A LAWYER had warned grocery shoppers that making the wrong move at the self-checkout could result in jail time.
A legal expert claims that a common mistake made by customers at self-checkout has led to arrests across the country.
On TikTok a lawyer (@haseelegal) claims that self-checkout causes major problems for everyday shoppers.
“Customers at grocery stores across the country are being prosecuted for accidentally losing items at the self-checkout,” he told im Video.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s an accident, these people will be prosecuted for theft.”
According to TikToker, this is a more common problem than most people realize.
“If you can avoid the self-checkout line, do it,” he warned.
If there is no other option, the attorney advises clients to examine their items carefully.
“If you must use self-checkout, scan slowly and carefully to ensure you don’t miss any items. If you do, you could find yourself in a criminal case.”
Retailers across the country have lost millions of dollars to theft in recent years, which is why they take the problem very seriously.
Target CEO Brian Cornell admitted the business has been hit hard by increases in shoplifting and violence.
In a conference call, he told investors the business is expected to lose $600 million in profits this year due to theft.
“Our team continues to face an unacceptable level of retail theft and organized retail crime.
“Unfortunately, security incidents related to theft are going in the wrong direction.”
In the conference call, he told investors that the number of violent thefts has more than doubled since the year compared to last year.
He said: “In the first five months of this year, there has been a 120% increase in thefts with violence or threats of violence in our stores.”
“As we move in an ever-changing business and social environment, we apply what we have learned.
“Several economic countercurrents are putting pressure on consumers.”
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has also been very forthcoming about how shoplifting has affected the company.
“Theft is a problem. It’s higher than in the past,” he said CNBC.
He told the network that if the problem persists, an increase in shoplifting could lead to price hikes and even store closures.