I had an experience today that made/makes me extremely cranky.
I stopped at a discount grocery store to pick up blueberry scones. This seems to be the only store in our area that carries them, and I usually pop in once every week or two to buy a package as a treat to have with morning coffee. They dont always have them, so when I saw that they did have them, I nabbed two containers. I also wanted to pick up some cornstarch. I headed down the baking isle and was looking for it when I heard a very curt - "You need to leave your backpack at the checkout counter". I carry a backpack as a purse because I can distribute the weight across my back and shoulders while leaving my hands free for other things. My backpack was indeed on my back.
I glanced at the young employee who was staring at me. I told her that I kept everything, cash, wallet, meds, car keys, etc. in my backpack and had no intention of leaving it at the counter. She said, that was their policy. So I handed her the scones and she mistook that to mean I would pull off my backpack and when she reached out for it I said "no thank you, I wont leave my backpack with you" - her look told me she wasnt budging, so I turned to leave. As I walked away, she said "Sorry, store policy".
I let it rattle me more than I probably should have. I could have easily gone 'Karen' on her. But didnt.
Reflecting, about this, I am shaking my head. I had WAY MORE value in my backpack that a rogue employee could have taken - I couldnt have stolen enough to cover what I had in my pack. I would be able to steal way easier with a purse, than with a backpack on my back. What would the store do if I claimed anything of value was missing from my pack if it was in their possession? What if my bag had a concealed carry? To add to the mix, this area has daily reports of theft from vehicles. Leaving my backpack and its possessions in my car is NOT an option.
I get that the store is probably dealing with theft - and possibly some comes from folks who may use a backpack. But did they really think this through?
Ultimately, I saved $7 on the scones and will save my blood sugar the extra carbs and sugar. But my blood pressure took a direct hit from this one. WWYD?