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I am normally not a mean person, but yesterday I had enough. I don't go to Walmart too often, but yesterday I took my mom because there was something she wanted (she can't drive). Well after $300 in goods, they stopped us at the door, and checked over our receipt. When I asked what that was about, I was told they now check all items that were not bagged - in our case, a large thing of paper towels and 2 air filters for the AC. Needless to say, I left feeling like a crook.

Well, today, I made a point to go to Walmart on the way out of town with the family; idea in mind. After the cashier checked all $250 dollars worth of stuff, on the way to the door, I dumped everything out of the bags and left them in the cart (little items too, not large ones). I stopped at the door, and waited; i asked them to check everything to make sure I wasn't stealing anything. Needless to say they weren't too thrilled.

I told the greeter if they were going to treat me like a theif over papertowels and filters, I felt it was important to check everything on the way out.

I know nothing was accomplished, but, needless to say, I feel better. Was that wrong?

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To be completely honest, it's more like you take things more personally than they are meant to be and might want to channel your energies somewhere better, like into something positive, not negative and petty. It's not like they created that rule for you. It's just business and everyone else puts up with it without making a scene. Just giving honest feedback.

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No- not evil. Butas someone who easily lets her feathers get ruffled by situations like this and who is kind of trying to reform - I think you kind of overreacted on this one. I understand where you were coming from. But I think there is a HUGE shoplifting problem in this country and it's probably worse now that no one seems to have any money. Checking receipts seems to be SOP at most of the big box stores, and they don't single people out. They do it to everyone.

That said, I understand how you feel. But you might feel more peaceful if you tried to overlook it.

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No- not evil. Butas someone who easily lets her feathers get ruffled by situations like this and who is kind of trying to reform - I think you kind of overreacted on this one. I understand where you were coming from. But I think there is a HUGE shoplifting problem in this country and it's probably worse now that no one seems to have any money. Checking receipts seems to be SOP at most of the big box stores, and they don't single people out. They do it to everyone.

That said, I understand how you feel. But you might feel more peaceful if you tried to overlook it.

You're probably correct...

I don't think I took it personally more than it just aggravates me. I guess I don't understand the wisdom of stopping everyone that walks out the door with a big package of paper towels (or something similar) that is sitting on top of items that were bagged by the checkers. It seems to me, those labor hours could be used elsewhere more efficiently, or not at all. I mean they don't even prosecute for items less than 50 dollars anymore.

I'm don't get offended easily, so I don't think that was it. I know its their job, and they probably don't like doing it either. I guess I would expect them to have a little discretion.

Maybe this little getaway will help...

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Last time this happened to me, it was at best buy. By coincidence, the woman in the line behind me at the check out...well dressed, executive type..was bumping me with her cart, sighing disgustedly, tapping her foot. Obviously, in a great hurry. The hard drive I was buying wasn't in the register's price list, so they had to send someone off to the back room to get a price. The woman was fuming, and said something under her breath, which of course, I was intended to hear, to the effect of "damn, you'd think people would have enough brains to get one with a price on it".

Okay, so when I finallyy did get to the package checker, I whispered "Dude, I'm not sure, but I think I saw the lady being me put a cell phone in her purse"...and walked out.

Now...that's evil...

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I was reading an article about Walmart's greeters (don't remember where) it mentioned that they have the greeters say hi to everyone, and check receipts to make it obvious to ppl that they are watching you. :roll:

99% of the time if there is a long line because the greeter they have checking receipts can hardly read, I just go around and out the other door.

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At my WM, they are all old and pretty friendly. I've noticed them checking unbagged stuff against receipts for Hispanic people, well-dressed white people, young, and elderly. But I'm sure their actions vary depending on the store. It's a pain but probably, sadly, necessary.

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Last time this happened to me, it was at best buy. By coincidence, the woman in the line behind me at the check out...well dressed, executive type..was bumping me with her cart, sighing disgustedly, tapping her foot. Obviously, in a great hurry. The hard drive I was buying wasn't in the register's price list, so they had to send someone off to the back room to get a price. The woman was fuming, and said something under her breath, which of course, I was intended to hear, to the effect of "damn, you'd think people would have enough brains to get one with a price on it".

Okay, so when I finallyy did get to the package checker, I whispered "Dude, I'm not sure, but I think I saw the lady being me put a cell phone in her purse"...and walked out.

Now...that's evil...

No I think that's great! :lol:

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I have a friends who works at wal-mart. (though, I've never had a recipt checked walking out of the store). He has some very interesting stories about just how horrible that place is.

The plumbing burst and sewage system backed up. Instead of closing down the store and getting an emergency plumber...they closed down the restrooms for a week (which has raw sewage on the floor) and made the employees go across the street to go to the toilet.

Another situation...hick walks into the store and ask the sporting good dept if he can buy a gun even though he just got out of jail. (dear god...dumb crook)

If the employee messes up mixing paint...instead of selling the color at a reduced price they were dumping them down the toilet.

people steal TV's by just walking out of the store with them.

One employee stole tons of merchandise by hiding it in the dumpster and then coming back at night to dig the items out.

One lady insisted a on having a key made when there was no matching blank (so the new key didn't work). She kept returning and having another key made...still no matching blank...she did that 5 times before she finally believed the worker that the blank wouldn't work. (Shape of the blank is important)

Finally, a mother yelled at my friend when he took a package away from her small son, that wasn't paid for, that the child was throwing down the isle...with his mom standing there watching him destroy the merchandise.

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See, I think this might be something fairly new at some of the Wal-Mart stores. At least around here. They typically don't check on stuff unless the buzzer goes off.

However, they've been doing this at Sam's for years. You can't get out the door without them looking at your receipt and gawking over your cart.

I still remember the time that a guy tried to walk out the entrance of a walmart going directly in front of customer service while carrying a chainsaw. That took balls and a lack of brains. I remember my dad saying he was yelling at the associates to do something and they just stood there like zombies. A couple of them did go after the guy and they tackled him in the parking lot.

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do what i do...refuse to shop at walmart.

when you do, you support a system that exploits people in other countries for labor at 18 cents an hour.

when you do, you are sending 18 BILLION american dollars to china each year.

i could go on....

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