Walmart Asks You To Please Have Your Receipt Ready

So as to mentally prime shopper drones to show their papers, a MI Walmart has taped a sign to its cash registers asking them to keep their receipts out for the greeters.

However, when our tipster Jason reached the exit, there was no one there checking receipts.


“I’ve never been checked at any Walmart that I’ve been to yet,” writes Jason, “but that day where where I have to make a scene will come eventually.”

Maybe Jason should start a local chapter of the National Receipt Association (NRA). “I’ll give you my receipt when you take it from my cold, dead hands!”


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  1. Darrone says:

    They will greet your receipt with much skepticism, then they will lightly greet your down, looking for any contraband. At this point you will be release- i mean, thanked for shopping at Walmart.

    • gparlett says:

      What is this I don’t even….

    • vastrightwing says:

      So wait! WalMart won’t allow an employee to stop a thief from exiting the store, yet has no problem trying to coerce someone to show their receipt? Please reconcile this for me.

      The thief has already taken merchandise out of the store and should be stopped. The customer leaving the store without showing his receipt has done nothing wrong. Yet, the customer is inconvenienced, not the thief. OK.

      Question, what happens if someone is found to have actually stolen something after checking that his receipt does not include that 50″ plasma TV? “Oh, since you stole that TV, you are free to leave now?” Huh?

      • squirrel says:

        Remarkably similar to gun control laws, actually. The laws don’t inconvenience the criminal in any way, but do so for the law-abiding citizen.

        Wal-Mart does not expect the average person to object, plain and simple. A criminal could get violent and do something leading to someone getting hurt and… lawsuit!

    • Anonymously says:

      You can’t really call them greeters anymore. How about “keepers of the bridge of death” instead?

  2. qwickone says:

    Why is the mentality “I’ll have to make a scene”? I just say smile, say “no thanks”, and keep walking. I don’t even break stride. I’ve never had to make a scene. Most people are just too stunned to do anything.

    • Yankees368 says:

      i said that because you read stories of walmart employees not letting people out of the store, and illegally detaining them because they did not show a receipt. If i say “no” and they just let me walk out, then that’s the end of that.

      • qwickone says:

        I’m glad to hear that. I was thinking you were waiting for them to ask so you can say “no, I don’t have to and you can’t detain me, so neener neener”. Some people LOVE a chance to be indignant.

        • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

          Being indignant to minimum wage Walmart employees who are only doing what they are ordered to do so that they can feed themselves and their families is grade A ass hat material. They don’t even know what the first amendment is much less the fourth. They are drones, doing as they are told so they can make a buck.

          Have some empathy people!!!

          • dragonfire81 says:

            I was always told it was a civil rights issue and by refusing to show your receipt, you are protecting your civil rights instead of allowing corporations to walk all over them.

            No one is required to show a receipt unless you agree to do as a prior condition (A la Costco). If people want to exercise their rights and freedoms, that blood has been shed to protect, why should anyone care?

            • Brunette Bookworm says:

              So what about in cases like this where the policy is posted and is posted before you pay for something? Doesn’t completing the sales transaction then imply you agree with the posted policies?

              • coren says:

                They might infer that from my actions, but since it’s not a binding agreement, I don’t have to abide by it or agree to it.

          • Dallas_shopper says:

            And letting minimum-wage Wal-Mart employees walk all over you and search you like a common criminal because you feel PITY for them isn’t grade-A asshat material?

            Get over yourself, guy. I don’t care if they’re trying to feed their families; I’m still not letting them check my receipt.

          • Pax says:

            Their ignorance does not trump my rights.

          • newsbunny says:

            Speaking of Asshats. Assuming a person working at Wal-Mart has no concept of the First Amendment is just plain — stupid. Have some respect for other people.

    • qwickone says:

      P.S. I’m out the door before they even realize what’s going on. Most people will not chase you out the door nor will they touch you to stop you. Keep walking and they can’t do anything. Yes, I know there are some overzealous receipt checkers, but I bet they’re in the minority.

      I feel like some people on Consumerist live to make an issue out of things…

      • RandomHookup says:

        I am pretty sure most of the people who end up in a disagreement over the receipt aren’t looking for a confrontation…mostly, they just want to leave in peace (and one piece).

    • gparlett says:

      Making a scene shows the other customers that they don’t have to take this anymore. STAND UP my friend. Don’t simply slink out quietly.

      • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

        Stand up to receipt checking? There are far more meaningful things to stand up for. Being a douche about receipts isn’t high on most people’s lists of meaningful things. If giving someone a receipt to check makes you feel powerless, you have some deep issues,

        • peebozi says:

          Yea, i agree. First, I’ll get the Federal government to leave iraq and afganistan then, when the big issues are out of the way, I’ll start with receipt checkers. there;’s no possible way both can be done concurrently.

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      Because “no, thanks” doesn’t really cut it. In every story I’ve read, no matter how it starts, it ends with the Wal-mart employee escalating it.

      • trentblase says:

        I’ve done it a million times (ok, maybe like 50 at various places including Walmart). And people aren’t “stunned,” they’re usually preoccupied with someone else’s receipt.

      • ovalseven says:

        That’s because nobody writes stories about people who say “no thanks”, then exit peacefully. You only hear about it when it becomes a problem.

        • hey_chris says:


        • Wrathernaut says:

          And more of this.

          The Target I shopped at got that from me twice, they looked shocked the first time, same person the second time asked for it, and I haven’t had anybody ask for it after that.

          Figures though, the one time a Wal-Mart tried to check me and I gave the “No thanks” they made no scene, but had they checked it, they may have caught that I had left something at the checkstand.

          • SJPadbury says:

            No, they wouldn’t have, because they can’t possibly be really looking at it in the 2-3 seconds before they mark/punch it and send you on your way.

        • Sian says:

          I got called ‘asshole’ once for doing that at Fry’s. in hindsight, I probably could have come back and gotten the guy fired, but really, ‘receipt checker at Fry’s’ is punishment enough.

    • RayanneGraff says:

      Because the people that feel the need to ‘make a scene’ over something as insignificant as a reciept check thrive on drama.

    • Tim in Wyoming says:

      Because when I said no thank you, the greeter physically grabbed me and pulled me back in the store…

    • pantheonoutcast says:

      Because people feel powerless to fight for the real issues in this country, so they take up arms, protest, and complain about against things to make themselves feel in control.

      • kabamm says:

        Logic fail. One does not exclude the other.

      • Difdi says:

        You fight for the rights you think are important and ignore the ones you don’t care about. So does everybody else. Ever heard of united we stand, divided we fall? That piecemeal attitude about rights is the very definition of division.

        Because you think someone else is silly or even a jerk for standing up for their rights, you reduce the chances anyone will ever stand up for you in turn.

    • bill793 says:

      That is my M.O. as well..just a quick “No thank you”. I did have one checker follow me outside continually saying she needed to see my receipt, but she stopped when I started taping her on my cellphone camcorder. Now I have taken to having to phone camcorder activated and ready to record…there’s too many stories about checkers becoming physical.
      And to the “just shop elsewhere” camp, as dolomite posted below,that would mean driving ’60 miles over to the next small town and burn $15 in gas. and waste 2 hours.”

    • BETH says:

      A person who would make a scene over showing a receipt is a person who is so defeated in his personal life that he gets a sense of power from defying a Wal-Mart clerk.

      • cape1232 says:

        Making a scene is perhaps too much given other reasonable options (“No, thanks.”), but it’s hardly the dire scene you mock. Most of the situations we find ourselves in that are of such interest to readers of this site have arisen *because* it is easier to ignore the many small indignities forced on individual consumers by goliath corporate “policies”.

        Drawing a line and standing up against what you don’t like is the only way to fight the imbalance. And I’m not even talking about what’s right or wrong, just what you don’t like. Companies may have a right to check your receipt (under the right circumstances, e.g. with proper notice, with explicit consent, whatever), but that doesn’t mean we have to like it, doesn’t mean we have to accept it, and doesn’t mean we have to go meekly to the greeter receipt in hand.

      • trey says:

        i bet you got that from Freud’s mother. how sad.

    • kc2idf says:

      Say it in a foreign language for additional impact. Ideally, make it something really obscure — I like Esperanto for this. It is especially good if you can memorize a sentence or three that you can then throw out in the language of choice, even if they don’t make sense in context. Spit them out with expression of confusion or what have you.

  3. fargle says:

    Only once have I been hit – bought a bunch of fans that wouldn’t fit in the cart. Headed out, smiled at the greeter and said bye, she asked to see my receipt, I said “no thanks!” and kept moving – heard a couple of “please?”‘s behind me, but just kept walking.

    I’m sorry, but inconveniencing me to fulfill your loss prevention goals, when I haven’t signed anything saying you can, doesn’t fly. Now, if I had heard “we’ll pay you five dollars!” coming from behind me, I might have considered turning around – but I won’t be hearing that, now, will I?

    • hungrynomadiclion says:

      Trying that at my store would get you banned from the store, your information would be noted, and the police would be called if you came back. Please stop being rude and unreasonable.


      Receipt checker.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Please. How would you ban someone you don’t know? Do you keep a sketch artist on hand? Do you put their blurry CCTV picture up on the wall along with their physical description? That wall must be pretty packed. How about you tone down the hyperbole and live with us in the real world, and not your imaginary “my store is great” world.

        • XTC46 says:

          Blurry CCTV pictures? Not sure about this guy, but when I worked at CompUSA our cameras were awesome. I could see if a persons shoes were tied from halfway accorss the store. Getting a clear face image was easy in almost all cases. And unless the person paid cash, I could easily pull up the purchase based on the time stamp of the security camera.

          Piece of cake really.

        • Bayshun says:

          I don’t know about other stores, but at the Target my friend works at they have over 300 high def PTZ cameras watching the store at all times. All angles are covered. The only blind spots are where it’s illegal to have them, such as the bathrooms. The security guards study and memorize the faces of shop lifters and are able to identify them when they walk in the store. I’ve even been told of “stings” where major shoplifters return to the store, the store intercepts them, and hands them over to the police. I don’t know about other companies, but with that kind of coverage and dedication banning people from a store may not be too hard.

          • rlkelley says:

            That’s all well and good, but your liability for a false imprisonment will be through the roof if my only crime was not showing my receipt and you “handed me over” to the police when I came back. When you add the fact that at least in Texas, only Sam’s COSTCO, and other membership clubs are allowed to require it, and I could walk away rich.

            It is a shame they don’t check receipts at my Target. I would have a field day with this.

      • coren says:

        Was the rude and unreasonable request to yourself? Because doing the equivalent of accusing me of stealing is pretty rude and unreasonable.

    • j_rose says:

      I think there’s a big difference between them asking to see a receipt when your stuff is bagged, vs. when it’s loose in the cart or being carried.

  4. rbleader says:

    I don’t get it. If you don’t like a policy at a store, don’t shop there, simple enough.

    • brinks says:

      Agreed. I don’t know why there is a debate over this.

      There are plenty of reasons why I don’t shop at Walmart and this would be last on that list. However, whatever the reasons are, people don’t have to put up with this if they don’t agree. Take your dollars elsewhere. End of story.

      • dolemite says:

        Not that simple. In many areas, you shop at walmart or nowhere. Well, I guess you could drive 60 miles over to the next small town and burn $15 in gas. and waste 2 hours.

        • ChungkingXpress says:

          Pardon my west coast ignorant elitism here but…literally? are there literally places in this country where walmart is the only retailer of human needs and luxuries within a space “60 miles”? Because fine…if that is actually the case I can understand being upset (maybe even to the point of causing a scene) should you have some intense ideological hangup against their policies and literally no where else to shop…otherwise the three options on the table are: 1.) abide by their policies 2.) politely refuse or 3.) shop somewhere else. It’s blood simple…

          • dragonfire81 says:

            It’s true, there’s a town about two hours from here, pretty small, but the only major retailer there is a Wal-Mart. There are some smaller places, but the Piggly Wiggly ain’t that great of a grocery store.

          • cluberti says:

            This is the reason people who rail against Wal-Mart… rail against Wal-Mart. Especially in smaller areas, Wally world comes in, ends up undercutting many of the local businesses and eventually putting them out of business, and doesn’t pay a living wage to the employees who now have little employment options outside of the retailer unless they want to drive or live somewhere else. I’ve watched it happen, and it’s very sad (and maddening).

            The fact folks still seem to be blindsided by these sorts of happenings means it still isn’t getting the press it deserves.

            • ChungkingXpress says:

              That’s what really kills me though is the fact that people are in fact blindsided by such circumstances…capitalism is basically just economic democracy and people don’t think twice about what it is that they’re voting for…

          • ktetch says:

            Yep. That’s me!I have 3 walmarts betweet 17 and 25 miles, but any other comparable store (target) is 40+ miles.

            It was pretty much the same in the last town I lived in too. That’s Georgia on the edge of the metro area, if you’re not in a big city.

          • proscriptus says:

            Probably 40 minutes for me.

            Take a black marker and redact your receipt the moment you get it.

    • Pax says:

      When the policy contravenes the law of the land (which does not give the store the right to detain you for a receipt check), guess which one wins?

      I’ll give you three tries – and the first two don’t count.

      • danmac says:

        While this is true, the law of the land also states that the company has the right to ask you to leave the premises and bar you from returning (unless you like being charged with trespassing). This is the risk you take if you choose to exercise your “right” to not show your receipt.

        And for the record, I’m in the “you don’t have the right to ask me to show you my receipt” crowd.

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          They need a reason to “ban” you, or else they risk getting hit with a discrimination suit.

          • Pax says:

            … and if the reason is illegal or otherwise unlawful, they’d lose that suit.


          • danmac says:
            • Gtmac says:

              This story does not support an argument for the legality of banning someone because they wouldn’t show their receipt.

              The OP didn’t challenge in court the order of trespass, nor the action of the law enforcement officer in handing over his property (receipt) to the Walmart employee, but the lack of challenge doesn’t make Walmart’s (or the cop’s) actions legal precedent.

          • zegron says:

            I don’t know if I agree with you on that Steve, its still private property, I don’t need a legitimate reason to demand that you stay off my property. Its my property, I have a right to allow or disallow anyone I want, as long as I don’t violate the law in doing, i.e. a protected class. So as best as I understand the law, Wal-Mart could ban anyone for pretty much any reason they want, as long as they don’t violate the law in doing so.

            Now I’d probably enjoy Steve on my property, he always seems like someone with a good come back and I do so enjoy a little verbal sparring. As long as its kept to at least a 10th grade level. ;-)

            • Lucky225 says:

              The law, at least in California and I’m sure other States, regardless of ‘private property’, Wal-Mart and other retailers that allow the public to shop grant a public-license, and you can not ban a person without good cause. We’ve went through this before on Consumerist..

        • coren says:

          And if they want to ban me, great, do that, and I won’t be back. Of course, I’m not sure tha’ts the kind of thing Walmart really wants to do, but whatevs.

    • lizzybeans11 says:


      I hate the “I’ll can’t wait to make a scene” mentality. GET OVER YOURSELF. No one cares if you want to be an a$$hole.

    • Sarcastikate says:

      ALSO AGREED…..if you don’t like their policy, then simply don’t shop there. There’s nothing there you can’t find somewhere else. It takes mere seconds out of my life to show the stupid receipt and be on my way (although I acknowledge that you who would rather spend your precious time indignantly arguing and making a scene are much more important than I).

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      Agreed. All of the people here who KNOW Walmart checks receipts yet still shop there and hope, maybe one day, they can tell someone “No” when they are asked for a receipt puzzle me. Why are you shopping there if you disagree with their policies? You say not showing a receipt is you “right” but obviously a potentially cheaper price is enough for you to give up that “right.”

    • Bionic Data Drop says:

      I don’t get it either. If you don’t like state laws, don’t build a store there. That’s even simpler.

