(Closed) If you’ve worked in retail… (Part question, part vent!)

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have NEVER heard of this. Very fishy and rude!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Girl I have worked in retail for a long time… and yes, I’ve had my purse inspected on the way out (especially when I worked for a store that sold expensive accessories/clothes), but never, ever to that extent. That person sounds like they are on a total power trip and need to chillax… No advice really, just want you know that that does NOT sound normal to me at all.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

That is crazy!  I worked a large craft store and they never treated us like that.  I’m assuming that the jewelry there is only costume and not diamonds?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have never worked in retail but this seems REALLY odd!

It is like they trust their employees less than their cliental because I doubt they check customers’ purses!?!?!.

Really weird!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That is the policy in some stores.

I worked at Vanity clothing store in college, we could only bring clear purses. And per company policy, we wouldn’t even take out the trash unless we were a manager, assistant manager, or accompanied by one of those.

I know Dillards also requires clear purses.

 

I never had my purse searched working retail though. That would irk me a bit that my boss didn’t trust me.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This is crazy.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Bag checks are normal, being issued clear plastic purses and having to empty everything out is not. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow, that seems really intense to me.  I’ve worked in retail (a national department store) for a period of time, but primarily in a variety of pharmacies with (obviously) access to many controlled substances and thousands (or more) of dollars worth of medications, and unless there was some reason to be suspicious, we would never be stopped!  

Does your company not have security cameras?  If there were cameras, I don’t see why you would need to have your purse checked too.  I guess I can understand clear purses (although I’m a fan of trusting the people you hire), but having your pursue regularly searched is going too far.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I’ve worked in retail and had to have my purse checked, but I never had a manager who was very vigilant about it. Probably because it was a bookstore, not a boutique.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I worked in retail a few years ago..  i never had my purse searched at all.  Nor did anyone else who worked with me. But there were a lot of security cameras and the few people who did try to steal anything got caught

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That is just about the strangest thing I’ve heard of.  I’ve worked retail for several years and have never heard of being issued clear purses or being searched.  Seems to me that they need to take a chill pill and trust the people they hire.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That’s pretty extreme. We did bag checks at the end of shifts but it was a quick peek and that’s it, no opening of wallets or the like. Also, when we were not working they did not search us, they are not allowed because at that time we’re only customers and you can’t legally search a customer (or we couldn’t, at least). She seems like she’s on a power trip for sure.

I did quit a job I had in retail (my manager who I really liked had transferred to another store and I wanted to follow to the new store) the replacement manager had come in and she was apparently just as rude and on a power trip as your manager gave me a PAT DOWN!! Like physically touched my body (this had never occurred with any other management, even district managers) so needless to say, I quit right after that. I was not down with being touched especially since I’d worked there for years, as if I’m going to steal stuff (I bought merchandise almost every shift).

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh to clarify, we were allowed whatever purses we wished.. they didn’t have to be clear (who owns a clear purse anyway? Like I want my tampons visible to the general public!)

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