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thekraken wrote

These people have no legal right to check or detain you. Think about how this works - in theory, a customer has paid for their merchandise at the checkout before exiting the store, and therefore any attempt to actually detain you would be unlawful. You are walking out of a store with your items you paid for.

It is security theatre. I ignore them and walk past them every time, and they never do anything, because they know the legal ramifications of them stopping a legit customer are just plain not worth it.