  5. ShruggingGalt says:

    99% of the time, if you keep your receipt out, they won’t stop you.

    And that final 1% of the time is when you have a cart with something not bagged (like pet food or kitty litter on the bottom of the cart) – heck even their self-checkout systems check to see if you have a cart, and if you do, it will ask you if you got everything from the cart (along with a pic of the bottom rack).

    What is the big deal with making sure that you paid for the unbagged items?

    • zegota says:

      If I have a giant unbagged TV or something, I will usually let them check my receipt. I think that’s reasonable. However, it’s not reasonable for them to check my receipt when I have a bag full of groceries. It’s an inconvenience that does absolutely nothing to stop any theft (how many thieves really bring Wal-Mart bags so they can steal stuff, but are then foiled by the receipt checkers?). Furthermore, I don’t appreciate being treated like a thief after purchasing a ton of stuff at a store. It’s incredibly disrespectful. It’d be like inviting someone to my house, but before they left, saying “Hey, do you mind if you turn out your pockets? I want to make sure you didn’t swipe anything.”

      • humphrmi says:

        You, sir, have given what I think is the best, calmest reasoning for receipt checking aversion that I’ve seen. I usually quote Jefferson or Brandeis.

      • MamaBug says:

        These are exactly my thoughts on the whole thing. However, I know our receipt checker at our local WM, so he never checks anything – just gives my daughter a hug and a sticker.

      • ARP says:

        +1. I’m OK with checking high ticket/large unbagged items, but when you can clearly see me coming from the bank of registers and you ask for my receipt, it annoys the hell out of me.

        I think if people start giving us a hard time with the receipts, that we should immediately go to their service desk, return everything and ask for a refund. If they get 10 of those a day, maybe they’ll reconsider.

        • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

          It’s not hurting the minimum wage workers a bit. They just do their job and go home. I can assure you that they won’t get the message or pass it on to corporate.

          Revenge against receipt checkers is pointless and meaningless.

        • dg says:

          Sorry – I’m even less inclined to let them check a receipt for a “high value” item. Regardless of the value – it’s NOT MY PROBLEM that they can’t trust their employees to ring up everything and that they have a shrink problem.

          I paid – I’m taking my items and leaving. You have some reason to suspect me of stealing something? Call the cops, show your proof and be prepared to defend it in Court. If it doesn’t stand up, prepare to be sued for a multitude of charges.

          But this “Papers please!” crap doesn’t fly with me. And the “shop somewhere else” thing doesn’t work either – this is a chain which has all but driven their competitors out of business, and which sets the tone for many other chains. If something works for Wal-Mart, other chains adopt it. Pretty soon you can’t shop anywhere because they all have the policy. The only way to prevent that possibility is to say “NO!” and refuse every single time they try this crap…

      • Me - now with more humidity says:


        /JK/ 8-)

  6. DWMILLER says:

    always hand off the receipt to the wife or one of the kids. The wife could lose the receipt in her purse in a New York minute. The kids are like a pack of dogs on a three legged cat when you give something to one and not the other. The Walley World greeter is stunned by my kids.

  7. Frankz says:

    What’s the big deal with showing your receipt?
    It’s a private company. If they want to make it a store policy to check receipts, they can do so, without putting up a sign just because you think they have to. They have tons and tons of store policies not posted on signs.
    If you don’t cooperate, they have every right to ban you from their store.
    If you don’t like any of it, then don’t ever shop there again, but either way “SHUT THE HELL UP!”

    • SabreDC says:

      But here’s the thing. According to the US Uniform Commercial Code, the transaction ends when I give my money to the teller. After that point, it is my property, not Walmart’s. Just like the shoes on my feet and the shirt on my back. It isn’t Walmart’s to verify. It’s mine. And I don’t allow people to look through my property without my consent. Furthermore, I don’t appreciate them implying that I am a criminal when I just spent money at their store. If they have a valid, legitimate concern that I stole something, they can speak to me about it. But they cannot search me just because they are curious.

      Instead, they should focus on keeping an eye on employees, who are responsible for committing or being involved in the majority of the theft. Does Walmart honestly believe that if I want to steal a TV, I’ll take it through the front door? A thief would employ some basic social engineering techniques to befriend an employee and go in through the loading dock or fire exits with the TV.

      • RayanneGraff says:

        I worked at Wal-Mart for about a month last year, and yes- that is EXACTLY how people steal TVs. They load them up and walk confidently out the front door, acting like they paid for it in electronics & simply “lost” their receipt.

        • nobodyman says:

          And if you see them stealing something, great — detain them. The law says you may detain an individual until the police arrive if you have witnessed them stealing something. But simply treating *everybody* like a criminal in order to catch a few actual criminals just doesn’t fly.

          Are you going to also search people on their way *into* the store to ensure they aren’t concealing a weapon to use in an armed robbery?

        • Jack Doe says:

          If you worked for Walmart, then you have to remember their insipid shrink reduction stratagies, which openly admitted that 85% of store shrink was due to either paperwork errors, vendor theft, or employee theft, and less than 5% was from actual shoplifting. Here’s a thought. Watch the back room first.

        • camman68 says:

          Maybe walmart should get a clue and design their stores differently. Target seems to have this figured out….why can’t walmart?

      • JMILLER says:

        You are still on their property and as long as you are on MY Property, you agreed to the rule I set before you purchased anything. If I say, you can;t walk around my store with a backpack you can make the choice not to shop there.

        • nobodyman says:

          If you want to bar people from having backpacks in your store it’s your prerogative. But if you sold me something — guess what — it’s mine. It’s not like I’m going to prove to you that I own it twice, that’s just silly.

        • ludwigk says:

          Well then, I suppose Walmart ought to MAKE that rule then, eh? You know they don’t have it printed anywhere, right?

          Also, the last time I went to WalMart with a backpack, and they asked me to stash it at customer service, I told them (truthfully) that the contents were invaluable to me, and that I would need written assurance that the bag would be there when I finish shopping. The Asst. manager wasn’t willing to do that, but she offered to carry the bag and follow me around the store, which I agreed to. That was one of maybe 3 visits to Walmart in the past half decade, but I was actually impressed with the service. Oh yeah, no receipt checkers at this location at the time.

          • cwsterling says:

            man I would of wasted his/her time…but that is still awesome that they offered to walk around with you

        • gparlett says:

          Store policy does not override federal law. Never has, never will.

          • Commenter24 says:

            The UCC isn’t a “Federal Law.” In fact, the UCC itself isn’t actually law. It only has effect because most states adopt it in its entirety, making it state law.

        • sqlrob says:

          What did I sign saying that?

        • Pax says:

          You cannot be bound by any contractual term you wer not made aware of PRIOR to the formation of that contract.

          IOW: no notice, no authority. You couldn’t stop me from leaving your store. If you tried, I’d ignore you. If you laid hands on me, my lawyer would make your bank account leak like a sieve.

        • donovanr says:

          So once you step on their property they could say… strip search you? Insist on a drug test? Oblige you to clean their toilets? No? It might be a small thing but I guard my rights jealously.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Actually, if you ever saw the video I took of a shoplifter being busted, that’s exactly what he did. Put the TV in his cart and tried to walk out the front door.

      • Brunette Bookworm says:

        Yeah…you’ve never worked retail have you? Theives do exactly that. While they do other methods, one is to put stuff in a cart or load up with stuff and walk out the door in the hopes you get away without getting caught. While I generally loathe Walmart, I don’t care about the receipt checking. Having worked there you would be surprised at the things people do to try and steal stuff or scam a store.

    • RayanneGraff says:

      *golf clap*

      Totally agree. I have never understood the huge uproars over receipt checks. These stores don’t know you from Adam- for all they know you ARE a thief! I wanna say to all the people who are ‘offended’ by receipt checks- pull your panties out of your ass, brush the HUGE chip off your shoulder, and quit huffing about “being accused of theft”. STFU.

      • dolemite says:

        Er, its because I am not a thief, and I don’t appreciate being treated like one. I assume you’d be fine with them patting you down, checking your license to make sure you are who you say you are, and perhaps searching your car for contraband? I didn’t sign any agreement with them stating I need to show my receipt when I leave. What if every damn business on the planet did this? You’d take 5 extra minutes to get out of Sheets, There’d be long lines to exit the mall, maybe the movie theater should come around and make sure you didn’t sneak in 20 minutes into the movie? Fuck Walmart.

      • runswithscissors says:

        OK, so the next policy is to physically search you. That ok too?

      • Putaro says:

        I don’t like receipt checks because they waste my time. If I purchase something at the register and then walk out the door I don’t see why they should be checking my receipt. I’ve already been checked – by the cashier!

        If I come in the store with a bag, wander about and then walk out again, I have no problem with them wanting to look in it.

      • Snoofin says:

        I agree and the same people who are offended by receipt checks have no problem going to gas stations that require you to prepay for your gas. I find prepay gas stations even MORE offensive than a simple receipt check because they are assuming EVERY customer is a thief and wont turn on the pump till you pay. This makes it hard to fill your tank when you dont know how much it will take and I dont like being thought of as a thief.

    • Pax says:

      As I just replied to someone else: when the policy of a store conflicts with the law of the land … guess which of the two will win out over the other?

    • chuckreis says:

      I am going to start demanding anyone that steps on my property strip before leaving, they might be taking something. I have the right to do this right? Mailman looks shady to me.

    • Difdi says:

      What’s the big deal with not showing your receipt?
      You’re a private citizen, if you want to make it a personal policy not to show receipts, you can do so, without having to give in to rude store employees, without putting up a sign because someone thinks you have to. There are tons and tons of laws not posted on signs.
      If you don’t cooperate, they have every right to back off.
      If they don’t like any of it, they can obey the federal, state and local laws same as the rest of us.

    • zandar says:

      Walmart could solve this problem quite simply. adopt a checkout system similar to the old Circuit City model. You take your goods to the checkout. the items are scanned and disappear on a conveyor belt to another area. You get your receipt. Take your receipt to claim the now bagged goods. the door is right there.

      This is just retail displaying its usual inability to think outside of the box. My suggestion still has some flaws- someone in Walmartland, take it and run with it. It…could….WORK!!!

  8. SabreDC says:

    I was at Walmart the other day and there was a greeter with a highlighter in hand ready to check every receipt. However, she didn’t actually ask to see anyone’s. People with carts full of items just got a friendly “have a nice day!” and went out the doors.

    I’m with the tipster on this but for different reasons. I don’t want to make a scene or anything but I refuse to show my receipt. I will gladly show my receipt when I have confidence that the receipt checker are actually doing anything other than swiping it with a highlighter. If I have a cart filled with bags and the greeter marks my receipt in 0.2 seconds, what did that actually accomplish? Obviously, the greeter did not actually go line-by-line through the receipt to verify that I didn’t steal. It is theatrical and I choose not to take part.

    And I don’t cause a scene. I simply say “no, thank you” and move along. If the greeter causes a scene, I just walk with them to customer service, return my item, and tell them to ask the cashier to see the receipt.

    • erinpac says:

      It’s stupid when they “check” a whole cart in 0.2 seconds.
      It’s a PITA when they thoroughly search every bag and person and take 5 minutes a purchase, creating a line to leave that is longer than the checkout line.

      I wouldn’t exactly encourage that – the ones that do that are more than enough.

      • Sian says:

        You know, you can just… bypass the line. At what point does it become too much of a hassle? For some people, it’s being checked at all. But if people are stacking up for the privilege of getting their receipt marked, the checkers will be far too busy to bother you on your way out.

    • hungrynomadiclion says:

      The reason marking a receipt like that in .2 seconds is beneficial (better than nothing) is that one cannot then give the receipt to someone outside, send them back in with the same receipt to get all the same stuff and then attempt to leave without paying.

      I know this sounds petty, but thieves are petty. Thieves will try anything to get away with something free. If all receipts are marked at the door on the way out, and a person comes up with a marked receipt, then the checker has reason to be more suspicious and dig into it. If a receipt is not marked, it will be marked and you will be on your way. So it is a compromise between a complete check and doing nothing.

  9. fatediesel says:

    The only time Walmart ever asks to see my receipt is when the alarm goes off because the clerk didn’t de-activate the sensor on electronics, which seems to happen at least half the time.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I got beeped at Kmart once. I just turned back and went to the customer service desk (which was right there by the door) and let them check everything. If you don’t make a big deal about the beep, they don’t either.

      As far as receipt checking, if they’re so worried everyone is a thief, let them put more LP people on the floor, cameras, etc. Don’t bother me; I just want to buy my cheap Chinese crap and go home.

      • Christopher Wilson says:

        I only stop for them if it beeps. You should never walk out without things deactivated. My mother has a purse she got at walmart that wasn’t deactivated, so if she goes in any store with it it beeps. For some reason she won’t go back and have them deactivate it, instead she bought another. Thankfully at-least this one was deactivated.. the alarms gave me bad anxiety attacks after a while.

    • BurtReynolds says:

      I rarely shop at Wal Mart, but I did order a PS3 from them a few months ago as they were the only ones with one in stock. So I did the “site to store” option. My gf and I are walking out with our plain brown box full of a $450 worth of PS3, movies and games and the alarm goes off. I turn around, ready to show I actually bought these items, and there is not a soul to be seen. I continue to stand there, look around, I even start walking back towards the registers. Eventually a cashier sees me and goes “you’re alright, just go”. So I left, setting off the alarm again. I guess I could have filled that box up with whatever I wanted.

  10. Jason says:

    I have a problem with places like Costco as they have a sign stating that the receipt check is to ensure I haven’t been over-charged for anything. I’ve been over-charged several times and the receipt checker never catches it. I have asked if they know the prices and they always say ‘no’ . Just be honest and say you don’t trust me…problem solved. I don’t like being forced into a long line and lied to about it.

    • danmac says:

      Interesting…I’ve never seen that sign at a Costco…and for the record, I’m not showing my receipt to anyone UNLESS I’m at Costco. In that case, I signed an agreement. In all others, unless you have reasonable cause to believe I took something (if the alarm goes off, for example, or if I am actually stealing).

    • megafly says:

      I’ve had them catch missing items that were left behind at the register a couple times.

      Once I had them notice that a present for my wife was missing!!

    • bkdlays says:

      They also find double charges for items

    • coren says:

      The only one forcing you into that line is you – because you agree to it when you sign the membership agreement.

  11. AnonymousCoward says:

    I make my own receipts at home.

  12. sharki3232 says:

    How about this? How about sparing everyone your self-righteous, sanctimonious martyrdom and just show your f**king receipt.

    I’m so sick of these stories and people acting like this some great injustice or a some how a slippery slope to full body scanners at Walmart.

    This issue is nothing but people looking for something to complain about so they can bitch and moan about “evil corporations” and lack of consumer rights. Here’s a consumer right, SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE!

    God, am I tired of this crap.

    • GC says:

      No kidding. It takes five seconds. It’s not a big deal.

      • JMH says:

        Yeah, add my name to the “don’t see why people are so hot and bothered about being asked to show their receipt” list. I mean, if you enjoy drama and want to make a scene, hey, that’s one thing, but otherwise, I don’t see why I’m supposed to be offended or bothered about this.

        • MamaBug says:

          i’ve never had it happened to me, but pawing through bags randomly would piss me off. if it’s unbagged, why the hell not show the receipt. however, my thing is: when did you last wash your hands?

        • dolemite says:

          I concur. I’ll just schedule an extra hour per day out of my life if every company started doing this. Imagine buying a soda at the Food Lion then waiting behind 20 senior citizens that just did 2 weeks of shopping on double coupon day, then going to sheets and waiting behind all the people that just bought cigs and lottery tickets when you just wanted to buy a snickers bar, then when leaving Pizza Hut, you had to show your receipt to prove you had paid for your dinner, but you are caught behind the little league allstar team. Great times. Walmart is LUCKY I even shop there. To assume I am a criminal every time I leave the store with merchandise? No thanks.

