Fix Scanner Law!
Posted: 2009-02-26. Categories: Kroger, Meijer, Michigan

Does the scanner law go far enough?

I am diligent about checking my receipts and I have to tell you, it’s the rare occasion that I shop at a major grocery or department store and not find a mistake on my receipt.

To be honest, sometimes the mistakes are in my favor, but not nearly often enough.

Consumers would be well advised to check their receipt after each shopping excursion. The amounts may be small but they quickly add up over the span of a year.

If you notice you have been overcharged take the time to bring it to the stores attention, then check back to see if the error has been corrected. With the rising cost of groceries we can little afford to tolerate lazy store clerks and unscrupulous business practices.

It may seem as though I’ve singled out Meijer, but I’ve merely used them as an example. They are by no means the only store with this problem, nor the worst offender.

Check those Stickers

Those shopping at Kroger will need to carefully check their sale items against the shelving unit stickers, because more often than not, they do not match. I’ve been “taken” several times, thinking I was purchasing a sale item, only to discover I had the wrong item and ended up paying more than I had anticipated.

If you find a store that repeatedly over-charges you, do yourself a favor, find a new store to shop. Dealing with reputable businesses will go a long way to promoting fair and honest consumer practices within your community.

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2 Comments to "Fix Scanner Law!"

  1. Adam says:

    What the consumer needs to realize is that the retailer is human and makes mistakes. Any reputable retailer will fix the problem, and probably compensate the consumer. There are also professional “consumers” who will go to great lengths to get something free from the retailer. So, it goes both ways.

  2. Joe says:

    Yes, it’s true that people do make mistakes but I’ve actually shopped at Meijer’s, found an error, where I was overcharged and brought it to their attention and claimed my bounty; only to go back the following day and find that they were still overcharging for the product.

    There are only two explainations for this. Either the employee is too lazy to correct their mistake or they are intentionally overcharging people.