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Check, Please.

I'm surprised this isn't getting more local coverage. Then again, I've missed the local news the past few nights and I do need to catch up on my online reading.

There have been a few times while exiting a Target or Best Buy when I refused to show my receipt as I was walking out the door. A simple, "No thank you!" and I continued walking. No one followed me or tried to apprehend me. Nothing really came of it.

However, the local Save-a-Lot tried doing this recently. Instead of my usual "No thank you!" or getting irritated, I decided to have a bit of fun. (Yes, it irritates me when I'm treated as a criminal. Sue me.)

If you've ever shopped at Save-a-Lot, you know that thirty dollars can fill a shopping cart with enough groceries to last a few weeks, at least. I usually shop about twice a month, getting enough groceries to fill four or five large plastic bags.

About a month ago I had just finished packing my groceries and was walking toward the exit. Strange, I thought to myself, they have a security guard at the door, marking receipts. I've seen this at electronics stores, never a grocer.

I was asked for my receipt as I reached the exit. I handed the rent-a-cop my piece of paper and she quickly marked an "X" in yellow marker on it, and motioned for me to move along.

"That's it?"

"That's it."

"Oh. No. You stopped me to check that I wasn't stealing, and to check for employee accuracy. Check, please."

I then unloaded each one of my five bags of groceries lining up the items one by one next to each other on the floor, right in front of the automatic exit door, which was now wildly opening and closing.

If other patrons wanted to leave they had to step over my garlic bread, careful not to smash my apple pie.

The rent-a-cop looked confused for about a minute then examined my receipt and marked each purchased item with a tiny yellow tick mark.

I hope I wasn't the only one to do this and I haven't seen them examining receipts since.

  1. Blogger Jeff | 9/5/07, 1:17 PM |  

    Ooh, sass-tastic.

  2. Anonymous Neil | 9/8/07, 5:06 AM |  

    You should have asked for a pat down as well...You know, just to be sure.

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