Former Pro Shoplifter Scoffs at New York City’s Kiosk Plan – ‘Don’t Think I’d Have Batted an Eye’

Former professional shoplifter Pierceon Bellemare panned New York City’s plans to install social service kiosks in stores to incentivize shoplifters not to steal.

Pierceon Bellemare said if he were shoplifting and saw a kiosk on the way out the door, he wouldn’t stop.

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“If the kiosk provided fentanyl or money, I might stop. But if there’s a pamphlet for social services, I don’t think I would have batted an eye at that,” he explained on “Jesse Watters Primetime” this week.

Bellemare shared that he shoplifted to feed his drug addiction and his lifestyle. He said that if given a welfare check and a place to stay to incentivize him to stop the criminal behavior, he would work around the system and use the money to feed his addiction.

Pierceon Bellemare

“I would have taken it, and I would have figured out a way to use those resources in order to then continue to feed my addiction and turn it into basically monetary value. And until I was then apprehended and served consequences, which were jail time and a lot of jail time and facing prison time–that’s when I was really able to look at my life and realize I don’t think I’m going in the right direction,” he told host Jesse Watters.

Bellemare turned his life around after serving jail time and has been sober for six years.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of places now where we are forcing detoxes in places where people can get the help that they need versus just a Band-Aid on a symptom that we’ve been seeing for decades,” he said.

Bellemare stated that his drug addiction started as “just partying and having fun.”

“Then the next thing you know, I have a needle in my arm, and I can’t stop doing it because I’m physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually addicted,” he recalled. “And the only way that I was able to stop was having to be put away in a place where I had no access to those substances for a certain amount of days so that I could clear my head and work a program and get my feet going.”

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Watters asked Bellemare if there was a spiritual component to the growing number of addicts nationwide.

“My personal experience is, yes, I believe that we are living in a world where that has been ignored, and there is something deeper that I think we need to look at,” Bellemare responded. “It seems like we’re living in a very self-centered and self-seeking world. And the moment that I realized that there are things other than me on this planet, and I’m not a victim, and I have the power of choice to be a better person, that’s when I was able to really move forward.”

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