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Shoplifting Encouraged at New Manhattan Joint

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    Shoplifting Encouraged at New Manhattan Joint
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    A store that lets you take stuff opened Friday, but etiquette says you should also leave something behind.

    You won't get caught stealing at this New York City store.

    That's because you don't have to pay for the merchandise at the recently opened Free Store.

    Artists Athena Robles and Anna Stein created the store in the heart of Manhattan's Financial District to distribute everyday goods at no cost.

    Using the bartering system, visitors to the store on Nassau Street can trade or donate. But they don't have to. Stuff given away has included t-shirts, sneakers, a video camera and a pair of blue drop earrings.

    Thirty-five-year-old customer Peter Tambini told the New York Post, "It feels like shoplifting with permission."

    The temporary art installation was funded through grants.