Is that gift under the tree stolen?

Ever wonder how that gift you’re about to open made it under the tree in the first place? Hmmm.

According to an Associated Press report, an estimated $1.8 billion in merchandise will have been shoplifted by the time Christmas Day arrives Sunday, and retailers will lose a total of about $5 billion during the period when you factor in employee and vendor thefts.

Researchers for the National Retail Federation trade group said shoppers, many of whom have been hit hard by a struggling economy that has left them either jobless or sorely underpaid, are stealing everything from necessities to luxuries that are no longer within legitimate reach.

Just blaming the economy, however, is a cop-out since the holiday traditionally is a big lure to shoppers and thieves alike.

More from the AP:

An estimated one in 11 Americans shoplift, according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. … About 75 percent of shoplifters are adults — equally men and women — while kids make up about 25 percent. More than 70 percent of shoplifters say they did not plan ahead to steal and they acted spontaneously.

Shoplifters, however, only account for about 36 percent of merchandise stolen during the holiday, researchers say. They say 44 percent of thefts are blamed on store employees and the remainder on vendors and clerical errors.

Which brings us back to the original question: Ever wonder how that gift you’re about to open made it under the tree in the first place? Hmmm.

30 comments Add your comment


December 23rd, 2011
3:56 pm

according to walmart tv, steak is the most shoplifted item during the holidays.


December 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

I wants me a pare of Air Jordans under my tree an I do not care how they gets ther. wink, wink


December 23rd, 2011
5:17 pm

The reasoning in this article applies all year round..ever wonder how you can buy that golf putter so much cheaper on eBay than at Sports Authority? How about those designer sneakers? Many of the items I am sure you purchase on eBay are not exactly aquired by legal they say in the mafia movies, “alot of it fell off the truck” especially items that cannot be traced easily like electronics..


December 23rd, 2011
5:21 pm


I could have guessed you wouldn’t care “how they gets their” by your svreen name.


“wink, wink”


December 23rd, 2011
5:48 pm

So sad you have to steal, how can you go to sleep at night? I have gone a lot of times with no presents, but being honest and helping others that have less then you is the REAL gift.

Reality sucks

December 23rd, 2011
6:04 pm

As a legal, legitimate Ebay Power Seller I’m here to tell you that most of what is sold on Ebay is legit! As for stuff under MY tree, it’s all bought and paid off with hard earned american dollars and cents! Merry Christmas every one!


December 23rd, 2011
6:10 pm

Geeeeeeee I wonder who does most of the stealing? Such great people! Loved the highlights also of those morons trying to get Air Jordans. Hilarious how stupid they can be.

Amy Barnes

December 23rd, 2011
6:12 pm

But the REAL question should be: did that new home on the sales sheet get stolen from it’s rightful owner? What about the REAL grinches these holidays??

People fuss over glitter and fluff when the real issues at hand are being swept under the carpet.

What about the theft of our civil rights to Due Process and possie comititus with the signing of HB1867 into law by Obama.

Where is the larceny of our financial system by Goldman Sachs and the Fed and BofA derivitives that should not be covered by the FDIC yet still are?

Amy Barnes

December 23rd, 2011
6:20 pm

Correction, it’s Senate Bill 1867, or “National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.”


December 23rd, 2011
6:22 pm

Amy-any one who breaks the Ten Commandment of ‘thou shalt not steal’ will answer to God, period.
If what you are doing is hurting someone’s business, the YOU are contributing to joblessness, and those other ills you mentioned.


December 23rd, 2011
6:24 pm

Well….you have to narrow your analysys a little bit……Are the shoplifters white or black/Mexican?  (85% is documented for doimg the majority of the crime in this state)……look it up!!! But you will never post this in fear of ”UPSETTING” ”some”people!!!!!!

If you do not believe me I will send you proof!! I have been monoriting the AJC for over 2 years and have it in a *.xls file. All you have to do in this state is arm yourself, avoid blacks and mexicans and you will have no problem!!


December 23rd, 2011
6:44 pm

Amy, if the original home owner shouldn’t have been sold the home in the first place then I do not consider it a crime that they lost it in foreclosure. What came first, the chicken or the egg? In the case, the question is, “What came first? The foreclosures or collapse?

No doubt, Gov’t IS the problem. Democrats should be treated like Communists were in the 1950’s. They are even more of a threat to the American Dream.

