So I rewatched the first Terminator (1984) as well as Terminator 2 (1991) and am baffled by why the terminators—specifically the T-800’s played by Arnold Schwarzenegger—both attacked innocent people right away to steal their clothes after arriving in the past naked instead of stealing them from a store. Looking for an in-universe explanation.
Okay, walking around naked is not a good way to be discreet and will definitely draw attention to you. Fine, I get that; these naked robot soldiers need clothes to fit in.
But these are supposedly infiltration machines, right? They are designed to blend in with the environment they are in and make use of the weaponry around them to perform their mission. Why not just program the T-800 to head over to a clothing store or thrift shop and steal clothes from the store? In the great scheme of things, security footage of a naked guy stealing clothes from a random store might be weird but would be almost understandable/excusable, right? The straight out assault of an innocent person would only draw more attention to you so why do it so soon after arriving in the past?
Also, note that when the T-1000—played by Robert Patrick—arrives in Terminator 2 it almost makes sense why he would attack a cop in a desolate roadway area to get an identity; it wouldn’t draw much attention in this case. But in the case of the T-800, the guy is really creating a scene and drawing attention to himself in the process. Why? Is there an in-universe explanation for this behavior?