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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:15 AM

In the checkout line at Walmart

I try not to shop at Walmart too much, but it’s only a mile from my house, so last night I ran over to grab a couple of things I forgot on my regular grocery trip. I got in a checkout line behind two youngish Latino men, who were buying a week’s groceries. It was a big order of the sort of things single working men are likely to buy. We chitchatted a bit, they put the divider on the belt when there was room for my small order, and then the cashier handed them their receipt and very nicely told them THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO KEEP THEIR RECEIPT OUT TO TO BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR.

After they walked away, I asked the cashier if this was some kind of a new policy—I don’t go there too often, so it could have been. She shrugged and muttered something about a policy of checking some people. She looked embarrassed. She didn’t tell me to keep my receipt out. I’m a white grandmother type—apparently not “some people.”

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spinbaby Jun 2019 OP
bearsfootball516 Jun 2019 #1
TheBlackAdder Jun 2019 #23
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Wellstone ruled Jun 2019 #78
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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:22 AM

1. Walmart often checks receipts for large items to prevent shoplifting.

I have no idea what they were buying, but I’m a white male and many times I’ve been stopped by the greeter at the door and asked to see my receipt when I have something like a big case of bottled water, toilet paper or several packs of diapers.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:04 AM

23. It also depends on the Wal*Mart. Four are by me and one regularly checks, it's a 24-hour one.

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Needless to say, there seems to be a demographic component to it.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #23)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:40 AM

60. Mine regularly checks too.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:04 AM

64. Ahh, but they discriminate about whom the check.

I stop at Walmart each week to pick up certain food items, etc. I've never once been asked to present my receipt, yet others on their way out simultaneously as I are stopped and items counted and compared against the receipt they hold. FYI, in my area store this practice seems to be newish. I don't recall this being a practice in prior years and it seems to have started about six months ago.

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Response to Texin (Reply #64)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:27 PM

78. Your post is point on.

We have two of these so called Super Centers on our end of the Valley. After New Years the Bag Checker went away,so as a nosy person that I am,had to ask the floor Walker why the change. Ah ha,several shoppers went to the North Las Vegas City Council and raised Holy Hell,and if you want your business to not fail in the Vegas Valley,you do not discriminate in any way shape or form.

The Bag Checkers went away until June first of this year. Now they are back and here is what folks have finally figured out,all one needs to do is tell the Door Shaker,I do not have to show you my Receipt. Or are you accusing me of stealing,and if you are,make my day.

And yes Wal Mart amped up their B,S. this week,this will come back to bite them.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:09 PM

89. Please explain this to me...?


You go through the checkout lane..The checker looks at what you've
bought as she runs it past the scanner...etc..How could anything get by
them as they sack your stuff? Or are these items that gets grabbed after
paying..as they head toward the exit...?..

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #89)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:52 PM

93. There are organized shoplifting rings...

...which depend on a cashier working with them to avoid scanning certain items.

Another scheme is to swap UPC’s and to distract the cashier to avoid having them notice.

There is nothing in either of these schemes which is going to look like someone is stealing stuff.

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #89)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:20 PM

97. Self-checkouts

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:22 AM

2. Sometimes I am stopped on my way out of a Walmart for a bag and receipt check.

I'm a 63 year old white male.

Also, based on my experience, the bag and receipt check at Walmarts vary by location. I've been stopped and checked at my current location, but not at previous locations.

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Response to Quemado (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:50 AM

73. Just an FYI: If you go through a cashier line, and they make a mistake, you will be arrested.

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Wal*Mart will call the cops on people who go through a cashier processed order.

They will still try to charge the purchaser with theft, even though you are looking away. So verify the cashier.


I think they do this to see if there might be a relationship between the cashier and purchaser, giving free stuff.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:26 AM

3. I've been checked at my local WalMart every week for

the past month. I am a white, 66 year old woman. Last week, the person in front of me was not checked. She was a 20 something with a toddler and a cart full of items that were not in bags. The checker said to me “We let some people go on by.”

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Response to livetohike (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:58 AM

17. I've never been checked

I had no idea they even did this. And I’m in the same demographic as you.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:34 AM

5. White male here

and I can't remember the last time I was checked at Walmart before going out the door. Costco all the time because that's their policy.
Walmart "greeters" have rarely even seen fit to make sure I wasn't sneaking anything out the door.

Now, airport additional security screenings, that's another story. I seem to get selected "randomly" there quite often.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:39 AM

8. I've been checked for some purchases

Full disclosure - white male here. When I've bought a big ticket item, I have been checked. When I have gone through the self check out, I have been checked. When I have had a cart full of groceries, I have been checked.

