February 11th, 2007 at 04:30am
Good morning John,
Just on this subject of bag checks, I have the dubious honour of being the first person to ever set off the beepy alarm in the Canberra City Big W store and be bag checked. It was the first (and only) time that I've had my bag thoroughly searched for potentially stolen items, and as such I wasn't aware that the store staff weren't allowed to touch the bag. I offered them the bag and they almost jumped back in fright at the prospect of touching the bag on their opening day!
I then had to pull everything out of the bag, and eventually the suspect item emerged…an opened half-empty packet of batteries I had bought in a supermarket a few months beforehand! I was then able to go, which was a good thing as 2CC were about to call me to provide comment on the opening of the Canberra centre expansion.
I usually show my bag on the way out as a courtesy, and I tend to find that when you willingly show your bag without being asked, the staff just glance at it, but if they have to ask you to show the bag it becomes a matter of "what's under that thing…and can you take that bit out…and where did you buy that".
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