Podcast Hosts Sparks Backlash After Saying It’s OK to Shoplift

A young podcaster’s controversial statement that theft from Coles and Woolworths should sometimes be tolerated has sparked a passionate debate.

Coxy, a 21-year-old from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, proposed on The Mayfield Podcast, which he co-hosts with Jacko and Chip.

In his opinion, there may be a case for making the odd shoplifting lawful. Coxy cited the enormous profits made by the big grocery chains as evidence in favor of this notion.

In its most recent full-year receipts, Coles recorded a substantial $1.1 billion profit, while Woolworths’ profit increased to $1.6 billion.

In a subsequent interview, Jacko set the record straight after their talk went viral, saying that they weren’t trying to promote larceny but rather discussing utopian ideals.

The podcast presenters heard many Australians admit they had stolen from grocery companies.

One listener admitted that they casually grab products valued at around $80 to $100 in each store. Another added that they were Coles workers and thought the prices of cheese were absolutely outrageous.

One caller to the podcast boldly said that they would not pay for anything if it “fits in their pocket.”  Another claimed ownership of anything that fits in their hoodie.

However, not everyone agreed with the podcast hosts’ recommendation.

According to one source, theft would cause prices to skyrocket.

Stealing from grocery store companies is prohibited in Australia. The maximum term for this severe offense is five years in jail.

According to a new poll by Finder.com.au, about 15% of Australians have admitted to stealing in the last year.

The data shows that from 5% in October 2023 to 7% now, the proportion of persons who have admitted to stealing at the supermarket self-checkout is relatively high.

Shoplifting has been on the rise, according to Coles’ annual report for 2022–23.

The overall loss is over 20% higher than it was a year ago. The rise of organized retail crime and consumer theft due to rising living costs affects the whole business.