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UniqueEye wrote

I work as a customer host at Walmart. I regularly catch people tagswapping merchandise at Walmart. I watch self checkout like a hawk because people keep thinking "It's easy, I'll get away with it, they're not really watching" but I am. To be clear though, just because I watch when I'm there, doesn't mean that other employees do the same. I tend to watch for large merchandise tagswapping. For example, a vaccum cleaner ringing up as clothing is a big red flag for me. If the description is different is also a big red flag for me.

For example, a cooler ringing up as "ICE BAG" for $2 when it's a huge cooler. If you keep the differences between the actual price tag and the tagswapped tag minimal, then you have a much higher ability to get away with tag swapping, even when I'm watching.

If I check your receipt and suspect you of tagswapping, I will verify the UPC code from the receipt to the item that I am suspicious of. If I am suspicious of every item in the cart, then I will go through every item, pulling them out of shopping bags and the like. If the item in your cart does not match the UPC, then I confiscate the item and explain why, and offer to get management if they disagree. I cannot touch personal backpacks, purses, etc.

You can always refuse the receipt check and I can't follow you outside, but if I'm sure I would have found something, then I log your description, which Self checkout register you were on, what the estimated retail value was, and some other notes. I can let the APA (Asset Protection Associate, plainclothes AP) know when I see you in the store again.

I consider tagswapping shoplifting.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

There are shops around where I live where stuff that's getting old gets a "50% Off" sticker on it - you can just copy the sticker or move them to other perishables and get the money off.

It's done together with shoplifting so I'd say it's part of the shoplifting family!

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lift_fever wrote

It’s known as tag switching, and ironically it has worse consequences than shoplifting because it was done with intent. With shoplifting it’s plausible that they just forgot to pay. But if you play it safe and not do something risky like putting a $25 tag on $200 jeans, you could easily play stupid if caught.

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Drshoplifter wrote

It’s definitley shoplifting. Personally I’d steal the yarn all together and just conceal it, it’s safer this way and you don’t have to pay or wait in a checkout line.

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dalek0639 wrote

Is it dangerous if I use the self checkout?

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Drshoplifter wrote

It’s riskier than concealing. If I was watching you, you wouldn’t be hard to catch.

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Drshoplifter wrote

If you conceal, you can do so in a place where I can’t see you. This, I would be unable to do anything about it.

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dalek0639 wrote

How is it riskier?

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Throwdown321 wrote

usually theres lP Or an employee standing by just in case people need help for self-checkout, there really there to sniff out shoplifters(price switching).

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thief wrote

It's primarily how people pull this method off. If there's no employees nearby you're probably good.

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dalek0639 wrote

Walmart has this scale thing where you can pre weigh everything and just scan the barcode at self checkout and usually there's no one watching the self checkout at a couple of the Walmarts I go to

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thief wrote

You're pretty much in the clear then. As long as there's not an experienced employee watching right over your shoulder watching the inaccurate price come up on the screen... You're fine. But as with all methods... don't get greedy.

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luxurylifting wrote

I think it is, it’s risky.

Make sure to always compliment or distract the SA who is checking you out because sometimes an image comes up.

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DamnScalper wrote (edited )

Pretty sure it comes under retail fraud? It's a bit more seriuos compared to shoplifting, afaik.

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Throwdown321 wrote

yes its a type of shoplifting, this is popular for woman in general, i knew someone who did this. its called price switching.