But when I have a few bags of sundries or a few groceries and have gone through a cashier line, I have not been checked.

Where I live the greeters seem to have become a thing of the past and replaced by good-byers.

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Response to Generic Brad (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:22 AM

28. Hate self check out

I won't do it. Folks are losing their jobs because folks do self check out.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #28)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:49 AM

50. I'm with you. I hate self checkouts and avoid them like the plague.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #28)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:13 AM

57. I LOVE self checkout. I rarely have more than a few things. I dont want to wait behind a cartload.

And the "less than 20" is always lined up

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:34 AM

6. Standard practice at my WM for all.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:36 AM

7. here in Bristol,tn

we only get checked if we have an item that cannot be put in a bag. Of course when Nascar comes to town,they check EVERYONE. funny how that works


Koz

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:40 AM

9. Costco does that.....I have no problem with it.....

Because I am an honest person. Even when I se a restroom, I show what is in my bag at other stores as sell as the receipt.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:04 AM

65. I think the OP was worried that they only do it with people of color.

Not that a policy to check everyone is bad. I have no problem with Costco, either.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:27 AM

71. Costco is consistent

My local store checks everyone's receipts. And I'm perfectly okay with that because it's a blanket policy affecting everyone equally.

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Response to Boomer (Reply #71)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:33 PM

109. Yep, everytime, & Sams too. But ive never seen checking

@walmart

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:17 PM

83. Costco can do it because it's a clause in your membership

They are a private store. Fuck Wal-Mart. It's an unlawful search. If you came to my house would you be okay with me searching your wallet to make sure you didn't steal my credit card? It's complete nonsense and I always tell then No. I only shop there about 2 times a year. Hate that store and all it represents.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #83)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:59 PM

95. If you have a sign in your house...

...stating that you will be checking my wallet, and that my use of your premises is contingent on that, then, yeah, you get to set the rules and I can choose not to hang out in your house.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #95)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:58 PM

105. Walmart has no such sign

Nonsense

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:40 AM

10. I recently went to a Wal-Mart store in Virginia with my granddaughter. There was someone checking

receipts at the door when we left. Apparently, it was common practice there as most shoppers presented their receipts without being asked.

I've never encountered this at our local Wal-Mart, but it is always done at Sam's Club stores.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:41 AM

11. They have NO AUTHORIZATION to check your receipt

They do at Sam's Club and Costco, but you sign a membership that says they can.

You can tell them "no thanks" and keep walking.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:01 AM

20. +1. Calm Man Successfully Buys TV And Denies Walmart Receipt Checkers:

https://consumerist.com/2011/03/calm-man-successfully-buys-tv-and-denies-walmart-receipt-checkers.html

After work I stopped by the Walmart to pick up a TV for my girlfriend. After circling the whole store in search of the bathroom before realizing it was right next to the entrance, I made my way back to the Electronics section and picked out a TV quickly. I wanted a midsize Vizio, so I chose the 37″ 1080p Eco model. I purchased the TV with my debit card at one of the rear registers about 20 feet away, and walked to the front of the store carrying the box in both hands.

I made it through the first set of doors into the front atrium of the store, but before reaching the outer doors I heard a man say “Sir?” I turned and faced Tony, the receipt checker.

Tony: May I see your receipt?
Me: No thanks!
Tony: Oh, ok.

I turned and continued walking towards to automatic doors. Tony called again, so I turned back.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:22 AM

30. That's what I do.

I paid for my stuff, I have my receipt, they have the electronic scanners that you have to walk through. I'm not rude but I don't stop and I say no thank you and continue my way home.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #11)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:35 AM

38. Why would anyone refuse to let them check the receipt?

They're trying to deal with increased thefts. There's no reason to give them a hassle about a quick check of a receipt....unless, of course, you're one of the thieves.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #38)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:48 AM

49. I agree.

No problem showing my receipt. I am a white, older female. Shoplifting makes items more costly for everyone, so why not show a receipt?. The people are just doing their jobs. No reason to be rude.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #49)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:50 AM

51. Exactly. The cost of theft adds to the costs of the items. It hurts us all.

If I had to work to pay for my stuff, I resent thieves waltzing in and stealing stuff, adding to MY cost.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #51)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:57 AM

75. Thank you. Some posters here act like they're highly insulted that anyone asks to see the receipt.

The entitlement is strong in some people.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #75)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:20 PM

84. You mean like the people who unlawfully demand to see your receipt?

And dig through your bags when they have no legal right to do it?

