Dirty tricks people use to steal from self-checkout stations

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According to a recent survey, 20 percent of shoppers who use self-checkout stations admit to stealing items. The actual percentage is probably higher than that. The Atlantic reports on the ways these sneaks cheat supermarket robo-checkers.

Self-checkout theft has become so widespread that a whole lingo has sprung up to describe its tactics. Ringing up a T-bone ($13.99/lb) with a code for a cheap ($0.49/lb) variety of produce is “the banana trick.” If a can of Illy espresso leaves the conveyor belt without being scanned, that’s called “the pass around.” “The switcheroo” is more labor-intensive: Peel the sticker off something inexpensive and place it over the bar code of something pricey. Just make sure both items are about the same weight, to avoid triggering that pesky “unexpected item” alert in the bagging area.

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