Absent a posted store policy to the contrary, you are never obligated to
prove your innocence (by showing a receipt). See the 4th and 5th Amendments.
Of course the Constitution is not binding on a retail store...
I am asking for a quote of law that specifically says a store may not
search a bag leaving the store. Those amendmants do apply but there
are many, many court rulings that bear on this subject.
Sure, the poor bloke at the door is just following orders. My beef
wasn't personal towards him. The point is that I said something hoping
it would get back to the person that makes the rules so they would
know that their customers don't appreciate being treated that way.
A few years ago I tried to buy a camera at Circuit City. Waited in
vain with a bunch of other people at the camera counter. Forget it,
I could have waited an hour and I wouldn't have gotten anyone to
help me ... not as if I could just pick up a camera and checked out,
everything was under lock and key.
I bought a couple other items, a music cd, maybe a video game, and
as I'm leaving, some guy stops me to look in my bag. The one I got
3 steps away when I paid for my stuff. Naively I thought he might
say Find everything you were looking for? Duh. Considering the crowd
around the cameras, the dummies should have been paying the guy
to hand them to people.
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