Let me preface this by saying, I'm not proud of what I did, and I really learned my lesson from it.
I was probably about 12 or 13 at the time, not too sure since it's been so long ago. I'm much much older now, but back then I was a HUGE card collector, and spent all my money from my allowance, paper route, etc.. on buying packs of cards from my LCS. Now, I'm just starting to get back into the hobby of collecting and have been visiting my LCS quite a bit and buying boxes and did my first case break the other night.
But, back in the day, when I didn't have money to buy cards, I would go to my local walmart w/ my mom, and while she was shopping or whatever, I would go to the card section, and look around, and when no one was looking I would grab a box of cards, walk around walmart for a bit to find an aisle where no one was, and I would take a walmart bag out of my pocket and put the box(es) in the bag and meet up w/ my mom, and act like I had paid for the box.
I did this many times, until one time around the holidays I got real greedy and tried to swipe I think 4 boxes of Bowmans Best baseball (first year for it), and everything was fine until, I walked out of walmart and 2 undercover cops that had been watching me came up to me. I remember dropping the bag and them escorting me back into walmart, and going to get my parents and explain what they caught me doing.
I felt sick to my stomach, and the look from my parents will never leave me no matter how old I am. No charges were pressed, but from that day, I never stole another thing.
Congrats to Walmart for scaring the living hell out of me, and let this be a lesson to everyone. Stealing does not pay.
It's still embarrassing to talk about, and I don't think I've shared that with a lot of people ever.
So, yeah, that's what I've got.