questionswhat's up with walgreen's shoplifting alarms?

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I can't speak to Walgreen's security system, but years ago when I wore my phone on my belt, I would set off the alarm at both my grocery store and library when I was entering. I figured out that I needed to take the phone off my belt if I didn't want strangers to whip their heads around to see the cause of the alarm. Both of those sites have better systems now, and my husband's belt-holstered phone doesn't set off any alarms.

Perhaps the Walgreens in your area have been having an excessive amount of theft problems and have set their equipment to be overly sensitive. Or maybe they are just using the security system like an old-fashioned doorbell to let them know a customer has arrived. :-)

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This happens to me all the time in various stores.

A common reason would be if I'm at the mall and buy something at Radio Shack. They do not have an alarm and do not deactivate any of the security strips like on a package of blank DVDs. So then I go into another store in the mall carrying the product I bought at Radio Shack.

I sometimes wish an employee would attempt to stop me as I leave just to see how it plays out.

Nobody has every done anything about it so it sort of makes me wonder why they even have them there to begin with. Imagine the legal issues they could face if they attempt to detain you for stealing and then find out that you really didn't steal anything.

One time, going through Dicks Sporting goods, they asked if I bought anything at Radio Shack and they offered to deactivate the product for me. That was when I entered the store and Radio Shack was across the hall from them so it probably happens all the time.

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Just one more good reason to stay away from Radio Shack, as the entire chain goes down the tubes.

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It didnt' occur to me that my phone might be setting off the alarm. I'll leave it in the car the next time I go and see if that makes a difference.

When I leave Walgreen's and the alarm goes off, I used to stop and wait for an employee to take notice. No one cares so I just keep walking. I don't even hesitate any more.

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What kind of shoes do you have?
I would try your shoes too. (If it is your shoes have them neutralized)

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@caffeine_dude: That is a good theory but I have several different pairs of shoes that I rotate. I don't think it is the shoes. The only things I always have on me are the phone and the wallet. It must be one of those. There is nothing unusual in my wallet, just credit cards, ID and woefully little cash.

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It's the tracking chip DHS installed in your head. Oh, this isn't the conspiracy theories thread?

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I worked at eckerd while in high school and I saw this all the time. It can be the oddest things. I'd check your wallet. They hide those theft tags inside the leather sometimes. the same things with your belt. The tag right near the buckle can set them off. If it always happens then its something you have everyday so start trying things out.

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@cebooher3: it very well could be your shoes, but not for the reason you might think.

as you might imagine working at walgreens is boring. someone who may or not be me used to work there, and may or may not have participated in passing time by peeling off the security tags, and placing them upside down on the floor near the exit so they'd stick to shoes and trip the alarm

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@crowbite: Indeed! I have not been to a Radio Shack since they wanted me to take my drivers license out of the clear window compartment in my wallet and hand it to them when I tried to buy 2 button batteries (under $10 total) using my credit card. They have gotten ridiculous. I told him to cancel the transaction and walked out. That was 4 years ago - I've never been back. Ironcally, I bought the same batteries at half the Radio Shack price across the street at -- you guessed it -- Walgreens!

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@pinchecat: Also, stick them onto some of the shopping carts at walmart.

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Have you had surgery ever? If you have any metal in your body this could set the alarm off as well.

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Probably your phone, they can set off both the RF and magnetic systems. Or it's you, just to be sure, you should try walking through without anything on - see what happens!

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@thumperchick: If I go in naked I'm sure they'll ban me from the store. Problem solved! :-)

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@thedogma: I do have some metal in my body. I also have a watch and belt buckle. These things do cause problems in airport security. I wasn't aware that the anti-theft alarms are metal detectors.

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@gionot: I'm guessing you are right on the doorbell idea. That's their signal for every employee to vacate all the registers and disappear.

@crowbite: "Goes down the tubes"? Present progressive tense? You're a bit behind, my friend. Radio Shack as we know it died years ago, they're just a cell phone store now.

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@moondrake: You mean another one? I had one removed from my head just two years ago!

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I'm headed out to lunch. I'm going to stop at Walgreen's and enter without my phone. If I set of the alarm, I'll try again without my wallet.

I don't think I'll try the naked option but I may change my mind.

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Anxiously awaiting your return....

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I had this problem after purchasing a winter jacket. There was a tag on the inside which a picture of scissors (indicating you have to cut it off :) )... once I did that, the issue went away.

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Long lunch, or did you get arrested for shoplifting?

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@bsmith1 When I was in high school, I worked at a department store. When we got bored, we'd stick theft tags to the bottoms of carts or toss them sticky-side up on the floors... It was a waste of company money, but worth it.

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I'm back from Walgreen's. It was my wallet causing the problem. I emptied my wallet and the clerk ran it through the device that deactivates the security tag. Problem solved.

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@cebooher3: Dang I was going to guess multiple personalities. Personality 1 just wants to but some pens, personality 2 needs to steal, and to keep things interesting only steals things with RF ID tags.

Just in case:
Do you suffer from insomnia? Are you part of an army of anarchist?

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@baronz: I also bought a jacket from Old Navy and it had a cut off tag.

The interesting part is that it was deactivated at the store and I never had a problem for a couple months. I washed it and put it through the dryer and that's when it somehow reactivated the security strip. I just cut it like you did and problem was solved permanently.

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@cebooher3: Ha, it seems all the stores want me to empty my wallet every time I visit too. :)

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I WIN!

Good Game all. @cebooher3 congrats on no longer being the center of the wrong kind of attention
:-)

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@cebooher3: you should really think of a less time consuming way to steal wallets

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@pinchecat: I have enough wallets now. I need to work on stealing something more challenging like cars.

Anyone see a good sale on Grand Theft Auto? Do the cars in that game have RFID tags?

I wonder if that nice girl at Walgreen's will deactivate them for me?

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I used to set off the WalMart alarms. It took me forever to figure out that there was a tag inside of the ballcap that my wife had purchased for me on ebay.