          • nybiker says:

            I just realized that ‘sheets’ is a version of 7-11. I kept wondering about it after seeing the name in a bunch of comments (or maybe it was just one other one).

          • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

            I was wondering what “sheets” was myself. Until I realized the chain in question is spelled “Sheetz.” Looks like a 7-11 on roids. Burritos look good too. They should come up north.

      • Southern says:

        So I’m guessing that you agree with Arizona, in that Law Enforcement should be able to ask anyone to show their immigration documents to prove they’re in the country legally.

        (For the record, I am, just making sure that everyone else that says “Aw, just show your receipt” is also – since both of these acts treat you like a criminal until you prove otherwise by showing either your receipt, or your green card.)

        • pantheonoutcast says:

          Yup. I will. Non-criminals = nothing to hide.

          Maybe if there were more deterrents to crime, there would be fewer criminals. Make ’em run scared…

          • MuffinSangria says:

            Actually, just because you have something to hide doesn’t mean you are a criminal. I have a lot to hide. But none of it is illegal or anyone’s f***ing business.

            • pantheonoutcast says:

              I doubt that one of the things you have to hide is your ID.

            • cluberti says:

              Again, I respond to you. I have no legal obligation to show anyone my ID unless it’s required in my consent, like when driving (I have to show my driver’s license to the officer when asked while driving, because that’s part of the law covering my privilege to drive) or proving I’m 21 to an establishment with a liquor license. Otherwise, until I’m actually charged with something and arrested (in some states, even detainment without arrest doesn’t require I tell the cops who I am) I’m not telling anyone who I am, nor am I showing them any ID. If you want to give up your rights, again, please feel free to do so – I have no problem with that, honestly. But I am not giving up mine, even the simplest, basest ones, and I’m just as right about this as you are in the converse.

          • rlkelley says:

            How about the – I have no intention of waiting in line again after my contractual obligations with the location are met.

            I actually will let them check it, if there is not a line to do so. If there is even one person ahead of me I say no thanks. If they follow me or demand I do it, I ask if I am being detained. If they continue to demand I clarify the ramifications to them and their employer and ask again if I am being detained.

            I only got past no thanks once. The time I did, the conversation was long because I was parked in the back of the parking lot, and at least a dozen people got to leave without getting their receipts checked as the receipt checker walked me all the way to my car. He never got to see my receipt.

          • Pax says:

            “Non-criminals = nothing to hide.”

            You must not think much of the Fourth Amendment, then. Do you?

    • bigTrue says:

      except it’s an illegal search. CostCo, it’s part of your membership criteria.

      America is about being free, and being free means you don’t have to subject yourself to illegal searches, especially from some no authority dogooder in a blue vest.

      But, since you’re so compliant, can you please bend over and drop your pants? I need to search your cavities with my special organic searching stick. It will only take a minute, and since you don’t mind being violated in other ways specifically outlined in our rights as citizens you shouldn’t mind that either.

      • danmac says:

        Is “organic searching stick” slang for wiener? Cause if it is, I don’t know how that’s going to find the goldfish food I hid up there.

    • MamaBug says:

      Calmly pointed out above, it’s about the fact that you sign no agreement to have your stuff checked and/or searched.
      If it’s an unbagged item, yes – show your receipt. This is the only time i’ve been stopped.

      However, once I hand the money over to the cashier, it is MY property. I don’t want some greeter pawing through my stuff with dirty TB/staph covered hands. If they ask me for my receipt when everything is bagged, just say “No thanks!” With a huge smile and walk right out the door.

    • RayanneGraff says:


      The idiotic outrage over this perceived accusation of theft makes me want to start punching throats & stabbing eyeballs. Seriously- WTF does it take to just show your goddamn receipt to the little old lady at the door?! Why make HER day any worse just so you can have the satisfaction of ‘standing up for your rights’ or whatever bullshit excuse people use to act like 2-year-olds about this?

      I think the uproar over receipt checks stems from the attitude of ‘the customer is always right no matter what’. People think they can do whatever the hell they want & act like assholes in stores & that the stores have no rights. Newsflash people- thats not how it works! In civilized societ, you have an obligation to not be a fucking asshole to people just because they’re ‘serving’ you.

      So, to all of you who would make a stink about being asked for your receipt- next time you get the urge to shove past the octogenarian by the door, try smiling, shutting your big fat mouth, and just SHOW THEM YOUR DAMN RECEIPT. I promise you they will glance at it, smile back at you, and wish you a happy day, and you WON’T look like a fucking dick in front of the whole store.

      Excuse my french, but these people just piss me off so much.

      • Mr. Pottersquash says:

        ever think my problem is I dont want to show the lil old lady that I just restocked on condoms, assorected jellies, and sponge bob underwear???

      • gparlett says:

        Illegal search and seizure is a big deal, a really big deal. Fourth Amendment to the Bill of Rights big.

        • myCatCracksMeUp says:

          thank you!

        • pantheonoutcast says:

          What branch of the government does Walmart fall under?

          • cluberti says:

            All of them, actually. As in, store policy doesn’t trump a state law (and all states have some variant of the UCC). Now, the store itself is indeed that vendor’s property and they can legally keep me from re-entry at a later date for just about any old reason (as long as that reason isn’t in itself discriminatory), but once I’ve paid for the goods on offer and the clerk has handed me my bag and receipt, those things are mine. If the store wants to keep me from re-entry, that’s fine, but the whole “I put up a sign!!!!” nonsense is utter crap. Store policy is fine as long as it doesn’t run afoul of local, state, and/or federal laws – once it does that, the store’s recourse is to kick me out and not let me back in (again, as long as the reason in itself is not discriminatory and in violation of a law).

            If you want to submit to a request from Wal-Mart to see *your* property when exiting the store, please feel free to do so, suum cuique. However, I do prefer that they have a valid reason for asking, as in they do think I’ve shoplifted (and have proof, not because they’re just paranoid delusionals).

            • rlkelley says:

              Interestingly enough in some states (Texas in particular) in order to bar you from reentry, they must do so in the presence of an officer of the law. The only way they can get you and an officer together to do so is either keep police on site (is done), or detain you. Since you have not committed a crime, they cannot detain you until the police arrive without facing false imprisonment charges.

      • jefeloco says:

        Yet, a uniformed officer of the law doesn’t even have the right to randomly ask to see proof of ownership/identification/etc *just because you walk by him/her*.

        The point is that the greeter can politely ask to see my receipt and I have every right to say “no thanks” and walk on. Anything beyond that IS an accusation of theft and should be backed by at least eyewitness evidence before the person leaves the store. Once I have given money for the goods they belong to me and no one else, the receipt was provided to me for my records as proof of ownership. An officer of the law would need a court order to demand that (in most circumstances).

        I have never been detained by store personnel and I can’t remember the last time someone requested to see my receipt outside of a Costco, but unless someone clearly states that they have evidence of me stealing from them they will not see my receipt. Whether or not I’m being a dick with that attitude is up to someone whose opinion doesn’t matter (to me) and my choice is backed up by the fourth amendment. I do believe that pretty much covers my position, take or leave it I don’t care.

        • myCatCracksMeUp says:

          THIS ( I can THIS too!)

        • Straspey says:


          How about this:

          You walk into a store and there is professionally-made signage is various places, *specifically* requesting that you have your receipt ready to show a store employee as you exit the premises.

          Now – what does that sound like ?

          Could it be….

          STORE POLICY ???

          Which means, in fact, that once you’ve seen the sign and choose to continue shopping at that store, it can be deemed as your tacit agreement to accept this policy, because you always have the free choice to turn around and walk out.

          Television has been using this type of policy for years at live events:

          “Certain pictures taken by the television cameras during the course of the evening may include shots of audience members, which may used on the final taped broadcast. Your attendance at this event shall be deemed your consent to permit your image to possibly be used in this manner.”

          And, another thing.

          Just because you paid for it and they put it in the bag does not necessarily transfer immediate ownership. Have you ever noticed that security guards cannot stop a would-be shoplifter until *after* they have crossed the threshold with the property in their possession ?

          • Pax says:

            A small sign at the register may, OR MAY NOT, constitute sufficiently-advance, and sufficiently-prominent, notice of that policy.

            If the sign is on or near the doors as I walk in, and of sufficient size and design to be “prominently displayed” to the standards of the law … fine, you’re right.

            What the article describes, though? Isn’t like that,

            • Difdi says:

              What if I have a policy of not obeying policies unless the law mandates it? The store is, of course, required to honor my personal policy to the same degree as I am required to honor theirs. To the fullest extent as mandated by law (which for most store policies, is not at all).

          • danmac says:

            And another thing! Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense! Why would a Wookiee, an eight-foot tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of two-foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I’m a lawyer defending a major record company, and I’m talkin’ about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense! And so you have to remember, when you’re in that jury room deliberatin’ and conjugatin’ the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.

          • TheSpatulaOfLove says:

            Policies are not laws. I love reminding people of this.

            • Straspey says:

              You’re right. Thanks for the reminder.

              So, please cite the laws and statutes which provide you with the legal right to refuse to show your receipt.

              How about the law which guarantees the transfer of ownership to you just because you paid for it and it’s in the bag ?

              Or the ordinance which would cause the store to be in violation if they decided to ban you permanently from the store ? (And simply saying “It’s discrmination” is not good enough. We need the actual statute.)

              Lot’s of people here are replying to various comments by assuming there are actual laws which protect them.

              Of course, if you arrived home and took your item out of the bag, only to discover that it was broken or defective, and then wanted to return it for a refund,
              could the store say to you, “Once you paid for it and carried it out in the bag, it’s now your property and your problem.”


              • dg says:

                Check the UCC – States vary in their adoption of it, but in general for a sale to be complete, there must be an Offer, Acceptance, and Consideration. That is, the merchant OFFERS the item for sale at a specific price. You ACCEPT the offer and then give the merchant their due consideration in dollars, drachmas, doubloons or whatever the legal tender is. Once they accept the consideration from you – the sale is complete. If you get a receipt, that’s further verification of the completed sale. The item is yours to do with as you please – if you don’t want to show your item to someone, that’s up to you. The receipt becomes one of YOUR papers – and YOU don’t have to show it to anyone unless it’s backed up by a warrant or subpoena.

                Just because it’s “Store Policy” doesn’t make it legal, or right. My POLICY is to ignore store policies that I don’t want to comply with. MY POLICY is to refuse to submit to unwarranted searches or checks of my papers. If they don’t like it, then let them try to detain me – they can’t do it, and they know it.

                If the Store Policy were to require that you stand on one leg, put your head back, and touch your nose before leaving the store – to ensure that you were “OK to drive” – would you do it? What if they tried to make the argument that they wanted to ensure the public safety? That there was some issue they were trying to solve? Absurd? Yeah it is. Why is it any less absurd for some store to try to search you upon leaving the premises because they can’t be bothered to hire employees who don’t steal from the store? Or treat their employees well enough that they don’t want to steal? Or pay them a wage that doesn’t compel them to steal?

                Oh, it’s about keeping prices low eh? Great. Start with the fool at the front door wasting my time and trying to violate my rights. Then take that money and pay the 4 imbeciles you have at the front counters a little more to prevent the problem in the first place…

              • Difdi says:

                Let’s turn your request on its head for a moment. Suppose I walk up to you on the street, and demand you show paperwork proving you didn’t steal your shoes, phrased in whatever way, rude or polite, you care to imagine. Are you obligated to show those papers? Would you be offended and/or creeped out by the demand?

                US law is based on the idea that anything not specifically forbidden or regulated is allowed freely. There is no law that says I don’t have to show a receipt when one is demanded, nor is there a law that says I can choose to refuse a search of my bags by a store employee. But there are laws that make detaining me without legal cause, touching me without my permission, tampering with or seizing my property, causing me injury or publicly accusing me of theft illegal.

                There is a law in most states that permits a store to do any of the above things, and/or demand a receipt check however. But the store must meet certain well-defined, specific legal requirements before doing so. Once they meet those requirements, a receipt check or even a bag search is simply a formality at worst, and simple confirmation of solid evidence at best. If a store is detaining someone legally, they don’t need to search the bag at all, since they already have all the evidence they need to call the police to make an arrest, independently of the contents of a bag.

                Someone else already answered you about the law that states when a sale is complete and ownership is transferred. But as I asked in another post, do you believe you have a right to take the merchandise out of your bag, drop it behind a cash register counter, and help yourself to a do-it-yourself refund from the cash register? If the store still owns the contents of your bags until you leave the store, then you still own the cash you paid for those contents for the same duration. And if the store can legally help themselves to your items, you can legally help yourself to the cash drawer. Care to take a guess how the average store employee, passerby or LEO would respond to you doing that?

                Of course a store is free to ban anyone they like, provided the ban is not of a legally protected class. If the store manager dislikes the color green, he or she is perfectly free to issue a trespass notice against anyone wearing a green shirt who enters the store. And barring some specific cases (banned for being black/female/arab/jewish/breastfeeding in certain states/whatever), it’s entirely legal. But few stores want the sort of negative publicity that sort of thing can generate if misapplied, and in doing so publicly, they open themselves up to a defamation lawsuit (in some places “fighting words” like an unfounded (or founded) accusation of theft is even a misdemeanor).

                Lastly, if an item is not as represented, a store that refuses a refund or exchange is likely to be facing criminal action, not civil. Fraud is, after all, a crime, not a tort.

          • Pax says:

            >> Just because you paid for it and they put it in the bag does not necessarily transfer
            >> immediate ownership. Have you ever noticed that security guards cannot stop a
            >> would-be shoplifter until *after* they have crossed the threshold with the property
            >> in their possession ?

            Actually, yes – once you hand over the money and receive a receipt, the items ARE yours, the contract of sale IS complete.

          • Difdi says:

            You have a rather novel idea of what property ownership is under the law. A store has the same right to inspect or seize the contents of my bag(s) after I exchange my money for their goods, as I do to inspect or seize the contents of the cash drawer of one of their cash registers in the same circumstances. Both are crimes in the eyes of the law. Both are, rightfully and legally, resisted first with a polite refusal, and if physical force is used to enforce compliance, physical force is warranted in return.

            A police officer has to have probable cause or a search warrant to conduct a bag search. A store employee has far less authority, so why do you believe such an employee can search a bag where a cop can’t?

            Store policy doesn’t override the law. If it did, why would they bother giving you goods in exchange for money, when they could just post a sign stating a policy that all money in the store was theirs, and just take it? Store policy carries equal weight with personal policies, and many of us, myself included, make it a personal policy to not give in to a demand that is at best rude, and at worst a prelude to a violent assault.

            Unless a store has my signature, on a contract, stating I consent to a bag check or receipt check, or strip search, or custody of my first born child, tacit agreement to policy is not legally enforceable. In any event, a contract that violates the law is null and void.

          • rlkelley says:

            They can’t stop people until they are outside, because up until that point, the person has not shown intent to steal. Concealment of an item is not by itself a criminal act. You have to show the attempt by leaving.

            In some states it is a simple must pass all points of sale, but legally that does not hold up if there is merchandise beyond the points of sale, as the suspect can claim they were continuing to browse with the video game stuffed in their shirt so that they could keep their hands free to examine merchandise.

          • jefeloco says:

            Wow, you so got owned by Difdi, Pax, Spatula and several others! You also completely disregarded my original points and started spewing policy.

            The US may one day be run by corporations as in Demolition Man but not yet, so laws (and the constitution) still supersede corp. policy.

            Just saying…

      • jeepguy57 says:

        Well stated. And the french was necessary to make the point.

      • camman68 says:

        Seriously? You are a joke!

        You have said “pull your panties out of your ass, brush the HUGE chip off your shoulder, and quit huffing about “being accused of theft”. STFU.” and “Seriously- WTF does it take to just show your goddamn receipt to the little old lady at the door?!” and “you have an obligation to not be a fucking asshole to people just because they’re ‘serving’ you.”

