This article reveals the easy-to-do steps regarding how to cheat self checkout at popular stores like Walmart, Target, Tesco, etc. Meanwhile, you may read my articles on Walmart carding and Target carding.
Honestly, it is not easy to cheat self checkout, especially when using it legitimately. You have to scan an item and drop it in your shopping bag on the scale immediately for the machine to weigh. It will also check whether you added additional items in the bag and will call for assistance if it can’t detect the correct item weight.
Let’s discover how you can cheat and steal from self checkout. Meanwhile, if you’re determined, you can cheat self checkout almost effortlessly at any store.
Can you steal from self checkout?
Yes, you can steal from self checkout if you want to. The introduction of self checkout encourages theft, and the average shopper is tempted to want to steal. So, when you steal from self checkout, mistakenly or not, do not blame yourself so much. Nevertheless, you can avoid self-checkout stores if you want to shop without stealing.
How Does Self Checkout Work?
Many homeless and poor guys benefit a lot since stores introduced self checkout. Of course, it encourages theft to a large extent, according to experts.
How does self checkout work? Most of the time, self checkout is monitored by security personnel, though. During self checkout, you scan items and put them in another of your bag if you have a different bag that was not scaled.
The security team often checks stuff like the ID, for instance, if kitchenware or alcohol was scanned. They also check to ensure that the scanner sensed the item’s weight correctly. And if you have a stolen item in your bag, they will caution and have you return it.
Recently, Tesco introduced self scan and packing to ensure that customers scan their loyalty scanner. At the store, you get a scanner and scan your items as you shop and add items to the cart or trolley and even your bag.
After shopping, you approach the self checkout area with your scanner. Now, you have to scan the checkout barcode to show the list of scanned items. It transfers the list to the checkout and you make payment similarly with the self checkout.
If you are a new Tesco shopper, an employee will scan the items in your bag to ensure it you do not steal. As you continue to earn Tesco’s trust, they let you pack and scan items alone, which you can capitalize on to cheat the self checkout.
How to Cheat Self Checkout at Any Store
This section discloses the ways/steps/methods you should follow to cheat self checkout and get away with it. Meanwhile, you may learn how to shoplift expensive items and get away with it.
Below are the methods regarding how to cheat self checkout:
Scan Low-Weight Item
One of the most common methods to cheat self checkout is to scan low-weight items and switch them quickly.
You can carry two similar items to the self checkout area. Pick and scan one of the items, or select a random item that weighs low and drop both items in your at the same time.
Enter Fake PLU
The most common method for stealing at checkout is to enter the wrong PLU (Price Look-Up) code.
For instance, if you have mixed nuts in your bag costing about $11.00, you enter the PLU code for sunflower seed that costs less, typically $2 per pound.
Most of the time, self checkout cheaters use the banana code when checking out expensive items. Thus, the reason for the famous banana trick. Recently, however, bananas now have stickers.
Cheat with the Scan Gun
When using self-scan guns, typically handheld, you can add expensive items to the bottom of your shopping bag without scanning them. But make sure to scan the smaller or cheaper items at the top.
An employee may pick you out for a random scan, but they mostly rescan the items at the top of the bags.
Tips to Cheat Self Checkout and Get Away with It
First, get a thick green option bag. A thick green option bag lets you set half of your items on the self checkout. When you set the bag half full in the bagging area, the machine will sense additional or stolen items incorrectly.
You can also get away with stealing at self checkout when you pick items like Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, or Yu-Gi-Oh! Boosters. If you do not need them, you can trade the good cards on Facebook Marketplace for money.
Before you read further, learn how to beat Walmart security without getting caught.
Is cheating self checkout illegal?
Yes, cheating self checkout is illegal, and I do not encourage you to continue with it. Most stores, including Walmart, Tesco, Target, have surveillance cameras to prevent theft. Meanwhile, you can follow my guide to learn how to beat Walmart security!
When at the self checkout, the security might call you aside, and it will be embarrassing if you are caught with a stolen item. For example, when you attempt to steal an additional 1$ can or entering a different PLU code for a less-priced item.
Anyways, it is theft to change the PLU code during self checkout and not just considered cheating. Of course, the store can have you arrested and sometimes suspended from all branches.
Do stores lose money on self checkout?
Yes, stores lose money on self checkout. When you cheat at the self-checkout section, it also affects other commodities. Most of the time, the store pushes the loss on customers by increasing item prices to recoup their loss. Note that as simple as the banana trick you apply to cheat self checkout can close down a grocery store. And as I mentioned above, commodities can increase because of petty theft or cheating self checkout.
Should You Cheat Self Checkout?
Do not cheat the self checkout if you can. It might seem as though you are being smart cheating the self checkout scanner, but the security team may catch you. Typically, you would end up in jail.
Most stores, including Walmart and Target, enacted thorough security upgrades recently, especially in the self checkout section. So, as you attempt to steal, be ready to get caught if you are not careful enough.
What if you’re caught cheating self checkout?
When you are caught stealing or cheating the self checkout, pretend it was a mistake. You can act like you are having a bad day or just wasn’t aware that all items in your bag were not picked up. Make sure to pay for all the items to avoid being suspected.
Cheating the self checkout is a bad habit, though, and the scan and pack tricks fail. Like I mentioned, play dumb and offer to pay for the stolen item when you get caught.
Note that as you cheat the supermarket, they pass their losses onto the public by increasing item costs.
If you consider it difficult to cheat a self checkout, then try pickpocketing a wristwatch.