Thursday, March 05, 2009

Eye Opening

Shirt (Topshop), Skirt (AA), Belt (Vintage- childs belt I think!), Tights (Topshop), Shoes (Carvela) Pearls (Gift from Aunt)

I had to go to a security meeting at work the other day and I was shocked and surprised at how crafty shoplifters can be. We watched videos of professional shoplifters where they would completely empty a rail of clothes into their bags or into large hidden pockets in their jackets. Maybe I was naive to think that it would always be lone women who would steal, as the videos showed that husband-wife duos are all too common! It did make me think that everyone was a potential shoplifter the next day though, eager for some kind of crime watch scenario. I think I would be a great security guard, no one sees me over the tops of the clothes rails...see my mom was right when she said sometimes being short wasn't all that bad!

It was strange seeing all the people at work in their own clothes. I guess it must be like that for everyone when they see their colleagues in a pair of jeans or a slouchy jumper.

I went on an Installation trail today (video installations took over several shop windows in Birmingham including Urban Outfitters) in the lead up to the Flatpack festival which is essentially a mini festival across the city for cinema, animation, street art and the like. I hope to pop along to a few events and check them out when it starts next week! The trail was interesting because they took place in shop windows and so was essentially a type of street art. There was quite a crowd that gathered for the trail and we all listened intently to the man with the pink umbrella who was our guide. Shoppers walked past looking a bit bewildered at the crowd of people watching the black and white images displayed on tv screens in the windows. I wonder just how many shoppers actually stop and watch these video installations?
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29 comments

  1. That's funny about the shoplifters. I also definitely assumed it was a bunch of women - interesting to hear about the men. Let us know if you catch any!

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  2. Fun outfit. You know, I read recently that actually a lot of crime in shops (at least in the US) is from store-workers...

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  3. Ha-ha, that comment kinda sounded like I was implying you shoplift! I'm not. :)

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  4. Oh I love that plaid on you! you look so wonderful!

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  5. I love plaid shirt, Winnie! Have a great Friday, darling!

    xoxo: Janet

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  6. I love the colours in your outfit. The Installation trail sounds really interesting. x

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  7. You have a fun and bright view into clothes and styling... and I like it!

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  8. oh, you look so sweet! and do you like the libertines? i like them a lot!

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  9. love your shirt, so cute teamed with the green belt!

    i've worked in retail quite a bit and is always scared to see someone shoplifting as i don't want to confront them!

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  10. Adore that plaid with the purple tights.

    I remember working retail back in the day and being SO oblivious to shoplifters. Sleight of hand is a very real thing.

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  11. Thanks for the comment, I love your header, it's so much fun! x

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  12. i love seeing people get caught shoplifting haha.

    cute top :)

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  13. I don't think I have the attention span to be a good security guard lol. Love your outfit <3

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  14. You can get the shoplifters with a surpise attack! Haha. I like your shoes.

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  15. great outfit :), i work in retail too and i don't know how people get the guts to steal!

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  16. Hi there-those shoplifters, how naughty! You look great, the plaid shirt is really nice!

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  17. ello i gave u an award.

    the festival sounds cool ... haha props to man with the pink umbrella. was it bubble gum pink? how awesome would it be if it was also frilly???

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  18. Really sweet outfit! Love the green belt!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  19. I can only imagine what shoplifters get up to. Once, on a subway, I saw a dude lift up the cuffs of his super-bagging jeans and unwind all these other jeans he'd wrapped around his ankles.

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  20. The installation trail sounds really interesting!
    Haha, yes I can imagine shortness being good for shoplifting!

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  21. cute outfit and cutee blog. i love your headerrr

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  22. Fun,
    I would love a pink umbrella.
    I've always wanted one of the yellow suitcases you see in the Expedia.com commercials. They looks so awesome. The color, that pure amazing color.

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  23. That's crazy about the shop-lifters. Makes me wonder about all the couples I saw walking around H&M, today.

    I love the pop of green in your belt :)

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  24. love your shirt...
    xoxo
    Iole

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  25. Hey winnie! That's a great plaid shirt and the green belt is unexpected but such a cute and fun touch!
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend :)

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  26. nice plaid missy!argg iv worked in retail all my working life and iv witnesed the worst liars ever! it is funny, and i sometimes like to feel brave and confront peeps even though it is not going to harm the money that comes in my pocket at the end of the month! where i worked, in a small store, we have had 6 internal thefts in 2 years...and thos are only the ones who have been caught! where do you work?!

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