Self Checkout? Be Careful About "Missing" Items!

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How would you rate your accuracy with self-checkout? Have you ever realized something didn't get scanned, or you forgot to get it out of your cart?

 Some Walmart locations are cracking down on self-checkout "shoplifting," and are issuing citations if people walk away without paying for all their items.

 In some cases, people ARE stealing . . . and that's bad . . . but a report out of Arizona talked with people who claim they were cited for MISTAKES, while handling a LARGE number or items, or dealing with children while checking out.

 In some cases, the police were called . . . one woman said that because her mistake was more than $30, the sheriff arrested her for petty theft. She didn't say what the "mistake" was, but $30 isn't just missing a couple veggies.

Walmart said that they are taking "basic measures to control inventory," but they wouldn't say how widespread their self-checkout crackdown is, or what their policies are for citations and other penalties.  

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