OK, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the sharpest pencil in the lead pile. But I cannot for the life of me figure out just what in the world the Costco receipt-checker lady is looking for.
As you may or may not know, when you shop at Costco as you leave they have an employee who takes your receipt, inspects your cart, scribbles on the receipt with a highlighting marker, and then lets you leave.
The first time I experienced this a few years ago I thought, “What a fun idea! They’re cutting down on theft by making sure you paid for everything you have in your cart.”
But then I realized this may or may not be the case. They don’t really look all that hard. Lately all they seem to do is glance in the cart and scribble on the receipt. Are they really being that effective? They look at my cart, not even looking in the boxes to see if I have a multi-pack of Granola Bars smuggled in somewhere underneath my pile of 2-pound bags of frozen blueberries.
Yesterday my wife and I went shopping and I bought a hard drive for our computer. I wanted to use my personal account to pay for it and not our joint account so I paid separately and, as a result, got a separate receipt. I decided to do a test and pocketed my receipt for the hard drive and just gave the lady the receipt for the other items in our cart full of bulky goodness. The hard drive was, by far, the most expensive thing in the cart so if she was looking to make sure it was on the receipt, I would be busted.
But nothing. She looked at the receipt, looked at the cart for a second or two, and then smiled and let us pass.
What’s going on here? I used to think they were counting how many items were on the receipt to see if I had that same number in my cart. But there was no counting going on. No double-checking. None of it. If they’re not there to do any real work, then why not fire them and pass the savings on to me?
What are they looking for?
Something is afoot, I just don’t know what it is. I told Sarah what I was doing and after we left I turned to her and said, “I should have put an extra hard drive in the cart.” She just smiled at me because she knew I was going to go home and blog about it.
If someone who works at Costco reads this, please comment and fill me in. I know the official position of Costco is they are making sure they haven’t overcharged us for anything but I’m not buying that. Call me skeptical, but I find it hard to believe these 90-year-old people they have guarding the exit have the price of every item in the store memorized.
Help me, Costco. The suspense is killing me.