Back in the day........... I made it out of a store with the little stick-on security tag not deactivated. The door sirens were wailing. It was on a cold medicine pack. The only item I was buying as I was sicker than a dog. Most likely why they didn't chase me down. I went back to the store days later with the security tag and glued it under the child seat on one of their carts in the parking lot. Then put it in the cart corral.Used to be that belligerent about it myself.
Then one day I got home and realized there was an item I hadn't paid for.
How does the store deal with a refusal to be detained? If I have no legal obligation to show a receipt, I'm not stopping.
I don't have to consent to a receipt search or to a detention. If they don't like it, they can trespass me.Walmart's house, Walmart’s rules. Don’t want to show receipt, don’t shop there. Feel insulted? Don’t shop there. But knowing the rules, and then going in and deliberately creating a scene seems… churlish at best.
I shop at Walmart as little as possible, but not because of the receipt. I do not like the crowds, the self-checkout, nor the parking lot. The receipt checking is way down the list. So I shop at the more expensive, smaller, and more convenient grocery store in town and order from Amazon.
What makes this incident unique, and doubtfully applicable to normal circumstances, is that the guy in this case conducted himself in a manner intended to cause his own detention, because of his stated intent to conduct a "sting" to have grounds to sue WalMart.https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/coloradopolitics.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/7/eb/7ebb57b8-0093-11ee-b0f1-bf360216b076/6478bd5e23d09.pdf.pdf
It's an unpublished decision meaning that it doesn't have precedential value. I surmise that this is because the plaintiff was purposefully making it look like he was shoplifting even though he was not, simply to create a case against WalMart. The decision above isn't very useful in determining what would happen if they tried to detain a guy just going about things normally.
Sam's Club, like Costco, is a private member shopping club. WalMart is open to the general public. That's why Sam's Club can make an enforceable receipt-checking policy, while WalMart cannot.I haven’t been in a Walmart for at least 5 years so I’m a little ignorant of their rules. Have they implemented a policy of checking all receipts like Sam’s club?
I can understand if they set a policy of checking EVERY receipt, but if they are arbitrarily checking receipts of let’s say 10% of the customers with no consistent application of the rule, they can pound sand.
I shop at Sam’s club and have no problem with checking receipts. Everyone gets checked and it’s an agreed upon policy. I won’t stop for a store employee who picks me out at random to check my receipt.