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(Daily Mail)   PSA: When putting the bar code from a pack of ramen noodles to rip off the store they might notice sooner or later, especially when you buy a rack of lamb or an espresso maker   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2017-02-16 06:10:59 PM  
They figure the thievery into the cost of putting the self service scanners in.  So you have to steal to balance things out, otherwise you're getting taken advantage of.
 
2017-02-16 07:26:17 PM  
Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.
 
2017-02-16 09:11:17 PM  
I used to work retail years ago and had someone try this. We had manned checkouts but he's stuck a barcode from a cheap coffee machine onto a same brand bean to cup machine that was vastly more expensive. Since we generally knew how much stuff cost when it came up I checked the model number and just voided it and manually entered the correct code and with a smile asked him for the full price. He said it should be cheaper so I got him to go to the shelf and check the ticket, which of course agreed with me, he couldn't fake those. He got away since I couldn't prove he'd swapped the barcode, but we don't think he ever came back.
If he hadn't been greedy and just got twenty or thirty percent off I wouldn't have caught it, but a £350 machine for £50? Dude.....
 
2017-02-16 10:56:34 PM  
"until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....
 
2017-02-16 10:58:19 PM  

ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.


That's why you punch in carrots by weight.
 
2017-02-16 11:00:08 PM  

ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.


Dude there are lots of things you "air scan", they never hit the scale and if you are smart you say "put in cart" and Bob's your uncle
 
2017-02-16 11:00:36 PM  
Step 1 : Get giant 60 gallon tote.
Step 2 : Put expensive items in tote away from camera view.
Step 3 : Go through self checkout and select "I don't want to bag this item."
Step 4 : PROFIT!!!!
 
2017-02-16 11:02:34 PM  
Yup, this isn't new.

A few years ago, we were picking up a $20 tent for our two little dogs.  When we went camping, they had the smallest tent that could be found, and we set up a temporary fence around the tent.  Anyway, when we went to pay, the barcode was missing.  As we waited while they fetched another tent, I mentioned to the cashier that someone likely took the barcode to pull this very scam, by placing it on a much pricier tent.  She said she never considered that.

ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.


Simple, tap screen where it says "skip bagging", and the cashier won't likely catch it, especially if the description is close enough.  Much like my tent story.  They won't question why someone won't bag a big tent.

/self scanners aren't just at grocery stores
 
2017-02-16 11:06:35 PM  

ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.


I've never seen a self scanner that you put the item down on (except for fruits/veggies that are by the pound).  You just wave it in front of the laser.
 
2017-02-16 11:09:46 PM  
I hate the "fallen on hard times" excuse to justify thievery. This is one of the reasons we need to bring back public shaming. A day in the stocks on the town square would do a world of good.
 
2017-02-16 11:11:31 PM  
Is the dumbass tag for the editor of the headline?
 
2017-02-16 11:12:32 PM  

ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.


I know you said grocery stores, but stores like Home Depot don't. You'll think a place with high priced items would just stick to humans.
 
2017-02-16 11:14:37 PM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: Step 1 : Get giant 60 gallon tote.
Step 2 : Put expensive items in tote away from camera view.
Step 3 : Go through self checkout and select "I don't want to bag this item."
Step 4 : PROFIT!!!!


Already been done http://6abc.com/news/shoplifter-goes-through-checkout-with-32-stolen-​i​phones/1043391/
 
2017-02-16 11:15:49 PM  
www.toilette-humor.com
 
2017-02-16 11:15:59 PM  
One of our local markets was recently sold off to a larger chain as they were losing too much money. The first change they made was to replace the self scan lines with an attended express checkout. If anything it seems like I get through the checkout line faster and it doesn't seem like the prices have gone up at all.

/never noticed it happening
//worst I ever saw was a parent open some cold meds, give some to their kid, and leave the open box behind
 
2017-02-16 11:16:08 PM  
My home city!
 
2017-02-16 11:16:40 PM  

ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.


"Place item in cart?"
*clerk just hits the blinking button because tired/busy/lazy/whatever*
 
2017-02-16 11:20:20 PM  

Charmin Mao Tse-Bung: I hate the "fallen on hard times" excuse to justify thievery.


Why? Seems like that's a much better excuse than "I'm loaded! But I'm going to steal some shiat anyway!"

This is one of the reasons we need to bring back public shaming.