        You also say “In civilized societ, you have an obligation to not be a fucking asshole to people just because they’re ‘serving’ you. “

        Maybe I’m alone here….but judging from the language and tone in your posts, I’m not too sure you are the best person to be telling others how a “civilized society” operates. LOL

    • Sir Winston Thriller says:

      How about this? How about YOU show WALMART YOUR F*ing receipt? How about YOU go through a thorough background screening before you apply for a job? How about YOU go though a strip-search every time you get on a plane? How about you be presumed guilty before proivn yourself F*CKING innocent?

      • BustedFlush says:

        Amen. Check my receipt? That’s just not gonna happen, and if it pisses you off – good.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      If you’re THAT tired of reading people’s comments on posts about this subject, why don’t you just STOP reading them?

      Oh NO!!!! You couldn’t do something that simple, could you? No – you’d rather MAKE A SCENE!!!!!!

      You won’t be happy unless you can convince everyone who disagrees with showing receipts that they’re wrong and that they should show their receipts.

      Well – that is never going to happen. I find every argument for showing receipts to be simplistic and sophomoric. I am not going to show my receipt and you’re not ever going to convince me that there’s a good reason to do it.

    • sqlrob says:

      How bout cutting the sanctimonous “baaaa! I must obey every command given to me! Baaa!”?

    • hungrynomadiclion says:

      Agreed. People today want to protest everything, yet they protest nothing. People cannot get off their asses to organize workers unions, create political parties, demand the end to wars, corporate dominance, environmental degradation or international poverty, yet they can and will whine on the internet about someone checking their receipt when they buy a new videogame (high theft item). I also agree about the slippery slope argument. Retail businesses are not the government, they are not trying to subject you to authoritarian measures. You are not losing your rights. You sound stupid when you argue this way. Go put your protesting efforts to good use on a real issue.

      I swear, you cannot reason with some people.

    • Difdi says:

      Why does it offend you that people stick up for their rights and expect their fellow citizens to obey the law?

      I’m so sick of sheeple like you, always bleating about how good people are rocking the boat, and how much easier your life would be if everyone just bent over for whatever injustice has come along that day.

      What is wrong with you, on some deep psychological level, that defamation of your character are not even slightly insulting to you? Or is it that you have no character to be defamed?

      Have I insulted you? If so, why? You’ve already stated you don’t feel insulted about corporations making similar statements about you. Or perhaps you’re not insulted, in which case, I suggest therapy. Fast.

    • Sian says:

      if you don’t like the website’s policy of publishing articles once a month about receipt checking to drum up website traffic, you can and should ‘shop elsewhere’.

    • cigsm says:

      Aren’t you kind of being just a tiny eensy weensy little bit…oh i dunno…COMPLETELY HYPOCRITICAL?!?!??!!?! You’re going off on some ridiculous rampage about how YOU dont like the article & wahhh wahhh wahhh & if people dont like their receipts getting checked then go somewhere else & i need my blanky & waah wahhhh waahhhhh…

      So… why don’t you take your own advice & if you dont like Consumerists articles about receipt checkers…GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

  13. VOIDMunashii says:

    I had this happen at a local location, only the cashier at self checkout personally asked me to. I have worked retail, and understand the request, so I don’t generally have a problem with this.
    Personally, I was more shocked that the store had NO plastic shopping bags. They had a sign in front saying they would no longer have them as of January 2, but according to my calendar it was still July. I found that much more annoying than the request to view my receipt.

  14. NTC-Brendan says:

    I do not shop at Walmart and do not see a scenario where I will. But just in case….

    Walmart may go down under my desk at their earliest convenience.

    I am just not willing to have MY property searched by someone with ZERO LEGAL MEANS to do so. Of course I choose not to shop at the store in question but that doesn’t influence my choice of not having my gear rifled through.

  15. A.Mercer says:

    Ok, when I was in the Corps of Cadets and a freshman, we had an evil thing we could do to sophmores. There was a formal procedure for introducing yourself to an upper classman. It was this drawn out salute and salutation thing. Really kind of goofy. The upper classman also had a formal reply they had to do. Whole thing probably took about 30 seconds to complete. If you did it right you could drag it on to maybe a minute. You get 20 freshmen together and they find a sophmore and start the process. They could keep that sophmore bogged down and introduce themselves to him for maybe 20 minutes. This could really mess up his day if they caught him outside the lunch hall 15 minutes before it closed. Juniors and seniors could wave the freshman off but sophmores were required to go thru the whole procedure. The only time I ever participated in this was when a senior wanted to get even against a sophmore for something they had going on. The senior recruited us and we caught the guy before he was supposed to go on a date. If that senior could have gathered 100 freshmen he would have. It was pretty rotten.

    Why do I tell this story? Mostly it is because I am old and no one ever listens to me. However, another reason is it could be fun to get some friends together and go to Wal-Mart at a busy time. Each person buys a few things. Then they all exit together and draw this while process of checking receipts out. Act like you cannot find it. Hand them a receipt from your wallet or purse from another store and then act surprised when the guy mentions it. Do all everything you can do to draw it out without doing anything illegal. Pretty soon there will be a lot of people backed up waiting for their receipts to be checked. Heck, most people would just walk out. Then you can act upset that they did not have to have their receipts checked. All of this a sort of non-violent protest against Wal-Mart for this. Make the process painful to them as well. Remember to not be insulting or hateful. Just drag the process out and make a lot of drawn out iterations of it happen in close sequence.

    • danmac says:

      Are you sure people do not listen to you because you’re old?

    • erinpac says:

      That sounds like it’s only painful for the other customers… rather the wrong target.
      The employee is paid to be there, is going to leave at the end of their shift even if you’re still waiting, and I doubt waiting on you is much more painful than just waiting on the clock.

      The key to your sophomore thing was catching them before they are going somewhere. You’re missing that step.

    • Jack Doe says:

      Actually, I did that once. I had a cart full of items, the greeter said they needed to check my receipt. I asked if they were acusing me of theft, he said no but he wanted to verify the purchases. I said ok, but demanded he walk with me to validate every single purchase on there and proceeded to lead him for about 20 minutes up and down the food side asiles to compare tags. It was great and the greeter was a good sport (I really think he wanted to be away from the door,) but his manager was pissed.

      The next week, I went back for some pop, and nobody asked to see my receipt (same greeter at the door though.)

    • jefeloco says:

      I bet you also stole geese from the nearby farmer and then sold them back to him at the weekend market. Or you used a bullhorn to get all the cows to follow your car around and get them stuck in the mud at the end of the field. Or you had one car on the other side of a frozen pond, at night, and then pretended to get in a fight, fleeing when the police showed up and leading them to said pond, quickly turning off you lights and pulling over after rounding the corner leading the the pond.

      Hilarity ensues all around.

  16. Chief CL says:

    Don’t know how it is possible that you have never had your receipt checked…. They only do it if you have something that is not in a walmart bag.

    And why do people give a shit? what am i missing here? What is so evil about showing your receipt if you are walking out of their store with something that is not in a walmart bag?

  17. Linda says:

    Good Lord, why don’t they just put their registers closer to the door.

    • evnmorlo says:

      Or corrals with one-way gates. Apparently the greeters are cheaper. Maybe they get some sort of government subsidy for employing them?

      • erinpac says:

        You know, I seem to recall a lot of stores where the registers fed the main exits, and if you weren’t checking out you went by the entrance to leave, where an employee could see you (and presumably if you were carrying anything large). Short of emptying pockets, that seems as good as the receipt checks and a lot faster/ convenient/ legal.

        What happened to those? I’ve not seen that store set up in years.

      • dg says:

        The problem has everything to do with CASHIERS that work for the store underringing things, or not ringing up all the merchandise. This is a real loss problem for stores – the solutions are:

        A) Have some other employee who may or may not be in on the scam with the cashier pester everyone trying to leave, and check the receipts of all the customers as they’re leaving the store. Try to verify the # of items matches the count on the bottom of the receipt and that a cursory glance ensures that the customer doesn’t have a bunch of low value items on the receipt, but a bunch of high value items in the cart/bag.

        B) Actually perform a real background/credit check on cashier candidates, and follow-up every few months (if it’s legal) to see if they’re still a good risk. Pay them a salary that won’t induce them to steal too.

        Since most people in America are members of the sheeple flock and won’t complain, and because, B costs more than A, A gets implemented.

        The real problem is the employees – not the customers stealing. Most shoplifters don’t go through the registers, or if they do – the items are secreted in their clothing – no where for a receipt checker to find them…

        • Difdi says:

          There’s also C, which is to install RFID tags in all merchandise, and arrange checkout so that a customer has to pass through an enclosed booth with a scanner in it, to exit the store. Any merchandise that isn’t paid for causes the booth exit door to not open until it is, or it’s dropped into a chute.

          The money saved by not having to hire cashiers will pay for the RFID tags, especially if they’re reusable.

          • dg says:

            RFID tags have their own set of issues – in order to actually prevent theft, each has to have it’s own unique serial number. And that becomes tied to the item – which then allows people to be tracked by those RFID tags as they pass by or through other scanners.

            Even cutting the tag off and disposing of it has it’s own set of issues – as some municipalities are installing RFID tags in the trash cans so they can be tracked for chargeback purposes (landscape waste and the like).

            Sorry, but I refuse to be tagged and tracked. I won’t shop anywhere that they use item-level RFID tagging.

  18. dougp26364 says:

    I have my own sign that reads, I have no issues shopping with other retailers who don’t check receipts unless the alarm goes off. For the most part, Walmart see’s very little of my spendable income anyway.

    • dg says:

      Actually I could care less if the alarm goes off or not. Again, their failure to deactivate the sensor tag(s) in the items I purchased isn’t my problem.

      I used to work at a retail store. About once a week someone would walk IN the store and set off the sensomatic gates, and noticed they always had new(er) shoes. We’d walk up to the person and say “hey, no biggie, but we can fix that alarm going off problem if you want…” The person would always say “That’d be great… been happening all week, don’t know what the deal is…”. We’d have them lift up their left shoe, and run the portable deactivator over it – turns out that they’d bought the shoes at WAL MART and the cashier forgot to deactivate the tag IN the shoe. There’s some one the outside, but they also implant them inside the shoes…

      So, it’s entirely possible that some clerk somewhere forgot to pull a tag off, or deactivate a tag. Hell, it could have been someone walking out as I left, or walking in as I left… regardless, an activated alarm doesn’t mean anything to me. I keep walking…

      • Difdi says:

        I know a guy who does it deliberately. He got ahold of several of the little tags that set off the door sensors, took them apart, and made himself a little creditcard sized widget. Sets off almost every brand of door sensor used in the town he lives in as he’s entering and exiting.

  19. Steele says:

    I was told yesterday at my local Wallys here in Las Vegas that in the near future that the greeter is going to be on one side of the entrance to greet and do returns, while on the other side an AP person was going to be checking receipts of everyone. I told her they better be ready to answer the question of “Are you detaining me?” when I walk past that line and they try to stop me. And then when they say no, and step in front of me blocking my path, the first call will be to 911 reporting an unlawful detainment and filing charges against that person. Then when I get home, I’ll be writing to the Consumerist, and then calling Wally’s corporate.

    • Darnitol says:

      …and you’ll accomplish absolutely nothing.

    • Not Again says:

      And you think they would really care if they lost you as a customer? If you call 911 they will probably ignore you and tell you to go talk to a manager and to stop calling 911. Then you would risk the store calling the police on you and trust me the police will come if walmart calls them. I’ve seen it happen, and they tend to side with Walmart. If you are thinking of lawsuit, no lawyer would take such a minor, albeit, stupid case.

      • Difdi says:

        If I call the police, and the police tell me to deal with an unlawful detention myself, I’m going to simply walk out of the store. I’m a pretty big guy, and just walking normally, I figure I can drag a couple door greeters who grab onto me without it slowing me down much. If they choose to escalate the force used, well, that’s on them, and the law permits violence being met with violence in self-defense against a violent felony.

      • Steele says:

        Stupid case? You think illegal detainment is a “stupid” case? Wow… nothing like a Tolitarian mentality.

  20. dolemite says:

    Wow, that takes the cake. My urge to go to Walmart just went from negative 20 to negative 75.

  21. IntheKnow says:

    Much ado about nothing.

    If everyone was as honest as the posters, Wal-Mart wouldn’t have to do this. The fact is they have tons of theft every day, in many varieties. The checkers look at large unbagged items, small electronic sensor items where the alarm was activated, items at the bottom of the cart, etc.

    Among the population of the employees that perform the checking are many handicapped and elderly. Isn’t it easier to be nice to them? Why stress out? If you like the low prices and selection of shopping there, this goes with the territory.

    • Tim in Wyoming says:

      I can find prices just as low at Target and not have to be harassed all the time… Which is what I do. I haven’t shopped at Walmart since March 15, I got my g/f on the same kick as well and we both love it. We aren’t buy cheap shit we don’t need anymore and we are support our local stores.

  22. shepd says:

    If you make a scene after seeing a sign like this, you’re an ass. You’ve been told the policies of the store and if you don’t like them, just don’t shop there.

    • Tim in Wyoming says:

      Just because someone puts up a sign doesn’t mean they have the legal right to act on that sign.

      • shepd says:

        If you are told the requirements of a purchase prior to making the purchase, and those requirements don’t violate the law, you are bound to them, at least morally.

        Now, yes, the manager wasn’t smart enough to say “must”, but I think you’d have to be pretty dumb.

      • Sian says:

        If you are smoking, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.

        ^ one of my favorite signs.

    • evnmorlo says:

      The sign is only a request. It does not say that all shoppers MUST submit to receipt examination. And even if you comply with the sign and keep your receipt out, it is clearly still up to the “greeters” to decipher it as you hurry out the door. If they were really demanding that you stop and subject yourself to interrogation what would it matter if the receipt is in your hand or in your shoe?

    • Difdi says:

      Store policies apply to the store and the store’s property. My personal policies apply to my body and my property. One of my personal policies is to not show my receipt to anyone I’m not under written contract to do so with.

      Problem solved, my policy is of equal standing to theirs, so I am just as free to decline as they are free to ask.

  23. jeff_the_snake says:

    the next step is installing three redbox terminals spanning the exit, then between that and the receipt checkers wal-mart shoppers will effectively be trapped for life behind an impenetrable wall of stupid sloths.

    • Southern says:

      I say they just need to put up a set of those Full Body X-Ray machines like they have at airports and make all shoppers use them on the way out.

      • Difdi says:

        Might be time to build that suit of lead-foil-lined longjohns. Not only does it preserve modesty, it functions as useful weight training as well.

  24. myCatCracksMeUp says:

    My local Walmart has never asked to see my receipt. I don’t go there often – a few times a year – but I was there last week (visiting friend wanted to go there) and they still weren’t checking receipts.

    If they start checking receipts, the first time they ask, I’ll say “No Thanks” and continue exiting the store. If there is no hassle, I’ll continue shopping there occasionally. Otherwise, I’ll take my items to the return desk and return them, showing my receipt in order to get my money back.

    I do not see why they can’t have a person standing near the door, watching people come from the registers to the doors, and leave those people alone, but if they see someone walk from the store and bypass the registers, then maybe ask those people to show their receipts.

  25. raphaeladidas says:

    I keep my receipt out and am studying it furiously as I walk out. No one asks to check it or even speaks to me.

  26. brinks says:

    I prefer not to shop at Wal-mart and I have a list a mile long as to why. However, when it’s after midnight and I’m in a bind and I need some lady products or something and I HAVE to go there because everything else is closed, I’d gladly deal with the receipt checker (although I’ve never seen Grandma there at that time of night).

