Do your big-box stores treat you like a baby?

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If an Academy employee at the front door sees me walk in with a long gun box clearly marked RUGER, he will ask me what's in the box. I will say a gun that has to be returned to the factory under warranty. Then he will start to question me about what's wrong with the gun. A bunch of questions. Then finally he will insist he has to carry the box to the gun bar. I walk in and out of Academy all the time with my handgun concealed in my fanny pack and nobody there says a damm thing about that. If it is something that looks like a gun box to them, it's a different story. I wonder what Academy might say if I walked into the store with something that looked like a shoe box with NIKE on it.

Ruger also gives the customer the option of getting prepaid shipping label to ship a gun back for warranty work via Fed Ex. From now on, I will use the Fed Ex option to send guns back for repairs. Taking the gun to Academy is rather a hassle.

Too many lawyers at the corporate meetings. Their fear of getting sued has led to ridiculous many policies.

America the Land of the Scared of Their Own Shadow

We live in a corporate coward culture. Lawyers and doctors get this kind of indoctrination in our anti-gun commie-lib colleges and universities. Yes, fear of sue-happy people.
 

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So I forget which holiday I was there picking something up on, but I think it was around Black Friday one year because I was picking up a SW Bodyguard I think. Now, I already had one and this was going to be a second, so I already had a pocket holster for it. I've slept since then, but I think this is basically accurate.

Me and the associate (who I knew pretty well) do the walk of shame to the register, and then to the door. So I take the box, and walk to the other side of the door and come back in. Where he promptly meets me again. The conversation went something like this:
Him: "You can't bring that back in here!"
Me: "But I'm not done shopping"
Him: "You can't bring that back in the store though."
Me: "Your policy is that customer with legal carry permits can have guns in the store. I purchased this, and am carrying it."
Him: "No it doesn't work like that it's not in a holster."
Me: "It's definitely in a holster, you verified that before purchase. And in OK I can concealed carry, I can open carry and your sign says it's fine as long as I'm legal, so I really don't see the problem"
Him: "...."
Me: "staring intensifies"
Him: "Still needs to go to your car"
Me: I step outside to my car at this point, open the box take the thing out (obviously it's unloaded and magless since they just sold it to me) and put it in the pocket holster. Note: This is probably not my best idea in life since I was handling the gun in somewhat public, but no one else was paying attention except Mr. Gun Bar. So then I come back carrying the empty box and a properly holstered new unloaded pistol.
Him: "..."
Me: "...."
Him: "You probably need to just go now"

I might have said some choice words that would have blown a PG-13 rating out of the water, but I wasn't going to fight it further. I made my point as far as I could take it without losing that store as a shopping option.
Hilarious! And sad at the same time...:nono2:
 

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America the Land of the Scared of Their Own Shadow

We live in a corporate coward culture. Lawyers and doctors get this kind of indoctrination in our anti-gun commie-lib colleges and universities. Yes, fear of sue-happy people.
Sadly, we now live in a highly litigious society. When I was a kid, a lawsuit involving your average Joe was practically a newsworthy event. :anyone:
 

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America the Land of the Scared of Their Own Shadow

We live in a corporate coward culture. Lawyers and doctors get this kind of indoctrination in our anti-gun commie-lib colleges and universities. Yes, fear of sue-happy people.
I disagree to some extent. There's a lot of companies that do really really janky horrible stuff and then use policies and lawyers to get away with it. There are also companies that vilify people with actual real complaints to push the narrative that they're under attack. Like the McDonalds case that always gets held up. That lady suffered some horrific third degree burns, McDonalds had a history of claims against them that they never fixed preceding that, and it never would have gone to court but McDonalds denied her initial request which was medical only. The judge/jury threw everything her way.

Point is, she wasn't trying to get rich or file anything insane but years later gets held up like some kind of criminal that was scheming against the poor little defenseless multi billion dollar multinational. I tend to think there's a lot of lawsuits that are perfectly justified but the companies and PR firms on the other side do what they did the in McDonalds case --- wage a PR war against the individual.
 

