A TikToker went viral after posting video of two shoplifters robbing an Ulta Beauty store in Ohio while employees appeared to be doing nothing.
User Gloria Rodriguez (@gloriarodriguez_) posted to TikTok in late December and racked up more than 32 million views as of Monday.
The video shows a shoplifter shoving several Gucci perfumes from a display into a bag. As the alarm goes off at the Ulta store, another shoplifter rushes out of the store with another bag of stolen goods. The first shoplifter also runs out of the store and almost runs into a store clerk. The employee seems very calm and nods her head casually as she lets the shoplifter walk by.
“Only in Ohio,” reads the video’s caption.
@gloriarodriguez_ only in Ohio #ultabeauty #robbery #pickeringtonohio #reynoldsburgohio #ohio #columbus #614 ♬ Original soundtrack – Gloria Rodriguez
But several commenters reassured TikToker that this type of incident happens not only in Ohio but in every retail store, especially Ulta stores.
“Literally just another day of work in retail,” one viewer commented on the video.
“At that Ulta I used to work at, we had this guy who would come in about once a week,” commented a second viewer.
A third wrote: “I think it’s so crazy that this is now common for Sephoras and Ultas.”
“The worker says yes it’s just another day here,” one user wrote, to which the TikToker replied, “she literally said this happens once a week.”
Several viewers joked that the shoplifter at the Gucci booth was actually rapper Lil Tecca, with whom they bore a strong resemblance. Some said they looked like actor Beetlejuice.
Others complained about the clerk for not trying to stop the shoplifters.
“The clerk is like a girl who gets what you need,” said one user.
“The worker’s text and nod,” wrote another user.
Defending the employee’s casual demeanor, one viewer commented: “Basically you can’t really chase them because you wouldn’t know if they have a weapon to stab or shoot, so why put your life at risk. ”
The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via TikTok comment and Ulta Beauty via email.
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*Initial publication: January 9, 2023 2:31 pm CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot.
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