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Not to rush back to the shop with unintentionally shoplifted item

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EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 09-Feb-13 16:53:10

Went into town today, bought a new rucksack. Didn't look inside before buying it.

Got it home. Opened it up to look inside and there is a purse inside. Purse has a price sticker on for £9.99.

Now I suppose I've technically stolen this purse, although I didn't put it in the rucksack in the first place.

So I should take it back, right? But I wasn't planning to go to town again for another couple of weeks, I don't have time/inclination to make a special journey.

You're all going to tell me I have to take it back, I realise that.

But it would be OK to wait until I'm next passing, right?

dayshiftdoris Sun 10-Feb-13 15:17:47

This happened to me with a DVD... I realised it had slipped inside the side of a box with mahoosive bin lorry in it...

Went straight back as son was having meltdown about mummy going to prison...

Customer service desk...
'Erm I got home and realised this hadnt been scanned so I need to pay for it'
'So you are bringing it back'
'No I tried to buy it and haven't paid for it'
'Can I see your reciept'
'Yes but it's not on there'
She checks receipt.... 'Its not on here'
'I know, it didnt scan so i need to pay for it'
'Well I didn't mean to take it nor would I take it so can i pay for it please'
'Hold on'...

She goes and speaks to a manager...

'yes thats fine...'

Do all the card malarky in machine and its only when I got home and look at receipt that I realised she had given me a bloody refund!!

Lost the will to live at that point - was £5 and a DVD better off!

Good luck OP - it might be harder than you think!

Trills Sun 10-Feb-13 15:19:36

So I'm probably getting the checkout operator in trouble for not checking inside bags.

Probably, yes.

But that checkout operator does need to be reminded, to prevent real shoplifters.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 10-Feb-13 15:25:46

I'd just 'have forgotten' the receipt when I take it back. Oops.

Notfootball Sun 10-Feb-13 15:27:28

Post it back as cheaply as possible?

everlong Sun 10-Feb-13 15:30:30

Just ring them. They might just say keep it. Then all will be well then.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 10-Feb-13 15:44:42

Have rung, they do want it back, I've explained it might be a couple of weeks.

So I will go to customer services. They don't seem to be that bothered about shoplifting tbh - the shop is in a shopping centre, with an exit directly to the multistorey carpark. People are always walking through there and setting off the "sorry, you must be stealing something" alarm - but nobody ever chases after them.

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