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If you bought something and you wanted to replace it but you don't have a receipt, theoretically if you put it back in the shop and get the same item without paying, would it count as shoplifting? Settling a debate with a friend and its actually complicated because technically, the shop hasn't lost anything: they'll have the same stock and profit, but the item you took would presumably have a different barcode.
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If you bought something and you wanted to replace it but you don't have a receipt, theoretically if you put it back in the shop and get the same item without paying, would it count as shoplifting? Settling a debate with a friend and its actually complicated because technically, the shop hasn't lost anything: they'll have the same stock and profit, but the item you took would presumably have a different barcode.
This reminds me of a movie 😅 but on a serious note I don't it would work because if the shop has one of those machines at the door that beeps when someone is trying to steal then it would go off when you pass it and you have no receipt to prove you bought the item or replaced it.
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If you bought something and you wanted to replace it but you don't have a receipt, theoretically if you put it back in the shop and get the same item without paying, would it count as shoplifting? Settling a debate with a friend and its actually complicated because technically, the shop hasn't lost anything: they'll have the same stock and profit, but the item you took would presumably have a different barcode.
The Theft Act 1968 has the definitions you need:
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga...ition-of-theft

Whether or not this is technically theft is one thing. But it's going to look very dodgy if you're caught by security or shop staff.

Note that you don't necessarily need a receipt as proof of purchase; there are other ways to do that.
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