A WHOLE family was filmed as they were accosted at a Walmart for allegedly trying to steal from the self-checkout.
According to the poster, the store took action within its typical protocols to de-escalate the suspected thievery.
“Don’t steal from Walmart self-checkout! (They’re) on it. Lol, this whole family got caught stealing groceries,” the text overlay on the video read.
She puts an additional item in their cart, presumably after scanning it.
While this incident was captured on camera at the tail end of 2021, the big box store maintains its strong policy for dealing with those who opt te steal.
In a prior story, The Sun found that, if a person is caught stealing merchandise from Walmart, “a loss prevention officer may reasonably detain you at the store until the police arrive,” according to emergency law firm Attorney 911.
The store has loss prevention teams at each store that specialize in catching thieves, the site said.
These extra eyes are reportedly both on the floor and in the back watching cameras.
Regularly, the officers are on the hunt for people who scan some items in self-checkout or at the register, but intentionally leave some in the basket.
TikTok user and alleged former Walmart employee Athenia Camacho said in a video: “We have this thing called asset protection loss prevention.
“At my store, we had two people…they would walk around the store from morning until night time when we closed.
“They looked like normal shoppers, they would be wearing gym shorts, they would be wearing regular clothes.”
Camacho said “they intervene in a lot of situations,” but they primarily exist to look “for customers that are stealing, or putting things in their pockets, or putting things in their purses.”
She went on to explain that if the accused wants to walk away before the police get there, they are welcome to do so.
“They will stop you,” she said. “But from what I know, they cannot detain you,”
Video of the family suspected of shoplifting seemed to only show an employee correcting the issue at the register.
Users in the comments were polarized about the entire situation.
For some, they felt it could have been them.
“I thought everybody does this,” one comment read.
Another made a joke in agreement when they said: “Me using them as a distraction while I scan my TV as a banana.”
Others took the suspected stealing to heart, saying that it does affect other shoppers.
“When people, you all say look the other way…you are part of the problem of why prices go up, those stores get their money back by raising price,” a comment protested.
“They knew what they were doing, no excuses,” another TikToker said about the incident.
Still, some viewers of the video felt bad for the family, saying it could simply be a sign of people in need.
“No one’s judging this family at this point so where can we find them to help them out a bit,” a commenter offered their sympathies.
A second sympathetic person wrote: “Maybe they needed food?! I know it’s not ok but someone should’ve stepped up to help.”
Previously, the Sun wrote about a woman who faced legal repurcussions for a self-checkout scanning error at Wegman’s.