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repsac
10-17-2006, 01:11 AM
You ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong? Your car doesn't start, then after it does, you get a flat. Then, you discovert the spare is flat? THEN, when you finally get to work you find out you're off that day? My day was like that. EVERYTHING that could go wrong did. This, happened at wal-mart (not my regular store mind).

Little background:

I was painting some doors around the house. Our idiot painter had tried putting latex on oil. This does not work unless it's in a degas painting or similar. Suffice to say I had my work cut out for me. Adding insult to injury, the sander I had chosen crapped out on me, becoming something of a nuiscance.

This sander worked, but only when I held it at arm's length with the cord exactly parallel to the door. It worked fine like that, until it then began to make a funny thog thog sound. There after, It only worked when held above my head, and then only intermittantly. However, should I remove it from my person to do something, the sander worked fine. I suspect, I may have been the problem, but this will remain untested as thog thog was promptly thrown into the middle of the back yard, much to the suprise and dismay of the gardener.

Returning to my work, I finally get most of the first door. Yes, you read that right. the FIRST door sanded cleanly. Oooo. Now I can...wait a minute. Where's the paint? I bought paint, but I don't see it. Heading into the garage, I find a veritable bermuda's triangle. The paint has vanished, gone the way of may left socks and the last lawnmower belt I purchased. I frantically searched through the garage, only to find a coffee maker I had lost a year ago. This distracted me long enough to forget the paint for the moment. I suspect some grand power was messing with my head. Having said that I decided that yes, I must make a run to Wal-mart and Home depot. The first for paint, and the second for a sander.

But reps, I hear you saying. "Why didn't you get the paint at Home Depot." I tried, once. The color was off. I was hoping for a nice simple white. Nothing special there. How it came out snot yellow is beyond me. Wal-mart earned my business then. So, off I went, dressed in my work clothing. A beat up old T shirt with sander splatters and bits of things stuck to it. There's also a blood stain on the shirt, from an earlier argument with a fanbelt that I lost. (Not the belt, but the argument.) My shorts were faded jeans types, frayed in numerous places, and I wore a pair of beat up old New Ballance Tennis shoes without socks. (I never wear them anyway). This was capped off by a faded pink (it was red at one time) Tommy Hilfiger hat.

Home Depot was cool. I got the sander, and an appology for the funky snot colored paint. Heading over to Wal-Mart, I stashed everything in the car, and bounded in. Here's where the real story begins:


Walking back to the paint counter, I wait a few moments for a guy to come. "I need some Kilz, and snow white paint. Four Gallons please." yeah, it's a lot, but I may repaint a few rooms too. The guy nods, gives me a funny look all the while, and then turns to get the paint. "I'll be right back." I said, and headed over to electronics.

While there, I meandered through some of the computer supplies, pausing to pick up a particular camera I was looking for. Taking a moment to look through the viewfinder, check the price and number, I suddenly found that my hand was sticky. Something was on this camera, and it wasn't coming off my hand. Groaning, I put the camera back, walked over to the electronics counter and told the girl what was up. Of course,I was stared at like I was crazy. Oh well, she'll figure it out. Walking off, I took the tail of my shirt, wiped off my hand and went back to paint.

After picking my stuff up, I took my time looking at some brushes, and a few other things before deciding to make my departure. After paying (Cash) for the paint, I started out. That's when things turned interesting.

Two gentlemen, I'm guessing LP and a manager, reached out and took me by the arm. WTF? Naturally I snatched my arm back . "What?" I almost yelled. "What?"

"We need you to come with us."

(Okay.....)

"Why?"

"look, do you want us to do this here? The police have been called."

"About?"

"We know you stuck something under your shirt. Now come with us. "

Staring at this guy, And I'm not sure why I did this, I grabbed my T shirt and snatched the shirt off over my head, leaving me shirtless.

"See anything sport?" I asked.

This shocked them. About that time the police came in the store and pulled me aside as the asm started talking to them. "See if he has a reciept for any of that." I hear, to which I produce one. Things are going downhill for manager boy and LP fast. Ultimately, I was asked politely (by the PD) to put my shirt on and requested not to return to that store.

I had my revenge in the parkinglot. I called his district manager. We had words.

I was a total SC. Oh yes, I went total lawsuit threat on them and entitlement bitch.

