This caught my attention for 2 reasons: 1) I didn't know you did not have to let them search your stuff. 2) A similar situation recently happened to me at Wal-Mart. I bought a bunch of stuff and needed a gallon of milk. The checkout girl asked if I wanted my milk in a sack. I say no thanks, I can carry it. I get checked out and wheel my cart to the door only to be stopped by the 85 year old Wal-Mart greeter asking to see my receipt. This is roughly how the conversation went:
It really irks me when a store wants to search my bag and compare what I have purchased to my receipt. The first time it happened to me, my instinct from a high school business law class was that they had no right to do so. At some point, perhaps when Suited went to law school, I did some research and determined that I was right. I took ownership of the item at the cash register when I gave them my money. At that point, it was my possession and they lost any right to search it. Accordingly, I stopped allowing security people at the door to search my bags. Usually they ask "May I see your receipt, sir?" and I say "No, thanks" and keep walking. Most of the time, this is the end of it. Once in a while, I get into more of a dispute. Once at a Wal*Mart when I was headed out of the garden store, they were quite agitated and called for back-up. They briefly confronted me at my car, but when I presented their options as either arresting me and face a lawsuit or getting out of the way, they relented.
Last night I purchased a DVD box set of Dexter, Season One at Best Buy and declined the sales clerk's offer of a bag. On my way out the door the 12 year old guarding the exit told me "I'm going to need to see your receipt." I told him he was going to go home disappointed. This was apparently not the response he was expecting. He called after me as I headed for the car a few times, but wasn't prepared to tackle me.
Does everyone else cooperate with this request? Will you be amused when my refusal results in some giant pain for me in the future?
I do let them check my stuff at Price Club, because I agreed to it when I joined, but it irks me a bit. I don't let them do it anywhere else.