Seems like the Daily Mail is way ahead of you there
 
2017-02-16 11:22:32 PM  

megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....


Go on...
 
2017-02-16 11:27:17 PM  

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....

Go on...


That's between me and god.

And the meat department.

yeah I know "among" whatever
 
2017-02-16 11:30:35 PM  

megarian: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....

Go on...

That's between me and god.

And the meat department.

yeah I know "among" whatever


The ground beef had a use-by date on it, so I used it.
 
2017-02-16 11:31:17 PM  

megarian: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....

Go on...

That's between me and god.

And the meat department.

yeah I know "among" whatever


img.fark.net
 
2017-02-16 11:32:43 PM  

fragMasterFlash: One of our local markets was recently sold off to a larger chain as they were losing too much money. The first change they made was to replace the self scan lines with an attended express checkout. If anything it seems like I get through the checkout line faster and it doesn't seem like the prices have gone up at all.


Supposedly one of the latest trends is to get rid of self checkouts.
 
2017-02-16 11:36:49 PM  

sevente: Charmin Mao Tse-Bung: I hate the "fallen on hard times" excuse to justify thievery.

Why? Seems like that's a much better excuse than "I'm loaded! But I'm going to steal some shiat anyway!"

This is one of the reasons we need to bring back public shaming.

Seems like the Daily Mail is way ahead of you there


Plenty of charitable oranizations willing to give to someone that needs it.  No one is entitled to steal anything just because they want it.
 
2017-02-16 11:42:27 PM  

megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....


Heyyyyy
 
2017-02-16 11:51:40 PM  
I guess Perry Farrell inst such a great role model after all...

 
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2017-02-16 11:53:31 PM  

exvaxman: fragMasterFlash: One of our local markets was recently sold off to a larger chain as they were losing too much money. The first change they made was to replace the self scan lines with an attended express checkout. If anything it seems like I get through the checkout line faster and it doesn't seem like the prices have gone up at all.

Supposedly one of the latest trends is to get rid of self checkouts.


This does not disappoint me.

Self-checkout won't really be all that it can be until all prepackaged items are individually RFID tagged, such that one can just roll the cart through the machine and then pay. Unfortunately that may require the store to shift staffing to make individual registers mandatory for produce and some other bulk items so that there isn't a problem where the automated payment is made.
 
2017-02-16 11:53:50 PM  

mjbok: ArkAngel: Every self scanner I've seen at grocery stores would reject it because they base it off of weight.

I've never seen a self scanner that you put the item down on (except for fruits/veggies that are by the pound).  You just wave it in front of the laser.


ArkAngel is referring to the scale the bags are sitting on.  After the item is scanned, it is placed in bags, which are on a scale.  The system is programed to know if the item scanned matches the weight change on the scale.  That's why it will freeze if the weight isn't enough, and will tell you to bag it, or too much and ask you to remove the last item and scan it.  If you tap "skip bagging", the cashier is notified on their end that an item is in the cart, already scanned.  The last part is for the cashier to notice that you didn't try to not pay for something.
 
2017-02-16 11:55:17 PM  

Doktor_Zhivago: megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....

Heyyyyy


I used to deliver cake in a very wealthy neighborhood and the manager showed me how one customer made copies of a Coke barcode so they could get a nickle for some non participating beverage.
 
2017-02-16 11:55:55 PM  

fragMasterFlash: One of our local markets was recently sold off to a larger chain as they were losing too much money. The first change they made was to replace the self scan lines with an attended express checkout. If anything it seems like I get through the checkout line faster and it doesn't seem like the prices have gone up at all.

/never noticed it happening
//worst I ever saw was a parent open some cold meds, give some to their kid, and leave the open box behind


My first job was a grocery store cashier and nothing is more frustrating than watching the amateurs try to work the scanners. Boop, bag people! You'd think it wouldn't be that hard but if you think that, you don't know people very well
 
2017-02-16 11:57:31 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: 7th Son of a 7th Son: Step 1 : Get giant 60 gallon tote.
Step 2 : Put expensive items in tote away from camera view.
Step 3 : Go through self checkout and select "I don't want to bag this item."
Step 4 : PROFIT!!!!

Already been done http://6abc.com/news/shoplifter-goes-through-checkout-with-32-stolen-i​phones/1043391/


SO MUCH WIN!
 
