September 18, 2009 9:31am CST
In malls and in buildings, do security guards really check on bags or are they just pretending to be doing it? I honestly find it annoying when you have to open your bag for them to peek in. What if you are carrying a bulky knapsack with lots of zippers? You have to show them each and every content of the bag. Why can't the malls or the buildings just purchase an x-ray machine for faster turn-over? I mean... Super malls can afford it anyway. I find it a lot worse when you are lining up in a train station and you have a packed gift, you have to unwrap the gift just for them to inspect inside the box. It is so unnerving. I know these machines are expensive investments but if you are after efficiency, i guess it would be a lot more practical and time-consuming... what say you?
12 Oct 09
You have a point there. It will surely hasten up the checking when they have good equipments. Beside, most of them are not really trained to check. They are just there scanning as if they know what they are looking for. In other words, there are a lot of security personnel who has no proper training in what a bomb looks like. Obviously they are just wasting our time. But at least they also create some fear to would be bad elements. It is better than no checking at all.
12 Oct 09
Hmm.. You just reminded me. Security also checks all the vehicles before they park in our building. They use gigantic mirrors to look below the cars. There one was one proud guy who was riding his BMW and on route to park in our building. He even questioned the security saying, "Damn! I paid so much for this expensive car and you expect me to put a bomb on it?! Now why would i do that?!!! He does have a point. Would a terrorist do that?
• Delhi, India
24 Sep 09
Hi there! I fully buy your arguments that searching our luggage for the sake of security appears a useless practice. It is a kind of humiliation to every respected and civilized citizen. To install X-Ray machines would be a better idea and in my city I have seen that at Metro Stations, such X-Ray machines have been installed for facilitating the security checks. If someone has to bomb a public place, he won't come for checking or would cross through the checking personnel, he may find other methods to create havoc.
• United States
18 Sep 09
I have never been to a store where security guards will check your bags upon entry of the store, but I know a lot of stores that will require you to place your bags at the customer service desk while you shop. It's understandable that they do this because loss prevention is necessary, however, I really don't trust the people working at the service desk not to go through my belongings!
18 Sep 09
Here in the philippines, all our major malls have security on entry. we also have a customer service desk while we shop but this is where we store our stuff temporarily, we have the same purpose as yours. Here though, they ask us not to leave our valuables in the service desk.
13 Oct 09
I am under the impression that they are just projecting an image that they are security concious but I doubt if they are seriously checking. Unless there is a recent event of bombing or whatever. They are annoying sometimes especially when I am in a hurry. I have to unzip my backpack with my laptop and other paraphernalias composed of cables and strange looking gadgets. That being said I really don't mind being frisked by a lady guard LOL (joke) have fun
• United States
11 Oct 09
Here we have security like that but it's kinda out of sight in a lot of places. Nobody is really allowed to check your stuff without reason. We take that as almost more important than checking stuff. I couldn't imagine having to leave all my stuff at home because I would be searched.