KROGER employs an ingenious strategy to combat shoplifting.
The retailer’s loss prevention policy is designed to make thieves feel like workers are helping them.
Kroger employees walk around the store, and if a shopper tries to steal an item, the employee may pressure them to put it back on the shelf, according to Aisle of Shame.
Workers do not chase suspected shoplifters out of the store or touch them.
However, shoppers have been warned that staff will take down details from their ID or car registration.
The store also uses security cameras to help monitor suspicious behavior.
Shoplifters could be banned from Kroger stores across the country if caught.
They also risk a fine of up to $1,000 if caught stealing items costing less than $400, depending on state law.
But thieves can get up to six months in prison.
Shoplifters who steal items over $400 can face a five-year prison sentence or a fine of up to $10,000, depending on state law.
Stores like Kroger have equipped their self-checkout stations with sensors.
Installing these sensors helps increase security around the kiosks — but they also come with increased customer frustration.
The sensors often make an error believing that there is an “unexpected object in the packaging area”.
An employee may need to fix the problem, resulting in a delayed checkout.
Some customers make honest mistakes at the self-checkout, resulting in accidental theft.
Shoppers may forget to scan some items and some have even been arrested for doing so.
Between January 2021 and March 2022, more than 60 customers were arrested at a Walmart store in Tucson, Arizona after accidentally forgetting to scan some items.
Attorney Sandra Barger said she heard the story that shoppers failed to scan an item and receive a ticket.
She told KGUN9: “I had a client who had his children with him and it was the simple element that he was missing that can happen. Anyone can do that.”
She believes shoppers should be able to scan items they may have missed before calling the police.
A shopper, who is in her 60s, was “completely shocked” when police handed her a petty theft subpoena after she failed to scan some items.
Legal experts warn shoppers about the risk of using self-checkout machines.
Carrie Jernigan says there are three groups of people most at risk of getting caught.
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