I used to work at Walmart – we know you're stealing even at self checkout and it has nothing to do with cameras | The Sun

AN ex Walmart worker has claimed that staffers know when customers are trying to steal at the self-checkout.

Theft has become a major issue for the retailer and its CEO warned that shoplifting is “higher’ than it has ever been.  

Athenia Camacho has shared how workers can spot suspicious behavior and security cameras are not involved.

She told fans in a TikTok clip that store associates that work in the self-checkout area carry devices known as TC machines.

Athenia added: “We’re able to see everything you’re purchasing, how much your total purchase is, and how much each item costs.”

She warned that staffers can pause the self-checkout kiosks if they suspect a customer is shoplifting.

Athenia said: “At that point, you have no choice but to call for help.”

The former Walmart employee said the point of her video is to teach people not to even try stealing from the self-checkout line.

“They can see everything that you’re purchasing, everything that you’re scanning.

“You will get caught and they will pause a transaction on you.”

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Meanwhile, another Walmart worker, known only as Merica, has claimed she knows shoppers are trying to steal items whenever they glance over at her.

She told viewers in a TikTok clip that their so-called tactic was “obvious.”

But, some claimed that they look at an associate to prove that they are not shoplifting.

One customer said they look around when using the self-checkout to grab a worker's attention.

They added: “I look back because I mess up so much and it always says ‘wait for assistance.’”

Last month, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon issued a stark warning about the potential consequences of theft.

He told CNBC: “Theft is an issue. It’s higher than what it has historically been.”

He feared that customers see price rises if local prosecutors are not strong enough on shoplifting offenses.

Walmart resorted to strategies such as storing items behind plexiglass or putting them in a glass cabinet.

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But, some customers have claimed that it makes shopping "impossible."

Others have documented their frustration by sharing clips where they are seen waiting for staffers to unlock a cabinet.

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