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. Dean, Dean. Even you, the voice of stability and economic acumen is waxing revolutionary. Don’t be so hard on the Germans–they built the Attiki Odos you drive on so smoothly (and expensively) each day.

  2. You are hilarious. yesterday you tried to suck up to Althia. today Dean despite that their economic beliefs are polar opposite to your own troll-ski (which your endless your commie-style rants about elites, banks, rich attest to). Perhaps we should we vote for communist Syriza Tonto-Ski?

    That you ridiculously attempt to pawn himself in agreement only further shows how disingenuous manipulative POS you are. Learn what the word “principles’ means, then get back to us.

  3. Pericles and Aristole et al were slav-skis. According to Tonto-ski the former Yugoslavians are actually the real macedonians (whereas Greeks are not a real Greek) Makes sense.,

  4. HEY ALEX. THIS IS GOD. YES YOU READ IT RIGHT. THE BIG GUY.

    JUST WHO GAVE YOU THE IDEA THAT YOU COULD GO AROUND JUDGING PEOPLE WHEN THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN MY JOB?

    THAT’S RIGHT, IMPOSTOR, GOING AROUND AND SAYING YOU KNOW WHO ON HERE IS GREEK AND WHO IS NOT? HOW ARE YOU SO SURE AS A BIGOTED MORTAL AND ONE OF MY LESSER CREATIONS?

    YOU JUST DONT HAVE THE SIGHT OR THE RIGHT, BUT I DO.

    AND SINCE THERE JUST ARENT 2 GODS, YOU ARE TRYING TO IMPERSONATE ME.

    SEE, FOOL, I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS WHO IS REALLY GREEK HERE, WHO PAYS THEIR TAXES, WHO CHEATS ON THEIR SPOUSE. EVEN WHO FLOSSES THEIR TEETH.

    IT’S JUST NOT YOUR CALL, LITTLE MAN. IT’S MINE AND WILL ALWAYS BE.

    NOW I HAPPEN TO BE ON GOOD TERMS WITH THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO RUN THIS LITTLE OUTFIT. THEY RESPECT ME AND I RESPECT THEM.

    BUT IT SEEMS EVEN THEY ARE GETTING A LITTLE TIRED OF YOU PLAYING MY ROLE EVERY TIME YOU COME ON HERE. JUDGING CERTAIN PEOPLE.

    SO IF YOU KEEP TRYING TO PULL THE GOD CARD ON HERE ANYMORE, MY FRIENDS WHO ARE THE PROPRIETORS TELL ME THEY WILL SEND YOU A PRIVATE LITTLE EMAIL. IN IT THEY WILL KINDLY DISMISS YOU OF WHAT YOU APPARENTLY THOUGHT WERE YOUR PREVIOUS DUTIES AND SIMPLY BAN YOU FROM THE REST.

    SEE ALEX, WHAT I KNOW OF GREEKS, AND I KNOW EVERYTHING, IS THAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OPEN-MINDED, FAIR FOLKS. THEY SORT OF HAD THIS THING IN THE PAST FOR BEING LOGICAL AND APPRECIATING ALL SIDES OF A GOOD ARGUMENT. THAT JUST DOESNT INCLUDE JUDGING, RIDICULING OR INSULTING OPPONENTS FOR THEIR IDEAS OR THEORIES. OR EVEN IF THEY APPEAR NOT GREEK TO LITTLE OLD YOU.

    A GOOD MAN BY THE NAME OF VOLTAIRE, WHO WAS ONCE INSPIRED BY THE GREEK SPIRIT ONCE SAID, “ I MAY NOT AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAY BUT WILL FIGHT TO THE DEATH FOR YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT.” AS GOD, THAT MADE ME RIGHT PROUD. AND AS A GREEK IT SHOULD YOU TOO.

    SO KEEP YOUR JUDGMENTS OF OTHERS OFF LIMITS ON THIS OPEN FREE SITE, OK?

