->''"In this life, one thing counts\\
In the bank, large amounts\\
I'm afraid these don't grow on trees\\
You've got to pick a pocket or two!"''
-->-- '''Fagin''', ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''

The preferred method a StreetUrchin uses to acquire stuff -- since they're too poor to afford it legitimately -- is to sneak it out of their [[TheMark mark's]] pocket and/or into their own. A RebelliousPrincess sometimes does this for the sheer thrill of it, or because they honestly believe they don't have to pay for anything; expect some kind of FreudianExcuse to come into play. The KleptomaniacHero also does this to anything that isn't nailed down and/or can be sold for money. Someone with StickyFingers does it merely because they want or are compelled to.

When this is done to a retail establishment, this is known as shoplifting.

BallisticDiscount is a subtrope which adds murder to the ensemble and will likely get you killed if you should ever try it in a real gun shop. PercussivePickpocket is a method of invoking this trope where the theft is disguised as a harmless [[CrashIntoHello bump on the street]].


* Some commercials for Burger King claims that the chain practices "reverse pickpocketing" by sneaking money back into their customers' pockets.
* In one PSA about piracy, a kid is seen stealing a chocolate bar from a store. When his father finds out, he asks his son where he learned to steal. The son then claims that he thought that it was okay since his dad steals satellite signals.
* Another PSA featured a subversion: A stereotypical punk kid snatches a purse after a woman leaves it behind at a bus stop. As he runs away, he's pursued by a police car. The end of the ad reveals that the kid actually grabbed the purse so he could return it.

[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The ''Manga/BlackJack'' story "Tetsu of the Yamanote Line" revolves around the titular Tetsu, a notorious pickpocket, and his {{friendly rival}}ry with a police detective who's sworn to catch him red-handed. When Tetsu [[{{Fingore}} gets his fingers cut off]] after trying to rob some {{yakuza}}, the detective brings in Black Jack to fix Tetsu's fingers.
* At least one student in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' has a habit of shoplifting because she [[FreudianExcuse feels neglected by her workaholic parents]].

* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', when the protagonists go out to buy food, Nico warns them all "Remember, you're invisible to most adults until you start shoplifting, so go easy on the five finger discounts".

* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' RemixComic "Smurfed Behind: The Departure", Greedy catches his brother Nabby trying to steal one of the chocolate-covered creampuffs and says "no four-finger discounts for you."

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. StreetUrchin Aladdin and his monkey friend Abu steal a melon for breakfast in the city's marketplace. After they meet Princess Jasmine, Abu snags some apples and gold pieces this way.
* The Thief in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' is such an inveterate [[StickyFingers kleptomaniac]] that he even picks his ''own'' pocket.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** Nick casually lifts a snack from a fruit stall as he and Judy walk past.
** In the end credits, Weaselton is shown picking cash out of a bystander's hip pocket.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Young Creator/CharlieChaplin in ''[[Film/ShanghaiNoon Shanghai Knights]]''.
* Used a lot in the ''Film/TheThreeStooges''. In the short Loco Boy Makes Good, Curly is apparently a slick enough pickpocket to steal $50 and a pocket watch form someone. Yet in other shorts, he's caught stealing silverware and anything not nailed down. The other Stooges are guilty of this from time to time
* In ''Film/AnimalHouse'', one of the characters steals food for a party by hiding it in his jacket. The check-out girl notices, but doesn't turn him in. Two of the items hidden in the guy's jacket are a couple of small roasts, and they're hidden so that they look like boobs.
* In the Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/TheFloorwalker'', a group of shoppers strip a display in a department store bare while the salesman is trying run The Tramp out of the store.
* In ''Film/CasAndDylan,'' shoplifting is one of Dylan Morgan's steady habits, much to the consternation of her traveling partner Cas. Her last pilfering in the film is a CD of bluegrass music - a peace offering for an earlier scene where she made fun of Cas' insistence on listening to a bluegrass radio station during their crosscountry trip.

