A nasty scam was recently uncovered, showing how Swiss wholesalers cheat at the self-checkout counters. Around 14,250 readers took part in the built-in voting, of which five percent admitted that they stole something with every purchase. Ironically, that’s more than 700 readers of the Blick community. So for the honest 95 percent, there’s a lot to watch. Here are your experiences with checkout fraud, without staff.
So boldly, every opportunity is nipped off
Reader Sepp has often observed bold behavior: “For example, with a six-pack of cola, only the barcode of a single can is scanned.”
Heinrich has also witnessed minor thefts. “I recently saw a man put two baguettes in the same bag and of course only paid for one.” The incident was observed not only by the attentive reader, but also by a sales clerk. When he pointed this out to her, there was no reaction: “She just said that according to the store management she was not allowed to react to it.”
This simple remedy helps against fraud
Reader Siglinde has not yet witnessed such incidents – and sees a simple trick in her branch as the reason for this. «We carry out an automatic weight check at the self-checkout with a plausibility check of each individual product.» Each scanned product is placed on a shopping cart with scales. But the crux of the matter is here: “Subsequent cancellations can only be made by the shop staff.”
Compassion has no limits
Reader Georgia has little sympathy for wholesalers. “Anyone who introduced self-scanning is to blame for the fraud. Cash registers are closed, staff are laid off and the customer does the work.” This chain of decisions is met with great incomprehension by the reader. “I still want to be served and always go to an occupied checkout.”