This We Didn’t Know! Tik Tok Lawyer explains why you should always avoid using self-checkouts in the supermarket

Supermarket self-checkouts are a convenient way to complete a quick grocery shop, however, one lawyer has claimed she never uses them and avoids them for a specific reason.


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Criminal defence lawyer Carrie Jernigan (@carriejernigan1) explained in a viral TikTok video with over 3.2m views why she warns shoppers against using the machines.

“As a criminal defense attorney, I advise most people to steer clear of self-checkout,” Jernigan said.

She then goes to on explain the “three groups” which are the different types of people who end up facing shoplifting charges as a result of using the self-checkouts.

The first group is the shoppers “with the intent to steal,” as Jernigan noted that when self-checkouts first started “it was a very basic theft approach,” where they would scan a few items they planned to pay for and then drop a few items they didn’t plan to pay for.

But due to the advancement of technology, this is not as simple so shoplifters need to have a “very specific plan” in terms of what they are stealing and the methods they use to shoplift.

The second group are “theft by mistake,” who Jernigan says are “the people that I genuinely think just forgot to scan an item,” and gave example like leaving an item at the bottom of the shopping cart or a DVD that has slid under the purse.

Although there was no intention to steal, she says these shoppers end up being charged as “big-box stores aren’t going to spend their time and resources trying to figure out if you did it on purpose.”