At first when things like this happened in the mall, it made me laugh. I assumed it was because I was American or spoke little to no Italian, etc. Ok, I do walk around with a guilty conscience and a small chip on my shoulder. Then when we went into a larger “Everything” store, (sort of like a Target) and then did this, I almost laughed out loud. What is IT? They take a stapler and staple your bags shut. As in, “do not steal from our store. All shoppers are guilty until proven innocent.”
Now, I “wrote it off” in the mall. My favorite was when a British friend was really insulted and said “do I look the like I am going to ‘pinch’ something?”
But, when I went to a nicer department store, like la Rinascente and bought a wallet, they placed a sticker on the bag with the strength of duck tape. No, I am serious, I needed scissors to free my purchase when I got home.
I wonder if this is caused by the Crisi or to prevent an outbreak of sticky finger syndrome.