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Old September 14, 2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Dick's Sporting Goods Firearm Accessory Policy

I recently bought a rifle sling at a local Dick's Sporting Goods. Upon checkout the cashier asked me for my DOB. I asked her what was the problem and she replied that it is Dick's policy only to sell firearm related items to persons over 18 because they are "controlled items". First time that I have run across such a store policy for an accessory. Do other stores have such policies for firearm accessories? I thought it was a little intrusive and if the item wasn't on clearance I probably would have walked out.
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Dick's Sporting Goods is a little strange. The last time I bought handgun ammo there, the salesperson had to escort me to the cashier to check out. When I asked him what was up with that, he said it was company policy because I could use their ammo in a concealed handgun to hold the place up.
I guess they don't mind being held up, as long as a person pays for the ammo first? Go figure!
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Old September 14, 2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Smile, say "thanks", leave the sling on the counter and walk away.
Any sling they sell, you can find elswhere.
I will not give a phone number, address, zip code, or anything else for an over the counter purchase. If my cash isn't good enough, they don't deserve my business.
BTW, I love the face when I refuse the aforementioned info.
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Old September 14, 2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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Sounds like they either have regional policies or poor corporate enforcement of compliance with policy. Last time I bought ammo there I brought it up to the front no DOB asked or anything. This was in a Chicago suburb too lol.
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Old September 14, 2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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some people and places of business are 'off' no matter what you buy.. weather it is a BBQ, a firearm or a new car. No matter what in life, you will cross multiple times a serious nut, of the winged variety.

my brother was recently escorted to a checkout at a walmart when buying bb's for his sons bb gun while open carrying at 44 years old............no, seriously.

I find myself wondering how old you actually are ; if they even took the time to question you were under 18? That might be boardering on one serious compliment....
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Old September 15, 2012, 04:19 AM   #6
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he said it was company policy because I could use their ammo in a concealed handgun to hold the place up.
I don't even know how to begin to wrap my head around the (il)logic in that statement. I have been escorted to the cashier before when buying ammo, I just assumed that it was to make sure I paid for it. My favorite is when I buy a gun, and they carry it to the cashier, then outside before they allow me to take possession. This has happened to me at Dick's (salesperson walked out into the garage with me), and Academy (stood in vestibule, held the box outside the door.) Bass Pro (I know, they are pricey, I was already there buying stuff), the guy at the gun counter just rang up my entire purchase, stuck a piece of tape on the case to show that I had paid, set it in my cart (I was buying a LOT of stuff) and let me wander off. Right past all the ammo out on the shelves.
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Old September 15, 2012, 04:23 AM   #7
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Hey Boatme98, next time use this:

1060 West Addison Street
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Old September 15, 2012, 04:41 AM   #8
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Boatman, we know where you live. Not exactly but we've narrowed it down. I assume your house does not have a number on it and none of your neighbors know your name.
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Old September 15, 2012, 06:12 AM   #9
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he said it was company policy because I could use their ammo in a concealed handgun to hold the place up.
Wow.......
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Old September 15, 2012, 07:40 AM   #10
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I've never bought anything at Dicks. The local store is in a mall with a "gunbuster" sign on the door, to I'm willing to abide by their wishes. No problem.
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Old September 15, 2012, 07:50 AM   #11
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If that's the policy, then they are living up to the name.
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Old September 15, 2012, 07:39 PM   #12
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I will not give a phone number, address, zip code, or anything else for an over the counter purchase. If my cash isn't good enough, they don't deserve my business.
In some cases it is state law and not a corporate thing at all.. Or at least thats what Im told..
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Old September 15, 2012, 09:54 PM   #13
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Re: Dick's policy. Yeah. Gotta be 18 to buy a strap. "What's your date of birth sir?"

