I was doing a personal project today: price comparisons at my three area natural food stores (People's Food Co-op, New Seasons on Division, and Wild Oats on Division).
As I walked around the grocery aisles with a few sheets of paper and a book to lean on, I felt the eyes on several employees, then suspected I was being casually watched (they kept passing me, nothing in their hands to stock!). After about 15 minutes, a manager (did not get his name sadly) approached me and here was our conversation:
Manager: May I ask what you are doing?
Me: I am doing a price comparison.
Manager: We don't allow that here. You need to get special permission from the so-and-so department. Are you doing this for a class?
Me: No, I'm doing personal research.
Manager: Well, you can't do it without permission.
And so I put away my notes and memorized as much as I could. Though it doesn't matter of course, because Wild Oats is the second largest natural food chain in the country (Whole Foods being the biggest. And FYI, my aquaintance was harassed there because he bougth food with food stamps and ate it there. Apparently that is a no-no by Oregon EBT standards, and there are cashiers loyal enough to their union-busting corporation that they will bust people on food stamps for EATING THEIR FOOD on the premises.) and I will not be shopping there anymore due to this annoying interaction.
Moral of the story, which i already knew: BUY LOCAL! BUY INDEPENDENT! BUY CO-OP!