Advice For Christmas Shopping
Or any shopping. The Black & White has run this article in the past, I think, but it is worth a re-print, or two, or more:
Here’s a scenario that is familiar to anyone who has ever set foot in Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite-Aid, or any of a dozen other major retailers. After you have made a purchase, collected your bags, or packed everything into a shopping cart, you head for the exit. Just as you approach freedom an alarm sounds (usually a sequence of ugly, electronic grunts) and a robotic voice (always female) announces: “Please return to the checkout.” Other customers immediately look in your direction, and an employee begins to approach you. What’s your next move?
If you possess an ounce of personal pride or perhaps two ounces of fortitude, then the 100 percent correct move is to proceed immediately out the door.
Hear, hear! I could not agree more. On occasion, after waiting in line to pay for my stuff, I have had to wait in a another line so someone else can make sure I really paid for my stuff. But even when the post-payment inspection does not cost me any more time, it still chaps my hide that the store is presuming I am a shoplifter. I’m glad to hear that someone shares my opinion. I will now follow his lead by ignoring or sarcastically refusing all future requests to check my receipt. If they think I stole something, they can call the cops. If not, I’ve got better things to do.