Thrift store weirdness
Yesterday I went to one of my favorite thrift stores (this is a for profit one that contracts with charities to raise money for them), Savers. I was all masked up, used the sanitizer at the door and then was immediately met with an employee who told me they had a new policy of not allowing large shopping bags in the store. I could check them in a locker by the checkout stands.
To say the least I was startled. Surrender my shopping bags? Why this is the very store that requires you to bring your own bags or pay for paper bags or to buy one of their own reusable bags at the checkout stand. After a rather fierce interior struggle to come to terms with this request and some vocal objections, I complied. I was very annoyed because I was only there to look for one specific item that I was pretty sure wouldn't be there (it wasn't) and I would have been in an out of the store in under 5 minutes. It took me longer to argue with the staff when I deposited my bags and picked them up again. I felt like the management must believe I came there to steal since I came with bags. It was a real no win situation.
Naturally, this new policy came from upper management, the same management who also came up with the bring your own bags policy. I don't have any problem with bringing my own bags and I suppose this new policy was designed (if I am charitable) to prevent shrinkage (theft) if it has been discovered that was what people were doing. My question for everyone is do you suppose this move is some kind of additional hysterical anti-COVID measure or are they really that hard up for profit and that people aren't even spending money in thrift stores but stealing stuff? Seems it could be just another sign of the decline.