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #38)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:14 PM

81. Because they have no right

Why would You? Even at Costco they are respectful and don't paw through your bags. Wal-Mart greeters happily touch your shit and dig around. It's my stuff and I don't want them pawing it. Period.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #38)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:28 PM

90. Because I'm a customer, not a thief.

 

I've already paid for the stuff, so it's mine. They want to try to treat me like a thief? Fuck them. They have no right to search my stuff.
It's not a matter of entitlement, it's a matter of dignity and respect. I give it, I expect it in return.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #38)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:02 PM

106. Why would anyone refuse a warrant-less police search?

They're trying to deal with increased crime. There's no reason to give them a hassle about a quick check of your house....unless, of course, you're one of the criminals.

[/sarcasm]

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:42 AM

12. Ah, who remembers the great circuit city fascist regime receipt check of 2007?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:50 AM

14. Neither link works.

So, how did it end?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:18 AM

25. Depends on what you mean by "it"

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #25)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:33 PM

92. The DU2 archives suck.

 

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The reply trees are gone as well as the indentations. Looks worse than the cave.

Edit - Some dumb-fuck alerted this as a "divisive group attack". Alert stalkers am stoopid.

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Response to pintobean (Reply #92)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 03:43 PM

114. Wait...

someone alerted "the DU2 archives suck" as a divisive group attack?

Lol.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #114)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 06:20 PM

115. What a sad waste

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #25)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 02:53 PM

113. After this, therefor because of this, eh?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:35 PM

79. Just skimmed over it

In our defense, those were the days of Bush/Cheney, the Patriot Act - there was a lot more discussion of such things. Now it looks like we are no longer even concerned about a civil rights aspect, but a racial discrimination aspect. It's Trumpism now.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:46 AM

13. Why are you avoiding Walmart?

Funny how when I run into someone at Walmart, I usually get, "Hey, I never usually shop here...". Seems some don't want to be seen at Walmart but "sneak" in to grab some bargains. Their Superstores have grocery sections that have good products at good prices. But don't be seen there....

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Response to ksoze (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:56 AM

16. Good products at good prices is Aldi for me

When I need mayonnaise for tomorrow’s potato salad and Aldi is closed, it’s Walmart. I don’t approve of Walmart in general.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:36 AM

41. I don't have an Aldi in my city. We have Walmart. Several of them. nt

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:57 PM

87. I WISH we had an Aldi. n/t

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Response to ksoze (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:01 AM

19. Liberals do not like to support Wally World because they pay their employees

the lowest of wages, so much so, that many full time Walmart employees are reported to qualify for food stamps, and other public assistance, while the billionaire Arkansas cracker ownership is drowning in wealth they will not share with their employees. Basically, that have always treated their employees like crap.

Additionally, the vast majority of the store merchandise is cheap junk and crap from
China, and not made in America like Wally World tries to espouse. Wally World also has the reputation of driving thousands of Mom and Pop stores out of business country wide.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #19)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:24 AM

31. Walmart starts at $11 per hour.

There are plenty of other businesses that pay a lot less. There are also other reasons to hate Walmart for but they got the message and raised their wages.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #19)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:43 AM

44. Walmart carries the same electronics that Best Buy does...

just not as much of it, and the lower end ones. I got my current ASUS laptop there several years ago. Good laptop.

Kitchen gadgets, paper & plastic kitchen products, groceries...it's the same stuff they all carry, except each store has its own store brands.

A lot of it is made in China. Just like much of every other store's products are made in China.

I'd prefer WMT not exist, but when there are several WalMarts near me, the takeover has been done already. You sort of have to shop there, or the expensive "specialty" grocery store down the street, which I won't shop at.

The way to stop big box store takeover is to stop them before they open. Where I used to live, my area was able to prevent a new WalMart opening up in the nice area. It had to be re-zoned or something. We were able to prevent it. Once it's done, though, it's done.

Walmart isn't much different from other big box stores, like Home Depot, Lowe's, Stine's, etc. Big box has taken over. It's sad but true. But I shop at Walmart because it's the only full service store near me with decent prices. There's Market Basket, with lower inventory and selections, and higher prices. There's Rouse's, a pricey store aimed at the wealthy. Other than that, I have to travel 20 miles to get to a Kroger's or Albertson's.