    SEE, I JUST READ THE OVER 1000 COMMENTS YOU HAVE MADE ON THIS SITE AND I FELL ASLEEP BECAUSE YOU NEVER REALLY SAY ANYTHING ELSE.

    LEAVE THE JUDGING TO ME, LITTLE MAN. YOU GOT THAT? THERE JUST CANT BE 2 GODS, JUST ONE.

    AND HE SURE IS NOT YOU, MR. ALEXANDER THE GREAT!.

  5. THERE YOU GO AGAIN, ALEX. TRYING TO TAKE MY JOB. BEING THE JUDGE OF YOUR FELLOW MAN.

    DO US ALL A FAVOR AND STICK TO THE NEWS ISSUES. LET ME DO MY JOB, LITTLE MAN.

    WHEN JUDGEMENT DAY COME I WILL DECIDE WHO WAS GREEK ENOUGH TO HAVE ANY OPINION. I WILL DECIDE WHO IS THE RACIST, THE BIGOT, THE FASCIST AND ETHNO-CENTRIC JINGOIST LIVING IN ANOTHER CENTURY.

    BE KIND TO YOUR FELLOW COMENTATOR, LITTLE MAN. YOU MAY BE WORKING FOR HIM SOMEDAY.

  6. The you go-ski pretending to be Greek good-ski. There is no “us” here coward. As I told you your other handle you do not speak for Greeks,

  7. Keep up this nonsense Greeks and we will stop all exports into Greece and we will starve you!

    In WW2 if a German soldier so much took a strawberry from the Greek farms, we would punish him accordingly, thus punishing a Greek will be a delight.

    Not only we will name and shame our light fingered thief, we will strip him of his Greek heritage since King Otto turned this gypsy into a Greek!

    The other day, one of my employees did a body and cavity search from a would be thief named Kostas Spyroglou of Athens. He found a sharp object, possibly a cucumber up his rectum and some whipped cream in his mouth.

    Kostas is being punished accordingly.

  8. Sure sounds like you are concerned for “human rights” troll-ski.

    To any greeks…. notice that someone is modding up “Klaus_ski”;s racist comments.,,, yet everyone here *claims* to be against racism! Seems we keep missing those that *claim* to be against racism when the racism is directed at Greeks (See Tonto-ski.. who also calls the Skopians threatening our country “Macedonians”)

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

  9. Huh? Really Dean? REALLY?

    I know you don’t like Germans but this is over the top for someone I take seriously.

    Now take your medicine and say your “es tut mir leid” ten times and two “Deutsche sind wunderbar”.

  10. In Deans case, spankings from domineering German woman are his weakness….so he has to make up with a bit of hate! LOL!

  11. You have FYROM mixed up with Greece again. FYROM gets all their money from Eurozone and uses the money to buy police weapons to use against the minority Albanians, Bulgarians and Greeks. FYROM goes after the indigenous Greeks for correctly proving the true Greek history of Macedonians inline with world scholars and archeologists.. FYROM goes after minority Bulgarians for recognizing their true Bulgarian ancestry instead of the stolen Macedonian one the FYROM people (Skops) have tried and fail to steal from Greece. FYROM also murders Albanians in cold blood.

    FYROM murdered all the Paionian people who lived in the region and fought side by side with German and Communists multiple times in the 20th century. Skops are true genocidal maniacs who will have the debts they owe to Greece, Serbia, Albania and Bulgaria paid entirely with BLOOD like the animals they are.

    In the meantime, Germany is enjoying the 1.2 trillion Euroe they made off of Southern Europe as of early 2013 and the hundreds of thousands Billion Euro they made off UK as well as the countless Billions they make off the ECB.

  12. Forget Petty theft. Go after the bigger thieves like the banksters who participated in the worldwide LIBOR fraud and the worldwide Derivatives market fraud costing the planet TRILLIONS. Still no major CEOs or executives from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclay’s, DeutchesBank, Parabis, ECB, FED arrested, jailed or executed for being directly involved with the bigger worldwide frauds.

