As I was saying, groceries add up to a huge amount of our spending. Even if we’re careful with what we buy and where we buy from, we still find that we’re spending quite a lot on food and necessities. It happens; these are things we need for our everyday life.
So we can’t really stop buying groceries. This means that even if we’re broke — not even a penny in our purse kind of broke, we still need to figure out a way to buy ourselves some groceries. One lady from the UK has had to do just this.
Now this woman could have tried couponing. We’ve seen the shows. We know how coupons are kept in files and organized by date or product. This woman could have bought herself loads of stuff without paying a cent.
Milner was then sticking these barcodes on the more expensive items in her cart. This way, she was still paying for her groceries but doing so at a much cheaper price. But how come the cashiers didn’t notice, you might ask?
Well, that’s because Milner wasn’t going to the cashiers to check out. Instead, she was using the self-checkout stations to check her own groceries out. She could have gotten away with this scheme for a very long time…
…but her nerves got to her. Milner drew attention to herself when the security person at the supermarket noticed how nervous this woman was. As a result, all eyes were on her and soon her scheme was unraveled.
Milner was taken to court and she was found guilty of 31 counts of fraud. The woman was sent to jail for nine months, however, her sentence ended up being suspended for three years. It wasn’t just a suspended sentence this woman would get.
Milner has also been “ordered her to pay $1545 to Coles and $2070 to Woolworths.” That’s a lot of money for the average person. But for someone like Milner who is bankrupt, these sums are even more significant.
And to think, self-checkout stations were designed to cut the cost of employees. Through this form of self-service, customers can check themselves out as fast or as slowly as they choose to. They don’t even have to interact with supermarket employees anymore (God forbid we have to say thank you at some point).
The problem comes when people start trying schemes as Milner has done. That’s where the trouble lies. Accordingly, companies must now figure out how to keep people from taking advantage of the self-service option because who wants dishonest customers anyway?