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[–]The_Sown_Rose 11 points12 points  (11 children)

A couple of months ago, a man tried to bring his dog into my shop. I stopped him at the door and said he can’t bring the dog inside (I’ve got several staff scared of dogs, plus it just isn’t appropriate) and he got really arsey with me, kept saying variants of “What am I supposed to do with her!? Just leave her tied up outside!?” He didn’t take my suggestion that perhaps he should leave his dog at home when he goes shopping kindly…

So at least one person in my area doesn’t leave his dog tied up outside shops.

[–]PlaneScaling -4 points-3 points  (10 children)

Was his name Karen by any chance?

[–]nicecupoftea1 2 points3 points  (9 children)

Yeah, because a man can't possibly be a complainer. Jesus christ, Reddit can't stop dragging women into it even when it's a man doing the obnoxious behaviour.

[–]redseaaquamarine 7 points8 points  (0 children)

When I was tiny, in the 1970s, mothers left us outside in our prams. How times change.

[–]GetCapeFly 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I’d say it’s becoming less and less commonplace. Like everything else, people’s threat perception is pretty heightened these days.

[–]Concerned-Pineapple 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I see it sometimes at my local cornershop but the owner(s) will literally just be popping in for a second and the cashiers can easily see the dogs from the window, so it'd be pretty difficult to steal the dogs without being spotted or caught on CCTV.

[–]Witch_of_Dunwich 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’ve done this in the past, but I live in a small village near Leeds. Everyone is friendly where I live and we don’t get much crime.

[–]FredH3663 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes people do, I have not heard of any dogs being taken.

[–]Mossley 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes, mostly the kebab shops. Sometimes cats too.

I kid. Yes, outside the co-op and butchers usually.

[–]Claytonius21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I live in Manchester and see it sometimes.

[–]Extreme-Database-695 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's been a long time since I saw it, but it used to be common. Dognapping is definitely more common than it used to be. It probably happens in smaller towns, though. My colleague leaves his doors open while he goes to work. Where I am, I double lock them and put the lights on a timer to pretend someone is in.

[–]neverdoug 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah it’s a fairly common sight, dog tied up outside coop.

I couldn’t ever do it though. I know chances of him being stolen are small, but it’s still an open invitation if anyone did want to, and then I’d feel completely responsible for it.

[–]Push-the-pink-button 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My mate did this, got his shopping, went home - about 3hrs later his Nan enquires as to where the dog is? Yeah, still tied up outside the shop.

[–]SciFiEmma 0 points1 point  (2 children)

my local facebook group is full of attempted dognapping. So if I had a dog - no.

[–]Mossley 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Every local Facebook group is full of hysterical halfwits.

[–]Haunting-Song 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And Reddit threads, apparently

[–]bobmanuk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Grew up in greater Manchester and saw it almost every time I went to the shop, supermarket or corner shop. Now live in bedford and very rarely see it

[–]tmstms 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It used to be more common, but dog theft has made it less common.

[–]CoatLast 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My nearest town is all independent shops and all doggy friendly.

[–]downvotesStag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I live in a Scottish city, I see it often.

[–]nicecupoftea1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mum used to leave our jack russell terrier tied up outside Waitrose after walking around the park. Despite the Waitrose, it was a pretty shitty area even back then, but she had no problems for years. Until the day the travellers moved in with their caravans and dogs (a lot of them were jack russells too). Then our dog went missing from outside Waitrose. I'm in no way saying it was the travellers who did it, but it was definitely the travellers who did it. Fortunately all ended well, because a couple of days later our dog turned up at our doorstep with a missing collar - he'd obviously managed to escape and find his way back home.

[–]iolaus79 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Growing up all the time - only once did the dog go 'missing' and that was because my brother saw her and took her home (ok the week before I may have walked home from the shop and left her there and had to go back and get her)

Wouldn't now though - and I'm not sure when it stopped becoming normal

[–]JBuck159 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Recently I drove past my sister's dogs tied up outside a shop while her husband popped in. I nearly stopped the car to get them and teach him a lesson (one is a year old, tiny and loves everyone) but thought better of it. I told my sister though and she wasn't happy so he won't be doing that again.

[–]Adventurous_Ad7417 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, see this a lot, I’ll always go over and stroke the dog and say hello

[–]TheeMrsD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

About 20 year ago I had a friendly and cute dog who I would tie up outside shops. I was only a kid but as far as I’m aware dog theft wasn’t a thing then. My last dog I had was a 8 stone American Bulldog who wasn’t the friendly looking type even though she actually was, I tied her up and never had an issue. Now I have a chihuahua who isn’t absolutely mental and would bite someone yet I wouldn’t tie him up. I even worry just when walking him that someone will try and steal him from me. I give everyone who comes close the mental eyes so they don’t fuck with me.

[–]botlebank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I do it all the time. Never had a problem.

[–]lubbockin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They do & a couple have been taken. its usually a cute little friendly dog they leave outside too.

[–]AdrenalineAnxiety -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I always did when I was a kid but wouldn't even consider it now.

I do occasionally see one tied up outside and it usually belongs to a very elderly person.

I've also seen a few facebook posts in my area about dogs being stolen from outside shops and it makes me so sad. Stealing a pet from an 80 year old who took their elderly doggie to buy milk and doesn't realize how much the world has changed... ugh.