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So I forget which holiday I was there picking something up on, but I think it was around Black Friday one year because I was picking up a SW Bodyguard I think. Now, I already had one and this was going to be a second, so I already had a pocket holster for it. I've slept since then, but I think this is basically accurate.

Me and the associate (who I knew pretty well) do the walk of shame to the register, and then to the door. So I take the box, and walk to the other side of the door and come back in. Where he promptly meets me again. The conversation went something like this:
Him: "You can't bring that back in here!"
Me: "But I'm not done shopping"
Him: "You can't bring that back in the store though."
Me: "Your policy is that customer with legal carry permits can have guns in the store. I purchased this, and am carrying it."
Him: "No it doesn't work like that it's not in a holster."
Me: "It's definitely in a holster, you verified that before purchase. And in OK I can concealed carry, I can open carry and your sign says it's fine as long as I'm legal, so I really don't see the problem"
Him: "...."
Me: "staring intensifies"
Him: "Still needs to go to your car"
Me: I step outside to my car at this point, open the box take the thing out (obviously it's unloaded and magless since they just sold it to me) and put it in the pocket holster. Note: This is probably not my best idea in life since I was handling the gun in somewhat public, but no one else was paying attention except Mr. Gun Bar. So then I come back carrying the empty box and a properly holstered new unloaded pistol.
Him: "..."
Me: "...."
Him: "You probably need to just go now"

I might have said some choice words that would have blown a PG-13 rating out of the water, but I wasn't going to fight it further. I made my point as far as I could take it without losing that store as a shopping option.

Wonder what would have happened if you had left that gun in the car and took out another one completely loaded in full view of him and returned to the store?
 

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The first time I bought a firearm at Atwood's 4-5 years ago (a handgun), they escorted me to the door. The last time I bought one (a shotgun), they insisted on carrying it to my car, and the guy literally put it in my trunk rather than handing it to me.

Pretty sure I was carrying concealed both times... :anyone:

Same experience at the Norman Atwood’s last year. I asked why, and the manager told me it was an ATF requirement. I tried real hard to not laugh at him.
 

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So I forget which holiday I was there picking something up on, but I think it was around Black Friday one year because I was picking up a SW Bodyguard I think. Now, I already had one and this was going to be a second, so I already had a pocket holster for it. I've slept since then, but I think this is basically accurate.

Me and the associate (who I knew pretty well) do the walk of shame to the register, and then to the door. So I take the box, and walk to the other side of the door and come back in. Where he promptly meets me again. The conversation went something like this:
Him: "You can't bring that back in here!"
Me: "But I'm not done shopping"
Him: "You can't bring that back in the store though."
Me: "Your policy is that customer with legal carry permits can have guns in the store. I purchased this, and am carrying it."
Him: "No it doesn't work like that it's not in a holster."
Me: "It's definitely in a holster, you verified that before purchase. And in OK I can concealed carry, I can open carry and your sign says it's fine as long as I'm legal, so I really don't see the problem"
Him: "...."
Me: "staring intensifies"
Him: "Still needs to go to your car"
Me: I step outside to my car at this point, open the box take the thing out (obviously it's unloaded and magless since they just sold it to me) and put it in the pocket holster. Note: This is probably not my best idea in life since I was handling the gun in somewhat public, but no one else was paying attention except Mr. Gun Bar. So then I come back carrying the empty box and a properly holstered new unloaded pistol.
Him: "..."
Me: "...."
Him: "You probably need to just go now"

I might have said some choice words that would have blown a PG-13 rating out of the water, but I wasn't going to fight it further. I made my point as far as I could take it without losing that store as a shopping option.

So you became another 2A auditor?
I don’t like that policy either but it’s their business and their rules. Why blatantly challenge them? The employee was just following work place rules their employer requires them to follow to keep their jobs that may be supporting a family.
I don’t get it?
 
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