How Do You All Handle Alarm Activations

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    How Do You All Handle Alarm Activations

    Went into the local Rite-Aid today and as soon as I went through the door scanners the alarm went off.
    BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.

    In response I threw up my hand and said, well ya got me. Now what? Everyone laughed and I went about my business.
    When checking out the lady said it must be your cell phone. Here, let's see. Well, I gave her my phone. Nothing.

    She said well maybe it's your keys... Let's see. She tossed them through... Nothing.

    Lastly she said it must be some metal in your pockets or something. I said yeah... Probably so.

    I shut my mouth and preceeded on fat, dumb and happy way.

    I know it was my Ruger LCP that triped it. Since the phone, and keys were the only metal on me other than the pistol.

    Anyone else had this little pesky issue?
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    play dumb as long as they know that you entered the store and it went off than they know it will go of when you leave i always make sure somebody sees me when i enter and the alarm goes off.
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    A metal detector going in?

    Well, you had a gun and it went off...and no one did anything, so what's the purpose of that alarm?

    Never heard of such a thing for a store entrance.
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    Metal Detector?

    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Never heard of such a thing for a store entrance.
    I doubt that it was your gun that set off the detector. But I seriously doubt that the door had a metal detector. It would have sounded more often for people with any metal on them.
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    Why would a gun or anything else that is metal set off a loss prevention device at the store's entrance?

    I am pretty sure it wasn't a metal detector at the door since most things in a pharmacy aren't made of metal.
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    Why would a store have a metal detector? After all, everyone that enters that has car keys would set it off. Must be a noisy place to work.
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    Shouldn't be the gun.

    Here's a primer on EAS systems:
    Electronic article surveillance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There's a tag, or coil of metal somewhere resonating off the radio waves as you pass through the sensors. More likely something you bought at another store and had with you (possibly even worn), from a store that does not use EAS but buys products that include EAS tags.
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    How Do You All Handle Alarm Activations

    The readers in the detect security tags. I don't think it was reading you gun. Have you ever noticed the little white puffy plastic stickers on the expensive stuff in the stores. That's what it reads. They could be inside wallets, shoes, neck ties just about everything. We used to pull them off and stick them to peoples jackets and aprons when I worked at Home Depot just to mess with people. I have seen some guns that have the security tags on them. Have you bought anything that you wear that is new?

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    Thanks for the link, matiki. Interesting stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matiki View Post
    Shouldn't be the gun.

    Here's a primer on EAS systems:
    Electronic article surveillance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There's a tag, or coil of metal somewhere resonating off the radio waves as you pass through the sensors. More likely something you bought at another store and had with you (possibly even worn), from a store that does not use EAS but buys products that include EAS tags.

    I was wearing a 2 year old Carhart tee-shirt (blue) and a pair of year old jeans (blue also). I was carring a Motorola I-580 phone, a set of keys with 6 keys on the ring (same as my last visit since I lock my truck when leaving it) and wearing the same boots (non metalic Electrical Hazard) I had worn in there (through the door way) for the last year or so. Since I work in grease and grime ther is a 99.5% chance I have been in there with the same clothes within the last month with no alarm activation.

    I had the same billfold, same credit cards, same ammount of money, (give or take a hundred) and the same drawers.

    The only difference today was the pistol.
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    Very odd indeed.
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    Did you ask what the alarm was for?? I go into drug stores and every where else and have yet to set off an alarm.We don't have rite Aids here any more.

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    I just joke and say "It must be my magnetic personality."
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    Old Navy brand clothes are notorious for setting off these detectors due to the hidden tags sewn into the clothing.

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    Those things go off all the time. I used to work at Circuit City and one of the guys that worked in the warehouse figured out that if he put the toe of his steel toe boot on the bar on the floor and touched the device in the right spot the alarm would sound every time. He had loads of fun messing with people doing it.

    The gun perhaps could have interrupted the magnetic field just enough to catch it today. It might have shifted closer or maybe you were turned in a way that the gun gave more interference. You could also check the bottom of your shoes to see if you stepped on one of those security tags in the parking lot on your way in.

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