On Thu, 11 May 2006 20:46:30 -0700, Mark & Juanita
lol, so you semi top-post to tell me this?
I'm hoping you can guess from the url - constitution, bill of
rights - #4?
as to top posting, I top posted to a top poster. What do you
do? I used to "fix up" with a cut & paste to the bottom but
I've gotten tired of that. Used to net-cop, too.
It becomes necessary to determine when it is that ownership
of the merchandise changes from the store to the customer.
One would naively su[ppose that happens as soon as the money
changes hands but ISTR that in most states it actuall happens
when the merchandise passes through the door. I guess you
money is still yours up to that point too.
Of course this has nothing to do with your effects that you brought
with you to the store.
And of course the Bill of Rights directly restricts government action,
not private action. Private action is restricted by a number of
indirect appraoches, mostly via the ICC and the 14th amendment.
You had told the employee that you thought you had stolen something?
I asked a _competent_ employee why they were checking receipts
on the way out. He explained that sometimes people will buy something,
take it home, them bring back the receipt and try to walk out with a
second item. The person at the door is supposed to be checking the
TIME and DATE on the receipt to verify that it was just issued.
It may seem like there is a fine line between telling the manager,
I stole these last week but wan tto pay for them now, and
I got home and saw from the receipt that I hadn't paid for these
and want to pay for them now.
But the former is admitting to a crime while the latter stops
short of that and simply acknowledges that he owes the
store some money.
A third option is to carry them in and simply go through the
check-out counter and pay for them without saying anything,
which I think is what the advice suggested.
Well here in the south, our droids run on extremely low power at all times .
. . usually they are the ones to throw it in the bag and say don't worry
about . . . They to are tired of begging for "price check at register" so
and so . . . I left with 14 Simpson straps a few days ago this way .
At Office Depot, after "pitching a bitch" about no one at the check out
counters for over 15 minutes . . . a manager simply walked up and started
pushing my flat cart with a folding table and a case of paper out the door
to my truck . . . loaded it, apologized and ask me to come again . . . no
money ever changed hands . . . .
I was once given about thirty dollars of pipe by a Home Desperate manager.
I went in and bought four, ten-foot lengths of pipe for pipe clamps, had
them cut into three pieces (2, 3 and 5-feet long), and threaded on both ends
of all the peices. They give you one threading for free, and charge for any
more. The drone in plumbing didn't know how to write up the ticket for the
extra cuts and threading, so we walked up front to talk to someone else, who
also had no clue. They called another cluless droid, who called another,
who called another, who called another... ...over the course of twenty
minutes every droid in the store had come up and tried something but none of
their somethings had worked. Finally the manager came up front to see what
all the calls were about. He tried a couple of things, neither of which
worked. Finally he looked over at me and asked, "How long have you been
standing here while we have been trying to figure this out?"
When I told him it was pushing a half hour, he told me he was sorry for my
inconveniance, and to take the pipe and leave. I was back in the store a
week later, and there were prices and codes for the extra cut and thread
fees posted next to the machines.
I thought about writing a letter to corporate, to let them know how much I
appreciated being treated right, but thought better of it. I figure they
would probably fire him for it.
The lags have a code ---usually 3 letters like....AAG....on the head.
That code needs to be entered into the system X the count.
If I were you I would just go back and pay. I once bought a bunch of
pipes and fittings. When I got home I realized that I had screwed one
piece to another and left it that way at checkout. The lady just
scanned one item. The next time I went back I just brought the item
with me and told the the story and paid for it.
If you don't pay for it you're a thief. If I'm going to be a thief it
should be BIG money..not some lags, etc
I was at the local Napa today to get an airfilter, and told the guy
that I owed the store $1.26 for a couple of plastic license plate nuts
and machine screws. He remembered the transaction, said thanks for
coming back to pay, and looked genuinely pleased to have had me come
in. That's just gravy for me. The real payoff is the satisfaction and
peace of mind I get from doing the right thing.
The soapbox is yours.
Sonce today was my birthday (69) I went for a nice lunch at a local
microbrewery. Along with a very good fettucine with portobello
mushrooms and chunks of prime rib, I had a pint of stout and a pint of
dunkel. They forgot to charge for the stout. I told the waitress I
wasn't going to cheat someone on my birthday, and she said the stout
would be a birthday present. Good feelings all around.
BTW, the pints inspired me to compose the following bit of verse.
Here's to the brew you can't see through,
Black as a witch's cat.
If the porter runs out I'll switch to stout,
Straight from the brewers tap.
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