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‘Giving up your rights every day,’ rages Walmart shopper over controversial receipt rule and claims there’s ‘no reason’

SHOPPERS have slammed the retail store for implementing random receipt checks at the door.

Walmart customers said they’re fed up with the new policy.

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After noticing a rise in theft, retailers are taking precautions to deter shoppers from stealing.

Consumers responded to the anti-theft policies, claiming they feel personally attacked when stopped for a receipt check.

“People are giving up their rights every day,” commented one Facebook user.

“I will not show mine period,” echoed another.

“Never have this problem at Amazon,” said a third.

CHECKED-OUT

After a spike in organized crime, many retailers like Walmart are investing in new anti-theft measures.

Some of these efforts include beefing up security, implementing a limit on self-checkout items, and enforcing random receipt checks.

Many shoppers said these safety measures are ruining their in-person shopping experience.

Shoppers said they weren’t sure wether or not they had to comply with the receipt checks.

While customers are technically not required to show their receipt, in many states, those who refuse can get in trouble with the law.


Those who refuse to comply with new anti-theft measures could even be detained.

Legal experts advise shoppers to show their receipts to avoid such confrontations.

‘PART OF THE PROBLEM’

Some Walmart shoppers said the receipt checks are a fair practice.

“Their store, their rules,” commented one Facebook user.

Legality of receipt checks and detention

In an effort to curtail retail crime, stores are increasingly turning to receipt checks as shoppers exit.

Legally, stores can ask to see a customer’s receipts, and membership-only stores have the right to demand such checks if shoppers agreed to terms and conditions that authorize it.

Many legal professionals have weighed in and come to similar conclusions, caveating that all states do have specific laws.

Generally speaking, stores have Shopkeeper’s Privilege laws that allow them to detain a person until authorities arrive when they have reasonable suspicion that a crime, like theft, has been committed.

Declining to provide a receipt is not a reason in itself for a store to detain a customer, they must have further reason to suspect a shopper of criminal activity.

Due to the recent nature of the receipt checks, there is little concrete law on the legality of the practice, as it takes time for law to catch up with technology.

Setliff Law, P.C. claims that “there is no definitive case law specifically relating to refusal to produce a receipt for purchases.”

For stores that improperly use their Shopkeeper’s Privilege, they could face claims of false imprisonment.

“The primary law that applies to these types of wrongful detention cases is called ‘False Imprisonment’,” explained Hudson Valley local attorney Alex Mainetti.

“Of course, you’re not literally imprisoned, but you’re detained by a person who has no lawful authority to detain you and/or wrongfully detains a customer.”

It is likely that as altercations in stores over receipt checks continue, more court cases will occur giving clearer definitions and boundaries to the legality of receipt checks.

“Show the receipt and go on your way. Life is dramatic enough. People who fight this have absolutely nothing else to do.”

“If you have nothing to hide what is the problem with showing your receipt,” another user said.

“Stop being the problem,” commented a third.

Those who feel that the anti-theft measure is too extreme are being asked to shop elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Costco customers voiced their frustrations over self-checkouts as a store location removes them entirely.

And an Applebee’s customer sparked anger online after she shared a restaurant manager’s response that made her fume.

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