Dollar Store ALWAYS knows when you’re stealing and employees have 3 ways to sound the alarm – unlike Walmart’s self-checkout

ONE Dollar Store always knows when a customer is stealing, and employees have three ways to raise the alarm — which differs from Walmart’s self-checkout policy.

Dollar General, which operates more than 17,000 stores in 46 states, has in-store surveillance systems to prevent shoplifting.

Dollar General has surveillance systems in stores to prevent shoplifting


Dollar General has surveillance systems in stores to prevent shopliftingPhoto credit: Getty

According to Query Sprout, thousands of the various discount stores have interactive security monitoring services, panic buttons, and two-way phones.

The security surveillance systems appear to consist of surveillance cameras with outside agents.

If an agent observes suspicious activity, Dollar General employees will be notified so they can let shoppers know over the speaker that they are being watched by security cameras, the consumer blog reported.

“Cameras are monitored by outside security agents at thousands of stores in neighborhoods with higher crime rates or where incidents have been frequent,” reports CNN.

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In addition, panic buttons and two-way phones are reportedly used when employees feel alarmed.

However, Dollar General’s security system does not have the same features as those used in Walmart.

The retail giant is said to be enlisting the help of plainclothes security guards to help patrol its stores.

Query Sprout also explained that Dollar General’s written shoplifting policy reportedly states that “no employee should ever touch a shoplifter or leave the store to pursue a shoplifter.”

The company also employs loss-prevention staff who “advise security procedures, investigate theft, and coordinate with Dollar senior management and government agencies to ensure all loss-prevention tactics are appropriate and legal,” according to the consumer advocate’s website.

Finally, the store also employs security guards who are usually posted at Dollar General’s entrances or exits.

The Sun reached out to Dollar General for comment but received no immediate response.

Meanwhile, Walmart also reportedly knows when its customers are stealing, even without looking at surveillance cameras.

A former Walmart employee, known on TikTok as @obeygoddess, has revealed a store secret to her viewers.

“Now what you didn’t know is that Walmart employees who work in the self-checkout area carry around devices called TC devices,” she said.

“With these TC devices, we can see everything you buy, what your total purchase is, and how much each item costs.”

If an employee suspects a shopper is stealing, they can reportedly use the devices to interrupt the checkout process – while the customer sees what appears to be a frozen screen.

This prompts the customer to call for help and prompts the employee to come over.

She said: “If you already have things in your pockets and you’re stealing, they’ll take everything out of your pockets and say, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll call you at another machine, there must be something wrong with this one.’

“And at that point they just take you to a main cash register where there’s a real person who cashes you out.”

Just because employees claim to have these devices doesn’t mean they don’t use their surveillance cameras, too.

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A lawyer on TikTok advised her viewers to avoid self-checkouts altogether due to the risk of big box companies pinning lost inventory to buyers even if they didn’t mean to steal.

While Walmart also has a strict “no chase” policy, they will follow you anywhere and call the police if they deem necessary, Business Insider reported. Dollar Store ALWAYS knows when you’re stealing and employees have 3 ways to sound the alarm – unlike Walmart’s self-checkout


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