Bypassing the Security Features at Walgreen’s
While shopping for batteries at Walgreen’s, I noticed that several of the “packs” of batteries were locked. Meaning – they had a kind of barrier at the end of each hook, so that you couldn’t really remove them unless someone came and removed the impediment.
For me to get some batteries, I had to press a button that was nearby, on a column. I waited for about 30-45 seconds, and an employee showed up. She asked what I wanted, and my (stupid) reply was that “I wanted some batteries.”
When I pressed the button, there was a message broadcast across the store that said “Customer needs assistance in the battery aisle,” so I felt that it was pretty obvious what I was after.
After assessing that things were locked, the woman then yelled out to one of the other women at the cash register. She asked if they had a key, because she didn’t have one.
On realizing that no one nearby had a key for the security feature, she then asked me “Is it ok if I tear it?”
I said yes, and she just tore one of the packs and handed it to me.
In line, I was looking down on this thing – thinking that that was a lot of procedure for not a lot of security. Part of me wanted to ask if I could, in the future, do the same thing. But that felt like a kind of smart-ass question, so I didn’t end up asking.
Instead, I guess I did a kind of smart-ass recap instead.