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Rainey June 1st, 2014 10:31pm

While shopping at the grocery store, I was blatantly being followed by security. At the self checkout, a worker asked if I scanned all the items then proceeded to watch me until I left. I have never been so humiliated. Has this ever happened to you?

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
06/02/14 12:33 pm

No I refuse to do self check out. It will cost somebody a job.

PartyJustin R.O.C.K. in the R.O.C.
06/01/14 8:37 pm

Years ago I had a store manager flat out accuse me of pocketing merch while I was trying to figure out what kind of allergy meds to buy my girlfriend at the time. I've never been so humiliated and as a result will never shop that chain again.

davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
06/01/14 7:45 pm

Yes but I was actually stealing stuff.....

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
06/01/14 7:10 pm

Nope I was the always the one following! For some overtime hours we sometimes during holidays were hired to work off duty as theft protection for different department stores,

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
06/01/14 6:26 pm

When I was in an H&M in Italy.
I have no idea why.
I guess I looked rough.

Praetorianus In the uncanny valley
06/01/14 6:01 pm

At one point, I was checking out an item from a grab box, and when I didn't like it tossed it back. The quick movement attracted a department store detective who thought I had pocketed it and searched me. He didn't even apologize. At 16, "just a kid"

2katz I live in Nebraska
06/01/14 5:26 pm

I think if I was aware of security following me I would ask to see the manager and ask why this is going on. They may be watching for someone who fits a description, but not you necessarily. Still, it sucks.

Emily33 North Carolina
06/01/14 5:22 pm

Clearly you are a very suspicious looking person....

Sorry Rainey :(

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/01/14 5:02 pm

All the time. I look just close enough to homeless and shifty to attract the interest of security and scatter civilians. It doesn't bother me.

tenletters New York
06/01/14 4:45 pm

Rainey. :( You didn't deserve this.

06/01/14 4:31 pm

Wow rainey, that's horrible. Thankfully I haven't experienced anything of the sort.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/01/14 4:45 pm

And I hope you never will!

susanr Colorado
06/01/14 4:29 pm

I was followed *out* of a bookstore once by a manager & 2 mall security guards. I had walked into the store carrying a book I owned, too large for my small purse. I tried to catch the manager's eye when I went in, but she seemed to be deliberately

susanr Colorado
06/01/14 4:31 pm

oblivious. I browsed, bought nothing, & walked out... to be intercepted halfway down the mall. I opened the book & pointed to the stamp of my college bookstore on the inside. She said "Oh, OK," & they left. No "Sorry." No "Next time, do this..."

susanr Colorado
06/01/14 4:32 pm

I was left feeling humiliated, embarrassed (people were watching) & unaccountably guilty. I hated it. I can still see her face, & that was ~30 years ago.

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
06/01/14 4:13 pm

I'd follow you around a store, but that would be for other reasons.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/01/14 4:21 pm

...way to make it More creepy..

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
06/01/14 4:29 pm

That's always Plan A!

dawl adulting
06/01/14 4:05 pm

Wtf! I'm glad you said something!
Security must have been bored lol

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/01/14 3:32 pm

I wasn't calling attention to myself, I wasn't doing anything suspicious. I have never in my life stolen. She made me feel so bad about myself. I hate it

osouless Whats Next
06/01/14 3:43 pm

I'm sorry Rainey :(

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/01/14 3:51 pm

Thank you. I just made a formal complaint. I feel a little better

knh85 ...
06/01/14 3:52 pm

Dude that sucks. People are dicks. It's happened to me before too. For no reason too. I felt horrible and should have complained to management.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
06/01/14 4:03 pm

That absolutely sucks. I'm really glad that you filed a complaint.

cpaswr just say the letters
06/01/14 5:50 pm

This is definitely worth a rant on the grocery store's social media page. Make it clear that they can't treat people like this.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/01/14 6:00 pm

I wrote a very long rant on the Facebook page and you'll never guess what was deleted

alek12 Orlando
06/01/14 6:07 pm

Id keep complaining then.

cpaswr just say the letters
06/01/14 6:17 pm

Post every day or see if you can like their page and tag them in every post you make.

Despair The 417
06/02/14 1:33 am

Which grocery store was it? I'm sorry Rainey that's f'd of them to do. Maybe they'd like a few SOHers complaining simultaneously on their social page :P

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
06/02/14 8:36 am

It was neighborhood walmart. I've always hates walmart but this just put the nail in the coffin for me. It sucks because the grocery store is about 500 feet from my house. It was so convenient