyes in it. £20K, £30K on the plastic? Tax credits aren’t going to help pay that are they? Overtime’s been cut, Oooppps. That’s what been paying the minimum due every month, isn’t it? Whilst you’ve been buying sovereign rings, Tag Heuers and Tescos Finest to impress your parents, the party that promised you a shot at being loaded without doing anything has ****** it all up. And guess who is going to pay?
I know your parents were hard up. I know you grew up with **** all. I know your parents couldn’t give a sh*t about getting you through school properly. They were too busy wife swapping or down the bingo or social. I know you laughed at your teachers.
Guess what?
You’re ******. Totally, properly ******. You are going to lose your houses, cars, plasmas, koi carp and Nikes. Think your parents were hard up? Just effing wait six months. You will KNOW what a diet of pasta and ketchup tastes like. No more Dominoes Pizza in front of the Simpsons on Sky, no more Tandooris. Get your fat, lazy arses in the kitchen and effing cook something. Your kids will hate you as their PS3’s head over to Cash Converters, your wife will hate you as you trade in her Louis Vuitton handbag and you will hate yourself when you take a carrier bag out to the car to clear the glove compartment as the bailiff waits.
I wish you all the plagues of hell. I want to see the four horsemen of the apocalypse in your Next furnished living room.
In your greedy, petty little pursuit of free “stuff” you allowed our country, our rights and our life to be turned over by a bunch of snake oil salesman.
I hope it costs you everything, you sh*tes. I can handle 9 million suicides, and frankly with no major wars, there’s no other way we’ll get rid of you XXXXX.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 09:53PM Report Comment
 

18. itchysox said...

I would just like to add that where I'm looking from, TB and Co. are MT's shrapnel. They've simply picked up where that lot left off. They've done NOTHING whatsoever to reverse Milton Friedman's global experiments in social engineering.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 07:43AM Report Comment
 

19. Itchysox said...

Good post btw. Anyone here got a mortgage back in the eighties and decided to vote Tory? Which way are you going to jump now? A long time ago I decided to make a list of negative social changes since the MT era. I have since decided against the idea, it would take up too much of my time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 07:52AM Report Comment
 

20. itchysox said...

Good post btw.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 07:56AM Report Comment
 

21. 51ck-6-51x said...

itchysox
- It ain't Milton's vision really, is it?! Just because they say it's free, does not mean it is, we still have to put up with them and their decisions made on our behalf and "in our best interests".

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 08:58AM Report Comment
 

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