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Response to ksoze (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:23 PM

85. Why wouldn't you?

They are the poster child for capitalism gone bad. 75% of their employees are on government assistance because they don't pay a liveable wage. Corporate welfare so the Walton clan can live like royalty and you pay for it when you shop there. We all pay for it through our taxes.

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Response to ksoze (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:57 PM

94. I avoid Walmarts simply because thier stores are too big to 'just run in and grab some...

thing'...I wish that we still had that local grocery store by the house...small store, but had most of the things I needed and it was easy to run in and out.

Walmart is just too big. Their prices aren't that great either.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:54 AM

15. Costco always checks receips. But, is it useless?

There are, maybe 50 items in the cart. I am sure the employee doesn't count the number of lines on the receipt and then count the number of items in the cart.

I won't complain because it is providing someone with a job.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:58 AM

18. Home Depot checks all receipts

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nothing wrong with this policy IF they check EVERYONE'S receipt. Not just those they think look suspicious. i.e. dark skinned.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #18)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:45 AM

46. My local Home Depot doesn't check receipts.

I guess it varies by city.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #46)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:33 AM

59. Must be

I am in a big city.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #59)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:13 AM

67. The only Home Depot in the City Of St. Louis doesn't do it.

 

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Response to pintobean (Reply #67)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:44 AM

72. Hmm?

guess it is store by store.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #46)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:01 PM

76. Mine doesn't either.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:02 AM

21. The receipt checking is policy

a lot of stores do it (Costco, Walmart, sam's). It's a way to further 'engage' with a customer.

The cashier informing one to keep the receipt out is not policy. That's seems where the racism occurred in this situation. (Embarrassed at the policy or being called out for racism?)

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Response to Alpeduez21 (Reply #21)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:03 PM

101. The manager at my local Walmart said

That they want their cashiers to tell every customer to keep their receipts handy to be checked at the door. They just started this within the last two months, after the remodel where they tore out the lanes and put in the new Pick Up area.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:03 AM

22. I was told it was for checking non-bagged items.

I ran into it the first time a few weeks ago. I guess it makes sense.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:13 AM

24. My last trip to Walmart a couple of years ago

I had a return so I had to wait for the wanded employee to check my bag before I came in. While I was waiting, a Hispanic woman’s purchases were being gone through and checked item by item on the receipt. I looked at both and said “if that were me, I’d make you walk to the service desk and you could check my receipt as they scanned my purchases so they could give me a refund. I simply refuse to do business with anyone that treats me like a thief”. The wanded guy scowled. I don’t think the lady spoke English. I left and returned my item up the road and have never set foot in one again.
Thing is, people do not have to allow someone to go through their purchases. Those items belong to them. Just say no thank you when they ask and keep walking.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #24)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:48 AM

48. I blame the thieves, not the stores.

I don't begrudge stores for responding to a real problem by checking receipts. If thieves didn't do what they do, the receipts wouldn't be checked.

Just the fact that they check receipts is a deterrent to thievery.

Just a couple of months ago I read about a theft at the local WalMart. The guy went in, took stuff off the shelf, then ran out...on camera and all. Obvious theft. He didn't care. When they go fast like that, you don't have time to catch them. They're on camera, but unlikely they'll ever be caught.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:18 AM

26. I've never been checked. SMH

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:21 AM

27. Walmart dumped their old "door greeter" system earlier this year

and changed that position to more of a checker at the door. A lot of the retired folks were dumped to make it happen.

Like you I try to avoid Walmart as much as I can (maybe finally figured out how to do it.). I am nearing 70 white guy in a rural area of Iowa. Since their policy change I have been checked every time I go in to any of the local Walmarts. We have 5 to choose from in different towns.

I usually buy eye drops, pop and water and very little else at Walmart, so it is really a joke to check me, but they do. Often it feels confrontational - that may be coming from me, though. I really resent it.

In a few years the checkouts will be gone and everything will be done on an RFID system that will scan your basket as you go out the door. I can hardly wait. {snark}

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:22 AM

29. 80 yr old white female, often checked nt

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:25 AM

32. Sorry-white, I get checked. Go to Costco. Get checked every time.

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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #32)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:31 AM

35. That is key to their big packaging thing and minimal shoplifting costs

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Response to empedocles (Reply #35)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:55 AM

53. I would think so. They do not have door sensors. Do they have store detectives?

Excuse me sir, is that a roast shoved down the front of your pants?

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:27 AM

33. White middle aged woman here and I always get asked to see the receipt

at Walmart, and Costco. The Walmart thing is somewhat new. I was miffed about it since not everyone gets asked, but I always do (and I have blue eyes and blonde hair).

