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Store Bag Searches and My Rights in Canberra?

By bguy 28 February 2012 62

Today after while leaving Supabarn I was approached by a security guard who asked to look in my bag. I agreed and opened the bag. He spotted a packet of seeds that I had bought from another store and tried to take them. I withdrew my bag and asked him if he was sure he was allowed to touch my things.  I then showed him the relevant receipt and he was satisfied. While I was walking away he told me that he was allowed to touch “merchandise”.

I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t have any right to touch anything in my bag, and I have no obligation so submit to the search.

Can anyone help clear this up for me?

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gooterz 12:50 am 02 Mar 12

The only reason they ask is to deter would be thieves.

To actually catch someone stealing requires you to see them take something from the shelf, and then walk out with it. All while having unbroken vision of them.

Then once this happens the only people that can stop them are security guards and they can only stand in their way. Only if they try to push though or past can they use resistive force.

Once this happens the police are called and they are the only ones that can search them asking the shop people who witnessed it to say where abouts exactly they are keeping said stolen merchandise.

This is because due to the ways the laws are setup, if you accuse someone of stealing and they get stopped and arrested and police can’t find anything the stop is liable for defamation which is much more serious than the slap on the wrists for stealing.

One thing that ticks me off is the security guards at JB. I remember previously they had rent-a-cops with tasers. I dont think anyone should be forced into a bag check in that way!

whitelaughter 11:59 pm 01 Mar 12

He had no right to touch anything in your bag, you were under no obligation to submit to a search,


you are not required to keep a receipt of purchase.

Guards being tools like this makes it harder to encourage people to be helpful.

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