Self-Checkout Scams On The Rise

Monday, 21st May 2018 at 7:49pm

A Guardian article explores the murky exploits of first-time and seasoned shoplifters, as items stolen at self-service tills increased to more than £3bn in 2017.

Anecodotal evidence uncovered expensive grapes scanned as inexpensive carrots; prime steaks are swiped as potatoes and the barcodes of pricey objects – wine, beer, spirits, cosmetics – are deliberately obscured by stickers removed from significantly cheaper on-sale items.

Some scams have names – “the banana trick”, “the switcheroo” and “sweethearting”, although there are so many techniques in practice that not all of them do.

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