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POLICE are warning customers to be careful about leaving their money at self-checkout after footage allegedly showed an opportunistic thief at a Walmart in Texas.
A man was spotted on camera, apparently grabbing nearly $100 in forgotten change out of the dispenser at a Walmart self-checkout machine
The alleged theft took place on March 5 in Brownsville according to Valley Central News.
Security footage, obtained from Walmart, begins with a separate customer purchasing items before receiving change back from the machine.
He was then seen accidentally leaving behind his leftover money and walking away with his groceries.
Just a couple moments later, another man was caught allegedly taking the money from the dispenser without notifying an employee that it had been left behind.
After a search, the Texas resident was identified but not charged for theft.
The man reportedly said he didn’t think he did anything wrong, according to KRGV.
Law enforcement is still considering the incident a theft, and wanted to remind people that there is no such thing as “finders keepers.”
The man also agreed to pay the money back to the person who it belonged to.
The victim decided they did not want to press charges and the cash-grabber was let off the hook.
Police hope that people will stay more alert to avoid leaving behind change, as well as understand that they are not permitted to take what isn’t theirs.
This is not the first occasion that the popular retail store has ran into self-checkout problems.
In December 2022, Walmart CEO Doug McMillontold CNBC that “theft is an issue” in its stores.
“It’s higher than what it has historically been,” he said.
In addition to picking up leftover change, some shoppers miss scanning items all-together.
Stores still pay a price when some shoppers who use self-checkout steal items – even if they don’t intend to.
These kiosks have landed customers in hot water as Walmart and other retailers such as Kroger and Dollar General have implemented measures to stop shoplifting.
Shocking video shows man stealing cash from Walmart self-checkout – and customers should take it as a warning
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