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:29 AM

34. They did it at Sam's also. I have not been a member there for several years, but just about everyone

was checked going out the door. That is not why I am no longer a member. I just don't need those large quantities anymore.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:32 AM

36. I go to WalMart regularly. Yes, they randomly check receipts. Even mine, a white older female...

I'm white, over 60, female, I dress cleanly & nicely. WMT has started checking receipts on a random basis. I noticed it last year, after they'd had a year of more than usual thefts (people walking out with items, not having paid for them).

Even before then, they'd check your receipt if you were carrying certain kinds of things that are stolen a lot, like electronics. When I bought a laptop there a couple of years ago, they checked my receipt.

People are paranoid about being singled out because of race, but really, stores care about theft. Most of the WMT employees at one store I go to are AA. When the AA employee checks my receipt, is it because of my race? Well, I can't read her mind, so I can't be sure. But I know that when I go to Sam's or WMT, my receipt will probably be checked, and I'm okay w/that.

It's the way of the world, now. Because of thieves. I don't blame the stores.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #36)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:27 AM

70. Same demographic here - and I see random checks

Not more for any particular skin color.

As with Costco or Sam's Club, I have learned to keep my receipt out until I am out the door.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:33 AM

37. South Central LA Walmart

Everyone gets checked. The Torrance, CA, Walmart? Spot checking for "certain" groups.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:35 AM

39. I always have the receipt ready, I've been checked once in the last year. They usually just

wave me through. 42 year old white lady.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:36 AM

40. I don't think it was a racist thing.....

I get checked sometimes also. Seems to depend how many items I have or types of items.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:39 AM

42. They check receipt more if items are not bagged.



but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some racial/ethnic profiling going on, too.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:42 AM

43. Costco checks everyone. Walmart and Lowe's check randomly

 

I just ignore them and walk past them at Lowe's and Walmart. I've never had anyone try to stop me after I've passed.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:43 AM

45. From all the stories seen here, it must be the fear component they want to instill.....

in an attempt to scare off a large percentage of shoplifters.

I would bet that Wally World is having a serious "shrinkage" problem nation-wide and this is their attempt to reduce that rather than hire real security personnel and deal with police and the courts.

KY...........

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:46 AM

47. I often get my receipt checked at Walmart

I'm a 73 year old disabled white guy.
And I often see others asked for their receipt.
Doesn't bother me.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:51 AM

52. I had one ask, "Do you have a receipt?"

 

I said, "yes" and just kept walking.

Or I usually use my police voice and ask them very loudly, "ARE YOU CALLING ME A THIEF?"

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:10 AM

54. Shoplifting is so bad at our Walmart they installed one way gates at the front.

Once you're in, you have to go out past a checkout now.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:11 AM

55. I get checked if i have unbagged items. Especially if thats all thats in the basket

If you were just buying a couple things, it was likely bagged.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:12 AM

56. hem

our walmart became a supercenter a number of years ago. a year ago they started checking recipts due to "spillage" a fancy word for theft.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:17 AM

58. Screw Walmart

 

I am 71 years old and have been in a Walmart twice. The only reason; they were the only store open in my small community and I needed something to keep my basement from flooding and I forget the other reason.

I shop local markets that grow their own stuff, and buy meat from a local butcher. I would shop at Whole Foods if there was one close to me. I buy everything I can from my small local stores, including appliances. I also insist on made in America, or at least, assembled in America for my big ticket items like automobiles. More people would be working today were it not for Walmart.

People underestimate how much poison they are putting in their bodies.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:53 AM

61. This happened to me while traveling

I think its just random checks, or maybe they didn't like the way I looked, old & disheveled . Anyway, they pointed to a table of free donuts so that took the edge off. Later that week I stopped in, seen the same guy stop a young family in front of me to check, I asked him why are the checking and was told they check if anything is unbagged, can't remember if i had anything unbagged when i was checked but I wasn't checked this time.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:54 AM

62. Our local Walmart scans the barcode at the bottom of every receipt.

The person was doing it didn't miss a single customer, regardless of race. When I asked why they're doing it, she said it had to do with inventory control to prevent people from using the same receipt on two or more different visits to sneak additional products out.

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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #62)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:46 PM

80. Yep, this is actually a big problem ... DO NOT drop your receipt outside the store or toss in

the garbage cans at the store.

There are thieves that grab receipts from outside stores, then go in, pick up the item on the receipt, and walk up and return the item using your receipt.

