Hollywood Kleptos: Stars Who’ve Shoplifted and Weren’t Afraid to Admit It
Everyone knows someone who's shoplifted, but typically we don't expect them to boast or brag about it — especially if they're famous. Fortunately for us, some celebs are just too eager to spill their dirty secrets, from Nailed It's Nicole Beyer's tale of getting thrown in Macy's jail to Amy Schumer admitting to grand larceny. Here's all the celebs who have shoplifted and are weirdly unashamed of it.
1. Amy Schumer
The comedian used to be a huge shoplifter back in the day and has admitted to stealing $100,000 worth of stuff.
"I started just with my girlfriends—we would steal a bathing suit or some makeup or I don't know—and then I just got more serious about it," she explained to GQ. "It became grand larceny when I was in college. I just discovered this department store where you could just take whatever and then return it for cash—no tags, no receipt, nothing. You know, thousands of dollars. It was exciting. It was the adrenaline—the actual act of getting away with it. It wasn't about the money, even though the money was nice. And I didn't feel bad about it—it was this huge corporation. You know, I never stole from people. I never stole from a little store."
However, she got caught stealing at Bloomingdale's when she was 21, which forced her to give up her stealing habit.
"It felt really bad, being arrested," she said. "You have no say. And it was embarrassing. I was relieved because I got caught doing this other thing—had they caught me for the thing I'd been doing for years and years, I would probably have had to do time. So, relieved actually. But it sucked."
2. Kim Kardashian
Back when she was a tween, she and accomplice Nicole Richie once stole some makeup.
“When Nicole Richie and I were around 11, we went into a drugstore in Malibu and took lipstick," she revealed. "We thought we were so badass! I can’t remember the name of the color, but it was a brown shade from Revlon. I wasn’t much of a partier growing up, so this was about as rebellious as I got.”
However, Nicole later said she didn't remember stealing any lipstick. What's the truth?
3. Nicole Byer
The Nailed It host bragged on Late Night with Seth Meyers about how she "used to love" shoplifting and even shared a few of her tips.
"So, stores have cameras," she explained. "Cameras have, you know, a frame. Get out of frame. And then, OK, so you take like ten t-shirts and a pair of jeans. So you put the shirts inside the shirts so it looks like you have five shirts when you go into the fitting room. Pop off the sensors, put it in the jeans. When you leave, hand the lady like two shirts and be like, 'I'm gonna keep the jeans and these three shirts." And then you walk around and you're like, 'No, I don't have no money.' So then you put everything back. Put the jeans at the back of the rack that are filled with the sensors. There's no evidence. Honestly, it worked for years until my friend was like,'I'm not gonna listen,' and she left all the sensors in the fitting room."
However, like all shoplifters, she was eventually caught after she was arrested at Macy's. Apparently they have cells in the basement where you wait before they take you to "real jail." Who knew?
4. Megan Fox
Like most teenage girls, Megan got caught stealing makeup at Walmart and was banned from the store.
"I don't know if the ban was for life, but when I was 14 or 15 I did get caught and convicted of stealing Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen cosmetics from a Wal-Mart," she said.
Surprisingly, she didn't get away with just a slap on the wrist.
"They actually took me into the court and I had two choices and I took the second choice, which was wrapping [gifts] for Christmas, which was awesome, it wasn't really a punishment."
5. Melissa McCarthy
While going through an angsty teen goth stage, Melissa did more than her fair share of stealing.
"I turned slightly nuts," she admitted. “We’d wrap sweaters around ourselves and walk out."
6. Tila Tequila
Back in 2010, the former reality show star bragged on her blog about getting caught stealing snacks at a CVS.
"I lost my wallet while working all day today and was SO HUNGRY," she wrote on her blog. "So I was at the CVS store and figured I would just steal some bubble gum and chips and not get caught, but unfortunately the security guard caught me shoplifting!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn! Now I got a court case on my ass! Ohh now I can certify myself a REAL GANGSTA! LOLOLOL jk kids..."
Even more baffling, she shared a video of herself actually stealing snacks and laughing about it, which was probably how she got caught to begin with.
7. LiAngelo Ball
Last year, the basketball player was arrested in China after he said he was peer-pressured into stealing items at a store.
“We all went out one night, went to the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store and, uh, people started taking stuff, and then, you know, me just not thinking and being with them, I took something, too," he explained. "And we left thinking we’ll just get away — you know how kids think. I didn’t realize ‘til I got back to my hotel, I’m like, ‘That was stupid.’ But by then it was too late. And then sure enough, the next morning, the police came and got us."
The whole incident was a major scandal for the team and LiAngelo was later suspended.
8. Britney Spears
In 2007, the tumultuous year where she had her public "breakdown," paparazzi caught the pop star stealing a lighter from a gas station. When she got back to her car, she said sarcastically to the camera, "I stole something. Oh, I'm bad. Ohhh!"
9. Hugh Jackman
In an old Rolling Stone profile, the actor admitted to shoplifting when he was younger. Unfortunately, the article didn't reveal any details on what he shoplifted or how, but apparently, he was good enough to never get caught.
10. Jesse Camp
Remember him? He used to be a VJ on MTV after winning a "I Wanna be a VJ" contest. Before making it big, he would hitchhike and shoplift clothes and food.
“I fell to real new lows,” he told Rolling Stone back then. “I mean, I always stole s--t, but I became the f---ing master thief. I’d go to the grocery store with a big baseball jacket on, and I’d zip it up, pile all the food down the front and then just walk out with my hands in my coat pocket to cover the bulge."
He later admitted that even some of the clothes he wore on TV were stolen. "Everything except the pants," his sister clarified in the same interview.
11. Margaret Cho
The comedian has been pretty candid about her young shoplifting days.
"I was not going to class," she explained. "I was running around smoking pot and drinking and being with boys and being a bad girl and shoplifting. I was in a gang and all this stuff. It was just ridiculous. I was like, `I don't want to go to school, man, I want to hang out and party.'"
She later confessed to shoplifting again in a 2004 blog post. "I am not nice," she wrote. "I am a f---ing b---h. I have been known to shoplift. I complain all the time. I am unbearable and annoying."
12. Jonathan Van Ness
And speaking of Margaret, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness once admitted to stealing a copy of Margaret's standup special, Notorious C.H.O.
"Notorious C.H.O. was like the only thing I ever straight up shoplifted," he told Refinery29. "My mom wouldn’t get it for me!"