Walmart Is Issuing Citations for “Mistakes” Made During Self-Checkout?
How would you rate your accuracy with self-checkout? Have you ever realized something didn’t get scanned, or you forgot to get it out of your cart?
Some Walmart locations are cracking down on self-checkout “shoplifting,” and are issuing citations if people walk away without paying for all their items.
In some cases, people ARE stealing . . . and that’s bad . . . but a report out of Arizona talked with people who claim they were cited for MISTAKES, while handling a LARGE number or items, or dealing with children while checking out.
In some cases, the police were called . . . one woman said that because her mistake was more than $30, the sheriff arrested her for petty theft. She didn’t say what the “mistake” was, but $30 isn’t just missing a couple veggies.
Walmart said that they are taking “basic measures to control inventory,” but they wouldn’t say how widespread their self-checkout crackdown is, or what their policies are for citations and other penalties. (They also didn’t say what THEY’RE doing for me, after I accidentally paid $10 for an onion at self-checkout.)
Of course, many people DON’T EVEN WANT to do their own checkout. In a recent poll, people were asked what they’d do if there were NO LINES. 56% said they want a human casher . . . and just 36% said they’d do self-checkout.