I’m a lawyer — my dire warning as more people than ever are being arrested for Walmart checkout theft.
A LAWYER has issued an urgent warning to customers and shoppers around the world as he says more people than ever are facing legal ramifications for alleged self-checkout theft.
The legal expert recently took to social media to draw attention to increased security measures in stores and the consequences for those attempting to steal.
Attorney Narimon Pishnamaz (@attorneypish) explained his concerns in a YouTube video on Saturday.
“Believe it or not, new reports are coming out showing that at least 20 percent of people who use self-checkout actually stole something while using it,” Pishnamaz claimed.
Based on such statistics, the attorney went on to say that major retailers like Walmart are “starting to crack down on self-checkout theft.”
Pishnamaz went on to say that people are even beginning to believe or even steal myths about certain methods of using a self-checkout that would make them safe.
“The second you walk into a Walmart store, cameras are trained on you,” the attorney noted.
He added that “they can follow you throughout the store and see what items you’re picking up.”
Not to mention, the security cameras are reportedly even tracking customers outside after they head to their vehicles.
“After you use the self-checkout, they follow you to your car and see your license plate,” Pishnamaz said.
“More and more people are being arrested for these crimes every day.”
“Think twice before you do it,” he continued.
The US Sun has reached out to Walmart for comment on its anti-theft measures and the rise in theft.
Ultimately, according to CNN, the attorney’s claims appear to be consistent with recent statistics on self-checkout theft.
Theft from self-checkout kiosks has been rising steadily for about a year, and by the time December rolled around, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon noted that theft had reached an “all-time high” for the retailer.
As The US Sun previously reported, anti-theft measures have also been drastically increased at several chain stores to counteract this.
According to another attorney, Walmart has primarily upgraded its cameras around the store.
Makeup artist and attorney Brandis Bradley (@makeupartistatlaw) claimed in a video on TikTok that the retailer may even have facial recognition software.
This information is also consistent with what Pishnamaz warned about.
Not to mention the retail-based AI technology developed by SeeChange Technologies in collaboration with Diebold Nixdorf to create a system that specifically recognizes fruits, vegetables, baked goods and non-barcoded items during the scanning process.
The technology aims to eliminate theft methods such as the “banana trick,” which involves lying about the product you scan at the self-checkout software.
Action is also being taken against several other methods.
The “Switcheroo” trick alone has been the reason for several arrests in recent months.
Increased awareness of self-checkout theft has also led to some being falsely accused of theft.
Others claimed they “accidentally” stole and were then banned from ever entering stores like Walmart again.
For more related content, see The US Sun’s coverage of a lawyer’s advice on exactly how to avoid accidental theft at any store’s self-checkout.
The US Sun also has the story of a new anti-theft measure released by a major retailer and Walmart competitor.