2017-02-17 12:00:32 AM  

TorpedoOrca: Boop, bag people! You'd think it wouldn't be that hard but if you think that, you don't know people very well


img.fark.net
 
2017-02-17 12:00:57 AM  

exvaxman: fragMasterFlash: One of our local markets was recently sold off to a larger chain as they were losing too much money. The first change they made was to replace the self scan lines with an attended express checkout. If anything it seems like I get through the checkout line faster and it doesn't seem like the prices have gone up at all.

Supposedly one of the latest trends is to get rid of self checkouts.


Yeah, but it's on a classist basis. The new Walmart in a very black part of Dallas has no self checkouts. The new one in albino white Dallas has a half dozen at either end of the building.
 
2017-02-17 12:01:21 AM  

lack of warmth: ArkAngel is referring to the scale the bags are sitting on.


That makes more sense, but isn't really a scanner.  Thanks for the explanation, though.
 
2017-02-17 12:07:35 AM  

Doktor_Zhivago: megarian: "until she was brought undone by a rump roast"

If I had a dollar for every time....

Heyyyyy


img.fark.net
 
2017-02-17 12:09:56 AM  

Charmin Mao Tse-Bung: sevente: Charmin Mao Tse-Bung: I hate the "fallen on hard times" excuse to justify thievery.

Why? Seems like that's a much better excuse than "I'm loaded! But I'm going to steal some shiat anyway!"

This is one of the reasons we need to bring back public shaming.

Seems like the Daily Mail is way ahead of you there

Plenty of charitable oranizations willing to give to someone that needs it.  No one is entitled to steal anything just because they want it.


img.fark.net

Then you'll be arrested.

img.fark.net

img.fark.net
 
2017-02-17 12:16:43 AM  
Last week, when fark linked to the BBC, it was Carrots instead of Ramen.
 
2017-02-17 12:17:36 AM  
Personal favorite part of article?

Constant reference to the perp as a single mum, but the only photo is from her wedding. That's a sly burn.
 
2017-02-17 12:18:58 AM  
The toughest scams to bust are the box stuffers. One person gets a large, boxed item and removes the contents from the box. They stuff the box with whatever crap they're trying to steal, tape it back shut and put it back on the shelf. That person leaves. Some time later, an accomplice comes in and buys the stuffed box.

If anyone says anything, they were simply buying something off the shelf. They didn't know someone had stuffed that box.
 
2017-02-17 12:20:14 AM  
Yeah. How sloppy. It's like they don't carrot all.
 
2017-02-17 12:20:56 AM  

Badgers: Last week, when fark linked to the BBC, it was Carrots instead of Ramen.


Danger Avoid Death: Yeah. How sloppy. It's like they don't carrot all.


damnitsomuch
 
2017-02-17 12:22:35 AM  
Trick is
-don't do it every time, be random or deliberate wrt having a hopefully naive cashier
-when doing it vary your 'cheap barcode' item
-never go to old lady cashier she will watch and be grumpy. Go to young cashier
-also have a decoy - pretend oh I forgot an item and pull out the small cloves of garlic from the bag to be scanned, make small talk. And leave the parm regianno in the bag ..
-if you are ever Questioned say oh I totally forgot to scan it I'm so sorry and show you are dumping your bag to ensure all is accounted for. Don't push it

/just somethings id like to try..I hear it might work
 
2017-02-17 12:25:08 AM  

YoungNothing: Trick is
-don't do it every time, be random or deliberate wrt having a hopefully naive cashier
-when doing it vary your 'cheap barcode' item
-never go to old lady cashier she will watch and be grumpy. Go to young cashier
-also have a decoy - pretend oh I forgot an item and pull out the small cloves of garlic from the bag to be scanned, make small talk. And leave the parm regianno in the bag ..
-if you are ever Questioned say oh I totally forgot to scan it I'm so sorry and show you are dumping your bag to ensure all is accounted for. Don't push it

/just somethings id like to try..I hear it might work


If you go to a self scan, go when it's busy and the cashiers are overworked.
 
2017-02-17 12:40:56 AM  
This has been going on probably since UPCs have been around. Three PCHO employees at a Best Buy I used to work at were frogmarched out of the building for slapping surge strip UPCs over computer UPCs for a ~99% discount, and that was in 1995.

