Shoplifting Paintbrushes

18 Jan

Shoplifting Paintbrushes

During my brief stint with the Zendiks in 1988, I was encouraged to shoplift.

Hell, I was groomed to shoplift. We were not allowed to have money. Having good trade goods was encouraged. A good shoplifter got great party props.

I was for some reason assigned to be one of the Shoppers. The Shoppers would go out once a week and visit various retail establishments and farms and make off with anything we could get.

My job was to write up the receipts and lend credibility.

I got asked to shoplift a paintbrush for the nice old guy who lived on the commune, who had issues about theft.

They were used to us. We were regular customers. I was successfully groomed to hide a large paintbrush for Zebo, in a cloth bag in which we also kept the money. I went up to the cash register and we all successfully initiated me into shoplifting.

Zebo was so happy to get his paintbrush. I hope no one ever told him.


2 Responses to “Shoplifting Paintbrushes”

  1. Aussa Lorens 2014/01/19 at 10:37 pm #

    I’ve never shoplifted… but I did finally bend some rules while overseas. More like stealing sleeping space and that sort of thing… sneaking out without paying… etc. Life will push you to such extremes.


    • Miep 2014/01/19 at 11:15 pm #

      That’s much braver than shoplifting on command. Because it lasts so much longer. Shoplifting is over quickly and then you get the rush.


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