I also hung around, talking to the PD the whole time. (It was their idea for me to call.) About ten minutes after the call, maybe less, out comes the ASM and the LP that stopped me. They were very ticked. Why?

Oh here's the fun part.


After getting off the phone with the DM, he (the DM) had called the SM. The orders were rather simple. "Fire those two idiots, and appologize to the customer. He's still outside or said he would be." LP and ASM were called on the carpet, ripped some new ones and sent packing. The ASM had been with the company 15 years I'm told, the LP was new. And me, well I got a nice shiny new fifty dollar gift card for all my troubles. Oh, and called an A$$hole by the ASM and LP as they left.

Don't you just LOVE bad days?

kibbles
10-17-2006, 02:24 AM
LOL! I'm sorry but I don't think you were a SC at all, and I loved your story. Basically you were falsely accused, then banned from the store for daring to be mad at being falsely accused, then the two idiots (who seemed to be judging you by appearance only) got canned. You weren't a SC, that's called poetic justice!

Kibbles

thegiraffe
10-17-2006, 02:30 AM
Staring at this guy, And I'm not sure why I did this, I grabbed my T shirt and snatched the shirt off over my head, leaving me shirtless.

"See anything sport?" I asked.



Uhhh...you're male, right? Because that mighta been :eek: otherwise haha.

And you definitely were not an SC - the manager and LP guy were super sucky employees. Guess they learned that the hard way!

RecoveringKinkoid
10-17-2006, 02:40 AM
I don't think you were sucky at all. I'd have been livid at being treated like that.

I can't believe these two idiots had the berries to insult you as they were leaving! It's not like you started it. Seems like the correct response would have been "Sir, we're really sorry!"

Morons.

One-Fang
10-17-2006, 02:40 AM
Agreed. They could have handled it more discreetly. They should have apologised and let you go on your way without a banning when it was clear you didn't steal anything.

I'm sure that, being a regular at CS, if you were simply suspected of shoplifting, found to be innocent, and let go, there wouldn't be a problem. False accusations do happen. Part of the job, and all that. It's their reaction afterwards that pissed you off, no? Banning over one suspected shoplifting nab that turned out not to be.

dendawg
10-17-2006, 04:46 AM
I think this calls for a little pic that I made awhile back for a special occasion. Now's as good a time as any to unveil it.

http://www.100megsfree4.com/looneyviews/morepics/pw.jpg

Oh, BTW, :yourock:

Department stores *sigh*
10-17-2006, 05:56 AM
owned yes but just a touch of 'poor workers' here. well poor manager at least.

Sayu the LPO came to him saying he was certain that he saw you put something under your shirt he of course is going to believe him since LPO's only say this when they are CERTAIN they saw something happen as they will lose their job if they dont.

Of course the :LPO should lose his job as he falsely accused you but i do feel a bit for the other guy :(

O well least one guy who shouldnt be doin that job is out of there :)

One-Fang
10-17-2006, 08:17 AM
No, I've got no sympathy for the manager. Of course he believed his LP guy, but he didn't have to ban repsac when it was clear he hadn't stolen anything.

RecoveringKinkoid
10-17-2006, 01:01 PM
Exactly. An apology was in order. A big one. Maybe some butt kissing. So they made a mistake, but they didn't have to compound it by treating him like that afterwards.

MadMike
10-17-2006, 01:38 PM
Doesn't sound like you were a sucky customer to me. Sounds like you were justifiably angry at being falsely accused without reason.

Oh, and I have to say, you really know how to tell a story. I was laughing my ass off, at least up to the point where you got in trouble. :lol:

ditchdj
10-17-2006, 01:46 PM
Now you get it. THAT is EXACTLY one of the reasons why I do NOT believe in giving up MY freedom and liberty for PERCEIVED safety and security. Just keep in mind that it's also possible to hide weapons and goods in your rectum (prisoners do it all the time). So what's next at the stores and airports? Involuntary full body cavity searches by someone that's only qualified to run a cash register??? :mad: Yeah just try it....

KuzcoLlama
10-17-2006, 02:37 PM
You know, the thread is supposed to be about repasac and his experience with a store, not about potential hot topics. Please stick to the original topic.

draftermatt
10-17-2006, 02:44 PM
Same type of thing happened to my cousin. He wore a new coat to the same store he bought it at the year before. He bought it in summer and kept it in his closet until that day. They accused him of stealing the coat. He had to have my Dad break into his house and get the tags he tore off that morning.

