Apple declined our request to talk about how EasyPay security works, saying it wouldn't discuss internal store policies.
EasyPay the easy way
But let's assume that Shine, like you, is a traditional, good-hearted, law-abiding citizen. How might have he avoided losing a night of freedom and facing the more daunting prospect of larceny charges?
If you go the EasyPay route, verify that you can see your receipt within the Apple Store app before you leave the Apple Store. If you're unsure, ask an Apple Store employee to verify that your purchase has gone through before you leave the store. There's also the option of avoiding EasyPay altogether and just turning to an Apple Store clerk to check you out.
For his part, Shine hasn't sworn off EasyPay for good. In fact, it was long after the Fifth Avenue store incident that he was again turning to Apple's mobile checkout system. "The day I got released, I went to the Grand Central Apple Store, because I still wanted those Bose headphones." He again used EasyPay to ring up his purchase.
This time, he checked to make sure the receipt was there--and asked an Apple Store employee to do the same.