I've followed this thread pretty closely and I'm puzzled. Aren't there
ANY Home Depot employees and or members of their management reading this
that can refute even SOME of the negative comments that have been
posted? Or, do they all agree with the general conclusions espressed
that HD's product selection, overall performance, etc. has really
I tried that with no luck at the Best Buy on 23rd and 6th Ave in Manhattan.
They got a bit nasty and referred to a notice on the door that warned about
the right to inspect bags upon leaving. What do you do in that case?
Walmart does the same thing. It's not an inconvenience and only takes
a second. What was REALLY annoying is that I was setting the alarm
off. After a year I finally discovered that my shoes were setting off
the alarm. A Walmat employee deactivated them for me--no more
problems. Our local HD does not inspect sales slips nor packages on
the way out.
Both of those are criminal offenses in all localities in the US of which I
am aware. In what localities is requiring that one show a store employee
the contents of one's shopping bag before leaving the store a criminal
In one of my former lives I conducted academic research on the guard
(unarmed and armed) industry. While observing class room training I heard a
lawyer advise the students that if a store employee or a guard physically
prevents someone from leaving the store the employee/guard could be charged
with unlawful imprisonment. This would be particularly true if handcuffs
were used. While the charges would probably be dropped somewhere in the
process the legal possibility exists. The lawyer advised that restraining
people and/or taking them into custody and/or handcuffing people is for the
police... the guards role is deterrence, recording information that will
help the police, and calling the police if someone flees. It was kind of an
interesting class that also covered the use of force and deadly physical
force... left me with a more refined view of what my obligations are while
Not being a lawyer myself I cannot say that this is true in all states but
it is apparently true in NY.
What irritates me is when I go to a store and buy ONE item, and the clerk
shoves it into a bag, no matter how small it is. Then I say "I don't need
a bag." "All merchandise must be bagged to prove you bought it", they say,
in a rude voice. So I usually take the item out and throw the bag on the
counter and give them a nasty look after I get my change. Gone are the
days of the customer being right.
No, but I did see a couple of guys wheel out a whole orange cart load of
concrete sacks the other day. Straight from the rack to the truck. Right
past about six HD employees. One of the pair looked me right in the eye,
and knew I knew.
I just shut up and walked. They were parked right next to me and loading up
the goods. When I got in my truck, we made eye contact again.
I'm not getting shot over some concrete.
Well, that about cinches it. What happens in your locale must be like what
it is in the entire rest of the known solar system. I'm convinced. I must
have been dreaming when I shared the experiences about where I live.
Or I live in another solar system. But then, I just heard of a new planet
FWIW, it's worth about as much as half a dog turd.
Well now, no need to get POOPY :-) I was just saying what happens when you
can go to bed in a town and leave your truck parked on the street and not
have to worry about having your tires punctured. However there is parts of
town where I would hire Bubba and his gang to stand guard. And glad your up
on your astronomy, there's new stuff being found out there all the time!
We have HD and Lowes here they do bag everything but never ever stand at
any door or ask to see anything . Other stores such as auto parts
usually hand me my can or 2 of paint with no bag . I can run short
conversations with the store employees and they are friendly & smile .
Tell him to screw himself and walk away. He has three choices. He can try to
physically detain you which equals assault. He can call a cop which, if
anything comes of it will amount to false arrest. He can shut up and crawl
back under his rock. They can hang a sign saying that they have the right to
rape customers too but how far do you think they'd get with that? Tactics
like that work by intimidation. Don't be intimidated.
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