A TIKTOKER has sparked privacy concerns after she claims Walmart uses self-checkout cameras that are worse than you think.
The online content creator claims to have worked for the retailer as an asset protection manager.
In a post, @AshtheTruth21 claimed that the popular retail store will go to great lengths to collect customer data.
In the stitched video, a woman filmed a self-checkout kiosk and said Walmart had “a new little gadget thing.”
It then moved on to Ash, who explained in more detail the new devices being used by Walmart.
She explained: “So you see these little machines right there? Oh yeah.
“So I made a video about the camera they have that can see into your phone.
“Well, the checkout guys are ten times worse, my friend.”
She added: “Every time you scan something, photos are taken of you and I just want to tell you that every time you run your card through a Walmart scanner, they have a note of it.
“They can find you by your credit card. I don’t recommend using credit cards if you’re trying to do anything nonsensical, my friend.”
In the caption, she added, “Walmart builds cases for $500 each.
“So people suddenly get clues that they stole something and never spoke to anyone.”
Commenters warned that it’s “not just Walmart,” and another said, “Anything I’ve bought at a Walmart with my debit card is automatically on my app so I know they’re tracking it.”
The TikToker went so far as to claim that Walmart stores all of its buyers’ personal information in the store’s storage system as a persistent file.
She pointed out that the store is already conducting a similar version of this type of surveillance.
“And before those cameras were a thing, they already did, my dude,” she explained.
“For every purchase you make with a card, they can pull up the date and time information, the camera footage, and see what you bought, when you bought it…” she noted.
The Walmart critic also had advice for anyone who wants to protect their information or who may or may not be doing “junky s**t.”
“Use cash and cover your ID,” she instructed them. “These cameras can read into your wallet. And they do. F**k Walmart bro.”
In the comments, many of @AshtheTruth21’s followers were also outraged at the new technology.
“They paid for all of this but can’t raise their minimum wage or hire enough people,” one person noted.
Other people pointed out that the Walmart app already stores buyers’ personal information.
It comes as retailers are cracking down on self-checkout theft by adopting new technologies.
The US Sun has reached out to Walmart for comment.