You might have found yourself snacking on something while shopping at the grocery store.

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Or seen someone helping themselves to a few grapes that they planned on paying for.

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As a kid my mom would always yell at me to stop and that I would get in trouble.

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Was her objection to my snacking true?

Or was she just trying to get her husky son to stop eating everything in sight?

Maybe both?

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I've talked about Michigan's best grocery store

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and my PSA to grocery shoppers to stop doing this when they go out shopping.

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Now I'm looking into something I've always wondered about.

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Is it Illegal in Michigan to Eat Before Paying at the Grocery Store?

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So am I breaking the law if I find myself hungry and walking around Meijer munching on some Doritos I plan on buying?

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Thanks to Find Law I was able to get some answers.

While people or employees might give you some side-eye, it is LEGAL to open a bag up and get your snack on to avoid becoming hangry.

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But if you plan on snacking on something, ditching the evidence, and not paying for it, then that's against the law and considered shoplifting.

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