Michael Rapaport Posts Footage Of Drugstore Shoplifter To Social Media Resulting In The Location Permanently Closing, Leaving Employees Jobless
For you, Christmas in January might mean the tree is still up, but one Manhattan shopper had something else in mind. Michael Rapaport took to social media in disbelief after witnessing a shoplifter casually filling up multiple bags with merchandise from the shelves of a Rite Aid on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Michael Rapaport filmed the accused man as he openly carried the ill-gotten goods out of the store in broad daylight dressed in plain clothing and donning a face covering up to his eyes.
The video also captures the store’s security guard standing at the entrance within view and earshot of Michael Rapaport who frantically narrated the incident saying:
“I can’t believe I’m seeing this s***. This motherf*****! This f****** guy just filled his two bags up with everything in Rite Aid, right here on 80th [Street] and 1st Avenue. He was walking down the street like s*** is Gucci.”
The security guard was standing by and perceived the shoplifter exiting the store with the contraband in tow, but turned his back to the suspect and disregarded the action.
“He looked me in my face like ‘what’s good.’ I was watching him the whole time! My man just went Christmas shopping in January. He got the condoms, the shampoo …”
Michael Rapaport posted the video, tagging Rite Aid, with the following caption:
“Duke just went CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at @riteaid I’m TRIPPING this happened in broad day like it was nothing. New @iamrapaport discusses it all.”
Rapaport later updated the caption to inform viewers that the footage, which received nearly half a million views, resulted in the drugstore chain opting to close the location permanently.
Tagging New York City mayor, Eric Adams, Michael Rapaport added this update:
“I was just informed this Rite Aid is closing 2/15 because of this, leaving the workers JOBLESS. @ericadamsfornyc YO.”
According to December 2021 reports, the chain was already set to close 63 locations in an effort to save a reported $25 million annually. This Manhattan location is now scheduled to close its doors for good on February 15th, 2022. What are your thoughts on this story? Let us know in the comments.