Can a store manager look up purchase records without reason?
Question Details: My sister and my niece's dad are in a tense custody battle. I visited a store recently where both he and my cousin work. I bought 2 pairs of boots and my cousin gave me her employee discount. However, he looked up my purchase after I left and is now claiming that I stole from the store, as employee discounts are allegedly for immediate family only. Can he legally access those records without cause? Did I unknowingly defraud the store? Are his claims of theft grounds for slander?
Of course a store manager can look up purchase records "without reason" or, more accurately, for any reason, including curiosity or to make sure there was no violation of store policy. The purchase records *from* the store are the *store's* records--which means that legally, an employee or manager of the store can look them up. Maybe he is violating store policy, and if you think he is, you can certainly bring that up to his boss or supervisor (assuming he is not the highest-level employee or owner), but legally, he as the right to do this.