* In ''Literature/OliverTwist'', Oliver joins a street gang who are trained in the arts of pickpocketing.
** Perhaps in a ShoutOut to this, ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' runs across a similar pickpocketing training school when a body of one of its "students" turns up in the ColdOpening.
* ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Take A Thief]]'' by Creator/MercedesLackey also features a pickpocketing training school that main character Skif attends for a while. Again, there's a lot of similarities to ''Literature/OliverTwist''.
* In the third book of ''Literature/CodexAlera'', High Lady Antillus is bullying Rufus Scipio, a.k.a. Tavi. He responds by acting meek, and the moment she's out of earshot, pulls her purse out of his pocket. How else is the [[TheCallPutMeOnHold only]] {{Muggle}} in the setting going to get revenge on a PersonOfMassDestruction? [[spoiler:This turns out to be a major plot point]].
* In a short story by Creator/RoaldDahl, the narrator gives a hitchhiker a lift and has a rather interesting discussion with the guy, who is a professional [[strike:pickpocket]] fingersmith. The hitchhiker is very proud of his work and is even able to remove the belt from the narrator without attracting attention. Apparently he makes a living by going to horse races and stealing from people who win several games (though he prides himself in never stealing from poor people or anyone who loses). [[spoiler:At the end of the story, when a police officer writes down the narrator's information for speeding, the fingersmith steals said notes so they won't get caught.]]
* Watch Corporal Nobby Nobbs of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is an expert at this, having been an ArtfulDodger when he was a child. Everyone knows this, and nobody finds it more than mildly annoying at this point (the official Watch procedure for getting money out of Petty Cash is "Go find Nobby and make him give it back"). The climax to [[{{Discworld/Thud}} Thud]] even relies on the assumption that he will have a certain MacGuffin on him, simply because it looked valuable and was in his vicinity for a while.
* Kate Ross's Regency sleuth Literature/JulianKestrel has a valet who used to be a pickpocket (which is why he's called "[[MeaningfulName Dipper]]"). Every so often this ability comes in handy in solving a murder.
* In Creator/GeorgetteHeyer's ''Friday's Child'', Viscount Sheringham's Tiger is a former street urchin and pickpocket. Sherry eventually teaches him not to steal from his master's friends, but the skill comes into play in unraveling the plot.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration,'' ControlFreak Liberty tries to make nice with the school bad boys. When she tries to impress them by saying she'll provide a "five-finger discount," they're hysterical that this dork thinks this phrase is cool. A few episodes later, as the bad boys are shoplifting, the ringleader flexes his fingers and says, as if he thinks it's cool, "I can get us a five-finger discount."
* Walter's sister-in-law Marie in ''Series/BreakingBad'' is a chronic shoplifter.
* This is part of Parker's repertoire in ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. They have an actual pickpocketing expert, Apollo Robbins, on staff to make sure it's done right. He appeared in one episode as Parker's EvilCounterpart in another crew and they end up in a pickpocketing duel.
* Dawn in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' turns out to have a bit of kleptomania, but after that little side plot is solved it's quickly forgotten.
* In ''Series/CougarTown'', Jules is upset that she didn't get in trouble when she was younger like the others, so she tries shoplifting to prove herself. She gets help from Laurie, who is apparently a pro, able to sneak out a hair drier in Jules purse. They get caught and put in "grocery store jail". [[spoiler: Jules eventually does prove she can be a criminal by [[AffectionatePickpocket stealing the manager's pen when she hugs him]].]]
* Hanna and Mona from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' were both shoplifters (in fact, the scene in which Mona steals a scarf is pretty much her EstablishingCharacterMoment). However, Hanna was later caught by the police, which resulted on her mom having an affair with [[DirtyCop Detective Wilden]] to prevent charges (plus getting blackmailed by [[BigBad A]] because of it), so she quickly drops this.
* In Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the [[Creator/PaulMcGann Eighth Doctor]] demonstrates a talent for pickpocketing people while directly speaking with them. He uses this talent to steal an ID card and a gun... [[StopOrIShootMyself which he uses to hold himself hostage]].
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', the title character was doing this regularly along with all of his other thievery before he discovered karma, and [[TheAtoner decided to make up for all the bad things he had done]].

[[folder:Music Video]]
* The video for Music/{{Gob}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHAUPculqWA "B Flat"]] kicks off with a purse-snatcher, and goes downhill from there.

* In one episode of ''Radio/TheNowShow'' Music/MitchBenn sang about the closure of Woolworths.
-->''Where will all the chavs go now,\\
To do their shoplifting?\\
They got everything they wanted at Woolies,\\
And they never paid for a damn thing.\\
Where will all the schemies go,\\
To nick stuff now?\\
They're gonna have to figure out how to get past the scanners\\
At TK-Maxx somehow.''


