They are usually standing at the doors or some stores and supermarkets.
Sometimes they are serious and other times they have a ready smile. They are the security personnel who stand at the door and among their other duties they check receipts of customers.
I have had varying experiences with the security at stores. At one store, the proprietor signaled his security to stop a large group of rowdy students from entering the store. This helps to prevent any issues that might arise with unsupervised minors roaming the store.
There also seemed to be an understanding between the proprietor and security personnel about which customers need extra attention. In some stores they assist vulnerable customers who are struggling with bags or provide other kinds of assistance.
The main goal of security at any establishment is to ensure that customers leave with the goods that they have purchased. They ensure that they can account for any items they bring or take out of the store.
One of my biggest issues is that sometimes you are in a hurry and it’s hard to wait as they go through the process of checking your bill. To make matters worse at times they can be surly and disrespectful.
I have often misplaced my receipt and security personnel can be impatient as I search through the clutter to find it.
When I finally unearth the receipt sometimes they hardly glance at it before affixing their signature so I began to wonder do we really need this?
Well just recently I discovered a great benefit of having someone check my receipt! I was in a hurry as usual leaving a popular wholesale when the security checked my receipt and asked if I had bought 25 biscuits.
I was shocked as I had only bought 5 so I had been overcharged by $375!
So in my opinion it certainly is worth the inconvenience of having someone check our receipts.
What’s your take? Let me hear from you!
Teri Ann Renee Paisley
Gleaner online writer