Eric loves nice clothes, but he doesn't love the prices obviously.
He used to lift as a teenager, but not seriously. He started again about a month ago, and since then he has lifted:
-2 Leather belts (one black, one black/brown reversible)
-A Michael Kors camel hair blazer
-A black suit vest
-A pair of black slip-on dress shoes
-A silk tie with a tie bar
-A cashmere sweater and a cardigan sweater
-A faux leather jacket
-And a wool fedora for his girlfriend
The only time he lifted something with a security tag was at Kohl's (the blazer was MSRP $500...no tag), but he knew no LP was on duty, and made sure to walk out at the same time someone else walked in.
He has only lifted clothes from big department stores -- Sears, Kohl's, Macy's and JCP. He's planning to hit some of the bigger malls in his area right after Christmas and browse some more stores.
As far as lifting other things, he sometimes goes to local dollar stores/job lot stores when he needs supplies. He has heard Staples is relatively easy, and might try hitting them next.
Walmart (at least in WI) will take back otc medicine. Same with Target and Walgreens here. Oh and if you ever have problems with a return at Walmart just call their 1800 number and corporate will usually make the store do the return. My friend has done this multiple times and has worked every time.
The way Lilith fools her mother (who is very smart and observant, but sometimes absent minded) is when she notices the new items she tells her a friend grew out of them and gave them to her since they fit. If your friend's parents shop a lot it's a good idea to keep the items hidden until they go off the shelves at local stores. If she has a boyfriend/girlfriend she can say they bought it for her because they thought it would look cute, that way she won't have to wait. I would suggest still only taking a small amount at a time unless her significant other has a job and no bills. (typically someone still in high school and living with parents with a part time job)
Good luck to your friend and I hope this helps her.
I don't know if anyone else has suggested this yet, this thread is to long to read just to answer your question. Anywho, tell Charlotte to tell her mom she got the clothes at a rummage sale or goodwill for super cheap. If Charotte is super broke them make a fake craigslist ad under the free section giving away a bag of clothes someone grew out of or no longer wanted & Charlotte can simply say she answered the ad since the clothes were her size.