Liftblr is a Tumblr community where shoplifters—or lifters, as they call themselves—come together to celebrate risk as currency. They post photos of hauls, brag about peddling said hauls for profit, tally savings-to-date, proselytize anti-capitalist ideas, trade pro tips, and sympathize with the almost-caught ones. In her piece for GOOD magazine, Tasbeeh Herwees interviews the teen girls who make Liftblr tick and offers up a history of our collective fascination with women who steal.
Members of Liftblr feel empowered by a sense of social justice. They reblog Bernie Sanders memes and post anti-racist screeds. When one anonymous user threatens them with “karma,” they turn the thread into a conversation on the cultural appropriation of non-Western concepts. Feminist rhetoric infuses their language. And they’re extremely anti-corporatist. “Shoplifting can be an act of civil disobedience,” writes one user. “If you do get caught, tell them: This is not petty theft. This is non-violent resistance to a violent and oppressive economic system in which we are trapped.”