From lesyeuxouverts, Tales From Retail:
This was more than 15 years ago, and cigarettes were still sold at the registers (right with the candy and gum). Since I lived in a state that had a pretty high tax on cigarettes, even for that time, they were a high theft item.
Some woman was going from register to register, trying to discreetly load up her jacket with packs of cigarettes, then thought she could make a breakaway for the door. My store's LP guys were on to her, but couldn't do anything until she attempted to leave without paying. She runs for the door and they start chasing her, but she doesn't hit the pad on the floor that caused to automatic door to open. She just slammed into the door and bounced off. LP grabbed her and she starts screaming that she's being attacked. She's on the floor at this point, kicking around, and a ton of cigarette packs are falling out of her jacket. They restrain her and take her upstairs to the manager's office to await the police.
I'm at my usual post on the express lane down on that end of the store so my customers and I were treated to this show. The woman I was checking out was horrified.
Woman: "What are they doing to that poor girl? They are assaulting her! Someone should do something!"
Me: facepalm "Ma'am, she just got caught stealing."
Note: I (along with the dozens of other people on the front end) watched how this woman was apprehended and it was not a United Airlines style takedown. They merely prevented her from leaving, escorted her upstairs, and a female employee had to sit up there with her as a witness to ensure against allegations of impropriety on the part of LP. There was no reason my customer should have immediately made the leap to assault based on what we all saw. No one else was concerned in the slightest.