Sometimes people on the spectrum’s mannerisms mimic shoplifters. Follow these tips to be safer. These tips apply for anyone, especially anyone who is not clean cut, neurotypical and white.
- If possible don’t bring a backpack into a store. It raises suspicion.
- Never put merchandise you are going to purchase in your cloths or jacket pockets. You may forget it on the way out of the store.
- Always have a question ready in case an employee asks you if you need help. A lot of times they are watching for shoplifting.
- The answer to, “do you want a bag for this”, is always yes. Sometimes you will be able to purchase things in a different area of a store (for example the electronics section at Meijer). You always need to have a bag with a receipt in it because this shows onlookers you made the purchase. You could get stopped without a bag and if you lost your receipt you could be in big trouble.
The store (particularly big box stores) are not a kind place for those on the spectrum with the crowds, fluorescent lights, and store equipment beeping their trouble tones everywhere.