Is it legal to leave money and take what you want?

In some movies, characters will grab what they want at a convenience store and throw a twenty dollar bill at the counter to cover the costs. I was just curious if this was a real thing that could be done? Not that I would ever do it because it’s an asshole move but if it’s something real that people do. My father... show more In some movies, characters will grab what they want at a convenience store and throw a twenty dollar bill at the counter to cover the costs. I was just curious if this was a real thing that could be done? Not that I would ever do it because it’s an asshole move but if it’s something real that people do. My father works as a district manager for Circle K and to my understanding the whole reason behind checkout is to keep inventory and track the money going in and out.
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