I'm a Walmart worker – we have 3 ways to know you're stealing from self-checkout & a tool we have gives us full control | The Sun

A WALMART worker has revealed employees know when customers are stealing groceries from the self-checkout.

The staffer, known as Cam, showed off his handheld device that lets workers pause machines when they have suspicions.


Walmart stores have dozens of security cameras that can help bosses monitor shoppers' movements.

There's also a large screen that captures the shoppers using the self-checkouts, according to the TikTok clip.

Cam also has a handheld device that allows him to see the groceries that shoppers are scanning through.

Meanwhile, a former staffer, known as Athenia Marie, said the special tool can note how many items shoppers are buying, the machine they’re using, and if they’re purchasing age-restricted products.

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Workers may ask to check a shopper’s ID if they suspect they’re underage.

If Walmart employees suspect that you’re stealing merchandise at one of the self-checkout machines, they have an option to pause your machine remotely from their handheld device.

To a shopper, it looks as though the machine is dealing with a general glitch or error.

Once your self-checkout machine has been remotely paused, you’ll have no choice but to call a Walmart employee over for help.

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From there, the employee will go through all the things you’ve scanned so far to make sure nothing is being stolen.

Athenia said in the clip: “My whole thing with this is… do not steal from Walmart self-checkouts.”

The former worker also revealed that the store’s security cameras can read the small print on a newspaper.

She revealed that some clothes have product stickers that will sound like an alarm if anyone tries to steal them.

Meanwhile, lawyer Carrie Jernigan has warned against the risks of using the self-checkout while in a grocery store.

The situation doesn’t just apply to Walmart but to any big box store.

She claimed that stores will try to catch old customers when they are reviewing lost inventory even months after the item left the premises.

Jernigan urged customers not to use the self-checkout for large grocery orders.

She advised shoppers not to use cash as well as keep their receipts for extra proof of purchase.

Jernigan said there are three groups of people who are at risk of getting in trouble at self-checkouts.

She said: “The first group of people getting charged with shoplifting using the self-checkout are people going into the stores with the intent to steal.

“The second group of people catching this charge, I will call the theft-by-mistake. These are the people that I genuinely think just forgot to scan an item.

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"The last group of people is targeted after they left the store. They get into trouble when the store starts looking into lost inventory."

And, lawyer Sandra Barger warned that some shoppers have been given a ticket after accidentally failing to scan one item.

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