    You really wanna rally against something? How about the crap wages they pay their employees? Or how they encourage their employees to seek public assistance such as welfare food stamps instead of paying them a decent wage? Or how their cheap crap is made in sweatshops that exist solely to supply THEM? Or how they purposely try to run out the local mom-and-pop shops in their small town locations so they can both have a monopoly on everything they sell AND pay a lesser wage? Or any of the other numerous other complaints on Consumerist?

    Seriously, people. There are a lot more problems at Wal-mart than the little old lady trying to make sure your American Flag shirt (that was made in China) is on your receipt.

    I vote with my wallet and shop elsewhere, although this is the least of my complaints.

  27. Southern says:

    Oh, and I guess (my earlier comment) works in reverse, too.. If you are against showing your receipt at Walmart, you should be against SB1070, or at least the portion of it where Law Enforcement is allowed to ask for & check your Green Card, Visa, or whatever else proves your either a citizen or in the country legally.

    Both of these practices treat the person as a criminal until proven innocent by either showing a receipt or a Green Card.

    Just making sure, because you can’t be for one and against the other.

    • brinks says:

      I’m against giving some old lady a hard time for doing the job that she’s paid to do. She didn’t create this position and is only doing what she’s been told. No need to be a pain in the ass.

      • Difdi says:

        I’m against giving some random customer a hard time. They’re already doing Walmart a favor by shopping there instead of at, say, Target. Why insult their honor and their dignity on top of taking their money?

    • dolemite says:

      Actually no…in the case of the AZ law, you must have done something to be stopped by police first. Speeding, shoplifting, etc. At that point you are asked to provide your “papers.”

      In this case…they are assuming everyone shopping at Walmart is a shoplifter and must prove they are not.

      • myCatCracksMeUp says:

        You do not need to have done something to be stopped by the police. The police can stop you while you’re walking peaceably down the street because “you don’t look like you belong here”. Then they can demand that you prove you’re here legally. The law sucks.

        • pantheonoutcast says:

          It only seems to suck for criminals who don’t belong there.

          Maybe if there were fewer lawbreakers, and fewer apologists for lawbreakers, society would need less policing.

          • coren says:

            No, it also sucks for people who are of latino (in particular) descent because they can be stopped for no reason other than “well he looks like he might be one of them Mexicans”

  28. DarkPsion says:

    My biggest problem is that this policy is being delegated to minimum wage cashiers and semiretired grandparents.

    Police and security personnel are trained on how to approach, talk to people and keep an “incident” from happening.

    These people are not.

  29. teke367 says:

    I’ve only been asked to show my receipt twice, both times at best buy, and these were after times I needed to make an exchange, it buy something they kept at customer service, like a new video game. Those times I’m headed towards the exit with product, coming from the middle of the store, not the registers, so I don’t mind showing my receipt in that situation, I don’t think that is unreasonable. I’ve never been asked in any other case, not counting costco etc. Does this really happen that often?

    • hungrynomadiclion says:

      I check receipts at Best Buy. We are technically required to check all receipts, but if I can see you buy it at the front lanes, then I might not. I will check all people that come from the middle of the store or customer service. Thanks for recognizing that this is not really that unreasonable.

      • Dallas_shopper says:

        I am almost never stopped at Best Buy by the receipt checker. And I do walk right past him and say “no thanks” when he does ask. I never buy big ticket items at Best Buy anyway, just the occasional DVD or phone/iPod accessory. I guess being a skinny white woman dressed in the Highland Park Yuppie Official Uniform (jog shorts, fitted tee, baseball cap, sunglasses, and flip flops with enormously oversized purse) means I’m above suspicion. Which is exactly why I dress like that to shop.

  30. chaosconsumer says:

    Rather than ask other posters if they can come up with better ways to deter shoplifting. (and reading through entitled responses that say “it’s not my problem”) I’ll offer up this solution:


    I would not clasify these types of stories as one of the ones that are useful to consumers. This is one of those types of stories that enables entitled people to talk trash.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      baa, baa sheep

    • coren says:

      I have a friend who shoplifts items, then shows receipts for the item he is shoplifting – never once has it not worked (that I’m aware of) – if someone is going to shoplift, receipt checking isn’t stopping em.

    • Difdi says:

      It takes a good bit more than 5 seconds if the checker is actually checking the receipt. On the other hand, it takes under 2 seconds to say “No thanks” and keep walking. Politely declining is far more than such a rude accusation of theft properly deserves, but mirroring the disrespect level would take more time, so “No thanks” will have to do.

  31. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    Maybe this is because I’m in Canada, where Wallyworld doesn’t usually bother with receipt checking unless you set off the alarm on the way out (which happened to me the last time I was there when I bought a router from there, didn’t want to spend the extra nickle on a bag and walked from the back of the store to the exit, and of course the lackey didn’t rub the thing hard enough to disable that RFID chip on the router to disable the alarm.) In that circumstance, yes, I better be willing to show a receipt else be accused of shoplifting–don’t need the hassle. Otherwise, MYOB, zestful greeters.

  32. XTREME TOW says:

    The “receipt checking” is just for show. If I have 38 grocery items in my cart, do you really think someone like a “WalMart Greeter” is able to immediately determine in less than two seconds that I haven’t stolen something? Remenber, we’re talking about people who appear to have all the intelligence of a house plant.
    It would not surprise me in the least to find out that professional thieves have already found a way around this. It wouldn’t be much of a challenge, as long as you’re smarter than a WalMart greeter!

  33. dreamsneverend says:

    Why don’t they post this right when you walk in instead of right before you exit?

  34. ellemdee says:

    I always put my receipt in my purse as soon as I get it. It’s just too easy to lose if I’m carrying it around loose & have to shove it in my pocket or a bag after I leave the store. Standing there rummaging around in my purse in the Walmart parking lot as I put the receipt away isn’t exactly my idea of a safe practice. It’s unbelievable the authority that some stores have granted themselves & the sad part is that often the cops actually back them up on this stuff. If putting up a sign makes something legally binding, then I’d better get back to printing my “give me money” signs and posting them around the office.

    At my first job, security wasn’t even allowed to approach someone unless they saw them pocket an item and never lost sight of them for even a second until they tried to leave the store with said pilfered items (in case they put them back). Now stores demand you prove your innocence before leaving with items you paid for seconds earlier and we’re expected to just accept this.

  35. edrebber says:

    Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to build the stores so that everyone leaving the register can only exit the store and nobody else can leave that way. Then have a separate exit for people who didn’t buy anything. Anyone leaving through that exit with merchandise is probably shoplifting.

  36. lmbrownmail says:

    I usually just have my receipt in my hand as I exit Walmart – I take it from the cashier and just hold it until I get to my car. No big deal. Never been stopped. I will never understand what all of the uproar is about. I don’t get it why people are so irate when asked to show a receipt. So just show the stupid thing and get on with your life!

  37. lumberg says:

    I don’t understand for the life of me what the big deal with showing your receipt is. I agree with the likes of sharki3232, Phendraana, and others who’ve said the same.

    Honestly, what is the big deal? Because the items you purchased are now yours and you shouldn’t have to show them to anyone? So it’s a privacy thing? You don’t want anyone to see the items you purchased? You mean the items that were openly in your cart/basket/arms while you shopped? The items that rolled across the conveyor belt as you paid for them? The items the cashier picked up and bagged for you? Suddenly, in that split second that you received your receipt, those items became personal secrets of yours? What, did you add some dirty underwear between the register and the door? Do you have something to hide? No?

    Then what is the big friggin deal?

    If you’re so preoccupied about your rights, why do you shop there? I honestly don’t know the laws, so I don’t know if checking receipts is legal or not, but truth be told – I don’t care. I’ve got nothing to hide. I am not a thief, and if the cashier DID miss ringing something up, I’m actually one of few who would go back and make sure I paid for it. I don’t want to say that people who refuse a receipt check are automatically hiding something, but if you’re not hiding anything, when why the big fuss about “rights?”

    For that matter, how long does a receipt check actually take?! I shop at Walmart regularly, and the only time they even look at my receipt is if I buy something electronic. And even then, they glance to make sure the item on the receipt matches the item I bought, and I’m on my way. You people get wound up over the dumbest things – if you want to complain about rights, complain about something IMPORTANT.

    And to you who say, “No thanks,” and just walk out, I’d like to know – who are you thanking? Those greeters aren’t offering you a service or something – we all know that. They’re doing it because the higher-ups at their company told them to. They want to keep their paychecks flowing, so they ask to see receipts. And you want to selfishly scream at them for “detaining you against your will.” If it’s that big of a deal, DON’T SHOP THERE. And if you absolutely MUST shop there and feel this uncontrollable childish need to “fight the system,” then just walk out when they ask for your receipt. You make yourself look like an a$$ in the process, but you don’t seem to have any problem with that. After all, it’s better to be an a$$ than show them you’re honest, right? These poor greeters get paid minimum wage and they have to deal with your temper-tantrums over something so insignificant. It’s deplorable. Get over yourselves.

    Seriously, the external theft numbers of ANY retail location are far higher than you might think. I worked retail for 11 years, and I can tell you that they have good reason for checking bags (which they don’t even do, they just glance at your receipt and send you on your way).

    I really can’t believe how many people find receipt-checking to be such a horrible offensive thing. I honestly don’t care if they check all my bags and my coat too! I have nothing to hide, so I have nothing to stress over.

    I’m glad I’m not a retail employee anymore. If I was a greeter, and someone said “No thanks” when asked for their receipt, I’d probably punch them in the face. Not because I thought they were stealing or because they disagreed with the policy, but because they were that STUPID as to put up a fuss over someting so silly.

    I’d lose my job for it, sure.

    But it would be totally worth it.

    • Pax says:

      “All that is required for the forces of evil to triumph, is for enough good men to do nothing.”

      • lumberg says:

        Right, because none of you have ever exaggerated to make a point.

        “If you did that, I’d make you bleed…”

        Go stroke your epeen in front of someone who cares, tough guy. My comments were an over-exaggeration to illustrate my point. I’m sorry it was too much for your feeble brain to comprehend.

        • Pax says:

          That wasn’t an exaggeration; it was a simple declaration of _fact_. Punch me in the face, expect the same back – complete with split lip and/or bloody nose.

          • lumberg says:

            Not at all what I was saying, but that’s fine.

            Good luck with all that, tough guy. Does making idle threats over the internet make you feel like a big boy?

            In all seriousness: Grow up. If you’ve really been through the army (which I sincerely doubt, given your childish behavior), then you shouldn’t continue to disgrace your fellow servicemen and women by acting the way you are. Throwing fits over receipt checking? Trying to sound big and bad over the internet? Seriously man, you’re a disgrace.

            • coren says:

              I’d probably punch them in the face

              Does making idle threats over the internet make you feel like a big boy?

              I quoted those from the same person. Care to guess who that person is?

              • Pax says:

                *Golf clap*

                Thanks for saving me the trouble.

              • lumberg says:

                Twice I noted that I had exaggerated to make a point. Since you two both seemed to take it literally and then ignored when I had said it was an exaggeration, I can only assume neither of you know what the word means. Look it up.

                • Pax says:

                  You exaggerated, and I rose to the challenge.

                  Yet you want to make it out like *I* am the loser?


                • coren says:

                  I know what you said.

                  If anything, that’s even more of an idle threat over the internet – because you admit you didn’t really mean it. It also still makes what you said completely contradictory – you’re calling someone else out for the same thing you did.

        • Dalsnsetters says:

          I wasn’t exaggerating either, you ijit. In addition to making sure charges were filed against you for battery, I’d probably also beat the crap out of you (I’m small, but used to be a cop and have weaponless defense training–I’d clean your frigging clock!).

          One thing to remember, Big Retail Savior Man….one of these days, you’re gonna take that attitude out on someone who has some very severe mental problems. That person isn’t gonna give a fart in a noisemaker *why* you are giving them a hard time, just that you are giving them a hard time. They will then beat the shit out of you, possibly killing you. Would that be worth it for punching someone who refused to show you a receipt and property you have no legal right to see????????????????? Flying under the radar is much safer in this day of road rage, sports rage, __________ rage. You just don’t know who you are dealing with anymore.

          Gaw, I wish I knew when and where this was gonna happen. I’d make popcorn and sell tickets. This guy is just begging for trouble.

          Like Pax, and others….I have policies. One of those policies is that I exercise my Civil Rights. You claimed that store policy trumps my policy. No it doesn’t!!! Not when my policy is backed up by Civil Rights. That trumps store policy every time, and twice on Sundays.

          I exercise my Civil Rights, you punch me. Not only would I own you, I’d own your employer, and I’d own all of your descendants by making them my slaves in perpetuity on the millions of acres I’d buy with the settlement from your employer.

      • lumberg says:

        “All that is required for the forces of evil to triumph, is for enough good men to do nothing.”

        You want to fight evil? Join the army. Become an honest politician (bwahahah like there is such a thing). Go do volunteer work. Donate a bunch of money help homeless children. Adopt an orphan. Instead of whining about such insignificant crap as receipt checking, go make a real difference in the world by affecting someone else’s life in a positive way.

        And if you DO do any of that kind of stuff, then focus all of your attention on it – because THOSE are the areas of the world that need the help.

        And in the meantime, leave the minimum wage door greeters alone. If you don’t like the policy, don’t shop there, and write a letter to Walmart telling them why. But don’t harass the greeters like a schoolyard bully because of a stupid and insignificant policy.

        There are FAR more significant evils in the world to be fought.

        • Pax says:

          “Join the Army.”

          Been there, done that.

          “Go do volunteer work.”

          Been there, done that.

          “Adopt an orphan.”

          No – I concluded decades ago that I lack sufficient patience to be a parent.

          “And in the meantime, leave the minimum wage door greeters alone.”

          I intend to, and ask only that they return the favor.

          • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

            “Been there, done that.”

            It’s been a very long time since I was in but I seem to recall AAFES checking receipts at the Ft. Stewart PX.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      Exactly what Pax said.

      If you sell me something it’s mine. You can not search my belongings just because you want to. Have a problem? Design the store better so you can ensure that people going out the exit door are coming from the cash register area, and have the “greeter” watch for people bypassing the register, with bags or other items in their hands.

    • Pax says:

      Somehow I missed this part:

      “I’m glad I’m not a retail employee anymore. If I was a greeter, and someone said “No thanks” when asked for their receipt, I’d probably punch them in the face.”

      If you did that, I’d make you bleed. Then the police would make you spend some time in a nice, orange jumpsuit with “COUNTY JAIL” stencilled on it. Then, my lawyer would make Walmart sit up and BEG for mercy, while their bank account bled pure liquid gold.

      Some advice for you: “don’t drop the soap”.

    • kabamm says:

      Wow. What a prick. Your attitude is why Best Buy has already lost tens of thousands of dollars of my business. Show my receipt? Kiss my ass.

      • lumberg says:

        lol I don’t work for Best Buy. Never did. Although, as a frequent shopper there, I’d wager that they’ve lost more money over their ever-dwindling selection of both DVDs and games than they over did over arrogant child-adults who throw temper-tantrums over receipt checking. Believe it or not, most people don’t care. The whining people here are in the minority.

        • kabamm says:

          Sorry meant to reply to the Best Buy poster below you.

          I don’t throw a temper tantrum, it’s just *my* policy that I don’t show the receipt after the purchase concludes unless *I* want to.

          • lumberg says:

            Sorry. Store policy overrides your policy. By purchasing there, you are accepting their policy. Don’t want to accept? Don’t shop there. Problem solved.

            That’s like saying, “Well, it’s MY policy that I can submit a return a month after the return policy expired. So they should honor that.” Not quite how it works.

            • coren says:

              Nope, doesn’t work that way – just because they have something posted in the store doesn’t mean you have to abide by it. They can ask you to leave and not co me back, but they can’t force you to abide by it (unless you sign something that says you will)

              • Difdi says:

                And if you did sign such an agreement, the full extent of their remedies for your refusal of a receipt check is…wait for it…telling you not to come back, exactly the same as if there was no such contract!

