Can a store manager look up purchase records without reason?

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Can a store manager look up purchase records without reason?

My sister and my niece’s dad X are in
a tense custody battle. I visited a
store recently where both X and my
cousin work. I bought 2 pairs of boots
and my cousin gave me her employee
discount. X looked up my purchase after
I left and is now claiming I stole from
the store, as employee discounts are
allegedly for immediate family only. Can
he legally access those records without
cause? Did I unknowingly defraud the
store? Are his claims of theft grounds
for slander?

Asked on May 21, 2018 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Of course a store manager can look up purchase records "without reason" or, more accurately, for any reason, including curiosity or to make sure there was no violation of store policy. The purchase records *from* the store are the *store's* records--which means that legally, an employee or manager of the store can look them up. Maybe he is violating store policy, and if you think he is, you can certainly bring that up to his boss or supervisor (assuming he is not the highest-level employee or owner), but legally, he as the right to do this.


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