  13. If Germans have it so Hard I will be happy to control the ECB in their place. I would run it exactly in the same manner the Germans do except i would do the inverse of what the ECB to different countries on whether they are Northern Countries or Southern Countries. Right now the private derivatives losses of Northern Banks get transferred to the PUBLIC sovereign debts of Southern EU countries forcing austerity while simultaneously providing direct injections into German, Austrian and Dutch banks without transferring any banks debts to Northern public debt. I would flip these two around. I would then set ECB rates and policy to favour the peripheral EU countries regardless of negative effects to Northern countries.

    Italians, Spaniards, Irish , Portuguese and others would love this too.

  14. 🙂 Thank you Herr Goebbels; I will do as instructed unt right away and with a click of the heels of course. I forgot that your Berlin friends can’t take a joke.

  15. Hey look “twopenceworth” has ho comment on the former Yugoslavians who have turned into “Ancient macedonians” and threaten Greec.

    So much for you being against “racism” and for “human rights”. BIGOT.

  16. He’s probably not German. Every time a poster comes here ranting about Greeks… that tries hard in their handle to show they are some particular ethnicity… they are virtually always the same Skopian false flags trolling us. (they just keep generating new handles/personas)

  17. Bigots–the man used the word “bigots”! Kind of like “the stove calling the kettle black”–that’s an Early American idiom for HYPOCRISY. Something Alex majored in in school. Hee Hee. . .

  18. Umm. . I’d feel better if you run this one through with Dean. He speaks your language. It’s for greater minds than mine.

  19. At least when I was there once in August.
    No, California, Alex–not the Republic of Macedonia.

  20. I have little doubt you have been in the former Yugoslavia region of Vardarska troll-ski. Amazing how you don’t ask how is it they have suddenly gone from being Slavs into descendents? How you don’t spend any effort conderming them for obvious state proapganda. irredentism and racims toward Greeks.

    Too busy ranting at Greeks. Good luck helping them oppress their own ethnic BULGARIAN heritage to cover up your mistakes troll-ski. You are regular “human rights” activist.

    ….
    “Prior to the creation of a Macedonian republic in 1944,most Macedonian immigrants viewed themselves as ethnically Bulgarian and often referred to themselves as Macedonian-Bulgarians or simply Bulgarians.While immigration records failed to list Macedonians as separate category,approximately three-quarters of those listed as Bulgarians were‍ from the regions of Kostur and Bitola in Macedonia.” – James R. Grossman, University of Chicago

    “This (US) government considers talk of Macedonian “nation”, Macedonian “Fatherland”, or Macedonia “national consciousness” to be unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic nor political reality, and sees in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against Greece” – US State Department Dec, 1944 (Foreign Relations Vol. VIII Washington D.C. Circular Airgram – 868.014/26)

  21. You are the hypocrite and BIGOT.

    You rant and rant about racism by Greeks then look the other way when the racism is directed towards Greeks.

    You even now collude with the ultra nationalist former Yugoslavian ulra nationalist propagandists to hide your mistake in calling them “macedonians”.

  22. “Prior to the creation of a Macedonian republic in 1944,most Macedonian immigrants viewed themselves as ethnically Bulgarian and often referred to themselves as Macedonian-Bulgarians or simply BULGARIAN.While immigration records failed to list Macedonians as separate category,approximately three-quarters of those listed as Bulgarians were‍ from the regions of Kostur and Bitola in Macedonia.” – James R. Grossman, University of Chicago

  23. “The creation of the Macedonian nation, for almost half of a
    century, was done in a condition of single-party dictatorship. In those
    times, there was no difference between science and ideology, so the
    “Macedonian” historiography, unopposed by anybody, comfortably performed
    a selection of the historic material from which the “Macedonian”
    identity was created. There is nothing atypical here for the process of
    the creation of any modern nation, except when falsification from the
    type of substitution of the word “BULGARIAN” with the word “Macedonian”
    were made.” – Denko Maleski, former Minister of foreign affairs of FYROM

