Actor Michael Rapaport returned to his neighborhood Rite Aid on Sunday only to find shelves empty just days after he saw a brazen thief calmly walk out of the store with two shopping bags full of stolen goods.
‘Back in my Rite Aid,’ he said in a video posted to his Instagram on Sunday. ‘And there’s nothing to steal because this Rite Aid like so many other Rite Aids is closing down because everybody stole everything. And the workers here do not know if they’re getting jobs.
‘Congratulations, losers,’ the 51-year-old actor concluded in the video, which had already garnered 20,570 views in just one hour.
It came nearly one week after the actor, known for his work on Boston Public, captured on video a bold thief sauntering out of the store, at 80th Street and 2nd Avenue, with two shopping bags full of stolen goods.
The Rite Aid in the video has been hit with thefts of the same nature on an almost daily basis, a security guard told Rapaport. The store will be closing on February 15, and 63 other locations will close in the coming months with a rash of thefts one of the primary reasons, the pharmacy chain announced in late December.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Rite Aid store on the Upper East Side as well as the pharmacy’s corporate communications department for comment.
Actor Michael Rapaport, 51, returned to his local Rite Aid on the Upper East Side on Sunday to showcase how the shelves were empty
Rapaport said in a video posted to his Instagram that ‘there’s nothing to steal because this Rite Aid like so many other Rite Aids is closing down because everybody stole everything’
Rapaport’s video on Tuesday starts with Rapaport filming the thief sauntering out of the Rite Aid, while the exasperated actor fumbles with his words before shouting, ‘I can not believe I’m seeing this s ** t!’
‘He’s walking down the street like s ** t is Gucci, he looked me in the face like’ ‘what’s good.’ ‘I was watching him the whole time! My husband just went Christmas shopping in January. ‘
The Heat star captions the video: ‘Duke just went CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at @riteaid I’m TRIPPING this happened in broad day like it was nothing. New @iamrapaport discusses it all. I was just informed this Rite Aid is closing 2/15 because of this, leaving the workers JOBLESS. @ericadamsfornyc YO, ‘tagging the drug store chain and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
He told DailyMail.com that he initially thought the thief was an employee because ‘he was just so deliberate and casual.’
He said he was ‘disgusted’ and ‘surprised’ when he saw the thief stocking up on items from three different sections of the pharmacy before deciding he was satisfied.
‘These criminals know there are no ramifications. We have to put more of these mfers in jail, ‘he said.
‘You see all these videos on Instagram of people shoplifting like they’re going for a walk in the park. It’s pathetic that this is happening in the greatest city in the world, ‘Rapaport said last week.
Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport, who posted footage on Instagram of a bold thief going for a shoplifting spree in NYC on Tuesday, said he was ‘disgusted’ by the brazen crime
Rapaport told DailyMail.com he was ‘disgusted’ and ‘surprised’ when he saw the thief stocking up on items from three different sections of the pharmacy before deciding he was satisfied
Rapaport put the blame on former Mayor Bill de Blasio, who embraced soft-on-crime policies such as bail reform and police budget cuts.
However, Rapaport said that new Mayor Adams could right the ship: ‘I think Eric Adams knows what’s going on, he knows how to deal with crime. I’m just hoping he lives up to our expectations. ‘
The actor said he relies on that Rite Aid, where he buys his mood stabilizers, and that he and many others in the community are now losing their neighborhood pharmacy – and its workers are losing their jobs – because of the rampant shoplifting.
‘These people are gonna be out of a job because of guys like this scumbum,’ he said, using the invented word as a combination of ‘scumbag’ and ‘bum.’
Rapaport said the man in his footage filled two bags with stolen goods before nonchalantly strolling past security and leaving
The Rite Aid in the video, on 80th Street and 2nd Avenue, is hit with thefts of the same nature on an almost daily basis, a security guard told Rapaport
The Rite Aid in the video will be closing on February 15, with thefts a major reason, the pharmacy chain announced late December
Rapaport, 51, an actor-turned-podcaster, began his career in the early 1990s and has starred in films including The Heat, Deep Blue Sea, Dr. Dolittle 2 and True Romance. He was born and raised in Manhattan, where he currently lives with his wife Kebe Dunne.
The two married in 2016. Rapaport was previously married to Nichole Beattie from 2000 to 2007, when they divorced. Rapaport and Beattie have two children: Maceo Shane, 20, and Julian Ali, 22.
Rapaport has been outspoken on a number of issues and has had his fair share of celebrity feuds, most recently with Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
In March 2021, Rapaport took to social media to share a private conversation in which Durant unleashed a string of homophobic slurs while threatening to spit on him. Their disagreement started in December after Rapaport criticized an awkward post-game interview Durant had on TNT.
Speaking about the Rite Aid incident on Tuesday, Rapaport said it was the first time he saw such ‘blatant’ theft in person, but that the security guard in his video is all too familiar.
He told Rapaport that, just one day before Rapaport took his viral video, two other men walked in and took a six-pack of beer before acknowledging the security guard and leaving without paying anyway.
The security guard is seen in Rapaport’s video nonchalantly watching the thief walk out with his bags of looted goods. It is unclear what Rite Aid’s security policy is, but chains like Walmart have insurance over stolen products and discourage their security guards from trying to engage with the thieves and risking injuring themselves or others.
A similar theft at a Rite Aid in New York City went viral on TikTok in October after a woman named India, who was a security guard at the store, posted footage of thefts pilfering Halloween candy before fleeing.
People asked in the comments why she is not stopping the thieves if she is supposed to be a security guard, to which she replied: ‘Because it’s illegal to touch, grab or use any physical force to stop them.’
Instead, she said, her job is to ‘observe and report.’
A similar theft at a Rite Aid in New York City went viral on TikTok in October after a woman named India, who was a security guard at the store, posted footage of thefts pilfering Halloween candy before fleeing
People asked in the comments why she is not stopping the thieves if she is supposed to be a security guard, to which she replied: ‘Because it’s illegal to touch, grab or use any physical force to stop them.’ Instead, she said, her job is to ‘observe and report’
Robbery in New York City has spiked by about 33% in the week ending on January 23, the NYPD’s most recent data, with 944 incidents as compared to the 709 incidents reported in the same duration last year
When asked what he thinks needs to be done to curb the spike in shoplifting incidents, Rapaport said that there needs to be ‘more ramifications’ and penalties for shoplifting.
‘Criminals know they could get away with it. This whole thing is just a mess, ‘he said.
Robbery in New York City has spiked by about 33 percent in the week ending on January 23, according to the NYPD’s most recent data, with 944 incidents compared to 709 incidents reported during the same timeframe last year.
Overall crime has gone up by nearly 39 percent, with 7,230 incidents this year as compared to last year’s 5,211.