The headline caught my eye while standing in the grocery checkout line, “Lose 20 Pounds in One Month…New research”. My husband was unloading our items on the belt so I had some time to browse headlines in the aisle. We both have been trying to take off some pounds and I was intrigued by the promise made by the magazine. I know that writers are hired to write headlines that will capture an audience so they will make a purchase. I took a moment to skim quickly the beginning of the article for maybe thirty seconds. I was caught again by a magazine headline…no new discoveries here. I put the magazine back and walked over to wait for our transaction to be complete when I heard these words, “your wife” from the young male cashier who was nodding in my direction. Perking up to a more straight posture, I lean in to listen. My husband has a somewhat bewildered look as he looks towards the cart. The cashier looks directly at me and says in a tone I don’t appreciate, You have stolen a magazine. When a person opens the cover of a magazine, reads, and does not purchase, that is stealing. The company could prosecute you. The company probably won’t but they would the employees.” I respond, “Seriously? I didn’t know that. They need to put a sign to inform the public that magazine cannot be skimmed in the checkout aisle.” He is now returning cash from our grocery purchase and says to my husband, “You can pay for the magazine with this change.” SERIOUSLY? We both have brain freeze as we leave the store WITHOUT purchasing the magazine. I guess I never considered it stealing when I browse through a magazine or a book. Barnes and Noble encourages it. Websites will let you download a chapter of a book before purchasing. Heinemann will even post an entire book for a time period. There has been no knock on my door as of yet…but if I don’t show up for school tomorrow please post my bail. : )
I have no book to tie in to this post…I still have brain freeze. I have no idea what book that would tie to this experience. Do you?