[[folder:Video Games]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''VideoGame/{{Discworld}}'' PC game: Rincewind remarks that lovable [[StreetUrchin street urchins]] are well-known for that sort of thing.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', the player can steal just about everything not environment geometry as long as their dexterity is high enough and nobody's looking.
* ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'':
** It's possible to "reverse pickpocket" them, i.e. sneaking items ''into'' their possession, such as grenades which are activated as soon as you exit the menu. The game keeps track of how many times you've done this under "Pants Exploded", and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' awards the Psychotic Prankster [[CosmeticAward achievement]] for pulling it off the first time.
** Planting items on [=NPCs=] is also useful for getting unique equipment from them (by giving them stronger but more common armor or stealing their ammo and planting a different weapon with some of its ammo, which the NPC will usually equip if you leave the building or town and come back). In some cases, you can also give skill-boosting equipment to characters who provide services based on those skills (most useful with Repair) or remove Haggle-boosting equipment from merchants.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Pretty much standard practice for the series, especially for beginner characters who have not yet gotten into all of the series' MoneyForNothing. Steal some stuff, take it to a different merchant (or a dedicated "fence" starting with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''), sell it, rinse, repeat.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the very first ThievesGuild quest for Sugar-Lips Habasi involves stealing a diamond from an Alchemist shop in such a fashion. This is far from the only quest in the Thieves Guild quest line to feature this, in ''Morrowind'' or in the rest of the series.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', Garrett usually aims for more lucrative jobs, but he's not above stealing from passerby when money's tight and the rent is due. In addition, he was recruited into the Keepers as a child because he was caught trying to make a grab from one.
* Luke of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is a RoyalBrat who has been sequestered in his mansion for years ever since the attempted kidnapping. He doesn't really get the concept of paying for things, until he gets a rude awakening from an apple merchant.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' and its [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood two]] [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations sequels]] Ezio Auditore can do this to passers-by to gain a few coins. Certain missions involve using the skill to surreptitiously acquire important items. Particularly satisfying, after bribing a herald to stop bad-mouthing the Assassins, you can turn around and lift your bribe right back out of his pocket.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' once had as an Item of the Month, a pair of pants that explicitly ''[[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Travoltan_trousers grants]]'' a "5-Finger Discount" when worn. (It also grants various other thiefly bonuses; why the 5-finger discount translates into only 5% off at stores, isn't clear.)
* Referred to by name by the Allied Thief unit in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', their purpose being to infiltrate Soviet ore refineries and steal their money.

* Referred to as a "two-bicep discount" in ''Webcomic/TheBloodyNippleSaga''.
* Due to the [[FourFingeredHands art style]], [[LoveableRogue Haley Starshine]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' once refers to this as the [[LampshadeHanging three-finger discount]].
* ''Webcomic/BatmanAndSons'' does this with "Don't Mess with Bats." After a bad day which gets Batman snarky, he gets on the nerves of Jesse Quick, Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite by showing his hands "are quicker than" their eyes: he snatches Jesse's top while she runs at him, he gets Hourman's hourglass while he's making his threat (and he suddenly sees it's gone and on Batman, who goes "Tick Tock"), and he gets Dr. Mid-Nite's goggles, rendering him unable to see--and running into a tree.
* In [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=655140&pool_id=81 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/LifeOfMaid'', Marisa, being... well, [[KleptomaniacHero Marisa]], decides to indulge in a spot of shoplifting, making off with a basket full of goods from Rinnosuke's store. Unfortunately for Marisa, Sakuya has just applied for a part-time job there in order to make up for the Scarlet Devil Mansion's expenses, and finds it [[TimeStandsStill quite easy]] to get Rinnosuke's goods back.
* Early on in ''Webcomic/{{Newheimburg}}'', Jack wanders around Newheimburg's World Fair and snatches 20 bucks off of a complete stranger.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' one of the wolves is an implied kleptomaniac known as [[FourFingeredHands "Four Finger Discount Jack"]]. Though it ''might'' refer to his missing arm instead.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'': Swiper, no swiping!
* Dijon from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' is notorious for pilfering anything that isn't nailed down, and he'll pull the nails out it if it has value.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Lois sneaks a ham into her purse because she can't afford it, but soon grows addicted to the sheer thrill of stealing.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' they have occasionally called it the '''[[FourFingeredHands four]]'''-fingered discount.
* Even though the H.I.V.E. kids in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' are doing a ''little'' more than shoplifting, they still claim to have purchased their stuff with a "five-finger discount".
** Memorably subverted in "Lightspeed", where [[TheBrute Mammoth]] complains that he ''paid'' for a candy bar when he gets waylaid by Kid Flash.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/SixTeen'' when the main characters recount how they occasionally make themselves drinks or food at their mall jobs without paying, calling it the "five-finger discount". Their laid-back attitude about it leads to [[spoiler: Jen stealing a jacket she admires from her workplace. She is later overcome with guilt and sneaks into the mall that night to put it back.]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace Galaxy Goof-Ups]]'': The richest man in galaxy tells his son he's the richest one for never buying anything he wants.
* Blossom of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', of all people, pulls this in "A Very Special Blossom." She steals a set of very fancy golf clubs to give the Professor for Father's Day. When the jig seems to be up, she tries to frame Mojo Jojo for the theft. Nobody--especially Bubbles and Buttercup--buys it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* RealLife: Name a teenaged celebrity, odds are they've been in the news for shoplifting.
* Teenagers shoplifting is both TruthInTelevision and a stereotype. If you're a teenager and you enter a shop in the mall, you bet those super-nice staffers are watching your every move.
** Obviously they're not watching close enough! [[EvilLaugh Ha Ha ha]]!