A WALMART shopper has caused controversy on social media for refusing to show receipts upon exiting the megastore.
A TikToker (@eyeofodinnews0117) who describes himself as a “First Amendment auditor” shared a brief clip of the client’s exchange with a staff member.
The news aggregator frequently posts videos that reveal legal scrutiny such as unlawful arrests and interactions with police officers.
In one VideoHe showed his followers how an anonymous department store customer slipped through the front door without showing his receipt.
Just before leaving, the shopper was stopped by an employee who asked him to check the copy of his purchases.
“Nancy, I appreciate the kindness, but no, you can’t,” he told her lightly. “But I hope you have a wonderful day.”
The clerk stared blankly at the camera, looking slightly confused at the man’s response.
“Are you serious?” she asked before turning to another member of staff who was passing by and telling her what was going on.
“Don’t have your receipt?” asked the second employee.
The customer remained calm and rather unaffected.
“No, I get it,” he told her. “I’m just not going to show it. I hope you have a wonderful day. Have a nice day.”
In the comments section, many people shared their opinion on the customer’s decision to keep their receipt to themselves.
“There’s nothing in Walmart policy that says we have to show our receipt… We have to do this at Sam’s Club, but not at Walmart,” one person claimed.
Some people defended Walmart employees, arguing that they didn’t want to get in trouble either.
“Why do so many people have a problem with employees checking their receipts? They just doing their job?” another wrote.
Some people shared that they don’t see the value of prescription checking at all.
“The problem for me is that they really don’t watch anything. You write on the receipt and give it back, no opening the bags…nothing! What’s the point?” They asked.
In a report by ABC 10A Walmart spokesman said the company “intends to review every receipt.”
The representative added that the policy was put in place to reduce theft, which will help maintain stock levels, keep prices down and therefore keep customers happy.
Although the business can reserve the right to demand the presentation of the proof of purchase, there is no legal obligation to hand over the proof of purchase, according to a Blog post on the Hive Law.
“There is no law that requires you to show your receipt to Walmart,” the blog claimed. “But Walmart can ban you from the store if you don’t cooperate.”
Walmart did not immediately respond to the US Sun’s request for comment.