Petty Thefts in Super Markets Increased



superThe person in charge of a large super market in the center of Athens,  talked to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini about the increase in the number of petty thefts that take place in super markets due to the financial crisis.

He said that in the past, expensive items, chiefly cosmetics, alcohol drinks and personal hygiene items were the things that people could not afford. On the contrary now, food such as yoghurt, milk and biscuits are the items that are targeted.

For the first time, there have been recorded cases, according to which food is consumed within the store. On an almost daily basis, employees discover packages of chocolates or other items in the aisles, on corners or behind stalls.

“They open the packages and eat on the spot,” the person in charge said. “People are starving, what can they do?” he added. “This is why, in case employees see them, they turn a blind eye. If somebody is starving, what can we say? He eats and leaves,” he concluded.

The situation in many other super markets in the wider area of the center of Athens is similar. Employees have often witnessed Greeks and foreigners stealing cheese or olive oil.

In any case, the police are rarely called. “If we catch somebody stealing, we take the product from him and let him go. For what reason should we call the police?” another store’s employee mentioned.

Police sources confirm that the phenomenon is on the rise. However, it is often that incidents are solved in the store, without the authorities’ intervention. Only in the case that the object is of high value the police are called. “In most cases, incidents relate to the need of survival. They take a croissant, something that can be quickly consumed,” as reported.

According to the Penal Code, if the theft concerns an object of low value, it is punishable by a fine or imprisonment up to six months. In the case that the act was committed out of necessity for immediate use or consumption of the object of theft, the court can deem the act unpunished.

Big stores are more vulnerable to pilfering, where, despite the advanced security systems, the control is difficult, as new methods of theft are constantly being discovered.

According to the recent research by ECR Hellas, the total percentage of losses from super market shelves has increased by 10 percent within one year, with the cost for the businesses reaching more than €95 million per year.

Losses concerning the products of wide consumption reach 2,1 percent of the sales, with an increasing trend. The products with the biggest theft percentages are olive oil, honey, coffee, alcohol drinks, mouth hygiene products, gums and chocolates, cosmetics, batteries, food, such as cheese.

Petty thefts are recorded in mini markets as well, according to the owners’ testimonies.


62 COMMENTS

  1. You are the one that keeps taking about racial supremicy troll-ski.

    Curiously you don’t seem to notice the former Yugoslavians turning into “ancient Macedonians” and attempting to annex 1/3 of our country?

    I seem to recall the Nazis (allies of IMRO during WW2) manipulatively claimed they were only concerned about oppressed minorities in other states right?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A18TUGNEfwM

  2. Given your selective vision, surely I believe you that your concern is human rights and racism troll-ski.

    “Divine blessing for you, my Macedonians. I have waited for thousands of years to be called by you. From always with you, from eternity I am coming, I am already among you because here neither time nor space exists. Here, at my place, the time is still. But at your place, the time is now, for me to explain. Your mother earth I have inhabited with three races: the White-Macedonoids, the Yellow-Mongoloids
    and the Black-Negroids. The rest-all are mulattoes.

    From you, Macedonians, the descendants of Macedon, I have impregnated the White race and everything
    began from you, to the Sea of Japan. All White people are your brothers because they carry Macedonian gene.”

    – FYROM state television
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAgwr-A8U84

  3. Alex, 6850 & whatever account you also post as..Shutthe Fark Up. You have a inner problem within yourself honey & it’s called “inbred”!

  4. Hey look-ski . Another “new” handle-ski. What is that two in the last five minutes alone?

    What’s the matter-ski? Can’t face me one on one coward-ski?

  5. Give your patronizing lectures to the Skopians that you pretend you don’t notice turning into ancient Macedonians and threatening our country Tonto-ski.

    Remind actual Greeks here why you keep pretending not to notice the former Yugosalvians suddenly changed ethnic identity Tonto-ski?

    “Divine blessing for you, my Macedonians. I have waited for thousands of years to be called by you. From always with you, from eternity I am coming, I am already among you because here neither time nor space exists. Here, at my place, the time is still. But at your place, the time is now, for me to explain. Your mother earth I have inhabited with three races: the White-Macedonoids, the
    Yellow-Mongoloids and the Black-Negroids. The rest-all are mulattoes.

    From you, Macedonians, the descendants of Macedon, I have impregnated the White race and everything began from you, to the Sea of Japan. All White people
    are your brothers because they carry Macedonian gene”.

    (spot pulled from FYROM state owned TV broadcast)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAgwr-A8U84

  6. Of course you are resorting to name calling because you won’t find any issues with my posts regarding the derivatives market affecting the Eurozone, the interest rates fraudulently set by LIBOR as well as the documented profits Germany made as controllers of the ECB off the Eurozone.

  7. Whoop-ski What happened to all you popularity here? No Greek seem to be modding you anymore now that they know you collude with Skopians Tonto-ski.

    I hope you are very popular-ski because I now look to see who specifocly mods you up to figure out who ISN”T Greek. I’m glad you’ve stuck with your dead tonto-ski handle. Makes it easier for actual greeks to figure out its you-ski.

  8. You probably are thinking of FYROM again where Albanians are the biggest growth areas and Turkey has surpassed everyone else as largest foreign investor. How long will Skops have once Turkey runs FYROM and FYROM is majority Albanian?

    Don’t know where you get your statistics from but Germany is not big on
    retail stores. The bigger outlets that are not Greek are American,
    French and others. Most likely u r a skop trying to pass themselves off as
    another ethnicity. It happens on every large thread on GR.

  9. Ah look-sski. Toto-ski and the new handle-ski twopenceworth-ski (who also pretends not to notice the Skopians) are best friend-skis. How touching.

    I’m sure Macedonians everywhere are thrilled that they references the now “ancient Macedonins” former Yugoslavians living in ancient Paeonia as “Macedonians”.

  10. The handle swapper thinks I’m you. Fitting that he’s become a victim of his own paranoid mind.

  11. No stupid. I know it’s not you. It’s your butt buddy from down under who throws in some “intellectual” words about world economy to make himself feel that he is a better economist than Samaras regime… Lol.

    Losers