I don't know if this subject has been addressed before, but the search was unavailable. I'm living in California, so this question is asked in regard to California. But I'd love to hear comments from other locations. Some stores such as BestBuy, Costco, Fry's etc want you to show your reciept for an item you just purchased as you walk out the store. This person who checks reciepts is sometimes no more than 2 feet from you as you made your purchase. Does anyone know the legal issues regarding stores checking reciepts on your exit? I think it could border on harassment. What can the employees do? Can the grab you? Tackle you? Hold you for police? I have no idea, but it seems like a silly practice. The item(s) I just paid for is my property. I don't feel the need to show anyone what I've bought. What if it's a personal item that could be embarassing to the customer? That has never happened to me, but I could imagine it happening. I think there should be better methods of eliminating theft. This method does nothing but inconvience your valued customer. I want stores to stop harassing me for patronizing them. I understand I can just walk away without buying anything, but sometimes items aren't available anywhere else.