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  •  jail is just for the little people... (8+ / 0-)

    Have you ever noticed that errors on your grocery receipt charged by the likes of Walmart and Kroger and such always seem to favor the company and seldom favor the customer?  Do you think that is just a coincidence?  It is not.

    Stores have policies that protect them from the mistakes.  For example, when a sale is going on, they place the fliers out first and then change the prices and when the sale is over, they change the prices and then remove the fliers.  That may seem insignificant but that small amount of time there allows for anyone buying those items during that window to pay a higher price than was advertised.  Add this up all across the country and it totals millions of dollars.

    Now, if I steal a candy bar from the store, they could call the cops and I would be arrested for theft.  No one would think twice about that and the cops wouldn't hesitate to put me in jail.  If I was shown one price and then over-charged five dollars for an item and it was concealed in codes on the receipt making it difficult to discover (like putting a candy bar in my pocket would be concealing it) and then called the police, they would laugh at me. To make it even more difficult to discover the fraud, you are pressured to keep moving.  Have you tried to read a receipt lately?  With no prices on the product and the peer pressure of not holding up the line, they know more often than not they will not get caught and if they do, so what, they simply fix the price a small percentage of the time.  If I could show that this was a diliberate act, a system designed to defraud customers, and then carried out thousands of times a day across the nation, they would blame me for not checking my receipt.  

    Keep in mind that corporations are people too my friends.  Why would a $1 shoplifting charge warrant an immediate arrest and yet a systematic fraud occuring in multiple states at thousands of locations not warrant anything at all?  Why do most people see nothing wrong with this?  

    I used to work in a grocery store so I have seen this first hand.  I watch my receipts and have caught mistakes more often than not anytime I buy multiple items at the store.  I have found mistakes in my favor but overwhelmingly, it is in the store's favor.  I have brought this scenerio up in discussions and it is always dismissed as silly and "what do you expect the cops could do, arrest the store?"  Why not?  Why is it that a small theft by an individual is considered a crime worthy of jail time but a systematic theft of the general population is considered good business practice?

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:19:47 PM PST

    •  Charlie White, the former Indiana Secretary of (2+ / 0-)
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      State was found guilty of six felony counts of voter fraud and was sentenced to a year of home detention.  No jail for him.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:29:02 PM PST

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    •  In NYS a charge grocery discrepancy is remedied (0+ / 0-)

      by the store paying ten times the difference. Look up the statues in your state. I found this, hope you can find something similar.
      http://www.nyc.gov/...

      The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

      by MeToo on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:09:36 PM PST

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      •  see section eleven. But you only get an hour! (0+ / 0-)

        http://www2.erie.gov/...

        Any law can be improved upon...

        The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

        by MeToo on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:39:15 PM PST

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        •  Thank you for this! (1+ / 0-)
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          For some reason I am not able to uprate comments on this computer but I can at home.  

          The article you linked to was very informative and I wish they had something similar here but they do not.  The store will give you the item free but they argue about it.  I have been overcharged for the same item when I purchased them in quantity (Like four cans of tuna) and they will only give you one for free and then the extra amount you paid back but they make it a real inconvenience.  

          It still irks me that if I shoplifted (which of course I do not do), I would be arrested like the lady in the diary yet they can overcharge me, which in effect is stealing since it is a purposeful act as a result of their policies, and at most, they will pay a fine.  Why are they immune from arrest?  

          According to your link, it happens all the time and they consider fines just a cost of doing business.  They know they make more money stealing from their customers than they will pay in fines so why doesn't anyone go to jail?  It is a mentality thing in this country where we want the young punks to spend time in jail but not the supposed pillars of the communities.  That is one of the reasons our jails are over crowded, no sympathy for those who steal to eat but if you steal to take a European vacation, what's the harm?

          "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

          by Buckeye Nut Schell on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:54:53 PM PST

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          •  nothing changes without someone shouting in the (0+ / 0-)

            darkened town hall meeting... I'd say, make this an issue in your community. Get these types of statutes researched, and bend the ears of your council-people.

            We were able to keep a big box out of our town because they did not allow for a fire emergency crush zone in their building design. It took a lot of research. The Planning Dept did not do this research- concerned citizens did. And we hit them with run-off issues in the streams, pollution going to the lake, firearms, pharmaceuticals for sale too near the schools, use of Police and Fire depts, the list was comprehensive. In the last analysis the fire zone regulations meant they had lost their momentum because they were forced to consider redesigning the entire space.

            Long story short, even good situations can be bettered, but it takes a concerned citizenry. Best of luck!

            The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

            by MeToo on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:25:12 PM PST

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