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A LAWYER has issued an urgent warning to clients and shoppers everywhere as he says more people than ever are facing legal consequences from alleged self-checkout theft.
The law expert took to social media recently to raise awareness about increased security measures at stores and the consequences for those who attempt theft.
“Believe it or not, new reports are coming out that show that at least 20 percent of people who use self-checkout have actually stolen something while using it,” Pishnamaz claimed.
Because of statistics like it, the lawyer continued that major retailers like Walmart are “starting to crack down” heavily on theft at self-checkout kiosks.
Pishnamaz continued that people are even beginning to believe myths about certain methods of using a self-checkout or even stealing from it that will make them safe.
“The second you walk into a Walmart store, cameras are on you,” the lawyer noted.
He added that “they can follow you out through the entire store, seeing which items you pick up.”
Not to mention, the security cameras allegedly even track customers outside after they head to their vehicles.
“After you use the self-checkout, they’ll follow you to your car and they’ll see your license plate,” Pishnamaz said.
“More and more people are getting arrested every day for these crimes.”
“Think twice before you do it,” he continued.
The U.S. Sun has contacted Walmart for comment on their anti-theft measures and increases in theft.
Ultimately, the lawyer’s claims seem to match up with recent statistics surrounding self-checkout theft, per CNN.
Stealing from self-checkout kiosks has gone up consistently for about one year, and by the time December came around, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon noted that theft was at a “historic high” for the retailer.
As The U.S. Sun previously reported, the anti-theft measures have also increased drastically at several store chains to combat this.
Walmart has especially improved its cameras around the store, according to another lawyer.
This information coincides with what Pishnamaz warned of as well.
Not to mention, retail-based AI technology was developed by SeeChange Technologies in partnership with Diebold Nixdorf to create a system that specifically recognizes fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and items without a barcode during the scanning process.
The tech is said to eliminate stealing methods like the “banana trick,” which involves lying about the product you are scanning on the self-checkout software.
Several other methods are also being cracked down upon.
The “switcheroo” trick alone has been the cause of several arrests in recent months.
Heightened awareness of self-checkout theft has also caused some to be incorrectly accused of stealing.
Others claimed they “accidentally” stole and were then banned from entering stores like Walmart ever again.
For more related content, check out The U.S. Sun’s coverage of a lawyer’s advice on exactly how to avoid accidental theft at self-checkout kiosks in any store.
The U.S. Sun also has the story on a new anti-theft measure released by a major retailer and Walmart rival.
I’m a lawyer – my urgent warning as more people than ever are ‘being arrested for stealing from Walmart self-checkout’
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