We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, and shopping is in full gear. The Mon-Dak region's retail establishments are bustling with activity at the moment. On Wednesday evening, I went to Walmart in Williston, and it would be an understatement to say that the store was extremely packed.

It was quite comforting to see that people were courteous while we were all waiting in line, especially considering that some of them had been in the store for a considerable time. While we were waiting in line, the conversation topics turned to how much merchandise is stolen daily or which things are the most frequently taken from Walmart locations in North Dakota. Research has been done by the website AS, and what they determined might surprise you!

  • Cosmetics such as lipstick, lipgloss, and mascara
  • Small electronics such as watches, smartphones, and chargers
  • Toys like Hot Wheels, Pokemon cards, and Yu-Gi-Oh cards
  • Over-the-counter medication such as pain relievers and stool softeners
  • Food like packaged meat, baby food, deli food, and liquor
  • Intimate items such as condoms and sex toys
  • Clothes and accessories such as underwear, handbags, and sunglasses
  • Jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets
  • School and office supplies like pens, pencils, and sticky notes
  • Home essentials such as laundry detergent and toilet paper

Taking something without paying for it is never acceptable, however even if you do take something without paying for it, there is a possibility that the corporation is aware of it. A significant amount of money is invested by these large corporations in the fight against shoplifters. There are videos of criminals being apprehended that can be found all over the internet. The following is a warning to you: do not steal anything; it is not worth the trouble.

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