Walmart Is Issuing Citations for “Mistakes” Made During Self-Checkout

A mistake is a mistake while stealing is a crime.  How can you tell the difference at a self-checkout?  Be very, very careful.  They are watching you.

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.