A Lawyer Just Explained Why You Should NEVER Use Self Checkout…
Big-box retailers have implemented self-checkout machines on a massive scale over the last thirty years. While corporations like Walmart and CVS attempt to justify this trend, claiming it improves efficiency and accelerates the shopping process, we're all aware that these self-checkout lanes often cause more harm than good.
Beneath the guise of a smooth, streamlined shopping experience lies a hidden reality - self-checkout machines are essentially a cost-cutting measure. It's a strategic move designed to slash labor expenses and pad corporate bottom lines, often at the expense of the customer experience.
"Customers were never the priority in this equation," asserts Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. The move towards these self-service kiosks was primarily driven by financial motivations, and customers' concerns were largely overlooked.
Studies suggest that retailers could save up to sixty-six percent by replacing human cashiers with these automated counterparts, which explains why Walmart and Target continue to push for their widespread adoption. But at what cost does this financial gain come?
Technical malfunctions are a common issue with self-checkout machines. They require regular supervision by human staff to ensure a seamless checkout process. A staggering 67% of shoppers using these machines reported encountering some form of operational issues, according to a CNN study.
The costs associated with these machines have also proven to be higher than initially projected, prompting some retailers to resort to draconian measures. Innocent customers are frequently accused of theft or shoplifting, an ugly bid to squeeze more profit out of American shoppers.
In an eye-opening revelation, lawyer Carrie Jernigan, a criminal defense attorney, advised her 1.2 million TikTok followers to steer clear of self-checkout machines. She warns that big retailers like Walmart are unyielding when it comes to accusations of theft, even in the case of innocent oversights like forgetting to scan an item.
These corporate giants, backed by their legal teams, will relentlessly pursue customers who have inadvertently not paid for an item, all in an attempt to render these self-checkout machines more lucrative. "These businesses aren't concerned with discerning whether the mistake was intentional or not," emphasizes Jernigan.
Using a self-checkout machine thus becomes a gamble, potentially placing you at risk of baseless accusations.
"They'll spend hours combing through video footage to identify the last person who purchased, say, the Mario Lego set, simply because their inventory is short by two. If they believe you're the culprit," Jernigan continues, "their influential status enables them to easily secure an arrest warrant with scant evidence. This could lead to charges that may land you in jail for up to a year. You then find yourself battling to establish your innocence, recalling the exact details of your trip to Walmart."
This reveals the dark underbelly of the self-checkout revolution - a corporate strategy that prioritizes profit over customers' needs and experiences, even to the point of leveling unwarranted criminal accusations. So, the next time you're shopping, think twice before you opt for the self-checkout lane. It could save you more than just time.
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