Regarding false alarms and showing receipts, it occurs to me that plenty of this is just to create an illusion to discourage thieves.
Which gives rise to the next idea:
Reciept checker: "Sir, sir, SIR!! I need to see your receipt!"
Me: "Oh, why certainly. (whispering now) I will be more than happy to help youmaintain the illusionto discourage thieves. It is going to cost you, though. I want agift certificate for$10."
It seems to me we've discussed the whole alarm/receipt checking thingbefore on this forum; but, darned if I can remember where it settled with respect to the law. Seems to me there was some discussion and even conclusion that refusalto cooperate was considered RAS of shoplifting
,supported bythe shopper's prior knowledge that he would be receipt-checked.Meaning if he disagreed, he could shop elsewhere.
I just can't remember the details of the discussion.