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Old 03-21-2019, 03:09 PM
 
Location: SoCal, but itching to relocate
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OK, so this isn't anything Earth-shattering, but I'd like your local feedback...

I just returned from a trip to our local Walmart (I'm in Southern California and hoping to relocate the Indy area later this year). Yes, I shop at Walmart; they have some items I cannot find in other nearby stores and/or have better prices, so if you're feeling the need to cast aspersions on all Walmart shoppers, feel free to keep your comments to yourself.

Anyway, this morning, I had to press a button to have a clerk open a locked case (twice!) as I was shopping for Motrin and for a men's deodorant. They then proceeded to put each item in a plastic security box that had to be opened at check-out. Thankfully, they allow those boxes to be unoocked at the self-check because I can't stand going through the regular check-out lanes.

Do they do this at Walmart locations in Hamilton County, for instance, or is it something local to me? The clerk I asked said "it's everywhere" and even went on to tell me they're doing the same thing at Target and other stores. I don't know whether to believe her, but I do know it's irritating to have to wait for help and have the clerk waiting for me to read labels/packages to decide exactly which item I really want to buy (if any of 'em)...all the while watching me like I'm gonna pocket something without paying.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Yes, some items are locked up at the stores. I've never seen deodorant locked up.

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Old 03-21-2019, 05:54 PM
 
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In Alaska, certain grocery stores had the vanilla and mouth wash locked up. Turns out anything with alcohol was a problem due to the drunks. We just never thought about that.

Basically, it is anything that is heavily shoplifted and small can turn into a security nightmare. I generally do not shop at Walmart. Stopped when I went into one with an armed guard along with a greeter. No reason to tolerate that or the customers that cause it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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I've seen men's razors locked up in stores(?), not just Walmart, and I know that our local Walmart has security cameras all over the aisle where the infant formula is, as apparently it's one of the most shoplifted items in the store.

RM
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Brownsburg, IN
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My guess is that it is a store or manager's discretion and varies store to store.

As MortonR mentioned I've seen at some Kroger's and Walmart's where razors are locked up. I've never seen deodorant locked up, but as sweetana3 mentioned my guess is that it is the easy to conceal and shoplift stuff. I've also seen condoms and alcohol locked up. I've never seen any over the counter meds locked up.

When I lived on the Southside of Indy I felt like I noticed the stores I used had more things locked up. West and North side I can't remember seeing any of these things locked up.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis Indiana
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I heard on NPR that in Baltimore Tide detergent is kept under lock and key. They actually have a "Tide squad" on the PD because it being stolen is so rampant.
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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In some of the less affluent towns around Houston I've noticed baby formula and other baby needs stuff locked up.

Complete hassle for honest folks in a hurry but I can't blame the stores for trying to protect their inventory.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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I didn’t realize the baby formula was such a high loss item until we had a new Walmart built in the area, and in the aisle for this stuff they have cameras and a monitor so you could see yourself being recorded.

A week or two ago there was an article in the local media about a woman who tried bolting out of a local grocery store with over $300 worth of infant formula. She apparently didn’t have any children and was stealing it to resell it.

RM
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:33 AM
 
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OK, so this isn't anything Earth-shattering, but I'd like your local feedback...

I just returned from a trip to our local Walmart (I'm in Southern California and hoping to relocate the Indy area later this year). Yes, I shop at Walmart; they have some items I cannot find in other nearby stores and/or have better prices, so if you're feeling the need to cast aspersions on all Walmart shoppers, feel free to keep your comments to yourself.

Anyway, this morning, I had to press a button to have a clerk open a locked case (twice!) as I was shopping for Motrin and for a men's deodorant. They then proceeded to put each item in a plastic security box that had to be opened at check-out. Thankfully, they allow those boxes to be unoocked at the self-check because I can't stand going through the regular check-out lanes.

Do they do this at Walmart locations in Hamilton County, for instance, or is it something local to me? The clerk I asked said "it's everywhere" and even went on to tell me they're doing the same thing at Target and other stores. I don't know whether to believe her, but I do know it's irritating to have to wait for help and have the clerk waiting for me to read labels/packages to decide exactly which item I really want to buy (if any of 'em)...all the while watching me like I'm gonna pocket something without paying.
No on the deodorant and Motrin but locally and probably many Walmart's across the country razor blades are locked up because of theft. Apparently at this location they must have had a large amount of theft of these items (there are those who will scoop out a shelf to sell stuff at flea markets or online). What is locked up may vary from area to area depending on what is popular to steal in mass quantities.

ETA: It was pretty weird that after getting what you need they again locked it up until you took it to the register. Never seen that happen even with razor blades.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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I've seen Mucinex locked up, but I can't remember where.
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