A TIKTOKER claiming to be a former Walmart employee alleged that the retailer’s cameras can zoom in so far that even your text messages can be read.
“When I got my job at Walmart and we were doing the walkthrough…they brought us to the security room where loss prevention is,” Athenia claimed.
She shared a photo of what the loss prevention room looks like.
“It’s a bunch of computers and it shows you every aisle,” she said. “And they have pinch-in zoom cameras that are 360, meaning that they can literally turn anywhere in the store.’
Athenia explains that the cameras can zoom in extremely far.
“They can literally read your text messages if they really wanted to.”
She gave an example of when she was training for her job, explaining that one of the loss prevention officers zoomed in so far “that you could literally read the date on the newspaper.”
“They were trying to show us, and get the point across that, if you get caught stealing from Walmart they will see you.”
The clip received thousands of comments with many customers complaining about the cameras.
“Yet when someone stole my wallet they said the cameras couldn’t see that close,” wrote one person.
“Well my Walmart need to pinch and zoom some more, cause I’m tired of cleaning up my department, cause people wanna steal $5 phone cases,” wrote another.
In another video, Athenia said: “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 “or 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,”