My OH has just finished his security training level II and told me, last night something that I didn't know, but thought that I would share with you..... especially as it's been mentioned on more that one occasion as something that people object to
Coles, Woolworths et al may put those notices up stating that bag searches are a condition of entry.... but they hold no sway with the law!!
You are perfectly entitled to REFUSE to have your bag searched! They may detain you under arrest, but they cannot search you until a police officer comes to the shop... if you have nothing, apparently you can sue for false arrest!!!
Apparently the lecturer refuses everytime he's asked.... Once security called the manager and the conversation went like this....
manager: I understand that you are refusing a bag search
Lecturer: That's right (smiles)
Manager: OK, have a nice day
Lecturer: Thank you, goodbye!
Now I'm aware that letting someone search your bag saves hassle and time, but, it's worth knowing that only the police have the power to demand to search your bags, so if you really object you are perfectly within your rights to refuse:D
I don't know about you but I feel violated having my bag searched when I only want to buy a carton of milk!
This also applies to going to concerts etc, unless it's printed on the ticket as a condition of entry, they can't stop you going in if you refuse...
I have to say that in the UK it never occured to me to say no! (although I'm not sure if the law is the same in the UK)