[TriLUG] security goons at TigerDirect in Raleigh: "No, thanks!"
c.crider at gmail.com
Thu May 31 17:36:37 EDT 2007
Thanks for the tip. Is there a link with more details on the legal
aspects of this?
This policy used to enrage me. However, I must admit that after years
of dealing with this policy, I am more like the sheep they want me to be
at the door. I need to add that I get stopped everywhere, no matter which
dress shirt I'm in. Why? I think it just might have something to do with my
arms being sleeved in tattoos [go_figure]. Oh well, it's my choice. :)
Am I supposed to be this apathetic towards
On 5/31/07, Magnus <magnus at trilug.org> wrote:
> Not many stores do this anymore because it turns out they don't exactly
> have the right to coerce you to do this. But TigerDirect is one of
> those stores that still has a security goon at the door to check
> receipts against what is in your bag to make sure you're not stealing.
> What most people don't know, including the people checking the bags,
> your compliance is not required. The moment you paid for your goods,
> they became yours. They no more have the right to inspect your bag now
> than they would to turn out your pockets.
> So I picked up some networking components that I needed for the house.
> I had to explicitly ask for a bag because none was provided. When the
> cashier put my stuff in the bag, he then handed me the receipt and told
> me I would need to have Helga the Security Goon from Bulgaria check my
> receipt and bag on the way out. I smiled and thanked him as I tossed
> the receipt back into the bag.
> Sure enough on the way out, Helga tries to block my path, telling me
> "Sir, I have to check your bag."
> I smile and politely tell her "No, thank you. Have a nice day."
> I think she was completely bewildered by this response. But only for a
> I never stopped moving. But I walked nice and slow so they could
> understand what I was telling them.
> Then the cashier and security goon started shouting at me. "SIR! You
> MUST stop! We MUST check your receipt!"
> I continued to smile, and briefly explained "No, you misunderstand, this
> is mine. You don't need to check it."
> "Sir! STOP!"
> Still smiling, I firmly but politely invited them to try stopping me,
> slowing down a bit more to give them a chance to try.
> When neither of them made a move to stop me, I smiled at both and said
> "Great seeing you. I'll see you again next time!" and walked out the
> door. They didn't follow.
> Folks, next time some security goon wants to make you comply with a
> corporate security policy that violates YOUR civil liberties, stop and
> remember: you don't have to comply.
> I'm sure Helga is a nice sweet lady when she's not wearing her faux cop
> uniform and faux badge, and I don't mean this to be a personal attack on
> her, but I really hope she is unemployed soon and that positino is NEVER
> BTW - This same approach also works well at Wal*mart and Best Buy.
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