On October 7th of the 2011 I was ordered by my employer to go to the Menards in Elkhart Ind and purchase some security camera's that were on sale for approx 20.00 a piece and to pick up some batteries for the back up power source for the the camera's and the DVR. We were working on a small church that had been burglerized and we were beefing up security while repairing the damamge.
He also told me to check if they had the new Schlagg internet locks and to check what they had for small office safes, not to buy just report back prices and availablity. I grabbed another employee and the company truck and off we went for a friday afternoon of goofing off for the boss. This was a perk the boss gave to his better employees as a little paid mini vacation. We got to the store after eating a great lunch at the olive garden just next to the menards.
We entered the store and went straight to the video camera'a found the ones he wanted and grabbed three of them. we then went looking for safes and locks, we started down the isle and my partner in this adventure had grabbed a few personal items for his weekend home projects some small hand tools and some kitchen cleaning supplies we finally asked an employee to show us where the safes were and he escorted us to them. Dismayed at the lack of stock and horrible prices we then went to the door lock section and looked for the the new schlagg internet security locks which they did not have and didnt really have any information on. Disappointed yet again we decided to get out of this store and hit the lowes just down the road.
On our way to the check out I remembered I had to pick up some batteries as well I passed the same employee who had helped us earlier and where to aquire said items. He pointed the way and with a smile we thanked him and proceeded to the front of the store. Sure enough right were he said they were and there were also a bunch of flashlights. Well we had to check out the new flashlights to see who had the most lumes now and how much and how well they were built.
After that momentary diversion was at an end I grabbed up a pack of eight ultimate energizer batteries and to the check out we went. I went first my total was a whopping 80.00 dollars and some change I gave the very nice lady a hundred I had gotten from petty cash and she gave me change and a reciept. I started to bag up my items when from out of know where a man with black tribal tattoo's all over his arms came up and started talking to me. It shocked me as he started talking about the store being out of something and didnt that suck.
I assumed this man had mistaken me for someone else and tried to compose my self to deal with this situation as he seemed very agitated. His voice started to get louder and louder and he kept saying "their out of lye dude doesnt that suck" he looked down at my bag and pointed to the batteries i had just bought and goes on to say even louder "you know right man now you cant make your *** doesnt that suck your *** chewed up *** head. ya i know what your here for you piece of f=ing garbage!!!!!" Now I was completely shocked this man was accusing me of being a *** addict which was ironic as thats exactly what i thought he was with all his tattoos and the wild look in his eye and his screeming. At this point I looked around for some kind of employee to assist me and there were several male ones standing and watching and smiling and doing nothing.
Now I am a large man six foot four inches and well over three hundred pounds and i dont think i look like a *** head although i was kinda dirty from the day and was in need of a haircut but i was wearing a nice yellow shirt and blue jeans so i didnt think i looked that bad. I finally asked him who he was and what he wanted and he then said he was "store security" and I asked what he wanted and he just kept on his tyrad about not wanting my kind in his store and then he said he was going to call the police and demanded my id. I reached for my wallet and told him to please call them. Now the crowd of people has grown huge watching this spectacle and it is becoming clear the employees were not going to stop this lunitic.
I pulled from my wallet my church card showing I was an ordained minister with my church but it did have my correct name and address on it. He didnt even look at it and started to call the police. I put my wallet away picked up my bag and started walking to the door. My work partner stood there in shock and told the lady to forget his purchase he wanted nothing to do with this store.
At that time the undcover security gentleman started in on him. My fellow employee was far more vocal in his anger and voiced it. They followed us to company truck and it was full of construction tools I even showed them they didn't care. We waited a few minutes and then just finally left.
No police cars ever showed and I contact them later and no call or complaint had been filed. I told my boss what had happened and he was furrious, he started talking about how usually he picks them at the kalamazoo michigan sams club in an 16 count all the time and never gets yelled at. I guess my point is this, while the attack by this so called security professional was unfounded and unprofessional, if they dont want people like what they thought i was in there store simply stop selling these items.
Seems simple to me. But I promise I will never shop at that menards again and neither will my boss or any of his other employees