Shocking video shows man stealing cash from Walmart’s self checkout – and customers should take it as a warning
POLICE are warning customers to be careful not to leave their money at the self-checkout machine after footage allegedly showed an opportunistic thief at a Walmart in Texas.
A man was spotted on camera apparently grabbing nearly $100 in loose change from the dispenser of a Walmart vending machine
The alleged theft took place on March 5 in Brownsville according to Valley Central News.
The security footage, obtained from Walmart, begins with a separate customer purchasing items before receiving change from the machine.
He was then seen accidentally leaving behind his remaining money and driving off with his groceries.
Moments later, another man was caught taking cash from the ATM without notifying an employee that he had been forgotten.
After a search, the Texas resident was identified but not charged with theft.
The man reportedly said he didn’t think he had done anything wrong, according to KRGV.
Law enforcement still considers the incident a theft and wanted to remind people that there are no “finder guards”.
The man also agreed to return the money to the person to whom it belonged.
The victim decided she didn’t want to press charges and the money thief was released.
Police hope people will be more vigilant to avoid leaving change and that they will understand that they are not allowed to take what does not belong to them.
This isn’t the first time the popular retail store has encountered self-checkout issues.
In December 2022, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told CNBC that “theft is a problem” in his stores.
“It’s higher than it has been historically,” he said.
In addition to picking up leftover change, some shoppers miss scanning all items.
Stores always pay a price when some shoppers using self-checkout steal items, even if they don’t mean to.
These kiosks landed customers in hot water as Walmart and other retailers such as Kroger and Dollar General implemented measures to stop shoplifting.