I went through the doors and the alarms started going off, but the staff people indicated for me to continue. Went upstairs, bought DVDs, iPod back on, out through the doors... and then I suddenly have somebody grabbing hold of me and dragging me back inside - and pretty much the whole store staring at me, iPod is switched off.
So they get my HMV bag, DVDs, receipt - fine. They ask to look at my shoulder bag, I very much want to say no to this, but reluctantly show. Can they even do that? Nothing found. So instead of using basic common sense [I suggested that it could have been something bought from Game Station several times], the checkout guy decided to call the manager.
So yes, now I have loads of people staring/tutting at me. Manager comes down does the same, and about 15 minutes after the whole thing started decided it was probably the thing purchased from Game Station. Why they didn't seem to embrace that idea ten minutes before hand is a mystery to me. Slow day and felt like publicly humiliating someone?
Were they in their rights to do this? The checkout guy really didn't seem to have much of a clue as to what he was doing, and if I wasn't terrified of getting yelled at then I would have just walked out.
I feel like there should be a moral to this story. How about, steal from evil businesses, they're just going to accuse you of doing it anyway.