Last Friday, I made a stop back at the Target where I found the 2010 Topps gravity feeder. This time I bought 25 packs to open and some extras for the contest I posted earlier today. At this Target, the card section is at the far end, near the "grocery" end of the store. It is just a few steps from the door and right across from the little snack bar. As soon as I walked in I could see a guy, probably mid-50's in age, pawing at some packs. I think they were Bowman Draft Pick rack packs, but I haven't bought any of those so I'm not sure. He was really working the packs over looking for auto's I guess. I walked past him and stopped, hanging back about 2 steps behind and maybe 5 feet to his left. He didn't realize that I stopped. I watched for maybe a minute and then I did something very uncharacteristic. I challenged him.
I said, "So you're the dumbass that's bending all the cards." He quickly looked back and didn't say anything. He had two rack packs sitting on the top of the shelf that he had already decided to get. I started counting out the 2010 Topps packs I wanted and he saw what I was looking at and tried to deflect my criticism by engaging me in a conversation. He showed me the 2010 Topps Blasters and I said I didn't want them because they had 10 packs with 8 cards and for the same price I could get 10 single packs with 12 cards. I said, "So, you'd rather I bought the blaster because you can't molest those packs? You want me to leave these single packs for you to bend up?" He got really nervous and then I did something that made him move. I turned around to the cashier behind me and asked for the manager. She picked up her little phone and called for a manager and Mr. Douchebagger Packsearcher picked up his two rack packs and walked over to the Snack Bar where he paid for the packs and left. I told the manager what he was doing and that while it probably wasn't illegal, he was bending cards and making a mess of things.
Some people think packsearching is ok. Personally, I don't think it's right because it can damage cards and those people generally leave the card section looking like my son's bedroom. If I ran into some guy doing that and he reacted like he wasn't doing anything wrong and the manager didn't care, I'd drop it. This guy obviously felt like he was in the wrong because he took off in such a hurry. I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with me being 6'3".
I've posted previously about packsearchers and how they don't get it all. Based on some of the posts I'm seeing across the blogs, I'm glad they are missing stuff at your stores as well.