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Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... #5116094 05/26/19 08:28 AM
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I went to Wal-Mart yesterday to buy a few things. As I entered the store, I grabbed a bottle of water from cooler near the register, opened it up and had a few gulps of cold water.

Went to a few departments and I noticed a loss prevention officer following me . Maybe he thought I would drink the water and leave empty bottle on shelf... ?

I couldn't find what I needed in tool isle so I headed to deli to get some boneless BBQ chicken tenders and Mac & cheese. I see the guy has followed me from one end of the building to the other side. I did stop at the Automotive Dept to see if any clearance oil deals.
smile LOL

Not really annoyed.... but I understand he was just doing his job.

Any BITOG members ever targeted when shopping ?


Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116098 05/26/19 08:31 AM
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You were the decoy for the shop lifting ring weren't you?.... smile


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116099 05/26/19 08:31 AM
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You should have started running to see what happened.


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116100 05/26/19 08:33 AM
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Hope you didn’t swing by the Hotwheels section.


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116101 05/26/19 08:33 AM
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Well, I’d never consume something in a store like that, prior to purchase. But, if the loss prevention guy was following me around, that would be grounds for having fun with him. Putting hands in pockets, picking up all manner of small items, etc. Picking stuff up, putting it back, etc.


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Cujet] #5116118 05/26/19 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Cujet
Well, I’d never consume something in a store like that, prior to purchase.
I saw a lady open a mayo jar, dip her finger in it for a taste, and then close it up and put it back !!!
Some folks with low blood sugar just can't wait and will take a small piece of hard candy to boost it, or a sip of pop, etc., and I think I did that once a long time ago, like get a cold drink going and pay for it on the way out. People seem to think they can sample fruit in the produce section.

Sam's Club, walmart's other store of course, has started a Scan-As-You-Shop, where you use your smart phone to scan bar codes as you put it in your cart. That will get more people eating inside a store.

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My wifes tweaker cousin is a real shop lifter. Now in her 40's and never been caught. She should be caught!

Anyway you should have grabbed cat food. Taken it to the oil section. Pulled out a 5qt oil jug. Put the cat food in its place. Taken the oil and put it where the cat food was. Then get some feminine products. Take them to the furniture. Put them in a drawer.

Etc! Eventually ending up at the register in the garden dept with your bottled water.


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116146 05/26/19 09:22 AM
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In some states it is illegal to consume before purchase. you could have been arrested on the spot. I think Colorado is one, I know I have seen signs.

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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116153 05/26/19 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Nice

Any BITOG members ever targeted when shopping ?




You were not targeted, you made yourself a target.

Sounds like he handled it well. Simply observed to see if you were a theft risk. What else was he to do when you are seen consuming products within the store?

There are people that would walk around and consume a whole lot of food and never pay.

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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116157 05/26/19 09:33 AM
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So...you drank something that wasn't yours?


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Maybe he was profiling you as one of the shoppers who swap the expensive oil filters into the budget filter boxes.


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Greggy_D] #5116174 05/26/19 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Greggy_D
So...you drank something that wasn't yours?



I do it all the time in bars and restaurants.


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Re: Wal-Mart loss prevention guy following me around.... [Re: Mr Nice] #5116175 05/26/19 09:50 AM
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You could have easily paid for the water as you were merely feet from the registers when you opened it and drank some. You chose to jerk the security persons chain when you noticed security was watching/following you around the store, from one end to another and in a few departments. Until you pay for an item it’s not yours to consume unless you’re in a restaurant setting. “possession being 9/10ths of the law” doesn’t apply here! I’m assuming you paid for the Walmart bbq chicken tenders and Mac and cheese before consuming them! sick

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Yeah, maybe im paranoid but I tend to pay for water or drink and keep the receipt in my pocket if asked during my trip. However, if my kid is freaking out, I have given him a drinkable yogurt from a pack while grocery shopping, but I always pay for it once complete. I do see empty drink bottles on shelves occasionally, so I dont blame them, if ppl steal water they likely steal other items. I recall a guy who was a real klepto, would steal the most useless stuff..like gum, lite candies...guess he went for the thrill, maybe getting caught over stealing something worth a 1$ would change their mind...


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Originally Posted by Mr Nice
I went to Wal-Mart yesterday to buy a few things. As I entered the store, I grabbed a bottle of water from cooler near the register, opened it up and had a few gulps of cold water.

Went to a few departments and I noticed a loss prevention officer following me . Maybe he thought I would drink the water and leave empty bottle on shelf... ?

I couldn't find what I needed in tool isle so I headed to deli to get some boneless BBQ chicken tenders and Mac & cheese. I see the guy has followed me from one end of the building to the other side. I did stop at the Automotive Dept to see if any clearance oil deals.
smile LOL

Not really annoyed.... but I understand he was just doing his job.

Any BITOG members ever targeted when shopping ?



As others said, you weren't targeted. You basically stole the water and the guy was making sure you paid before you left the store. With a store, you consume things after you pay for them. In a bar or restaurant, you can consume things before you pay for them. The taxes here are different between a restaurant and a store.

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