/ The first UPC scanned was a pack of Juicy Fruit
// It was probably covering the UPC on a television
 
2017-02-17 12:41:08 AM  
How many farking thieves are in this thread?! Good god!

If your last experience shoplifting happened after you were 10 or 12 years old you really need to take a look at your morals. What other shady things do you do?
 
2017-02-17 12:42:08 AM  

Chinesenookiefactory: YoungNothing: Trick is
-don't do it every time, be random or deliberate wrt having a hopefully naive cashier
-when doing it vary your 'cheap barcode' item
-never go to old lady cashier she will watch and be grumpy. Go to young cashier
-also have a decoy - pretend oh I forgot an item and pull out the small cloves of garlic from the bag to be scanned, make small talk. And leave the parm regianno in the bag ..
-if you are ever Questioned say oh I totally forgot to scan it I'm so sorry and show you are dumping your bag to ensure all is accounted for. Don't push it

/just somethings id like to try..I hear it might work

If you go to a self scan, go when it's busy and the cashiers are overworked.


Busy times are the best! That way you can scan 3 coat hanger bar codes at self check, pretend that in process you are scanning the duvet too. As you walk away have items in bag and pretend to be inspecting your receipt which will have a lot of writing on it (coat hangers).  Which employees see oh they have a long bill and they are not rushing away.  And walk away slowly.

/make only one "mistake" - if questioned you can say it was truly a one mistake
//or so I've heard
 
2017-02-17 12:44:05 AM  
That headline sentence ..
 
2017-02-17 12:49:54 AM  

YoungNothing: Chinesenookiefactory: YoungNothing: Trick is
-don't do it every time, be random or deliberate wrt having a hopefully naive cashier
-when doing it vary your 'cheap barcode' item
-never go to old lady cashier she will watch and be grumpy. Go to young cashier
-also have a decoy - pretend oh I forgot an item and pull out the small cloves of garlic from the bag to be scanned, make small talk. And leave the parm regianno in the bag ..
-if you are ever Questioned say oh I totally forgot to scan it I'm so sorry and show you are dumping your bag to ensure all is accounted for. Don't push it

/just somethings id like to try..I hear it might work

If you go to a self scan, go when it's busy and the cashiers are overworked.

Busy times are the best! That way you can scan 3 coat hanger bar codes at self check, pretend that in process you are scanning the duvet too. As you walk away have items in bag and pretend to be inspecting your receipt which will have a lot of writing on it (coat hangers).  Which employees see oh they have a long bill and they are not rushing away.  And walk away slowly.

/make only one "mistake" - if questioned you can say it was truly a one mistake
//or so I've heard


Do you also steal small things from your neighbors? Cd's when you ride in other peoples cars? Dip into your parents coin coin collections?
 
2017-02-17 12:52:20 AM  

SMOIT!: How many farking thieves are in this thread?! Good god!

If your last experience shoplifting happened after you were 10 or 12 years old you really need to take a look at your morals. What other shady things do you do?


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2017-02-17 12:53:50 AM  

SMOIT!: YoungNothing: Chinesenookiefactory: YoungNothing: Trick is
-don't do it every time, be random or deliberate wrt having a hopefully naive cashier
-when doing it vary your 'cheap barcode' item
-never go to old lady cashier she will watch and be grumpy. Go to young cashier
-also have a decoy - pretend oh I forgot an item and pull out the small cloves of garlic from the bag to be scanned, make small talk. And leave the parm regianno in the bag ..
-if you are ever Questioned say oh I totally forgot to scan it I'm so sorry and show you are dumping your bag to ensure all is accounted for. Don't push it

/just somethings id like to try..I hear it might work

If you go to a self scan, go when it's busy and the cashiers are overworked.

Busy times are the best! That way you can scan 3 coat hanger bar codes at self check, pretend that in process you are scanning the duvet too. As you walk away have items in bag and pretend to be inspecting your receipt which will have a lot of writing on it (coat hangers).  Which employees see oh they have a long bill and they are not rushing away.  And walk away slowly.

/make only one "mistake" - if questioned you can say it was truly a one mistake
//or so I've heard

Do you also steal small things from your neighbors? Cd's when you ride in other peoples cars? Dip into your parents coin coin collections?


C'mon. I was getting some good information.
 
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