  24. “And whether Bulgarian consciousness exists in Macedonia, this
    is a historical legacy. We’re now writing our history. We can’t write
    that until 1940 we were BULGARIANS and after 1940 Macedonians.” – Krste
    Crvenkovski (President of the Central Committee of the Union of
    Communists in the Socialist Republic of Macedonia) to Todor Zhivkov
    (First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
    Bulgaria) – May 19, 1967

  25. “This (US) government considers talk
    of Macedonian “nation”, Macedonian “Fatherland”, or Macedonia “national
    consciousness” to be unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic nor
    political reality, and sees in its present revival a possible cloak for
    aggressive intentions against Greece” – US State Department Dec, 1944
    (Foreign Relations Vol. VIII Washington D.C. Circular Airgram –
    868.014/26)

  26. Hey troll-ski…why are you still evading the former Yugoslavians ethnic transformation into “ancient macedonians”? Why are you evading their attempts to use that to insinuate Macedonia Greece is “occupied”?

    I thought you claimed to be “against racism” and for “human rights”.

    Is this “human rights” according to you scum bag?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A18TUGNEfwM

  27. Disneyland has giant Alexander statues with thousands of “ancient Macedonians” chanting at a state sponsored that 1/3 of the neighbouring state will be annexed?

    How do you think the people in the USA would have reacted if that was a statue of George Washington and it was thousands of Mexicans chanting for “united Mexico”… that included 1/3 of the US? Think they would let it pass without protest bigot-ski?

  28. This will be like LA after the Rodney King riots… if Greeks target German stores in their country, then those will close and Greeks will be left without stores.

  29. “Skopian false flag trolls genocidal communists treasonous traitors” .

    Just saving you the trouble. Alex. I think I will just copy/paste this under every comment I make.

  30. and btw…why would I be commenting about FYROM etc on a post about supermarket theft or on any article that has nothing to do with the issue. Your obsession is worrying.

  31. You claim to be against racism when so Greek does something….. but are nowhere to be found when countless foreign nationalists make racist comments about Greeks here. This coupled with your silence around FYROM’s irredentism suggests you are a bigot. The fact you try to pawn off my legimate concerns as “obsession” only further illustrates it.

  32. Is their bigot in here?

    One that pretends not to notice the former Yugoslavians turning into “ancient Macedonians”, irredentism and racism towards Greeks?

  33. It’s beyond worrying. The man has become the poster-child for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

  34. I like the “scum bag” part Alex–You see people can easily read through that childish rant into the “hooligan” personality you are trying to hide.

    Remember, Hitler–the king of racial supremacy was also trying to hide something through his ethno-centric speeches and eventual mad regime–that he was in fact from Jewish ancestry. What are you really hiding, Alex.? That you might not be so closely related to Pericles as you want us all to believe?

    The man tells us he can trace his ancestry as “all Greek back 5 generations. That happens to be a laughable 200 years, Alex.
    The United States is older than that. Get over yourself and your obsessive ramblings. Go take your pills and watch a Balkan football match.

  35. DID SOMEONE CALL ME? IS THAT ALEX CHARACTER IMPERSONATING ME AGAIN?

    HOW MANY TIMES DO HAVE TO TELL YOU, LITTLE MAN. LEAVE THE JUDGING OF OTHERS TO ME!

    ONLY I KNOW WHO IS TRULY GREEK ON HERE. AND WHO THE ETHNO-CENTRIC JINGOIST IS WHO BELONGS IN ANOTHER CENTURY WITH HIS ATTITUDES OF RACIAL SUPREMACY. ALEX–I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU!

    SO QUIT IMPERSONATING ME. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE GOD, FOOL. AND YOU AINT HIM. I AM.

  36. Trying to trivialize the issue of ultra nationalists in another country threatening Grece only further illustrates you are racist towards Greeks.