I live next door to a wonderful organics supermarket. Great stuff but pricey. I buy almost everything there and spend about $100 a week for just me. I am there about every other day. I know the staff and they know me.
Today, I met a friend for an early dinner in the supermarket's cafe. She treated me and it was not cheap but the food was very high quality and good. Then we did some grocery shopping in the store. Because I am diabetic, I can not eat very much candy so when I go grocery shopping, I always go to the bulk candy and sample one piece of a bulk candy. It's a treat to me.
My friend became very agitated, upset and angry when I did this. She told me that I was shoplifting. The store has samples all over the store and she said that if a sample is offered, it is ok to take it but not ok when it is not offered. She told me that there are cameras everywhere (which there are) and that I could be asked to leave.
This friend has retired well. I have not. Often a person sees things differently given their socio economic position. This really ruined our get together which had been very pleasant. This is how our get together more or less ended.
I have done this for years, even in front of staff. I have seen other people doing this, even the staff.
I looked up shoplifting on line and what I did is called grazing, sort of. I think grazing refers more to when someone takes a whole candy bar and eats it while shopping, leaving the wrapper around the store and not paying for it.
So what are your thoughts? When you go grocery shopping, do you graze products which are not obvious samples? Do you see what I did as shoplifting?
I have been very uncomfortable with my friend's response.
I live in government housing for low income and disabled seniors. There are 99 apartments and most of us shop at this supermarket. This supermarket is good to us and we are good to them.