Quick question. I understand that bag checks are legal, and from my understanding they must be conducted while the employee is clocked in.
Today I was subject to my first-ever bag check, and I told the LP officer that I wasn't clocked in, and it was illegal to search my bag. LP said that as long as it is under 5 minutes I don't have to be clocked in. She began checking my items, and as she was doing so a long line began forming behind me, waiting to be checked.
I felt bad because those
people had to wait even longer, unpaid. It was associate shopping day, so
many of us bought loads of stuff (which took a while to check), and secondly,
we were all hoping to beat the football traffic that was letting out down the
Obviously, "under 5 minutes" adds up, especially if a line forms! And don't worry, I documented the incident. My question is this: Should I wait and see (and keep documenting) if it keeps occurring before I report it to corporate or even NYS labor bureau? Or should I just casually mention it to my store manager right away so she might address the problem?
My coworkers tell me "its not a big deal", but I am very stubborn when it comes to my rights, especially when our return policy allows customers to literally steal something in front of our face and return it for cash back (we cant say a thing!), but we are treated as criminals.