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‘Kept it moving,’ says Walmart shopper asked for receipt carrying 36lb bags of dog food – she didn’t have to say a word

A WALMART shopper ignored an employee asking to check their receipt as they left the store carrying heavy items and shared the frustrating experience online.

The retail industry has lost billions due to shoplifting and has turned to several measures to stop its impact.

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A shopper nearly cursed out an employee afer being asked for their receipt[/caption]

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The shopper had their hands full with two 36-pound bags of dog food[/caption]

One of these practices involves having employees stationed at the store’s exit to ask shoppers for proof of purchase before they leave.

However, many shoppers have criticised this and have expressed these views on social media.

“I’m walking outta Walmart carrying in my arms 2 36lb bags of dog food and this greeter gonna ask me for a receipt,” wrote X user @Youandeyeteewhy.

The user explained that they were so frustrated with the employee that “it took everything in me not to curse her a** out.”

They stared at the employee for a few seconds before leaving the store without a word.

“Tf is wrong with these people.”

THEFT CRISIS

In 2023, the retail industry loss more than $121 billion due to theft, according to a study by Capital One.

By 2026, that number is expected to jump to more than $150 billion, however, it hasn’t stopped shoppers from slamming anti-theft measures.

One shopper shared his experience with refusing receipt checks as he leaves Wamart.

“I don’t have a problem with showing my receipt at Costco when leaving because they check everyone,” he wrote on X.


Stores such as Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club are membership-based, which means customers have to sign a contract in order to shop there.

Part of the agreement is that shoppers have to show their receipts before leaving the store.

“It is standard practice at all our warehouse locations to verify purchase receipts when customers exit our buildings,” reads the Costco website.

“It’s our most effective method of maintaining accuracy in inventory control, and it’s also a good way to ensure that our members have been charged properly for their purchases.”

However, no such policy is present at Walmart, which is why many shoppers don’t approve of showing their receipts.

Top 5 receipt checking tips from a lawyer

Camron Dowlatshahi, a Los Angeles attorney, spoke to The U.S. Sun about receipt checks and customer’s rights and options when it came to being asked to show your receipt.

  1. There has been a lot of debate around the legality of a retailer asking to see your receipt, but if it is within the store, it is completely legal. “There’s seemingly nothing illegal about that. You’re still on the company’s premises and their reason to do it is to prevent thefts,” Dowlatshahi confirms.
  2. However, if they are chasing you out of the store, that changes things, Dowlatshahi said. “Location matters,” he explained. “If you’re outside of the store you’re in the parking lot and they come and start accusing you of theft and that you have to show your receipt, I think that’s a bit of a different situation because now you’re on your way.”
  3. While customers are allowed to say no to receipt checks, it may cause issues if you do and the store suspects you of stealing. “You can say no, maybe it creates an unnecessary hassle for yourself because now you may have the police come to your house and follow up,” said Dowlatshahi.
  4. If you are being barred from leaving a store because you refused a receipt check, you could have a legal case — but the store must have held you for a long time. “Let’s say it’s for hours, that’s certainly false imprisonment, and they didn’t have any impetus for doing so,” Dowlatshahi explained. “If a customer has been emotionally traumatized by being held for false imprisonment, I would definitely encourage [them] to sue.”
  5. “I would say, show your receipt,” he concluded. “It’s just a really simple thing to do. If you didn’t steal anything, it’s relatively simple to do,” the lawyer advised.

(According to Camron Dowlatshahi, a founding partner at Mills Sadat Dowlat LLP)

“Unlike Walmart who just randomly picks someone. I always say no thanks when Walmart asks,” the shopper wrote.

“Do everybody or nobody.”

Fellow shoppers agreed, issuing a warning to the retail giant.

“Agree. They will get dinged with profiling at some time,” read a response.

“It’s a very bad business practice when it’s only some vs all.”

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Walmart for comment.

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Receipt checking has become a common practice at many Walmart locations[/caption]

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However, many shoppers have downright refused to participate[/caption]

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