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Old 03-07-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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Here comes a big rant, im so pissed about this so I have to write it down somewhere! just a heads up, dont get mad at me if its not a great read ;-)...

I know a lot of us homebrewers are of the DIY crowd, DIY MLTs, DIY this and that, so we often find our ways to home depot for parts. Until yesterday , I did the same, for more than just HB stuff as well, but I will never shop there again.
last night at about 9 PM I was running around gathering bits for the leap to all grain. Just as I pulled a 20 foot roll of copper tubing off the shelf for my wort chiller some guy appears out of nowhere, BAM! in my face, then asks me what I was building. I told him i was constructing a heat exchanger for cooling liquid. "WHATS THAT FOR?" he points at my bayou classic sq14 burner that I was also picking up. "cooking" I said, now feeling slightly uncomfortable that some guy is in my face just staring at me and my cart. So I try to shrug the man off by checking out the tools used for bending copper tube, but I look over my shoulder and he was standing there staring at me not doing anything. Feeling very uncomfortable at this point, I finally make my way over to the registers, and I look back and notice the guy is 10 feet behind me the whole way! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT? im saying to myself, as im catching that terrible feeling I felt 20 seconds before I got jumped for my wallet back when I was younger.
Then I realize that he thinks im going to steal the tubing, and that the man was a security guard dressed in street clothes to be "undercover".
when I see him wisper something to the self checkout cashier all my suspisions are confirmed. I turn and tell the guy it was very obnoxious of him that he would stalk me like that, that it scared me, and I will never shop at a Home Depot again because of it. He then denied that he worked for home depot, said he was waiting for someone to pick him up, and started getting very defensive. I WAS PISSED that he wouldnt even admit to being a security guard and also pissed that he then got all definsive with me because I asked what the **** he was doing! I seriously thought either he was some pervert stalker or some thug who is up on the prices of copper who is planning on swiping my copper roll outside the store, or just some sort of sick bastard combination of the two. I swear before I knew what he was and what he was doing, I was gettin ready to wail the guy with something heavy.
Home Depot is definatly getting a bastard of a letter from me, this was entirely unacceptable. I totally agree with security at stores (even undercover shoppers)because there is tons of theft everywhere, but such intrusive undercover security measures should never become as confrontational as this did. I've seen this undercover act before at my previous job at a grocery store, but that guy would never confront a person or clearly follow them up and down isles, and jesus he would be in the camera room until he saw something suspicious, then he would be out on the prowl. This guy sucked at his job. and I feel he was desparate to bag someone that night. anyone else have such experiences at home depot?

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Old 03-07-2008, 08:32 AM   #2
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Wait, you were on your way to the registers? Yep, perfect way to steal stuff!! You PAY for it, and steal it to your car! What a bleeping thief you are! Imagine, actually PAYING for copper! (Wouldn't pass here in Arizona!)

(Can you detect the sarcasm here?)

Someone in HD asks me what I'm doing, he'd better have an orange vest on, and be willing to help me out, or I'm going OFF on him!

(Oh, just so you know, the #2 crime in Az is stealing copper. Second to stealing identities. {Or, maybe stealing cars.})

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Old 03-07-2008, 08:52 AM   #3
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In my younger days, teasing "undercover" security was one of the best games. yep I was one of those little bastards who hung out at the mall. We would go into one of the bigger stores and pull somethin off a shelf and stuff it in a pocket or under a shirt. Then wait till we saw the out-of-place person following. Then made our way up and down isles to find a spot out of the cameras' view to dump the "stolen" merchandise and head for the door. When they grab me, I start raising holy hell, kickin, screamin... the whole 9 yards. Then laughed my ass off when they made me empty my pockets but don't find anything. hilarious. My other trick was to get the "undercovers" on my tail and then approach them. I'll never forget the young woman in a business suit paroozing the tool isle at K-Mart for over 10 minutes. Come on, people; is that woman really shopping for a hammer?? I walked right up to her and asked if I could help her find something (she looked like she'd seen a ghost), if she needed something nailed, if K-Mart truly had a hammer BIG enough to get the job done..... Damn, I was a real $hit-head back then..... ah memories

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Old 03-07-2008, 09:15 AM   #4
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Year ago I was holding an event and my busines partener decided to buy a sho[pping cart worth of candy for resale at Costco. My Mom was woth us doing some shopping as well. We were stalked all though Costco by an ibviosly security dude. Pissed us off. That was $800 in Cany that was purchased. Made us feel like criminals for PAYING for CANDY!

Some of these guys need another job.

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In my days as an electrician, I have helped wire just about all of the big box stores at one time or another. I have done Home Despots, Menard's, Lowe's. Wal-Marts. I have dealt with store personnel at set-up time enough to form quite an opinion of them. If they treat the crews like sh!t, then I have an extra disdain for the retailer than I normally would. I will never set foot in a Walmart, Home Despot, Walgreen's, or Lowe's unless I ABSLUTELY can't find what I need anywhere else.

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Sounds like you missed a perfectly good opportunity to screw with someone.

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Sounds like you missed a perfectly good opportunity to screw with someone.
What I was thinkin too. Like, ask the undercover guy, in a hushed whisper, "hey, chief, you know how much copper's goin' for on the street these days? I gotta unload some stuff..."
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Box stores suck. period. Wal-mart, Home Depot. They can all kiss my a$$.
Shop locally.

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I reckon the guy thought you were going to build a meth lab. If you'd had a 10-gallon drum of pseudo-ephedrine in the back of your car, he might have seen that and decided to "investigate".

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but I look over my shoulder and he was standing there staring at me not doing anything. Feeling very uncomfortable at this point, I finally make my way over to the registers, and I look back and notice the guy is 10 feet behind me the whole way! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT? im saying to myself, as im catching that terrible feeling I felt 20 seconds before I got jumped for my wallet back when I was younger.
Sounds like a nutter to me.

It might also be a reminder to see if your state has a concealed handgun license option. It would be a pity to be shivved in a HD parking lot for a roll of copper.
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