Shopper Information and Agreement


Please carefully read this prior to completing the application.
We suggest you print this out so that you have it at your side when completing the shopper report.

GENERAL RULES

•  All shoppers must be 18 years of age or older, NO EXCEPTIONS!
•  You may not take along a child, spouse or anyone else on any shop.
•  Shopper agrees not to accept any assignments if shopper has association to client through family (blood or marriage), current or past employment.
•  All shoppers who perform for us do so as an independent contractor. You may shop for any company you wish.

SHOPPER RISK/INJURY

Shopper agrees to assume all risk of injury to their property or to themselves in the performance of any assignment with us. Shopper agrees to waive all claims against JM Ridgway and or it¹s clients for all property damage and all mental or physical injury to themselves and agrees to indemnify and hold JM Ridgway and it¹s clients harmless for any such damage.

READING AND SUBMISSION OF SURVEY(S)

1) Shoppers must always review the shop survey and all instructions prior to performing the shop.

2) Submission of any shop survey is due within 24 hours after completion of shop unless prior approval is granted. If you do not submit your survey within 24 hours after completion of shop we may re-assign your shop with no notice given to you thus no payment will be made.

3) You may also use the Blank Report for taking notes after completing your shop.

4) When you are ready to submit the survey, hit the submit button one time only. After you submit your survey, you will be taken to a confirmation page that confirms your survey has been sent to us. Be patient, it may take a few seconds. Shoppers must save a copy of this confirmation page either by printing a copy or copying and pasting the confirmation page to a document type file. For submission errors or problems, read the following:

a) It is highly recommended you utilize either the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox Browser. By doing so will allow you to properly receive a confirmation page when you submit the survey.

b) Some Shoppers using AOL, WebTV, or certain other Internet Service Providers may receive an error (“Page cannot be displayed”) when they click the “Submit” button. If you receive an error page rather than a confirmation page please do the following:

c) Do not resubmit the report unless otherwise instructed by a JM Ridgway Staff member.

d) Email your scheduler, stating you attempted to submit your survey but received an error. Someone will email you back that we either received it or would like you to try resubmitting. Include the store #, city & state of shop location and date of your shop when contacting your scheduler.

e) If you receive any error page (with exception to “page cannot be displayed error”), please read the entire error page. It will instruct you as to why your survey cannot be submitted. You may have left a field blank, entered the time or date incorrectly, etc. (generally you will get the word “oops” and that means you have not filled out every item on your survey) Once you have read the error page and discovered the problem, click the Back button and correct the error. After the error is corrected you should be able to submit the survey.

SHOPPER COMPENSATION AND ADVANCES

1) We do not withhold income or social security taxes from your compensation. You are responsible as an independent contractor for any taxes due on your behalf to the federal, state, local or any other government. If your compensation from us exceeds $600 (six hundred) in a calendar year, we will need your social security number (s/s#) so that we can send you a 1099 form as mandated by federal law. We will not use your s/s# for anything other than providing you with a 1099.

2) We do not reimburse for mail, fax and shipping expenses unless prior approval is gained. All reimbursements require an applicable receipt.

3) Shopper may request a cash advance for purchases made during a shop. Shopper accepts responsibility for any cash advances, agreeing they are financially liable for misuse of advance. Shopper agrees, any misappropriation on shoppers part of JM Ridgway advances can result in prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

Shopper agrees not to duplicate or disseminate any of JM Ridgway materials for purposes other than its intended use of satisfying the provisions of the assignment and agrees to keep all information obtained during a shop confidential between shopper and JM Ridgway. Shopper is prohibited from sharing names and companies of JM Ridgway clients being shopped for. Shopper may not contact Ridgway client directly for ay reason. Violation of this matter is strictly forbidden and will result in termination and can result in legal proceedings.

RECEIPTS, INVOICES, AND COPIES

1) Unless otherwise instructed by a staff member or written instructions, surveys submitted using the SASSIE reporting system do not require an invoice unless requested by JM Ridgway staff. The SASSIE survey itself acts as the invoice.

2) Shopper agrees to keep a master and make copies of report and invoice forms for future assignments.

3) Shopper is required to make copies of receipts obtained during shop(s) and keep them until compensation received. Shopper may be contacted for information off of a receipt which needs to be on the survey.

SPECIAL NOTE

Most of our clients have video cameras in their locations. Many of our clients audit the validity of our Mystery Shopping Reports by comparing the video of the visit with the report they receive. Therefore it is vital that your report be an HONEST & ACCURATE evaluation of the events. Most of our clients also review these reports with the people shopped. Further, most of our clients give awards and rewards for superior levels of performance, and constructive criticism to those of lesser performance levels. Follow the instructions on the Overview, and do not rush through your visit just to collect the fee. You are dealing with the jobs and lives of these people you shop, always remember that.

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I Agree and Fully Accept the Above Terms
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