My mother never let us kids eat anything in the store before she paid for it, and I do the same with my son. I have made it clear to him we don't eat things in the store, and to wait untill we get to the car now he never asks to eat anything in the store, he just asks "can I eat a granola bar when we get to the car?" That's just us, and I feel more comfortable doing things this way because there has been times I couldn't actually pay for my groceries (declining cards) I couldn't imagine having to explain how I opened up shit while shopping and figuring out how I'm going to pay now LOL.
As for this story, this was definately overkill to take their child away, and the arrest etc. I don't see why they just didn't let them pay for the damn food and be done with it.
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I must confess that I did something much like this recently. I was in the store with my girlfriend and both of us were starving. We got two different Tastykakes and ate them as we shopped. The difference is that I made sure to pay for them once we got in line. I even went through the shopping cart bent on finding the wrappers.
Nowadays I might drink a soda or tea as I shop. When I want to do this I grab the drink, ring it up quickly, ask for a Paid sticker and sometimes use that to hold the receipt on it. Theres never been a problem but I dont want one either.
Mmm. Tastykakes. What kind?
I used to work at a Candy Store in high school, which charged you by the weight of your bag - you could put whatever candy you wanted, but you paid $3.99 per pound.
We had the occasional "grazer", and there was no mistake where they could bring a wrapper & asked to be charged for the extra they ate - we just added a $1 or so to their total. Most either didnt notice, but some asked what the charge was for & we blatantly explained that we charged them for the NOT FREE candy they chose to consume & must have "forgot" to mention.
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I find it interesting how some stores handle shop lifting. Some really do nothing at all, other (like this one) go way overboard.
I'm in the few that believe this kind of behavior is inappropriate. They couldn't purchase the sandwiches, eat them and then do their shopping? On top of the fact that it IS stealing, it's just gross. Who wants to eat while pushing around a shopping cart and picking up things in the store?
This reminds me of a story from when I worked at a Harry and David store. H&D is big on letting people sample things so any time someone would ask what something tasted like or what our opinion was on a product we would most likely either have it open for them to try or would just open it right there for them. This one time this idiot tourist woman came in pushing a stroller and picks up a bag of Wasabi Peas. She busts it open and eats some. She then proceeds to come over to me and say, "Wow, these are really spicy." I said, "Yes, wasabi is a Japanese horse radish"
She hands the bag back to me and says, "Well I can't give these to my grand daughter so I don't want them" and walks out the store.
I mean, SERIOUSLY??? You don't walk into a grocery store and open something then put it back on the shelf because you don't like it (although, I'm getting the feeling that some people do). Bitch should've been made to pay for it.
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I used to give my kids the first slice of the loaf of bread to eat while we were shopping, but I always double checked to make sure I hadn't forgotten my wallet and quit once they got beyond the toddler phase. I don't think I would go so far as to do it with a whole sandwich, but as long as a person pays for it, I don't see it as a big deal. It becomes shoplifting when you leave the store without paying for an item. That was the law when I worked retail, so that's what I go by
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I keep going back to the fact that they bought $50 worth of groceries. Why would the store think they intentionally meant to steal the sandwiches? It would have been so much better for the store to point out the oversight, let them pay and be on their way. So what happened to the groceries they did buy? Did they spoil because the store detained them?
Eh, just because they spent $50 doesn't mean they wouldn't try to skim $5 off their bill. They couldn't just walk out with everything without paying.
I think I mentioned earlier in this thread, Pippin's stories about "forgetting" to pay for beer in the grocery store. Same difference. People try to get away with crap like this and then play innocent if they're caught.
Do I think the store overreacted? Yes. Do I believe they "forgot" to pay? Not likely.
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i work as a cashier and lots of people do this (eat stuff and "forget" to mention it). most of the time it's parents giving their kids a pretzel to eat and by the time they're at the cash desk, the pretzel is mostly gone. i always put the stuff on their bill if they "forget" to mention it and i see it, and when i tell them something like "...and a pretzel..." some even act all bitchy like "oh, i thought it was obvious so i didn't tell you". yeah right, fuck you. i can tell the difference very well between someone who genuinely forgets something in their shopping cart and someone who deliberately doesn't tell me.
sorry for the mini-rant.
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