Putting Profits Before Customers

Everybody has stood in front of a self-checkout system at a store and felt frustrated and overwhelmed. Although these devices were meant to make our lives easier, more often than not, they wind up creating new issues. There’s now even more justification to stay away from them.

Sylvain Charlebois, head of Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab, claims that retailers mainly installed self-checkout devices to save labor expenses, without taking into account the needs of the customer. Customers haven’t liked these machines since they first arrived, in actuality.


Self-checkout devices have been actively invested in by companies such as Walmart and Target, who can replace cashiers and save up to sixty-six percent on labor expenditures. But research indicates that these devices frequently break down, necessitating human intervention to guarantee a seamless checkout procedure.


But self-checkout kiosks have a darker side as well. To increase their revenues, some stores have allegedly falsely accused innocent consumers of stealing or shoplifting. These retailers target gullible consumers and make them pay for fictitious “crimes” they never committed by citing self-checkout faults as justification.

Carrie Jernigan, a criminal defense lawyer, recently used TikTok to alert users to the risks associated with using self-checkout kiosks. She makes it clear in her film that big-box stores like Walmart would do anything it takes to pursue customers who may have unintentionally left an item in their basket or failed to pay for it. Even if your “offense” was an honest mistake, these firms will even send out a team of attorneys to sue you.

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