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In my local Albert supermarket, the miserable looking security guard follows me around and lears right into the trolley. Does this mean that Poles shoplift a lot, hence the high security? Or is it just a symptom of lack of trust?
It's here in Warsaw. For sure people shoplift in the UK, but the security measures to stop it here are amazing. There are still shops where an old lady follows you around and stares angrily, like the bookshop on Nowy Świat. It's amazing they sell anything at all. There's a small supermarket in central Warsaw (on ul. Hoża) where there's a rule that all customers must be followed. When there's a few customers in, it's quite spectacular to see the staff darting around from person to person.
Also, in some supermarkets, when people buy something in a box, like toothpaste, they open the box to make sure that there isn't a more expensive product in it. I can't be the only person who feels rather depressed when that happens.
Goes back to communist times when they had everything behind the counter. Maybe they are still getting used to trusting customers with the merchandise. Given that people with no money will probably try everything I'm not surprised they check the boxes.
Maybe that's why they take out bras in Marks and spencer in the UK, making out they are checking the size is right...