About 10 years ago, I was doing a debranding audit in NJ. The manager? owner? told me to leave and recruited the gas attendant to make sure I got into my car. I stayed in my car to grab a few photos. Then the police arrived and told me that I was trespassing and that my letter of authorization from the former oil company did not come close to giving me permission to trespass.
I was trespassed by the owner of one station and then when I went a mile down the road to do the next one, he owned that one too. He called the cops who met me there.
I explained to them what I was doing and there wasn't a problem.
I had one years ago where the owner (arab) told me " Get off my property or I kill you." I left went down street turned around parked across street and took one photo I needed for refusal. Funny thing is I only needed that overall photo and it would have been a normal good shop. Month later station was no longer a mobil.
Glowing reports are much easier to do. You don't have to explain the violations. Sounds like that's what the last shopper did.
Now knowing they have to pay $90 to get shopped, will I ever be paid less than that? I think not as the client and the MSC would be making money on each shop without batting an eye.
Then the police arrived and told me that I was trespassing and that my letter of authorization from the former oil company did not come close to giving me permission to trespass.