Al b

December 23rd, 2011
6:51 pm


December 23rd, 2011
6:52 pm

“No doubt, Gov’t IS the problem. Democrats should be treated like Communists were in the 1950’s.”

Really, its more like Democrats and Republicans. Blaming one and not both is the problem. Until everyone wakes up and realizes the two party system that our founding fathers warned against is the problem nothing of consequence will ever change except continued diminished rights.

Taylos is a biggot

December 23rd, 2011
6:54 pm

White trash Taylor –

Really? Black and Mexican? How do ot the sorry a** AJC know they are Mexican? Not all Latinos are Mexican and neither are hispanics are Mexican either. Take yourself out of Conyers and get educated before making dumb*** comments like that.

Tired of BS

December 23rd, 2011
6:55 pm

Really…. who is surprised by this? We have a culture of people who believe they are entitled to what they want and they shouldn’t have to pay for it. This is only a small part of the problem. We have a president who promised hope and change and people who thought based on his election that they no longer had any responsibility for anything. These no thugs do little if anything to contribute to society other than procreate more future societal dead beats. They stand with their hands out wanting more and more.


December 23rd, 2011
6:58 pm


That statement u made was false and Racist, let’s see ur proof, I can guarantee u it’s from an unreliable source.

Vladimir Sonovabitch

December 23rd, 2011
7:08 pm


Just watch the news. That’s all the proof you need. I could smother you with statistics and facts and send you links to countless articles and reports, but to be honest… I’ve been down that road too many times and it’s just not worth it.

My Two Cents

December 23rd, 2011
7:24 pm

Stealing and shoplifting is wrong.


December 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

@reality sucks…love your commentator name along with wishing everyone a Merry Christmas…make sure you mention this to the pastor on Sunday….nice Christian manners…

just because you are legit..doesn’t mean EVERYONE on eBay is…


December 23rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Enter your comments here


December 23rd, 2011
8:28 pm

Most folks who read your rag don’t worry about how their gifts were acquired. But for the tiny percentage who do worry about it, like you apparently, you should start asking the gift-givers for proof of purchase. That will cetaainly do your part to help out all those businesses out there.

bad bob2

December 23rd, 2011
8:55 pm

Taylor your right on..the truth will make you free.


December 23rd, 2011
8:57 pm

bad bob2 – learn how to spell. It’s “you’re right on.” It’s also “the truth will set you free.”

Seriously, go back to school.

White dude from Marietta

December 23rd, 2011
11:16 pm

It’s the stupid blacks and rednecks in this god awful town doing the most of it. It’s really funny: they hate each other but they are exactly alike. Stupid and racist towards each other. Ignorant fools! Yes, I despise the stupid blacks and stupid white rednecks. I can’t wait for all the “outraged” comments on this one. I’m just telling the truth all of you know. They are both idiots.


December 24th, 2011
2:10 am

Merry Christmas all. A Christmas tale is in order, I think. I once had a lunch stolen at work and as I bemoaned the fact, a young person told me “Maybe someone needed it more than me.” Even as I locked down my lunches afterward thinking, no, I NEEDED THAT LUNCH… I never forgot what she said that day. I have my life, I have my health, I have my happiness – life is too short for misgivings about the little things in life. Dinner is not a “little thing” for some few. I ain’t mad at ya, I just won’t make it as easy as I once did. If it were easy, everyone would do it. But, I ain’t mad.

Should you wake for yet another Christmas and be reading this… Merry Christmas. Enjoy life while it is there for you. You’re WINNING! Hersher on YouTube, you’re welcome.


December 24th, 2011
7:02 am

We can put B & A out of business, unless they self destruct first.

On our end, it’s got nothing to do with color as I’m a white boy and my wife is Latino.

I left them years ago. I’m trying to get my hard headed wife to march down there and tell them to close her account and find someone else to screw.

Dave Ramsey is right. They have lost their soul, along with others in that business.


December 24th, 2011
7:11 am

Hey White Dude in Marietta, I think it’s more about education, integrity and just having a solid moral compass developed by a family unit.

A little rough assessment by you , but a lot of it is about stupidity. There’s also desperation for those that see no hope and then some are just downright mean.

But, you’re right. Could you imagine if the AJC posted an article comparing Michael Vick & Matt Ryan?

It would be sickening to read. One group is no better than the other.


December 24th, 2011
7:17 am

Some of you really do need to learn how to spell.


December 24th, 2011
4:05 pm

Wow, I’m amazed at some ppl’s ignorance!