    • Not Again says:

      I agree. Still don’t know why something so trivial gets people all upset.

      In California, the law gives them the legal privilege to ask you for your receipt. It is a perfectly reasonable way of preventing shoplifting. If they are doing it to all their customers (or using a set pattern, like every fifth customer) then they do not need any cause or suspicion. If they are doing it randomly, then they need a cause to stop you.

      • Difdi says:

        And if the customer politely refuses the receipt check, the refusal does not constitute Reasonable Suspicion of shoplifting, even in California. Of course, you can ask for a receipt check at any time of anyone. But anyone is under no compulsion to obey.

    • Dalsnsetters says:

      Two things.

      1. Federal law and civil rights tell me I don’t HAVE to show my receipt regardless of that stores’ policy (unless it is a store I have a contract with, i.e., Sam’s Club). There is a reason I don’t have a roommate….I don’t like people fucking with MY stuff. It’s mine. I paid for it. You, the Wal-Mart receipt checker, the checker at Best Buy, you have NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to look at my stuff once I’ve paid for it unless I am comfortable with you looking at my stuff.

      2. If you punched me in the face for fighting for my rights (i.e., not showing you my stupid receipt), you’d spend some time in jail and I would pressure the DA to file the most major charges against you that he could, asshole. Would that be worth it?????

    • Difdi says:

      And I’d restrain you, and place you under citizen’s arrest while we waited for the cops to arrive. You’d spend the night (possibly longer, if you’re too poor to make bail) in jail for assault & battery, while the cops would likely congratulate me for showing restraint, in not drawing the sidearm I have a carry permit for in the process of restraining you.

      If you throw the first punch, as long as the force level balances, the other guy can legally mess you up rather badly.

  38. CookiePuss says:

    I wish I knew I could just blow on by receipt checkers without being held. I figured they would hold you and call the police or something. Normally I don’t mind taking the 30 seconds to let them do their thing but a Target incident left me disgusted and I’ll never shop there again.

    I was with my 5 year old niece, sister, and brother in law. He was buying me a TV for Christmas last year. He wanted to get it from Target because he said some gift cards and wanted to return a camera. Anyway, there’s 2 security geeks…er guards standing 5 feet away at the doors watching the transaction and basically just being fat and blocking the doors. After paying my brother in law walks over to the return counter to return a camera and I head to the door with my sis and niece with the boobtube. First guard walks up and asks for my receipt so I show it to him. Not even 3 feet away the second guy at the door asks to see my receipt. I said are you serious? He said it would just take a sec. I wanted to return the TV but we just drove an hour and a half to get there.

    Not only did both guys watch us pay for the damn thing but then they both ask to see the receipt. I wish I wasn’t with the fam. I would’ve put the receipt in the front of my pants and said “Come and get it ya sexy beast!” in the best gay voice I could muster. Bastages.

  39. johnmc says:

    Attention Walmart, Go F yourself.

  40. hungrynomadiclion says:

    Everyone, please just show your receipts. It is a store policy. It is not an attempt at authoritarianism. We are not trying to degrade you. It is not racism, sexism or classism. We check as many people as we can, of all races, colors, creeds, classes sexes and ages. We just need to verify that the $500 television you are trying to walk out the door with was paid for and is the right model. Isn’t that reasonable enough?

    You may not be a thief, but thieves exist. Cashiers are not infallible and make mistakes. Until the day thieves do not exist, and until the day cashiers are infallible, it is necessary that we put up with a little extra scrutiny to make sure store property is being processed correctly. This is especially true at Best Buy, where I work (and check receipts). You know that bag full of camera equipment you bought back in the department with your salesperson? Well you didn’t even buy it where the guy at the door could see it. Isn’t it reasonable someone would check to make sure you did not stuff a $200 external harddrive in the bag on the way to the door? I would go so far as to say without the receipt checker, you would be waiting longer, since we would undoubtedly lock more stuff up and stop processing sales back in the department. So overall, it is in your benefit.

    Also, people make mistakes. I have caught thousands of errors by cashiers both in our favor and the customers favor. How would you like to get home and realize the cashier rang you out for that mp3 player twice? Or gave you the wrong model but rung you up for the one you wanted?

    I know you all know there is no law that says you must show your receipt. But it is a store policy. And when you enter a store, you are automatically agreeing to follow their rules, especially when they are made explicitely clear to you. So please do not just walk by me and say “no thanks” when I ask for your receipt, and please do not make a scene. I can and will ban you from the store. I will collect as much information as possible from surveillance and other assets and if I determine you have stolen something, I will call the police. It really is not worth it.

    Fortunately, I have only had to do this once. Most people are reasonable and I check their receipts and get them out the door in less than 30 seconds.


    Your friendly neighborhood Best Buy receipt checker.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      No thanks. Have a good day.

    • Pax says:

      “I can and will ban you from the store.”

      Oh no, I’m shaking in my boots.

      And if you were to attempt to detain me, I could and would press charges. I’m sure the county jail needs another receipt checker …

      • hungrynomadiclion says:

        I didn’t say detain you, I said ban you from the store. I would only detain you if you actually stole something. A ban from the store means if you come back, we will refuse the sale, and if you refuse to leave, we will call our friends at the police station.

        I’m not trying to be tough, i’m just telling you the way it is so there is no confusion. Was I too rude in my comment?

        • Pax says:

          I simply consider the act of “receipt checking” to be (a) rude, and (b) an infringement uponmy rights.

          I am not a thief. I do not take kindly to being accused of theft.

          Any store that sees all of it’s customers as “potential shoplifters” first, and “valued customers” a distant second … just deserves to go out of business.

          • lumberg says:

            And yet, what you feel about a store’s policy doesn’t really matter once you make a purchase there. By making that purchase, you agree to be bound by their rules. You consider it rude? Don’t accept the policy by purchasing there. Get the hell out and never come back.

            Pax, we keep saying, and we will continue to say it – If you’re that big of an arrogant piece of crap, don’t shop in these stores. I’m sure all these receipt checkers would be happier not to see you anyway.

            And by the way, checking a receipt is a LOOOOOONNNGG way away from being accused of theft. And go ahead and call the police. I’ve seen that happen numerous times. In once case where the guy was throwing a temper-tantrum about showing his receipt, the cop ended up telling the customer not to come back and he told us to call the police if he showed up again.

            Don’t like it? For the billionth time, DON’T SHOP THERE!

            • kabamm says:

              What? Just by being in the store I agree to their arbitrary policy? By making a purchase I have entered into a contract including arbitrary and possibly unlawful provisions? You’re delusional.

              • lumberg says:

                By making a purchase you are agreeing to store policy. That’s no delusion, my friend, I’ve worked retail for a loooong time. Try calling a cop to complain about store policy – as long as it is clearly posted somewhere, you’ve got no case.

                • Pax says:

                  That’s the key – “clearly posted”. A 3×5 index card taped to the register? Not sufficient.

                  • lumberg says:

                    Go ahead and continue to believe it. Let me know what the cops say when you throw your next temper-tantrum.

                    • coren says:

                      The cops won’t come if walmart calls and says “HE WOULDNT LET ME CHECK A RECEIPT”

                      And if they get told it’s suspected theft, they’re gonna be pissed if it’s over a non receipt shown (nevermind that store personnel can’t detain you over that – nor would they try)

                    • Pax says:

                      This is what’s worse: if they say “suspected theft”, then they’ll get slapped with a lawsuit for Defamation.

                    • lumberg says:

                      First off – I was referring to a comment that the cops would be called by the CUSTOMER if he threw a fit about showing his receipt because he was being “detained against his will.” The cops would most certainly not side with the customer on that. If a customer is that adamant about not showing a receipt, then that can be interpreted as reasonable suspicion in the eyes of the police, and they will interview the customer themselves before releasing them. The store would not be liable for any “damages” as a result of the customer’s childish temper-tantrum. I’m not making this stuff up, guys – I speak from experience.

                      And I find it very amusing how Pax continues to throw the word lawsuit around over this. Not a court in the world would award you any amount of money over a receipt check. Not for being detained, not for “defamation,” not for anything else.

                      I only wish I could be there one day when the judge laughs at your case. Good luck with that.

                    • Pax says:

                      >>> First off – I was referring to a comment
                      >>> that the cops would be called by the
                      >>> CUSTOMER if he threw a fit about showing
                      >>> his receipt because he was being “detained
                      >>> against his will.”

                      Two failures in reading comprehension, there.

                      ONE: I never suggested I would throw a fit. Only that I would not comply with a request to review my receipt. “Say ‘no thanks’, smile, and keep walking” is the response I’d go with.

                      TWO: The police would be called only if the checker, in response to my “no thanks”, ACTUALLY took physical steps to prevent me from leaving the store. That _is_ unlawfully detaining me (and if hands are laid upon me, is _also_ “assault”).

                      >>> If a customer is that adamant about not
                      >>> showing a receipt, then that can be
                      >>> interpreted as reasonable suspicion in
                      >>> the eyes of the police,

                      No, it can’t. Refusal to submit to a Warrant-less search is NOT, in fact, sufficient probable cause for theofficer to conduct a warrant-less search.

                      >>> Good luck with that.


                    • coren says:

                      Why would I call and complain about a store policy? I’d just ignore it, as it’s uneforcable.

                      Oh, and refusal to submit to an illegal search is not enough for reasonable suspicion- and even if it were, they can’t really do much without probable cause (which they won’t get from such a situation)

                    • Sian says:

                      It comes down to this. you have every right to ask for my receipt. I have every right to refuse, as the receipt is my private property. You have every right to ban me from the store, for any reason, as it is also private property. If you want to ban me for not following some BS policy, then so be it. I’m sure your corporate masters will be very proud. I’ll make sure they know about it. I won’t lose any sleep over it.

            • Pax says:

              “By making that purchase, you agree to be bound by their rules.”

              Only if those “rules” are posted in sufficiently prominent and clearly comprehensible a manner as to satisfy the standards of the law.

              You cannot be bound by a contractual term without being made aware of it BEFORE agreeing to the contract. That includes contracts of sale, and terms like “we get to search your bags and/or person before you leave”.

              Oh, and by the by? The little 3″ by 5″ (at most) bit of paper taped to the register, in the picture above? Is not sufficiently prominent, as it could be EASILY missed or overlooked. Especially as it’s the smallest sigh/notice attached to the register.

        • jason in boston says:

          You must be new here.

          There are times when I need to pick an emergency hard drive because of failure. For those times only, I go to best buy. I am not one to show papers for something I didn’t buy in the front of the store. You don’t want people walking around with stuff already purchased? Change your business model and put all cashier stations at the door and not randomly in the store.

          Two times ago I had a kid like you follow me out to my vehicle and start writing down license plate numbers. I kindly gave him my business card and asked him if he was going to detain me. I then asked if he wanted to start filling out a “no trespass” order for me to sign and offered to call the police on the non-emergency number. The kid got quiet real quick. I handed the kid my business card and told him to scram and have the store manager call me when he had a chance.

          Manager called my office, I again asked if he wanted to file a no trespass order against me. He said no and explained that it is just the way that corporate wants people that refuse to show receipts. I asked him where most of his shrink came from. After some back and forth, he finally admitted that it was internal or from vendors. I asked him why have receipt checkers in the first place if most of the shrink happens in the store. His response was that it is just the corporate line. I have a feeling that manager will not be at the store much longer. He will go on to bigger and better things. I hope.

          I saw the receipt check kid last time I bought a hard drive in the middle of the store. I winked at him when I was leaving, this time he didn’t follow me back to my vehicle.

          Obligatory /cool story bro

    • Kevin Paffrath says:

      I appreciate your post hungry. It’s interesting to hear your points as a receipt checker. I agree and support your stance, as it’s partially your job to ensure product isn’t stolen to allow places like Best Buy and Walmart to maintain their low prices.

      I would find it rude for a person to deny an employee requesting a receipt. Besides, department stores are private property and can have any policies/detain whomever they wish. If someone doesn’t want to show their receipt, maybe they shouldn’t shop at a store with discounted prices because the store legitimately attempts to prevent thieves.

      • kabamm says:

        Heh. Best Buy = Low Prices? Heh ha hah hah hah ha hah ha.

      • Sian says:

        I have no problem doing this at discount club stores like Costco, where the policy is clearly lined out in the contract I signed.

        The fact is that once I’ve paid at the register, anything I purchased, and this includes the receipt, is my private property, and being in my direct possession, you have as little right to go through it as you do turning out my pockets, *unless you have reasonable suspicion that I have committed a crime*. Store policy does not supersede law of the land.

        Sure, you can have me banned from the store for any reason, that’s your right since the store is private property as well. I’m sure corporate will appreciate your zeal.

    • Southern says:

      Isn’t it reasonable someone would check to make sure you did not stuff a $200 external harddrive in the bag on the way to the door?

      Except that you for just admitted that you treat everyone who shops at (your) Best Buy as a thief, and therefore NOT as a customer.

      So you have a sign on the door going into the store that Best Buy personnel will receipt-check everyone leaving the store? Please show me that “Policy” posted in the store. I’ve never seen one at MY local Best Buy.

      (I’ve also never been receipt-checked at my local Best Buy. Never been receipt checked at Wal-Mart for that matter, either, but everything is in bags anyway. Fry’s is a different story.)

    • ap0 says:

      Wow, really towing the corporate line there. You say you’ve caught thousands of mistakes — you’ve been checking receipts for way too long, man. That whole “you agree to this policy when you enter” thing is crap. Unless you show me something I signed saying I know and agree to all the policies in your store, it’s not really gonna fly in anywhere but your toughguy shrinkage-preventing arbiter fantasy world. You really found your calling.

    • Dalsnsetters says:

      Ummmm, if a cashier charged me twice when I purchased only one of some item, I’d sure as hell know all about it before I left that checker’s register.

      I don’t know about everyone else here, but as I shop, I maintain an approximate total in my head. A couple of bucks either way? Meh, no big deal. More than 10 bucks? We’re gonna take a look at that.

      So believe you me, if a checked had charged *me* twice for an mp3 player, they wouldn’t charge me twice for that mp3 player.

    • Difdi says:

      My personal policy overrides any external policy, though it only extends to my person, papers and property. But guess what? All of those include the items a receipt checker or bag search looks at. I only obey other people’s policies as is mandated by the law and good manners.

      Given that a receipt check is at it’s most basic level an accusation of theft and a demand to provide proof one is not a thief, both of which are unforgivably rude, the matter of good manners is met by a simple “No thanks” on my way out of the store.

      The law is on my side in the matter of my personal policy. A police officer, outside of a few very narrow circumstances, would need a search warrant to do what many receipt checkers demand to be allowed to do. A receipt checker has far less authority, both moral and legal, than any police officer. My answer is the same to both. A polite refusal, and if the other party insists, a request to view the warrant.

    • MikieJag says:

      I am trying not to be personal, but it is only corp policy when ALL stores do it. There are a few Best Buys in my area and when one is empty I head to another. Out of the three only one routinly will check my recipt.
      Do I look like a thief there? What about the other stores? Could it be a fluke, sure, but I have been to them enough to know that it is not typical at the other two. I get you have a job to do, but really. I pay at Costco (or Sams) and that is why they do it. At no time did I ever sign agreeing to this at Best Buy or Walmart, and some little sign at the register or hand written and taped to the door does not make it corp policy. Corp policy is all stores all the time.

    • wjimi says:

      wow this hungry guy cannot be serious. first he says there is no attempt at authoritarianism, then he says by walking into the store you are somehow agreeing to ALL HIS RULES. BS

      Just because we are in your store doesn’t mean we are now in some new sovereign dictatorship.

      Checking receipts is just to show people that they are being monitored somehow, as a thief deterrent. period. You don’t get any supreme powers just because Walmart hired you to check at the door. And his banning threat shows the inaccurate mentality that is THE WHOLE CAUSE of the problem in the first place. Barney Fife. You get one iota of responsibility and you think you have been giving authority. they are NOT the same thing bozo.