That's aside from people who try to re-use their own receipts to try to steal stuff.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:02 AM

63. My local Walmart has manned machine gun turrets at the exits.

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Response to LuckyCharms (Reply #63)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:08 AM

66. .

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:20 AM

68. Our Sam's Club has done this for years

And it's mostly white people in a middle-class suburban area.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:22 AM

69. BJ's Checks every receipt.

But I wonder how carefully they bother to do so. Many people have heaps of stuff in their cart and the checker guy (always a guy) can't possibly run a comparison between what's on the receipt and what's in the cart. It would take all day for people to leave the store.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:56 AM

74. It really depends on what you are buying. If you have items that aren't bagged they usually stop you

and check your receipt. I almost always get stopped if I'm buying cases of soda.

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #74)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:11 PM

77. Yes, if it's not in a bag, they check -

Also, I don't that you legally have to actually stop. It's not a club like BJ's, which also does not use bags at all generally. It's just a store.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:15 PM

82. Back in my WM days

the one type of person I was told to check everytime as door watcher was "unkempt WHITE males, especially with backpacks".

The logic: that is the profile of tweekers trying to steal and return to fund their addiction.

Would you find that to be discriminatory?

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 01:27 PM

86. I'm a white Male and I've been stopped a few times

And I always ask the same thing: do you have suspicion that I'm stealing something? Once, I set the alarm off because the cashier didn't deactivate it properly. The person that stopped me was almost manic in their quest to prove me a criminal. I said are you going to go through everything? She looked at me and said, if I have to. I went over and sat down on a bench. After about 5 minutes she lost her burst of adrenaline and let me go. The alarm sounded again but she waiver me on...

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:03 PM

88. Wal-Mart, Fry's electronics..

Checked my receipts. Wal-Mart seems to spot check... sometimes they wave me by and sometimes they check. (White female)

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:33 PM

91. There's nothing egregious here

I wasnt there to see the exchange but I've had our cart checked while leaving Wal-Mart. It doesnt happen every time so I dont know if its just random or it has to do with large amounts of items being purchased. But this isnt something where they profile some people and check them.

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Response to D_Master81 (Reply #91)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:51 PM

99. Then why wasn't that made clear?

You don't need to say "By the way, keep your receipt handy, you know, just in case!" with one customer and then mutter something barely audible to another customer.

Just say "We reserve the right to check your bags and your receipt."

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 03:34 PM

96. I'm a white female and I have to show my receipt

at lots of big box stores as I'm leaving.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:51 PM

98. Ma Barker was a white grandmother type too

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:55 PM

100. It is a new policy.

They got me last week and I'm a white, middle aged woman known in her community.

I chatted with the manager and he stated that those with large orders or unbagged items, electronic equipment, cases of beer,etc are supposed to be stopped. He also said they've told the cashiers to advise customers to keep their receipts out,just in case.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:08 PM

102. The last few times I was in a Walmart or a Sam's Club,

the things I might have bought were more expensive than buying them at my local Albertson's.

For a very long time now anyone who is paying attention knows that Walmart and Sam's Club are rarely the cheapest option out there. I honestly don't understand why anyone here on DU would ever shop at one unless there is literally no other store of any kind within some long distance.

Exception: I understand prescription meds can be a genuine bargain. Were I taking any prescriptions I might get them there.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:28 PM

103. I am as white as can be

I would say I get checked 4 out of five times. Self checkouts print receipts on blue paper; I get checked every time if I have a blue receipt.

I would say this process has been in place for at least two years.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:34 PM

104. local wallmart checks everyone

including this 60 year old white guy...

that said, I see that they check young minority men and woman much more closely (black or brown).

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:13 PM

107. Our Walmart does this regularly

I'm a white 71-year-old woman and they often check mine.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:05 PM

108. The Walmart in my town just started that about

a year ago. They mostly check black, Hispanic, and men. Yes, they do check white women and men but what I said above is the majority. I sit at the bences at the entrance while waiting for my mother to shop and this is what I see happening.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:19 AM

110. All of our Costco stores do a quick

receipt check on everyone on the way out of the store. They have for quite a few years now. There is no way they actually check thoroughly. They are too quick about it.

No one seems bothered by it but everyone is looked at equally. No one goes by unchecked. They mark the receipt with a highlighter after they finish.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:32 AM

111. I still can't figue out why anyone shops

there. I wouldn’t! Don’t complain just don’t go there!

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 06:28 AM

112. That always happens at my local walmart. Blacks poor and latinos always are asked by a guy at the

door I am never asked. I am a Caucasian on a jazzy scooter.

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