I found this very interesting. I also have to admit I did not know you could tell the Walmart folk no to checking your receipt. Here’s a comment from an Insite reader. I will definitely decline the next time to see where it goes. Will you?
The greeters’ job isn’t to check your receipt. It’s to ASK to check your receipt.
Big difference. Why? Because the post-purchase inspection, in order to be legal, must be 100 percent voluntary. You have the right to say “No, thanks” and leave the store without being searched.
If a customer declines a receipt check and is forced to participate or prevented from leaving until he shows his receipt, the store’s detaining him illegally and employees could be charged with false arrest and kidnapping. (See http://www.crimedoctor.com/
I understand and appreciate that store greeters and security guards have a job to do – that’s why I decline receipt checks as politely as possible. But there’s no reason to comply with a disagreeable request out of sympathy for the person who’s job it is to ask. It’s the same with telemarketers – do you feel obligated to buy whatever they’re selling because it’s their job to try to sell it?
Saying “No, thank you” won’t hurt the greeters. You can stamp out cart searches with a smile!