He did think of a lawsuit, but I don't know what ever happened there. I'll have to ask my dad.

And Res, you just seem to attract attention man. I don't think you were sucky at all, that was beautiful.

Department stores *sigh*
10-17-2006, 03:02 PM
Ultimately, I was asked politely (by the PD) to put my shirt on and requested not to return to that store.



eeep imma dolt. this is what i get for reading posts after being up for 20 hours. missed the PD banning yah part. very much so over the top and obviously his downfall.

note to self: read story, sleep on it, then post :D

Rahmota
10-17-2006, 09:19 PM
Wow! That was not being a sucky customer that was being a victim of profiling gone way wrong! I'm glad to see that the idiots got what they deserved. But they should most definately have been quit a bit more apologetic.

Originally Posted by repsac
Ultimately, I was asked politely (by the PD) to put my shirt on and requested not to return to that store.

Uh. I had to check your profile to mmake sure if you where male or not as that would definately have changed things had you not.:D

repsac
10-18-2006, 05:26 AM
Mike, our gardener, thought I was rather sucky. Then again, considering I heaved old Thog Thog of the deck with a battle cry that would make Thor cringe? I guess he had a point. Still, I would like to add a note. If you heave rather nicely, a Ryobi power sander will fly a rather good distance.

Boulder_Bear
10-18-2006, 04:17 PM
Repsac if you think yours was bad read what's on the link below. Some pregnant lady got accused of stuffing a basketball up her shirt and because of the stress that they put her through she had the baby the next day.

http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/shoplift.asp

Becks
10-18-2006, 08:46 PM
Respac, that was a great story.

You were NOT an SC.

Those guys sucked, and I'm glad they got what they deserved. :D

ditchdj
10-18-2006, 11:02 PM
First off, I dont understand why stores are legally allowed to "detain" anyone they feel is "stealing" from them. From what I understand you simply cannot forcebly confine anyone simply because you feel that they broke the law. If you feel somebody stole something just call the cops and let the law deal with it. I even heard of someone being charged for aggravated assault for stabbing an LP employee. WTF???? :confused: Some stranger grabs you and you fend him off and YOU'RE the "criminal"???? I dont know. Maybe someone can straigten that out for me.

repsac
10-19-2006, 03:28 AM
Repsac if you think yours was bad read what's on the link below. Some pregnant lady got accused of stuffing a basketball up her shirt and because of the stress that they put her through she had the baby the next day.

http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/shoplift.asp


I didn't check the site yet, but didn't she sue and win?

Kogarashi
10-19-2006, 07:56 PM
I didn't check the site yet, but didn't she sue and win?

Settled out of court.

ditchdj
10-19-2006, 08:33 PM
Not too long ago near Detroit a security guard tried to detain a suspected shoplifter and the guy died.

Lace Neil Singer
10-19-2006, 09:55 PM
I have to admit, one of the things I thought of after reading was "Is Repsac male or female?" :lol: The other was, "This is hilarious and surely Repsac has a future in standup?"

repsac
10-20-2006, 03:12 AM
I've thought about it, but the best I can do is tell my ghost stories. I do that every halloween at the local church. It's gotten to the point where possibly this year I'm going to be giving two shows, one the day before, and the day of.

I'm tempted, if anyone wants to read one or two, to posting a good spooky story in off topic. It's up to y'all really. Some are rather disturbingly scary...

JustAGirl
10-22-2006, 01:34 AM
I'd like to read the disturbingly scary!

and, when I read the part where you took off your shirt I'm like WHOA!!! Headlights!

lol

ladyklack
10-22-2006, 02:51 AM
I'd say you definitely were NOT a SC! In my experience, if a good employee who has been with the company 15 yrs and is in management screws up big time he/she would probably get written up, not fired, b/c the aggravation of training new management staff isn't worth it. For this guy to get fired I'd bet he makes a regular habit of screwing up big time.

Gypsy-Rose
10-23-2006, 02:08 AM
Have you ever considered going into writing?...
I sat here reading this, LMBO, all the while being able to picture what was going on.

And yes,..Latex doesn't go over oil base really well...lol, I ended up stripping a door by just peeling it all off...

