Imagine for a moment that you get recruited to a Naxx 25 PUG. All is going well, but the raid leader is acting a bit fishy. He doesn't talk much in Vent and on occasion he leaves the channel and goes to another private channel with another person in the raid. You get to Kel'Thuzad, one shot him and get to the loot. Your dream weapon drops and the raid leader doesn't start linking loot for rolls. He just takes everything, hearths and is gone.
Some call it "loot ninja". I call it stealing. Even though it's nothing material, stealing is stealing. I know of several guild members who PUG regularly and all of them have had gear stolen by the raid leader/loot master. It says a lot about our online society that it happens so much. Is it that it’s so easy and there are absolutely NO consequences for stealing that it happens so much? Or are these same people the ones who walk into a convenience store and slip a candy bar into their pocket? I don’t think there’s any way to tell, but it’s a sad state of affairs either way.
So, what can we do to prevent this behavior in the future? Well, for one, don’t PUG with a raid leader that you don’t trust. I know there are plenty of players out there that have to PUG for one reason or another. Keep a list of the good players you’ve raided with. Another thing you could do is PUG with guilds that have a good reputation. Lastly, take control of the situation and start your own PUG by recruiting players that you know and trust.
It would be great if there was a way customer service could help with stealing. One idea I heard from a former guild mate would be if raiders could put in a group trouble ticket that a CS rep could use as evidence against the thief. It would go a long way towards ending the behavior. Until Blizzard makes a policy on it, then there’s not much we can do about it other than what I’ve mentioned above.
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