What’s the real reason Costco employees check receipts at the exit?
Given the high-ticket items a person can buy at Costco—$3,000 TVs, laptops, engagement rings—I always assumed the receipt-checkers stationed near the exits were tasked mainly with preventing theft. But at my local Costco, these employees give my cart a cursory glance, at best. There’s no checking under boxes or peeking inside cardboard carriers—so how hard could they really be checking for pilfered jewelry or hidden rotisserie chickens? Turns out, that’s not their primary job...
They’re mainly checking to make sure I haven’t been charged multiple times for an item, which presumably would make me unhappy once I returned home and checked my receipt.