On October 11th 2006 between the times of 11:00 pm and 12:00 am. Myself and my room mate entered Meijers. Upon entering the store we grabbed a shopping cart and began our shopping experience. Starting in the Produce section we then moved to the Alcoholic beverage section and placed 6 bottles of alcohol and a party pack of smirnoff ice triple black into our shopping cart.
While in the frozen food section we were immediately confronted by 4 police officers from the Police Department. There were 3 male officers and 1 female officer who approached us in a very confrontational fashion asking us to stay where we were standing with our backs to the freezer and facing the Milk cooler. The officer asked to see our picture identification. My room mate reached and pulled out his wallet and produced his drivers license I in turn responded my identification was out in the car. The officer then responded "Why is it in the car?" I looked very surprised and said I'm not sure what the problem is and stated that I was unaware I needed ID to grocery shop. He then responded Meijer had placed a call into the police department that apparently 2 black men were shoplifting in the grocery department. The same officer who asked for our identification then goes on to say and I quote, "We have had someone following you guys since you came into the store, so thats why they called the police cause your shoplifting. We had someone following you since you have been in the store." Another male officer then asked for my first last and middle name and my date of birth which I supplied readily. I then responded as a number of Meijer shoppers began to stop and take notice to what was happening that I AM the store manager of a retail chain and assured them I was in fact not a shop lifter. The male officer who asked for my name and date of birth then asked what retail chain do I manage and where. I then responded with the information. In an attempt to lighten the mood and disarm the situation I cracked the joke and I quote, "What do I have a turkey in my pocket?" To which the other male officer who was standing on the other side of a fixture chuckled slightly. The same officer who chuckled slightly then asked where were we from. Before I could respond the same officer who asked for my identification blurted out and I quote, "Do you have any warrants?" To which we both responded no. I then turn my attention back to the officers question and responded we just moved into the the area and having this happen makes me regret that decision.
Apparently having heard back from their precinct the officers then return my room mates drivers license turned and walked away without so much as an apology or a sorry for the inconvenience. The officer who had questioned me about my identification then said to me noticing I had become somewhat bothered with the situation he tells me and I quote, "If you have a complaint make it to Meijer not with the police." All of the officers just as quickly as they arrived are now gone. Leaving me and my room mate humiliated in front of all the other onlookers and one meijer employee who would every now and again peak around the cooler at the end of the aisle.
I was never approached by meijer LP with any form of recovery statement they simply called the city police. What went wrong here? I was under the impression the procedure for an LP stop were:
1. See consumer enter the place of business
2. See consumer handle merchandise
3. See consumer conceal merchandise with INTENT to leave premise without
-know what merchandise is and where concealed
4. See consumer attempt to leave business with concealed merchandise to
defraud/evade without purchase
I won't even get into what the Night Manager had to say about the matter.