I don’t know what it was like in other places, but where I lived in Kansas, when I was working retail, all of this was true. Every year the people got worse and worse. We caught a kid stealing once and his dad wanted to fight me when I called him out on it. I don’t know if you guys know who Ethan Klein is from H3H3 Productions but this kid had the same kind of tick that he does where he would blink weirdly in rapid succession & it got worse whenever he was doing something he knew he shouldn’t be. I called him Stinky Blinky (clever, I know) because he had the tick & apparently had an aversion to bathing. Back them I could have easily taken this kids dad, but my manager wouldn’t let me. That was a rare moment where a manager actually backed me up for sticking to this kids ban from the store. He ended up lifting them ban to shut up the kid’s father, but it wasn’t like we were wrong for wanting to keep his shitty kid out. This kid’s dad kept saying it wasn’t his kid that stole, but he had to come to the store to get the little fucker when we had him in the office with handfulls of stolen Yugioh cards. Like we couldn’t tell his kid from the other kids, or even remember who he was. The fucking audacity. Trying to gaslight a whole fucking store… Makes me mad just thinking about it and that was 20 years ago.