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Ever cheated the self service checkouts?
Or know of someone who has or does regularly?


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#1 MurderBritches

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:19 PM

I never would have thought of doing it unsure.gif To me it's the same as stealing. But apparently it's rife...
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/shopping/s...1iauq.html#poll

#2 Stellajoy

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:24 PM

At uni, when i was very poor I used to get cheap fruit and veg at one store then take the trolley to Coles and hide bigger ticket items amongst the fruit and and veg and never pay for them. I'd only pull out a select group of things at the checkout.

#3 BetteBoop

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:24 PM

It's shoplifting so no I wouldn't do it. I doubt the average person would do this and it would probably happen at the same rate as any other type of theft.

#4 Not-me

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:32 PM

No way! But then I am not keen on stealing anything... The excuse that you are contributing part of the cost is ridiculous!

#5 Catolyn

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

I have accidentally when I've bought something different to usual (eg a different type of mushrooms) but it's certainly not something I'd do deliberately, because yes it is stealing.

I don't think you'll get anyone admitting to it in this thread.

#6 RubyTuesday76

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

Huh!!  TBH it has never occurred to me to even try something like that.  Though I can say that I am hardly surprised if people do it...

#7 kirstenfleur

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

No, it's theft.


#8 Kim

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:38 PM

I never have, but I have a work colleague that openly admits to doing it, she buys the expensive fruit and veg and selects something cheaper through the checkout.

She justifies by saying that people have lost their jobs through self serve checkouts which increases their profits, so she's just taking a cut....

Me, I just buy at the green grocer.

#9 lep_78

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:39 PM

my thought sitting here reading the title was "you couldnt do it because you have to scan every thing"  -didnt even consider putting in the wrong item. i guess that is why they have the person hovering looking over shoulders

#10 Stellajoy

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:40 PM

we also used to get something really really cheap from the deli, like devon, and something really expensive, and swap the stickers, then ditch the cheap parcel.

#11 CallMeFeral

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE (kirstenfleur @ 03/08/2011, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No, it's theft.


+1

#12 namie

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:44 PM

No. It never occured to me to do so. I certainly wouldn't substitute bananas for carrots! It's stealing even if you're paying for part of it.

I'm pretty sure I saw a woman doing it in my local Woolies last week, though. She was being very suspicious with a couple of supermarket bags on the floor in front of her as well as filling others still on the stand.
I wasn't sure what to do and there was no attendant to call, so I lamely did nothing.

QUOTE
my thought sitting here reading the title was "you couldnt do it because you have to scan every thing" -didnt even consider putting in the wrong item. i guess that is why they have the person hovering looking over shoulders

It looked like the woman was scanning one item but grabbing two. The scanned item went into the bag on the scales, the other into the bag on the floor. I wasn't sure if I was seeing right or not, she was across and down from me, but she kept looking around when she did it. With no attendant to quietly grab I didn't want to out and out accuse the woman of theft.

#13 trdl

Posted 03 August 2011 - 04:54 PM

Ive thought about doing it but havent been game to.

#14 toosenuf

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:01 PM

doesnt matter how you sugarcoat it, it is stealing, so no i wouldnt do it.

#15 MurderBritches

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:01 PM

I can see a genuine mistake being made(or a deliberately careless one depending on how you look at it) if you can't remember which green pears you bought but to deliberately put through carrots as bananas or even
QUOTE
we also used to get something really really cheap from the deli, like devon, and something really expensive, and swap the stickers, then ditch the cheap parcel.

and
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At uni, when i was very poor I used to get cheap fruit and veg at one store then take the trolley to Coles and hide bigger ticket items amongst the fruit and and veg and never pay for them. I'd only pull out a select group of things at the checkout.

is stealing.

I'm not proud to admit that I have shoplifted once but it meant the difference between my DD eating and not. And that was a very low point in my life that I am happy to say now that I know of services that will insure that if I was ever at that stage again I would be taking full advantage of.

#16 Treebeard

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:01 PM

I refuse to use self-check out on principle. If I'm already paying for the cost of workers scanning my groceries and packing them, then I'm not going to do it myself.

#17 geckosrule

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:03 PM

QUOTE (kirstenfleur @ 03/08/2011, 04:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No, it's theft.


my thoughts exacty...

#18 babycuddler

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:11 PM

i agree with PP's - it is theft and I wouldn't ever take the risk of doing it. I read the SMH article linked to by the OP and there were heaps of people leaving comments saying things like "I hadn't thought of that before - thanks for the tip"!!!  ohmy.gif

#19 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:12 PM

No and no.

#20 kittennic

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:17 PM

No I never have, and I never will.

#21 Ianthe

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:18 PM

Do I steal? No I do not.

#22 BetteBoop

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:25 PM

QUOTE (sorely @ 03/08/2011, 04:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
we also used to get something really really cheap from the deli, like devon, and something really expensive, and swap the stickers, then ditch the cheap parcel.


Didn't occur to you to use your inventiveness to earn money instead?

#23 Stellajoy

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:29 PM

I was earning money, as much as I could studying full time. It was usually things like tampons and toothpaste. It was a long time ago

#24 JJ

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:33 PM

No. Even if I wanted to (which I don't), I'm sure I'd somehow stuff up and get found out. The staff at our Woolies checkout hover pretty closely sometimes.

#25 EsmeLennox

Posted 03 August 2011 - 05:33 PM

It's occured to me that it would be easy to do it, but I wouldn't do it no. Although I did forget to scan a bottle of water that one of my kids was holding once - so perhaps I should say I wouldn't do it deliberately!

The irony has not escaped me though that in shops like Big W they are busily checking bags/trolleys/prams of people who leave the store without purchasing, but they do not check the ones that go through the self-serve checkout. Do they think thieves are really that dumb? I have often thought how easy it would be to rip something off in that way.






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