The ShoplifterSituation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
Once, there was a shoplifter that started stealing small items, but over time, gradually stole bigger items. A lot of the people at the store knew the thief, but no one knew what was going on. After a period of nine months, however, the shoplifter had to stop. Why?
HintQ: Is the shoplifter a woman?
Q: Did she get caught?
Q: Was she in disguise?
Q: Could a man wear this disguise?
AnswerThe shoplifter was disguised as a pregnant woman. As her "belly got bigger" she could hide larger and larger objects under it. Since many people at the store knew her and frequently asked about her "baby", after her nine months, since the baby should have been born, her "belly" would have to disappear.
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