A LAWYER has revealed how shoppers who forget to scan items at the self-checkout can still be caught by the police.
Criminal defense attorney Justin Sparks has explained that a customer’s car can reveal their identity.
In a viral TikTok clip, Sparks warned that law enforcement will be watching the alleged shoplifter on camera.
He added that officers will follow her movements out of the store and into the parking lot to her car.
The lawyer explained: “You [investigators] will run this license plate through the DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles].”
Sparks revealed that cops are given a name before attempting to match the driver’s license picture to the person in the footage.
But he said the most popular way officials identify a suspected shoplifter is through their credit card details.
He explained, “They have the name, they have the face on camera, and they go back to their records and they find that name.”
Sparks has offered a number of tips to help customers avoid being accused of theft.
He told The US Sun that shoppers should first “take a step back” before scanning their groceries.
He said: “Shoppers should step back and realize that eyeballs are looking at them.”
The legal expert also urged shoppers to focus when checking out their groceries.
Sparks also warned buyers not to try to crouch over the machine as it would raise suspicions.
He also advised that self-checkout users should not obscure camera angles when scanning.
Sparks recognized the convenience of self-checkout kiosks for shoppers who don’t want to spend too much time in store, but urged people to think twice about buying a more expensive product.
He said: “If you’re buying a more expensive item, even if it’s just one, it’s probably worth waiting in that line.”
Self-checkouts have been installed in large supermarkets and grocery stores, but the machines are not popular with all shoppers.
Some think that the shopping process has become more convenient, while others don’t like using the kiosks.
Parents have admitted that they don’t like using self-service machines when shopping with their little ones.
Ontario’s Valerie Menard told CBC: “Going through self-checkouts is impractical. We have children to take care of.”
She admitted it can be difficult to keep an eye on her kids when packing groceries.
And lawyer Dod Ghassemkhani told The US Sun that he has never used a self-checkout machine.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7646939/lawyer-car-identify-shoppers-forget-scan-self-checkout/ I’m a lawyer – a car can give you away, if you accidentally forget to scan at the Walmart self-checkout, you’ll never get away