      I will show my receipt IF it is convenient and I am asked nicely, and I am in the mood to. If I have already put it away or I am in a hurry – no thanks. And don’t EVER threaten me with “your friends the police” because they are my friends and the law is on my side.

      This poster hungrynom has not been trained properly and maybe his trainer was equally as ignorant.

    • Chris says:

      hungrynomadiclion said, “How would you like to get home and realize the cashier rang you out for that mp3 player twice? Or gave you the wrong model but rung you up for the one you wanted?”

      That’s a nice thought, but the walmart receipt gestapo isn’t going to notice the extra charge for the mp3 player. Those that actually do more than just swipe the receipt with a highlighter, will see you have an mp3 player and make sure there’s one of the receipt. Most don’t really do anything but hey, if it wasn’t for that position, they may not have a job, so I guess I won’t worry to much about them.

  41. Bystander says:

    Sometimes, I do this: “May I see your receipt, please?”
    Hand them the receipt.
    Keep Walking.

    • hungrynomadiclion says:

      I’d be fine with that, provided all your items were paid for. I can remember what I see pretty easily, and we use clear bags for a reason. Then i’d throw your receipt in the trash. Hopefully you don’t need to return your product.

      • ellemdee says:

        As many stores (Walmart included) try to push people towards bringing their own canvas bags, it will get harder and harder to tell if someone just paid for their stuff at a register, threw stuff in their bag w/o paying and are trying to leave with it, or are leaving with nothing in their bag (since they’ll be carrying their own bag out the door in any of these situations). Stores should be careful what they ask for. Pushing people to use their own bags will only necessitate a higher level of harassment of their own customers, even if they leave the store w/o buying anything, since they won’t be carrying the store’s own plastic bag that makes it obvious (or at least very, very likely) that they just went through the register. More motivation for me not to use reusable bags.

      • Bystander says:

        Give ’em last week’s receipt? :-)

  42. sopmodm14 says:

    personally, i usually just have the receipt out

    it prevents others from simply walking out with carts full of merchandise

    i guess it helps to do my part to minimize loss prevention, otherwise, because i’m so naively honest, i’ll just pay more.

    its a policy b/c of a few rotten apples. otherwise, we shouldn’t have the luxury of shopping, but instead simply ordering of goods.

  43. sopmodm14 says:

    personally, i usually just have the receipt out

    it prevents others from simply walking out with carts full of merchandise

    i guess it helps to do my part to minimize loss prevention, otherwise, because i’m so naively honest, i’ll just pay more.

    its a policy b/c of a few rotten apples. otherwise, we shouldn’t have the luxury of shopping, but instead simply ordering of goods.

  44. eman187 says:

    I noticed Walmarts in questionable neighborhoods always check receipts. Also they sometimes checks receipts late at night (after 10pm).

  45. Intheknow says:

    Once I gave them the wrong receipt – from a prior trip – and no one even noticed. She just glanced at it and gave it back.

  46. yevarechecha says:

    Sheep here. I haven’t been in a Wal-Mart in about 8 years (we don’t have them in DC), but other stores like Best Buy do check receipts and when they ask, I pull it out. Same if a cashier asks for ID when paying by credit card. It takes 5 seconds, then I move on with my life and think no more about it. I just don’t care. I have enough small things in my life to get enraged about, like people who slow to a crawl on merge ramps. This isn’t worth the energy.

  47. acknight says:

    I’ve only ever been asked to show receipt when what I’ve purchased isn’t in a bag. Which, while still not compulsory, is a much more reasonable way to do it (non-paid stickered, non-bagged merchandise looks an awful lot more like theft).

  48. DeadPlasmaCell says:

    I don’t care either way.. I always have my receipt out anyway. It’s 50/50 that I get asked to show a receipt and it’s always an older person just trying to do their job, so I take the 2 seconds and show them. If they start wanting to see my ID or something like that, then I’ll have an issue. Until then a 70 year old who takes 2 seconds to glance at my stuff isn’t going to get my panties in a bunch.

  49. Not Again says:

    Never bothered me, still cannot figure out why it bothers people, and I have never been asked to show my receipt at walmart. Other places yes. I have more important things to worry about than something as trivial as showing a receipt. All you who are quoting laws and codes thinking you would prevail are getting it all wrong.

  50. Bog says:

    It might be borderline brandishing, but you could put the receipt in your coat pocket and, if you are one of “those” people with a CCW under your coat, make sure the receipt checker gets just a glimpse as you get the receipt out of your pocket….

  51. jurupa says:

    I really don’t know why people are getting all uptight over thing really. You can show your receipt or not. Don’t show it and there is a good chance a scene will be made. Show your receipt and no scene/problem. There are no laws or rights being broken here anyway. Now if WalMart said they where going to search your bag of things you just bought, then they be breaking the law for unlawful search. But they are not doing that here.

    Besides more than likely they have this sign up to deter shoplifters anyway

  52. uber_mensch says:

    Why should any of you care whether I show my receipt or not?
    Up to me!

  53. PeteWa says:

    I personally refuse to wait in a second line just to show off my receipt.

    Walmart setups up their cash registers in a way to ensure that you have to walk through, not around in order to leave – that alone should be enough for the greeter to respond to. Did the person exit from the cash registers? Leave them alone, did they try to exit via the entrance walk way? Stop them!

  54. FrankReality says:

    Another one of these near useless threads about receipt checking. The arguments pro and con don’t change. You have compliant people, some who are on the edge and others who feel its their personal mission to be defiant, arrogant jerks and cause as much conflict as they can.

    The only thing new in the discussion is the Best Buy receipt checker’s excellent post explaining what is done and why. Now if I were Best Buy, I’d put the receipt checking policy right on the register slips just above the signature line or on the entry door or both.

    Fortunately, the vast majority of people are relatively understanding and cooperative. Society works a lot better when people are understanding and cooperative.

    One thing that bothers me about the discussion is the blanket legal statement that stores cannot require receipts for checking. I suspect that the laws regarding receipt checking, the laws governing when persons can be stopped by checkers and the laws governing disorderly conduct will vary with the state and in some cases may vary with the local/county laws.

    For guys like Pax, you may want to consult an attorney BEFORE you choose to pick a fight on the issue.

    • lumberg says:

      I agree with what you say, however in my experience it doesn’t matter what is posted where or how big it is posted. I’ve had countless customers over the years tell me that they shouldn’t have to be held to the terms of the return policy because, in their words, “Who reads the words on the back of the receipt!?”

      Honestly, I think that in Walmart’s case, this sign at the register is MORE than sufficient. People keep saying it isn’t because of it’s size, and if it were that size on some random wall of the store, I would agree. But this is right in front of the customer’s face at the register, and if they don’t read it, it’s their own fault. Customer’s can’t be hassled to read signs because they expect retail locations to treat them like royalty regardless of what the rules may be. At my last job, we had a sign on the pinpad device RIGHT ABOVE the swipe slot that said, “For security purposes, please hand credit card to cashier.” You wouldn’t believe the number of people who just put their card away as soon as they swiped and then got mad when we asked to see it.

      (For that matter, there were a number of people who thought it was a violation of privacy for the cashier to see the card! Debit cards, yes – but not credit cards. It is policy of the credit card companies that the cards be validated, and any store that doesn’t do that is just being lazy. But that’s another discussion for another time).

      • Dalsnsetters says:

        In order for the sign to be truly effective, and for the consumer to make an INFORMED DECISION about shopping there, it should be posted on the door as you go INTO the store. Seeing it as your stuff is rolling across the belt is juuuuuust a little bit too late, especially if it’s Wal Mart and you’ve spent time doing a major shopping.

        Retail, you aren’t going to change our minds….store policy does NOT trump MY civil rights. Not at all. And posting that policy so the consumer sees it as they are LEAVING the store or paying for their items is NOT adequate. The consumer must know these policies PRIOR to shopping in the store for a policy to be truly effective.

        It’s been said before….you must be new here.

        Pax’s thing about calling the cops pertains to (I believe) a receipt checker who attempted to detain someone for not showing a receipt. *THAT* would be unlawful detainment by someone who has no authority to detain someone. And god help the receipt checker that lays a hand on a person who refuses to show that receipt. That would leave the retailer open for a big, old nasty lawsuit for battery.

        • Pax says:

          Assault, actually.

          Battery is impact without intent – for example, accidentally bumping shoulders as you walk by, perhaps knocking the other person into the wall as a result. MUCH harder to prove, as I believe actual harm is required (a bruise, whatever). And innately precludes Intent. OTOH, if one contacts another person with intent but without permission, then even WITHOUT any harm being done … Assault. When you hit someone (intentional contact), AND cause harm (bruising, whatever) … that’s why they have “Assault _AND_ Battery”.

          But yes, actually laying hands on someone to prevent them from leaving would be both Assault, and Unlawful Detainment.

          I don’t (yet) expect anything that serious, mind you.

      • Pax says:

        “I agree with what you say, however in my experience it doesn’t matter what is posted where or how big it is posted. I’ve had countless customers over the years tell me that they shouldn’t have to be held to the terms of the return policy because, in their words, “Who reads the words on the back of the receipt!?” “

        Actually, putting the policy solely on the back of the receipt is insufficient, as that would make it a contractual term brought into play AFTER the sale was complete. And, this is a basic principle of contract law: you cannot be bound by a term you were not properly apprised of BEFORE entering into the contract.

        IOW: there’s no such thing as “OH, by the way, you also have to _____”.

        Now, if it’s posted reasonably-prominently at the register, or over the customer serivice desk? That’s kosher.

        But if (as with your back-of-the-receipt example) I’m not informed of some limitation on returns until AFTER I’ve handed my money over, and we’ve “sealed the deal” as it were? Then that policy cannot be enforced.

        Oh, you can try. But fifty bucks and a visit to small claims court later, I’ll have my return. AND those fifty bucks (at least here in MA, you can add the cost of filing, to the damages you’re seeking).

    • coren says:

      Not showing my receipt when I’m not obligated to (and I am not at Walmart, let’s be clear) by no means makes me a defiant, arrogant jerk who wants conflict.

    • Southern says:

      The only thing new in the discussion is the Best Buy receipt checker’s excellent post explaining what is done and why.

      Are you shitting me? The guy ADMITS he treats everyone as potential thieves first, and “valued customers” second, then threatens everyone that doesn’t show their receipt with a lifelong ban from “His” store? That’s an excellent post? To me, that’s a reason to never shop at his store.

      Ok, so showing a receipt is a “small thing”. Eventually, all these “Small things” add up to one BIG thing: “Death by 1,000 cuts”

      There are so many “Small things” that the *government* takes away from us on a daily basis that it takes something BIG like Gay Marriage or the Health Care Bill to get people REALLY riled up because we’ve become so damn complacent in just about all other aspects of our “rights” in this country.

      So many people call “receipt checking” a small thing. Many other people call it “illegal search and seizure”.. Like when a cop pulls you over and says “Hey, you mind if I check your trunk?” You have the right to refuse – you don’t HAVE to do it. If they have probable cause, they’re not even going to ASK, they’re just going to DO it. It’s your RIGHT to get a warrant!

      You know those thing called “Miranda Rights”? That’s another RIGHT you have that is currently under attack (Yes, the courts are taking away certain right from Miranda.)

      Death by 1,000 cuts.

      If nobody complains (and hell, even when sometimes they do, RE: Health Care), they figure that the American public just doesn’t care about their rights, and the more they’ll whittle them away, year by year. Death by 1,000 cuts.

      (Now frankly, I don’t care about showing my receipt, but I FULLY understand why people DO (get upset)) – and that is TOTALLY their legal right. To sit here and tell them that they’re idiots because they’re standing up for their rights (AND OURS) is really nobody’s business but theirs.

      Trust me, if NOBODY stood up for ANY of our rights except for our beloved “Representatives”, where do you think this country would be?

      (Sorry Frank, this rant isn’t directed specifically at you, but the whole “it’s no big deal” attitude that some people have). :)

  55. Chris J. Stone says:

    Haha, another post from someone who feels like having his receipt checked is a grave injustice and that he’s looking forward to being asked so that he can make a scene about it.

    You know, instead of trying to just help people help you, why not look forward to finding an excuse to yell at retail employees?

    I hate customers like this.

  56. Tombo says:

    I remember when Best Buy started doing that. I felt like they assumed I was stealing from them. Didn’t shop there for about 8 years after they started that. By “they,” I mean corporate, not the poor guy or gal stuck with the job. I feel empathy for the person checking the receipts, but I simply feel intruded upon and presumed a criminal. Not a feeling I would expect after forking over some hard earned cash (unless I’m paying taxes heh).

    I feel empathy for the bum asking for change, but I sure as hell ain’t gonna invite him home for some free pickins.

  57. Tansey says:

    (I just tried to post a comment and hit the wrong button on my iTouch so I apologize if I happen to double post). Anyways, my comment: I really don’t see what the big deal is with having to show your receipt to a greeter. At my local Fry’s Electronics they have the same rule (they also mark your receipt with a high-lighter) and I’ve never seen anyone make a big stink about it there.

    You’re given the receipt as soon as you pay. Is it really so hard to hang onto it for the 20 seconds it takes to walk from the checkout lane to the exit and show it to a greeter for another 5 seconds? Don’t put it in your purse/wallet/pocket, then give the greeter a dirty look and an attitude because you have to dig it out and show it to them. They’re just following store policy and doing their job, so don’t take it out on them. I’m sure those of you who do that wouldn’t appreciate that greeter coming to your job and treating you rudely.

    I don’t know, maybe people only complain about the receipt policy because it’s wal-Mart.

  58. Kahless says:

    I must say I have little hope for the University’s in this country since a majority of these posts show not even a basic understanding of how the legal system works.

    There is just so many wrong statements in so many posts on both sides of the argument I am not even going to try and sort it out

    • Dalsnsetters says:

      Well, unless and until you “sort them out” I’m going to assume you are just blowing smoke.

      Must be a troll. I promise I won’t feed it anymore.

    • brinks says:

      It’s “universities”, not “University’s”.

  59. KyBash says:

    About five years ago, when one store started checking receipts and there was sometimes a line to get out the door, the members of one group decided to teach the store a lesson.

    One would buy some things they didn’t really need. When they tried to go straight out the door, they were stopped. Instead of raising a fuss, they simply pulled out their cell phone, called Visa, and said they needed to do a chargeback because they purchased the items in good faith but weren’t allowed to take them out of the building. They then simply walked out the door, leaving their cart behind. (A fellow member was always nearby to secretly videotape the incident to prove the customer hadn’t been allowed to remove the merchandise from the store.)

    92 members each did this within a space of two weeks. Apparent lost sales was over $23,000.

    I don’t know how much a chargeback costs the company, but they happily ate it, and I believe they are still checking receipts to this day.

    Personally, I’ve only been checked when walking out with an unbagged item or if something sets off the alarm. I can’t see stores doing it to everyone around here, but if a store does institute the policy, I’ll have to weigh the hassle against the cost/convenience of shopping there and decide what is best, for me, to do.

  60. brown eyes says:

    I will do without before I ever shop at WalMart. They have been a major player in the ruination of the economy, yet people flock there for food they don’t need, clothes that don’t fit, and general junk that will get thrown or given away within months. Then you add poor customer service, bad personnel policies and insensitive management and you have WalMart. I would rather SHOP SMART THAN SHOP AT WALMART.

  61. brown eyes says:

    I will do without before I ever shop at WalMart. They have been a major player in the ruination of the economy, yet people flock there for food they don’t need, clothes that don’t fit, and general junk that will get thrown or given away within months. Then you add poor customer service, bad personnel policies and insensitive management and you have WalMart. I would rather SHOP SMART THAN SHOP AT WALMART.

