I’m a lawyer – the three bad consequences of using self-checkout, even when the burden of proof lies with the shops

A lawyer has warned self-checkout users of the three dire consequences they could face from a simple mistake.

The experienced criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor runs a TikTok account where he shares legal advice and tips.

Lawyer Andrew Simko advises people to avoid self-checkout at all costs


Lawyer Andrew Simko advises people to avoid self-checkout at all costsCredit: TikTok/justaskandrew
Customer uses self-checkout terminal at Aldi


Customer uses self-checkout terminal at AldiPhoto credit: Getty

With increasing reports of innocent shoppers being falsely accused of self-checkout theft, Andrew Simko advises people to avoid such stores at all costs.

Simko (@justaskandrew) shared a video advising shoppers not to self-check out or risk being accused of theft.

In the clipHe said: “I advise you not to use the self-checkout. I don’t use self-checkout and my family doesn’t use self-checkout because it’s too risky to use.”

Some users may get distracted or scan too fast for the device and end up putting an item in their bag that they didn’t scan.

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Speaking exclusively to The US Sun, Simko explained that even if a false accusation is dropped, there are still consequences.

While he pointed out that “it is for the prosecution” to prove that you intended to steal, he warned that doing so would not prevent your arrest.

He explained, “The good thing is they have to prove it, but that doesn’t stop you from getting arrested.”

This consequence of being falsely accused of theft and then arrested creates a domino effect with a host of other problems.

Simko continued, “This is now on your file and you now have to go through a process to obtain deletion.”

In addition, the third consequence of the accusation is that it will accompany you throughout your life in various applications.

“That’s going to show up on background checks, employment, housing, etc.,” he said.

Simko concluded, “It still affects you and has consequences.”

In his TikTok video, he warned that the defendants would be charged with “either a misdemeanor or a felony.”

He concluded, “Take my advice, don’t use self-checkout.”

The Florida-based attorney works for Simko Law Groupwhich specializes in DUI and personal injury cases.

The lawyer previously spoke to The US Sun about why self-checkout scares him.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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