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Backpacks and Store Policies

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by KEITH-W, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. nitrofein

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    I ride a motorcycle and use a backpack everyday myself. I haven't been stopped ever in my life about a backpack. I have been followed and observed while shopping which is fine with me since I am in a store. If I were to be hassled I would state as mentioned above they are welcome to look at my bag on the way in and out but they will not be keeping the bag out of my sight. Often I have very little of value in my bag but the principal of having the bag is to have the bag on my person, not in a cubby hole in the other end of store while the power goes out, terrorist attack, earthquake etc. happens. I know the likely hood is slim to none but again Im not going to start doing a strip search to shop. Stores account for theft which gets passed down to me if I choose to shop there. If they hassle me too much I wont shop there. If theft is such a problem they could learn a thing or two from casino surveillance systems. Now im just starting to ramble....

    Here is a thought if you have a conceal carry permit and want to really make a point then ask if they as employees are allowed to hold customers firearms as you have a concealed carry permit, the store allows weapons and it is in your bag. I could only imagine someone trying to sort out the policy on that one.
     
  2. Tony44

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    That about covers it.
     
  3. bigguy02

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    When I rode, I was never hasseled. I think if I was, I would of just stared, grunted, and use my physicality to to belittle them into acceptance of my bag. Allthough most people dont have my size to use to there advantage. Really though I would shop soemwhere else if the give you to much of a hassle.

    I do go to the movies quite a bit with my MOAB10 in tote. I have a mesage preparied for the day soemone questions me, I would just infourm them that Im diabetic and my supplies/meater are in there, as well as my off duty carry weapon, at that point i would show them my ID.
     
  4. bigguy02

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    Also, I really miss my bike, and I am super jealious that you have one and I dont. One day I shall ride again.
     
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    I have only been asked to have my bag checked at museums and stuff. In shops where I go to a lot, everyone knows me so they would not ask to check my bag.

    If they did want me to check my bag in with them, I would have to explain that I want a letter stating they. Are liable to damages/theft/and me possibly never going to that shop again.
     
  6. Ted Andkilde

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    My response varies with my mood -- I generally just brush past and ignore entreaties from staff or security. Occasionally I'll provide a polite, but curt, "No" and continue my shopping. They're generally puzzled and flustered at the uncharacteristic response. I had an employee drag a manager over to me once, I told him his store's customer service was abysmal and there was no way in hell I was leaving my camera bag in either his staff's care or in my car, he turned to chat with the employee and I continued shopping.

    I hate big box stores, I know I should do more to support local business but I find that 80-90% of my shopping is online anymore.

    Cheers, Ted
     
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  7. Dok J

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    I just refuse.
    And if I get hassled, I just shop somewhere else.
     
  8. Mountain Man

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    Ive ridden for years and never once had an issue with someone saying something about a bag, or looking at me. If they did the they lost a sale. I ride a lot when the weather is good.
     
  9. bigguy02

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    I used ot get looks and a few questions when I would use my helmet as my shopping basket. The questions were always curiosity, and never a "are you stealing" type of question. I used the helme tbecasue I figured I couldnt fit more in there then I could carry in my pockets/stuffed in my jacket for days I didnt have a bag.
     
  10. Si_K
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    Almost the opposite.

    A local chain store has an odd policy of supplying trolleys but not baskets. I'm not going to push a trolley around for a small shop so I take my packable backpack and fill that before going to the tills. Not had any hassle yet but if I get any i'll ask if they expect customers to juggle their shopping on the way through...
     
  11. sweetdaddyroses

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    The only store that has ever told me that I couldn't enter unless I surrendered my backpack to the lady at the counter was a Thrift Store, of all places! And, the irony was, this is a store that I regularly donate many of my used clothes and appliances to. I just laughed and handed my bag to the woman.

    Today I entered an REI store with my pack and asked one of the sales clerks if they would stow my bag behind the counter while I shopped. Many times I will do this rather than have store security needlessly focusing their attention upon me just because I have a pack. No worries, ya know.

    I guess suspicion can be a two way street, huh?
     
  12. darth_guy101

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    I can understand where you are coming from on this. I live off campus and I ride the bus a lot (I have a car, but bus rides are free for students) so I have to keep my stuff in a backpack. Most stores around campus don't have a problem with you walking around with a backpack on. If a store has a "no backpack" policy, then I simply avoid shopping there. All the stores around the local high schools and junior highs have rules regarding backpacks, but they only enforce the rules during school hours. If I know I am going shopping, I just try to leave my bag at home. One of the first things I do when I walk into a store with a backpack on is ask the closest employee if its ok to have in the store.

    The closest thing to a problem I have ever had was at the local mall. I had a security officer following me around. I also get quite a few odd looks while in banks...
     
  13. Land

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    I ride pretty much every day and often carry my bag into stores. I don't think that I've ever been stopped by a store employee.

    I do sometimes leave the bag locked in my motorcycle's panniers, but that's when doing so is more convenient for me.

    Chris
     
  14. Rapt_up

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    I just completely ignore signs about this. Never had anyone say anything to me.... And if they want to waste their security time following me instead of a real security risk thats their problem. But yes asking them to take responsibility for the $$$ worth of gear will stop them dead. They don't want to handle that. thats a bigger liability than if you filed the bag and walked out.
     
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    The only place I will ever surrender my pack is the local videogame store, and only because the guys behind the counter are stand-up guys. Any other place that refuses to allow me to carry a backpack around in, I refuse to shop at.
     
  16. Farchyld
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    The answer is always; no. My bag carries too much that is important to me. The contents range from run of the mill can purchase anywhere, to hard to find, rare and valuable. There's no way I intend to let someone else handle my belongs, the same belongs that I've worked way too hard to acquire.