Some Walmart locations are cracking down on self-checkout "shoplifting," and are issuing citations if people walk away without paying for all their items.
In some cases, people ARE stealing, and that's bad. But a report out of Arizona talked with people who claim they were cited for mistakes, while handling a large number or items, or dealing with children while checking out.
In some cases, the police were called, one woman said that because her mistake was more than $30, the sheriff arrested her for petty theft. She didn't say what the "mistake" was, but $30 isn't just missing a couple veggies.
Walmart said that they are taking "basic measures to control inventory," but they wouldn't say how widespread their self-checkout crackdown is, or what their policies are for citations and other penalties.
Of course, many people don't even want to do their own checkout. In a recent poll, people were asked what they'd do if there were no lines. 56% said they want a human casher, and just 36% said they'd do self-checkout.