Entire family arrested for stealing from Walmart self-checkout – How the retail giant is dealing with skipped scanning

AN WHOLE family was filmed being approached at a Walmart for allegedly trying to steal from the self-service checkout.

According to the poster, the store took action as part of its typical protocols to de-escalate the alleged theft.

An entire family was allegedly scolded by a Walmart employee

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An entire family was allegedly scolded by a Walmart employeeCredit: TikTok/@thatoctobeer
They were reportedly caught stealing groceries through the self-checkout

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They were reportedly caught stealing groceries through the self-checkoutCredit: TikTok/@thatoctobeer

TikTok user @thatoctobeer shared a video of a family shopping at Walmart, believed to be reprimanded with a shopping cart full of groceries.

“Don’t steal from the Walmart self-checkout! (They are) on it. Lol this whole family got caught stealing groceries,” read the text overlay on the video.

A person in the video who looks like a Walmart employee points to the bags in the shopping cart, the self-checkout machine, and the customers she is addressing.

She adds another item to her cart, presumably after scanning it.

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While this incident was caught on camera in late 2021, the big store maintains its strict policy on dealing with those who choose to steal.

Walmart’s protocol for dealing with self-checkout theft has recently attracted attention.

In a previous story, The Sun noted that if a person is caught stealing merchandise from Walmart, “a loss prevention officer may reasonably detain you in the store until the police arrive,” according to the emergency law firm’s Attorney 911.

The store has loss-prevention teams at each store who specialize in catching thieves, according to the website.

Those extra eyes are reportedly both on the ground and in the rear cameras.

The officials are regularly on the hunt for people who scan some items in the self-service checkout or at the checkout, but leave some items in the shopping cart on purpose.

TikTok user and alleged former Walmart employee Athenia Camacho said in a video: “We have this thing called Asset Protection Loss Prevention.

“In my store we had two people … they walked through the store from morning to night when we closed.

“They looked like normal shoppers, they wore gym shorts, they wore normal clothes.”

Camacho said “they intervene in many situations,” but they exist primarily to “look for customers who are stealing or putting things in their pockets or putting things in their purses.”

She went on to explain that if the accused wanted to leave before the police arrived, he was welcome to do so.

“They will stop you,” she said. “But as far as I know, they can’t hold you.”

Video of the family suspected of shoplifting appeared to show only one clerk fixing the problem at the checkout.

Users in the comments were polarized about the whole situation.

Some thought they could have been.

“I thought everyone did it,” read one comment.

Another cracked an approving joke as they said, “I use them as a distraction while I scan my TV as a banana.”

Others took the alleged theft to heart, saying other buyers were affected.

“When people say look away…you’re part of the problem why prices are going up, these stores get their money back by raising prices,” protested one comment.

“They knew what they were doing, no excuses,” another TikToker said of the incident.

Still, some viewers of the video felt sorry for the family, saying it could simply be a sign that people are in need.

“Nobody is judging this family at this point so where can we find them to give them a little help,” said one commenter.

A second sympathetic person wrote: “Maybe they needed food?! I know it’s not okay, but someone should have stood up to help.”

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The Sun previously wrote about a woman facing legal action over a scan error at Wegman’s self-checkout.

Read more about Walmart’s many self-checkout cameras here.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/6351964/family-caught-stealing-at-self-checkout/ Entire family arrested for stealing from Walmart self-checkout – How the retail giant is dealing with skipped scanning

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