Grocery chain and Aldi rival Giant has announced a sweeping change to self-checkouts amid rising levels of shoplifting and crime.
However, it affects how and when you shop.
Giant now limits self-checkout kiosks to 20 items per customer.
Additionally, Giant stores now close at 10 p.m.
Both new rules are in response to increases in shoplifting and crime.
Additional security guards are also being added at a location in Annandale, Virginia.
According to Annandale Today, a note from Giant Food President Ira Kress was placed at the store.
“Due to a significant increase in crime and theft that we and many other retailers in our market area are experiencing, we have made several changes to our operating procedures to mitigate the impact of theft on our business,” the statement said.
“We know that these changes may cause some inconveniences or disrupt your usual experience.
“I assure you we are making these changes out of necessity to prioritize the safety of our employees and customers.”
Many shoppers have shared their thoughts on the subject with Annandale Today.
“It’s awful and unfortunate that they have to do this,” one person commented.
Others suggested that security guards in stores must check receipts when shoppers exit.
Many businesses across the country have responded to the increase in theft.
Ikea recently announced increased anti-theft measures.
Its new San Francisco store will have 24-hour security, the company told The San Francisco Standard.
“The safety of our employees and customers is always a top priority for Ikea. Ikea San Francisco, which will be part of a new Ingka Centers hangout on Market Street, will be manned with a security team at all times,” an Ikea spokesman for the outlet said.
This competes with stores like Walmart and Target, which don’t all offer the same security protections.