  62. ErnestPayne says:

    Well it should be easy enough for some bright computer person to fake a receipt but then, based on the shoppers I have seen in US walmarts, the customers don’t appear to be that “literate”.

  63. Kevin says:

    I smile, say, “No, thank you.” and never stop walking. Every time the old lady clenches her jaw and says, “Have a nice day.” through the teeth.

  64. Its_Miller_Time says:

    Was at Best Buy yesterday and they actually have a sign at the Security Desk right when you walk out the door that they “Reserve the right to check receipts before you leave the store”

  65. kylere1 says:

    The best way to avoid this is…. STOP SHOPPING AT WALMART.

    It is NOT a great deal, it is NOT good for the country, and it is NOT good for consumers.

  66. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    If I strongly felt that a store was violating my rights, I would simply stop going there.

  67. Boo LaRue says:

    Does anyone have a case of the a$$ with Sam’s for requiring the same thing? I’ve never heard anyone have heartburn about having to do this at Sam’s. They are owned by the same company so it only makes sense that policy would eventually make its way over to Walmart.

    • Dalsnsetters says:

      I have no problem doing it at Sam’s because I signed a contract when I first took out my membership agreeing to show my receipt. I have no such contract with Wal Mart, Best Buy or anyone else who wants to look at my receipt.

      Apples and oranges.

  68. Harry_Greek says:

    “but that day where [[where]] I have to make a scene will come eventually.”


    You CAN be a courteous and professional customer. But, then again, you ARE looking to create a scene. I am guessing there isn’t much for you to do where you live? So, you have to create drama.

    Personally, I have no issue whatsoever with someone checking my receipt. And, I find you more at fault for even looking to create a scene, than even thinking about what is wrong with someone asking nicely to see your receipt.

    If the drone at the door is being rude, then go off – by all means. But, if I ran across such filthy ilk making a stink over this, I would drop a wet heavy cough on the back of your neck as you went off on someone doing their job.

    You want drama? You got it.

    • coren says:

      Wow. That’s technically assault (i mean it’s essentially spitting on someone) because you think they should be nicer to the person at Walmart.

      Nevermind the person said that they meant “because they’re going to grab my arm or cause a fuss if I don’t let them check”in the comments

  69. goldilockz says:

    Comparing a quick receipt check to a full body strip search is so ridiculous I don’t even know what to say.

  70. proscriptus says:

    What the hell is wrong with us that the majority think this is OK? Walmart’s desires do not supersede our rights.

  71. Dallas_shopper says:

    If I saw that sign at the register, I’d leave my cart right there at checkout and walk out.

    Not that I shop at Wal-Mart all that often, but I refuse to be searched like a common criminal every time I spend money at a store. It’s absurd.

  72. Rocket says:

    Welcome to Wal-Mart, get your shit and get out.

  73. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    I’ve worked retail. Some company needs to hire me on to investigate other ways of preventing Theft. Receipt checks DO NOT work.

    I encourage a news station to try it one day, see how easy it is to walk out with something large and expensive in your cart – but not on your receipt, and see what percentage of these people actually catch it versus those who let you walk out.

  74. Sleepingbear says:

    Why are you shopping at Walmart in the first place, do you really hate your community that much?

  75. Xenodox says:

    The constant drumbeat of douchebags complaining about receipt checking on the forums here is depressing and retarded.

    Seriously, there’s no business activity out there that gives more grist for the mill than a store asking you to let them highlight your receipt on the way out to ensure no-one else uses your receipt to shoplift?

    If you have your receipt out, and you don’t act like a jerk at the door, it takes essentially no time and you can simply go on about your day.

    It only delays you when you act like you have some kind of moral superiority over the store chain, or try to cause an incident with the stated intent – as per some of these commenters – of provoking a lawsuit-worthy response from a store employee who I’m pretty sure would like to just get on with their day.

    But there’s something else here that nobody seems to have touched on.

    Ever notice that Walmart – in particular – is willing to employ people who are, in the current PC parlance, “differently abled?”

    Ever notice that they are usually the door greeter?

    That’s because saying hi, and highlighting receipts, is usually well within their abilities, gives them employment, and a sense of being useful.

    When you assclowns give them a big ration of crap, you’re just needlessly tormenting the handicapped.

    That’s not moral superiority, and it’s not you proving some kind of point about consumer rights.

    It’s you tormenting a handicapped kid.

    I’m waiting for Walmart to start filing discrimination lawsuits against you clowns for this kind of rampaging asshattery. Just show your receipt and move on, and we can all get on with life.

    Go complain about Spirit Airlines trying to charge you to talk to a human, instead.

    • Pax says:

      “The constant drumbeat of douchebags complaining about receipt checking on the forums here is depressing and retarded.”

      So is the constant whine of douchebags complaining about people suggesting they would stand up for their legal Rights.

      “When you assclowns give them a big ration of crap, you’re just needlessly tormenting the handicapped.”

      Yes, because saying “No, thank you”, smiling, and continuing to walk out the door … is “a big ration of crap”.

  76. NotEd says:

    Y’know, the sign is there to tell you it might happen.
    If you don’t agree you can always go shop somewhere else.

    That being said my local Walmart only checks if you are carrying items out that have not been bagged at checkout.

    • coren says:

      Well it’s kind of hard to shop somewhere else if that sign isn’t present until checkout – i’m not starting my grocery shopping over at that point.

  77. MacBenah says:

    I cannot believe you whining people. I’ve been on all sides of this issue for years, and am convinced that the ones sniveling about “big ole meany PICKING on me” are the ones who wanted to steal merchandise. Do you have ANY idea how bad the shoplifting costs are? Are you under the impression that some mystical magical agency (The Obama’s Welfare Dept, maybe?) pays for stolen merchandise? Surprise – WE pay for it. Theft losses increase store operating costs which increases what honest customers pay.

    • Dalsnsetters says:

      Generalize much?

      As a former law enforcement officer, and someone who hasn’t had so much as a speeding ticket in more than ten years, I take offense to your assumption that those of us who won’t allow our receipt to be checked are somehow planning on stealing something or have already stolen something. I don’t have much in this world, by my rights are MY RIGHTS and Wal Mart or Best Buy, or even you, cannot take those rights away just because they want to.

    • Pax says:

      Walmart themselves, as related by another commentor here, admits that only 5% of their “shrinkage” (that is to say: “inventory that goes missing”) is the reuslt of shoplifters.

      They also admit that 85% of it is the result of their OWN EMPLOYEES, and their vendors.

      IOW: 85% out the back door, 5% out the front door. (The other 10% are apparently book-keeping and paperwork errors.)

      So, why’re they posting a sentry at the FRONT door, instead of the back door? Why not put them where SEVENTEEN TIMES as much theft occurs?

      • coren says:

        Actual receipt checking can catch some of the employee shrink (as they’ll have an accomplice and “miss” expensive items when ringing them up). Of course, Walmart doesn’t practice actual receipt checking, nor do they have the right to.

    • AugustaCassiopeia says:

      If these were actual checks, you *might* have a point by having the greeter accuse every single customer of being a thief. The problem is, they dont even do that. I could pay for 16 items, slip 3 more in the bags and the greeter, “checking my receipt” would never notice. They do not go thru every item.

      As it stands now, Walmart just blanket accuses every customer of theft, then wastes their
      time glancing at a little piece of paper before letting the customer walk out (thief or not).

  78. AugustaCassiopeia says:

    I just start yelling STOP! THIEF! when they ask for mine. I yell it until they’ve looked over
    the receipt and decided that the MONEY I PAID FOR THE DAMN ITEMS is sufficient
    for me to leave the damn store with them.

  79. osiris73 says:

    I’m going to start asking receipt checkers to see their ID and a current pay stub proving to me that they are in fact a store employee. If they decline and let me pass, so much the better. If they play along, I’m going to carefully inspect their information, hand it back to them with a little pre-made card I’ll keep in my wallet explaining to them that what they’re asking is as legal as what I just did to them, stating state and local laws proving such.

  80. operator207 says:

    I have only been stopped at Walmart to be asked to see a receipt if I have something outside of a plastic bag. Even if it’s a 50lbs bag of dog food. If everything I buy is in a plastic bag, they do not stop me. Then again, to go from the checkout to the door in the Walmart I frequent, I have to walk by the pharmacy with all the pill bottles out on shelves and the “toiletries” section. I guess they are making sure I did not decide I needed some Vitamin C after I checked out.

    Most of the “Greeters” at this Walmart are disabled people. The way I see it, is at least this Walmart is giving jobs to people that normally could not get a more common place one. That may sound offensive to some, i am not trying to be offensive, I simply cannot find a better way to say it. Sorry.

  81. parsonsdj1 says:

    Much. Fuss. About. Nothing.

  82. syzygy says:

    Jason was clearly in Bizarro World. He should have stood near the door and made a scene until someone came over and checked his receipt. Then posted here about all the time he lost.

  83. km9v says:

    Stop being a prick & just show the receipt. Yes, “legally” you shouldn’t have too. The the greeters are just doing their jobs. Is it really that much of an inconvenience to show a receipt for 5 sec.???

  84. crankypage says:

    Ugh.. just redesign your stores so the cashiers funnel right to the exit without all the post-cashier crapola, then I won’t have to stand there and wait for Mildred and all of her golden girl shopping buddies to figure out which purse pocket the receipt disappeared into.

  85. MikieJag says:

    I am in the “no thanks” camp and just walk by. My biggest reasoning is for the wait, do I care about the recipt no, but to wait in some of these lines for so long, just to join a longer line at the door, no thanks.
    When all 5 lines converge into 1, it is stupid to think that it is worth it. I have the bag and receipt in hand and just say no thanks. Although it confuses my kids (10,11) I have to explain that it is worth it to skip over this line, there is nothing illegal and we are not required to stop.

    For those that do not think it is worth it, this is what starts the slipperly slope of loss of rights. First is recipts, then bags, then personal searches…no this is not worse case scenario, but rather what could be. A small stand now, prevents a big fight later. Once a practice becomes a norm, it is harder to reverse. So many lemings just get in the next line without wondering why they just did that.and let it happen.

    • Pax says:

      Exactly this.

      You know what stops a police officer from being able to search yoru grocery bags _just_ because he’s in a bad mood and wants to give some random person a hassle? The Fourth Amendment, and four very important words:

      “Reasonable expectation of privacy.”

      Right now, you can REASONABLY expect that the contents of any store bag will remain _private_. Thus, for a police officer to search them, he or she must have a warrant, or at least “probable cause” (i.e., a _credible_ accusation of theft, or some other crime where the evidence thereof migh tbe concealed in said bag(s).)

      Once it becomes commonplace, and commonly accepted, that even MINIMUM WAGE STORE EMPLOYEES have the right and authority to examine those contents, though? YOU CEASE TO HAVE _ANY_ EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY, reasonable or otherwise!

      And, as a result, any cop, anywhere, at any time, could REQUIRE (on penalty of arrest) you to allow them to search your bag(s), and you would have NO RECOURSE.

      And then from shopping bag, to briefcase/pocketbook/backpack, is a very SHORT step.

  86. bethied says:

    Oh, I’ve been checked. A few years back I went to my local Super Walmart to buy a six-pack of bottled soda, just the soda. So after waiting in line for like 20 minutes while people with overflowing carts in front of me checked out, I pay for my soda, and walk toward the door, sans receipt. This Walmart did NOT have any signage regarding receipt-showing policies, and I figured I wouldn’t need to keep it since I would only be walking from the long row of registers straight to the exit. However, I was accosted at the door by an elderly man demanding to see my receipt. When I explained to him that I didn’t have it, he continued to demand to see it, and I told him I left it behind because I had no plans to return the soda I was buying. Finally I was just like, “Do you want to me to go back and see if she (the cashier) still has the receipt?” At that point, I started to raise my voice a bit because I was basically being accused of trying to steal $3 worth of soda. Other customers took notice, and the greeter mumbled something about “next time” and let me on my way. But as I was leaving, another shopper commented, “Yeah, you really look like the type that goes around stealing soda pop.”

    That said, had there been a sign, I would have kept my receipt. But really, you would think that that practice would be aimed at retaining ther higher-ticket items.

  87. Chris says:

    I do not steal, and never have. Ok, there was that pack of bigred when I was a kid, but my Marine father and his belt cured me instantly of that habit.

    When I swipe my card at the checkout and sign my name, that is the end of my business with Walmart, or any store. Everything I just paid for is now mine, and not subject to search by anyone, unless they plan on accusing me of theft first. I am not rude about it, but simply walk by the receipt gestapo without paying any attention If they do try to get my attention, I simply keep walking, or say no thank you if they insist on following me – rarely happens.

    However, when I am leaving a store with expensive items, like a TV or computer, I do not mind the extra attention by the store to make sure everything is kosher. But for two bags of sugar and a pound of coffee…

  88. MikieJag says:

    What is with the Hate towards Pax? He makes very valid points. As our rights erode away, we need to think back on this and remember small chips are easier to digest than large bites.

    Today is recipt checking, tommorow no shoelaces or belts or loose pants. Sure this is in jest, but what is to stop them from having a “corp policy” of no loose fitting clothes. You know for our protection?

    If the checking of recipts is so important, why has Target or Albertsons or JCpenny not done it? I want to see what it really does other than make me wait additional time for some person to mark a recipt with a highlighter. In my opinion, I only tolerate Costco and Sams because they don’t care what is in my cart, rather they (more often then not) actually count the 20-30 items. I am sure if my total was $25 and I had 12 tvs it would raise a question, but they count the items and match it to the recipt. Sure I signed the Costco contract for this, but they also do not bag my items.

    A recipt checker at Walmart cannot even tell if I have bought something or not, almost everything is in bags. So that removes item count, for those they say it helps if I was double billed, how do they even know? I may have bought two items. Thanks, but if I am double billed and I have no idea then that is my fault.


    Therefore, it really comes down to loss prevention, and they have camera’s, Loss prevention officers, etc for that.

    I want some one to give me a real reason why recipt checking even exists?

    • Pax says:

      “What is with the Hate towards Pax? He makes very valid points.”

      You answered your own question. :)

      That, and I’m a VERY prolific participant in any debate I give a fig about, so “they” are seeing my name often enough for it to “stick” in their memory.

  89. Andrew360 says:

    This is pointless. If they cannot check the receipt of EVERY customer then they’re not going to be successful at loss prevention. Anyone stealing can just say no.

    The law says that they cannot do this, therefore some people will say no, and it will start a pointless argument between the store and their customer. In this argument Walmart will insist that their always right… always, and that they’re doing this to help insure prices remain low. The customer will be rightfully irritated and calmly explain to Walmart that their idiots for the reason mentioned above, but Walmart won’t listen because they’re always right… always.

  90. kmkazoo says:

    Or you could just avoid the whole issue by not shopping at Walmart, at all. That’s my choice, and it works just dandy!

    Just don’t like them, don’t like their policies, don’t like how they treat their workforce, don’t like their effect on communities’ existing stores and downtowns . . .

  91. justmom2 says:

    I never show my receipt at Walmart, I either say nothing or say no and just keep walking. The store where I shop in Quincy MA doesn’t have any signs stating that you have to show a receipt. I have actually watched them doing this and they do not check everyone…not sure what you need to look like to get checked or not to get checked, but the way I feel is if you want to see my receipt you must think I stole something and if thats the case the you better get the police here. When you’ve detained me for no reason I will SUE you.

  92. Chrisnif says:

    I have a 3 part solution to this problem.
    1. Say “No thank you, have a great day.” Keep walking, works about 99% of the time.
    2. When I shop there I typically have a receipt from another previous trip, show them that one and if they notice commend them, if they don’t call the store, I’m sure the manager on duty that moment would LOVE to know what their greeter just did.
    3. If they notice, make the decision, show them the receipt or as said below go to customer service to return the items (I’ve done this once, then drove to a different store to buy the items).

    The best solution is “don’t shop there” and I’m getting close to being weaned off :)