|01-01-2009, 10:37 PM||#111|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Charlotte, NC
|01-01-2009, 11:03 PM||#112|
Win, Lose or Die
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Canton, Michigan
Wow. As sad as it is, it's very common.
I was in a TRU not that long ago, doing some shopping. Now, 2 things to know: 1)I'm a pretty average looking dude and 2)I was shopping for my neices and my bud's son.
I spent a lot of time, getting Joes, DC figures, kiddie clothes, Vtech stuff, just a bunch of stuff. Must have been about $300 to $400 total of product in my basket. I was there for a while (I had a list), and was going back to the same areas a lot, switch out sizes or clothes, etc. Eventually I notice a TRUer walking behind me mumbling into a walky. As I turn and look at him, he immediately turns away. As I turned around, he continued his following of me. Finally, after about 10 minutes of this cat and mouse chase, I turn around suddenly and and ask him if there is a probelm. He mumbles "no" and begins to walk away. Seconds later, 2 employess approach form the other directon. One of them asks me to come with him, while the other grabs my cart. When I ask what the probably is, the response I get is that I was harrasing and employee and and suspected of stealing!!! I politely informed him that this was ridiculous. His response: "We'll see, buddy. We're going to the office to look at the tape." I stopped right there and then and asked for the manager, who ws already stalking over to me like I was public enemy #1. They went round and round with me, until I finally snapped! I took off my coat right there, emptied my pockets on to the counter (this is in front of a bunch of customers, mind you). Of course, there was no product at all. The employees and manager looked very silly. I told them to wait a second, and called my best friends brother, who just happens to be a lawyer. He said he would be right over. I then told the manager that, and she paled visably. I told her: "Let's go look at that tape now," and she said it wasn't necessary. I explained that my lawyer and myself were going to review it, and that they were in a ton of trouble, as 2 of the employees had touched me. I also offered to call the police to assist with the investigation, as I am sure they'd love to waste their time on this. I also opened my wallet, revelaing $500 in cash that I was going to use to pay for my purchase. I told them to keep their junk, that they do not deserve my business. I then waited for my lawyer to show up so I could watch them squirm. When he got there, he basically ripped them to shreds. It was hilarious. Obvioulsly I didn't sue or anything, but I got the DMs number and the next day had a conversation with him for about an hour. I ended up geting a Gift Card out of it (not that it was ever my plan) and buy stuff there all the time. Nobody messes with me anymore.
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|01-01-2009, 11:23 PM||#113|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Greenville, SC
They are just doing their jobs. Mind you, its a stupid practice, but they have to make a living somehow. I am sure TRU employees do not wake up in the morning and say....hmmmm how many weirdo collectors can I mess with today?
Just enjoy the hobby and to heck with the haters. I am 35 year old and I don't give a damn what people think about my collection.
|01-01-2009, 11:26 PM||#114|
Join Date: Dec 2008
That is awesome!!!
|01-01-2009, 11:28 PM||#115|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hisstank Wrestling Federation!
|01-01-2009, 11:52 PM||#116|
Join Date: Nov 2008
I think if they would put their hand on me I would have to over exaggerate that and fall to the ground and yell "stop beating me Im just trying to shop for toys for my kids birthdays","oh why, why, why". "please dont hit me again, I have done nothing wrong".
|01-02-2009, 12:07 AM||#117|
So much drama 'n the LBCs
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
I'm pretty sure I've looked suspicious before in stores, as I carry an iPhone with me and get emails or texts almost constantly, thus I slip the phone in and out of my pocket quite regularly while Joe-hunting... I also frequent the same stores a lot when I am in hunting mode, so I assume that return visits with empty arms upon leaving could look suspicious... I'm in the same boat with others who would actually BUY shit if they'd just stock it, instead of leaving empty-handed. I don't enjoy entering and leaving stores empty-handed, my intentions on going are to buy something, but that "something" is 9-times-out-of-10 not in stock.
I used to work retail though, and it's an engrained habit of mine to straighten stuff in aisles, which paired with my OCD-ness, could seem suspicious as well.
More often than not though, the most obnoxious thing, is that I apparently STILL look "retail-y"... My job is "anything goes" for attire, so I'm always dressed in something like a polo or long-sleeve t-shirt with jeans or slacks, and I CONSTANTLY get asked if I can help people... NEVER go into a Target with a red polo on, it's super obnoxious how many product-related inquiries you'll get.
|01-02-2009, 02:24 AM||#118|
Join Date: Sep 2007
LMAO @ "Code Geoffrey"..
|01-02-2009, 02:35 AM||#119|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Paradise Estate
Unless they have concrete evidence of you shoplifting, ie they see you put it into your pocket with their own eyes or on video, and you leave the property - they have no legal right to try to stop you. Even then, at worst, all they can do is ask you to hang around until the cops show up. they're try to scare you with their rent-a-cops but they have no legal right to touch you or search you. There is next to nothing they can do to you, really, except call the cops on the sly and have the cops stop you outside. And unless they have you on camera or if someone actually saw you steal, they have nothing to prove you stole at all. Accusing you or asking you to empty your pockets is libel or slander or whatever it's called. It's private property technically, despite the fact that it is a public place, so they can ask you to leave ... but it's all about what they're willing to get sued for. Welcome to retail.
I get discriminated against all the time in toy stores ... it's mostly gender discrimination in my case because I'm checking out Joes and not Ponies.
Last edited by The Baroness; 01-02-2009 at 02:48 AM..
|01-02-2009, 02:40 AM||#120|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Knoxville, TN, USA
I know how you feel. I was at Target recently and noticed the security guard had been following me around the store. Ifinally turned around and said can I help you? He said "I saw you put something under your coat. What are you trying to hide?" I said the only thing you saw me put in my coat was I put my cellphone in it's case on my belt. They made me take my coat off and show them. Then to top it all off, they tried to thrpw me out of the store because I had my pistol on my belt. I have a handgun carry permit and they do NOT have any "no firearms' SIGNS POSTED. I will never go to that Target again.
Last edited by bikerdude2k4; 01-02-2009 at 03:06 AM..
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