WALMART knows when their customers are stealing, even without looking at the security cameras.
A former Walmart employee that goes by @obeygoddess on TikTok, revealed a store secret to her viewers.
“Now what you didn’t know is Walmart employees that work in the self-checkout area carry devices around called TC devices,” she said.
“With these TC devices, we’re able to see everything you’re purchasing, how much your total purchase is, and how much each item costs.”
If an employee suspects that a shopper is stealing, they can use these devices to pause the checkout process and make it look like the machine froze.
This will make the customer call for help, prompting the employee to pretend something is wrong with the machine.
She said, “If you already have things inside bags and you’re stealing, they’ll take everything out of the bags and be like:
‘Don’t worry, we’ll ring you up at another machine, there must be something wrong with this one,’ she said.”
“And at that point, they’ll just take you to a main checkout where there’s an actual person to cash you out.”
Just because employees have these devices, doesn’t mean they don’t also take advantage of their surveillance cameras.
Walmart will even look at months-old footage to try and find self-checkout thieves, charging them long after they left the store.
A lawyer on TikTok, advised her viewers to avoid self-checkouts all together, because big box companies will pin lost inventory on shoppers, even if they didn’t mean to steal.
While Walmart does have a strict “no chase” policy, they will follow you around and call the police if they feel it’s necessary.
When the store does decide to take action against a shoplifter, the shopper can be charged with petty theft, Interview Area reported.
The shopper may have to then pay a fine, can be put on probation, or get up to a year in jail time, according to the outlet.
It was also reported that these charges can appear on background checks.