Using self-checkouts increase theft by over double, according to a study.
According to a recent report from the University of Leciester, loss at shops using self-scan technology increased by an average of 122%.
The dramatic shoot in crime is apparently because the lack of face-to-face contact (and the fact that those machines are probably the most annoying things in the world) mean that we are more likely to fancy our luck at the Five Finger Discount.
When people do try to thieve, retailers often struggle to work out if the customer really did try and pull a swift-one, or whether the machine has been playing up. Therefore, Leicester University boffs say it creates a ‘excuse’ for the odd cheeky faux scan.
People who are Class A citizens are also more likely to be lured into stealing via a self checkout. The study suggested that it is so easy customers who wouldn’t normally consider stealing are more tempted to steal.
So, do we consider it ‘less’ of a crime, due to the lack of social interaction and therefore human to human moral damnation?
I’ve witnessed a man literally making a ‘beep’ sound with his mouth and pretending to scan stuff, and walking away with a bag full of goods before. When I told the checkout assistant, she just laughed and said “Oh Tom’s back again.”
It’s weird that we were both secretly impressed at the audacity….
So, here’s the big question – are you a self-checkout stealer?
And do you feel guilty about it?