"April 1st 2013. Why?"
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Old September 15, 2012, 10:51 PM   #14
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I gave them a phony DOB anyways, but the store policy is outrageous...
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Old September 16, 2012, 01:00 AM   #15
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If that's the policy, then they are living up to the name.
Excellent.
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Old September 16, 2012, 05:14 AM   #16
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Not quiet ammo related but I used to work for a company that would ask for a details with a purchase. Anything under $100 we could just flick through without entering details. Over $100 we had to enter something.
The reason we asked was if you bought something (phone, TV, Computer) and you bought it back, "I broke it but I don't have the receipt any more" for warranty stuff.
It was a large NZ wide company with two chains, Bond and Bond and Noel Leeming. And you could walk into any store and say "I brought this in X at Christmas and it broke" and we could punch in a phone number bring up the receipt to send it away for warranty from there, without having to return it to the original store. No data mining or anything nefarious but just for record keeping.
If we got customers coming in purchasing who did not wish to give data we used to use the store phone number and the name "Cash Sale". The only time we HAD to enter real details was for returns. This was due to fraud stuff. e.g You steal whatever for store X and return it to store Y but "lost the receipt. Can I exchange it?"

Now I can understand people being ticked off for firearms stuff but here's my thoughts on that matter. At another job (sporting goods) we had departments and dissections e.g 47/03 was Hunting/Ammo and that was as specific as it got. The tag might say ".223 Rem" or ".177 Pellets" but the till would only know it was "Hunting/Ammo" with a cost price of X and a retail of Y. A sling would have been 47/04 (Hunting/Accessories) along with bipods, decoys etc.

So I wonder if they have just gone "Boom" and put an "Enter DoB" flag on a dept. without completely considering what it would encompass.

Secondly, it's your DoB. AFAIK there is nothing identifying about that. I can see asking for DoB if you were buying a knife etc but agree that it's a bit stupid for a scope. At a push, "Excuse me, Sir, can I see some proof of age please?" I know supermarket tills here when you buy booze come up with a "Sight ID" warning that requires a supervisor to clear but most of the time they just look at me and go "He's over 18" and just hit "ID sighted"

One thing that has just occurred to me is the Human Rights Act (as odd as that sounds) Let me explain. A 50 y/o goes through and the "ID sighted" button is hit because he's quite obviously over 18, I go through (I'm 22), once again the "ID sighted" button is hit. Then an 18 y/o goes through. Cashier asks "What's your DoB?" "Well the other two didn't get asked so you are now discriminating against my age" which is against the Human Rights Act. As ridiculous as it sounds its that easy. You cannot discriminate anyone. In my job at a bar, if a pregnant women comes in, I can refuse to serve her alcohol (because of the risk to the baby), but if I say "I am refusing to serve you because you are pregnant" that's discrimination, even with all the evidence supporting Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

If you are shopping anywhere, and are asked for similar, just use the following details.

Cash Sale
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2827
and make up a DoB.
If they insist on seeing an ID show one but ask that another DoB is entered if necessary.

Sorry that rambled along a bit but hope it is food for thought
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Old September 16, 2012, 05:24 AM   #17
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Hey Boatme98, next time use this:

1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2827

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I'll have four fried chickens and a Coke, or... the new Oldsmobiles are in early this year!
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Old September 16, 2012, 05:39 AM   #18
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I'll have four fried chickens and a Coke, or... the new Oldsmobiles are in early this year!
Well if you take .44 (as in Magnum) and go to 3 dp that makes it .440.

So then you've got .440 Magnum!
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Old September 16, 2012, 09:10 AM   #19
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Appreciate it that they ask for your DOB. There will come a time when you will be like me. They don't need to ask you for your DOB and they give you the senior discount without asking. Wait til the clerks are young enough to be your grandchildren.
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Old September 16, 2012, 08:56 PM   #20
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Does anyone else have to show a FID to buy ammo at Dicks Sporting Goods?
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Old September 16, 2012, 09:08 PM   #21
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Does anyone else have to show a FID to buy ammo at Dicks Sporting Goods?
Certainly not in the multitude of states that don't have such a thing. It sounds a lot like their "policies" vary from store to store.
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Old September 16, 2012, 09:27 PM   #22
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McLovin...

Did you tell them your last name was McLovin & you were from HI(and a organ donor)?

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Old September 16, 2012, 10:08 PM   #23
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Did you have to show them your ID? If not, I wouldn't mind. Otherwise if they just verbally ask you its ok IMO.
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Old September 17, 2012, 07:12 PM   #24
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I usually use my weapons permit ID for people like that.
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Old September 18, 2012, 07:04 PM   #25
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There are SO MANY people that use 1060 W. Addison for stuff like that because they saw it in "The Blues Brothers"...I'd hate to work in the Cubs mailroom, just imagine how many tons of junk mail they get every day. On the other hand, I'll bet that you could find a coupon to save money on just about ANYTHING.
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