As for Wal-Mart, they do have a right to stop you, however, they have to be 100% guranteed in order for them to do so. What they did to you could have easily been turned into a lawsuit, which you'd have every right.

Managemnet on the spot should have been bending over backwards in order to apologize, which seems they didn't.

As for Wal-Mart firing them...Wal-Mart can not afford any more bad publicity right now, they are so concerned with customer satisfaction that they will go to just about any legnths to keep a customer. Also, in this case, the Store Manager might have been on his way out anyways, so this made Home Offices job alittle easier.

Though when all is said and done....:lol: Reading where you whipped off that shirt had me :eek: ..

How I wish I could have saw their reactions!!!!

SuperDan
10-23-2006, 05:14 AM
As I understand the LP policies at my store (not Wal-Mart), in order to make a stop you have to personally witness the item being lifted, know what the item is and how many were lifted, and be damn sure the shoplifter didn't ditch them. LP and management will not make a stop unless they KNOW exactly what you have on you. It is clear from this story that they didn't know anything, they just saw you touch the bottom of your shirt and assumed you must have lifted something in electronics. Even after that, once you proved your shirt was empty and showed a receipt for the other items you had, you should have been appologized to and allowed to leave. You were not an SC, they were SWAs (Sucky Wal-Mart Asshats). You were within your rights to complain about that treatment to the DM (it appears from your story that the police even encouraged you to do so and provided witness to your claim).

And yes, you do tell a damn good story.

blas
10-23-2006, 12:43 PM
I was falsely accused of shoplifting at a JCPenny when I was about 12 years old. I went with two friends to the local mall, and while they were at Bath and Body Works, I went to good old JCPenny.

Back then, those little mini backpacks were popular (so that might have been a red flag for ANY retail employee at that time, even though that backpack contained a shirt and about 10 tampons and some makeup that was heavily used, nowhere near new). I can kind of understand how employees would panic at the sight of a preteen girl with a mini backpack, but anywho...

I was browsing around, didn't see anything I liked, so I left.

An older gentleman followed me out and said, "Excuse me Miss, I need you to step inside."

I was extremely confused. He said, "Did you happen to steal a pair of sunglasses?"

Of course I said, "NO!" because I hadn't. Even to this day I hate sunglasses.

He wasn't convinced. He kind of chuckled and said, "He he he, I'm pretty sure that you DID. You wouldn't mind if I took your backpack, would you?"

I'm sure he was just taking advantage of the fact that I was a helpless little 12 year old with no parents or anyone to defend me, so he grabbed it right off of me (not forcefully, but still took it off of ME). He looked at the shirt, was extremely grossed out by the tampons, and wasn't satisfied with the other contents of the backpack.

He handed it back to me and said, "I guess you didn't. Do you have anything in your pockets?"

Me, not knowing my rights or anything like that, showed him all my empty pockets.

When he finally let me go and he angrily stomped back into the store, I ran to my friends nearly drowning in tears. I was humiliated. He did all that RIGHT in front of the store, in front of customers! People were looking at me like a juvenile delinquent! *sorry, that was a bit dramatic*

I didn't want to tell my mom, but one of my friends was extremely angry. What we did was kind of immature, but it was worth it in the end.

My friend's mom called JCPenny back and tore the manager a new one about an older man employee who accused me of shoplifting a pair of sunglasses, taking advantage of a defenseless 12 year old girl by nabbing her backpack without her consent, then still convinced she'd stolen something, so demanding to see her pockets. And doing ALL of this in front of other customers, no LP and nothing discreet. Granted it was kind of SCish, but she really played it up all dramatic and she sounded SO angry and evil, she threatened a lawsuit (which probably wouldn't have went anywhere, but still), and she demanded an apology from that horrible man, and demanded that if he couldn't be written up or fired, that he AT LEAST be spoken to about being more certain about people stealing things, and not taking advantage of a poor 12 year old who has no idea about their own rights and doesn't have a parent with them.

A few days later, a formal apology came in the mail. Luckily I snagged the mail before mom came home..........

EDIT: I previously stated at the end that I'd never shop at a JCPenny again......but then I remembered the few times I have had to go there while playing chauffeur with my mom. I will restate that, now claiming I will never shop for myself at JCPenny again.