A LAWYER shared why loss prevention officers agree with him when it comes to using self-checkout.
Criminal defense attorney Dod Ghassemkhani shares his experience on TikTok, posting under the username @dodlaw.
In a recent video, Dod answered a question about whether or not to use self-checkout.
“I never use the self-checkout line at any store,” Dod said.
“Let me tell you, the number one way someone gets caught up in a shoplifting case is by using these self-checkout lines,” he continued.
Dod said that stores like Target and Walmart that have self-checkout lines do an inventory check every few days.
“If there’s something missing, what they’re going to do is have their loss prevention officers come back and just go through the video,” Dod said.
“All these stores have a great asset protection program, tons of loss prevention officers, they spend hours going through videos.”
Dod then shared an example of how shoppers can get caught up in a shoplifting case when using self-checkout.
If a parent is shopping with their kids and “it’s driving you crazy,” as Dod put it, and you forget to scan an item, you could find yourself in a sticky situation.
“The next time you’re in the store, you’ll get a citation for an effects-related crime,” the lawyer said.
“You may have a defense, but loss prevention [Officer] You won’t listen to it.”
Dod said the buyer would have to go before a judge and “fight the case that way.”
“Never use a self-checkout line.”