96 percent of retailers surveyed by the National Retail Federation have been a victim of organized retail crime -- that is, shoplifting with the intent of selling the goods. Thieves embarking on this type of shoplifting typically sell the stolen goods on street corners, flea markets or pawn shops. In a particularly brazen move, they may also return the stolen goods to the store for a fraudulent refund. Often, the goods are sold through online auction websites.
The top 20 most shoplifted items:
The top 10 cities for shoplifting:
THIS MONTH IS
i>National Stress Free Family Holiday Month-- The no. 1 cause of holiday stress is spending too much money! That's the word from a recent FranklinCovey survey asking over 15,000 customers what causes them stress during the most wonderful time of the year. 87% admitted that holiday activities do cause stress, while 49% confessed to being relieved when it was all over. Here are the top 10 most stressful holiday activities in ranked order of most stressful to least stressful:
Ladies, Women's Health"The Average Woman" knows you have a lot on your mind here's what the magazine says you are thinking about:
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HAPPY HAUNTING (AREA HAUNTED HOUSES)
The Grand Theater Haunted House in Tracy.
The Boys & girls Club Haunted House open 5-10 daily at 1137 Graphics Dr. in Modesto.
Del Osso Farm in Lathrop.
Dutch Hollow Corn Maze...Clairabel & oakdale in Modesto.
Fantazzia Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Patterson.
R..A.M. FARMS IN Turlock.
Resendez Family Fruit Barn in Hughson.
HALLOWEEN REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY
Goblins and ghouls and ghost, oh my. Halloween is fun for the whole family. And how you participate can reveal the real you behind that scary mask. Discover something new about yourself by answering these questions and seeing what they reveal:
On Halloween, you usually:
The costume you'd most likely wear is:
Your favorite Halloween treat is:
When you were a kid, the scariest monsters of all were:
Mostly "a" - You're fun loving but never the center of attention. You sometimes let others take advantage of your good nature, but there's little in life that frightens you.
Mostly "b" - You love dressing up and showing off to others, but you're thoughtful and never greedy with friends and family. You also get the job done, no matter what it takes.
Mostly "c" - You're a perfectionist and a bit bossy, but you never fail to impress your gang with a fancy costume. You're a high achiever and people naturally follow your lead.
Mostly "d" - You're quiet and reserved, celebrating Halloween in a low key fashion. You're costume reveals your creative, whimsical side, and you're sure to wear it more than once.
TOP HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
(Hollywood Reporter) Expect a lot of superheroes walking around the streets this Halloween. Characters from The Avengers are the most in-demand movie-inspired costumes this year, according to a survey of more than 1,000 moviegoers conducted by Fandango. Among 2012 releases, Avengers characters took the top four spots with males, with Chris Hemsworth's Thor edging out the other characters from the summer's box office hit. The complete top 10 rankings for costumes inspired by 2012 releases are as follows:
HALLOWEEN PET TIPS
Halloween's no treat for housepets. Take these tips from the experts to keep your dog or cat from having an unhappy holiday.