When I first started working at a grocery store, back in my teen years, I noticed that some people would ask for or grab some extra paper bags when they went through check-out. And some would always ask for double paper bags, even bags of chips and paper products. Of course, they were accumulating extra bags for other uses. This pattern continued with plastic bags, when they became all the rage.
And I bet everyone has a family member who pockets packs of sugar/sweet-n-low/etc. when they go out to eat (or packets of ketchup, salt and peper, napkins, plastic utensils, and so on).
Today at the grocery store, I witnessed a new one: a woman--on her way out--took a bunch of the umbrella bags the store keeps at the entrance (for customers to use when its raining and they come in the store with a wet umbrella). It wasn't raining and she had no umbrella. Anyone know what she was getting them for?
Anyway, one can see all of these actions as a form of petty theft, if one chooses. How do you see them?