They really don't care.Yeah, it's their corporate policy. I heard of a guy having $300 worth of groceries in two carts asked to take his gun out to his car. He looked back to his wife and said, "Honey, we're leaving." They left the carts where they sat and walked out the door, never to return.
I would have looked at that manager and said, "Fine.. .have fun putting this stuff back where I got it from." while smiling and giving him a hearty pat on the shoulder. That kind of message speaks volumes.