• @Illegal_Prime
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    -45 months ago

    All the stories in this thread are ridiculous, not untrue, but very weird.

    Product loss is a problem, and can threaten a store’s ability to operate, especially in disadvantaged communities where there aren’t many options for shopping. That said, what the fuck is everyone thinking? Why do people care about like one guy not scanning or accidentally taking one item, you’re wasting more resources dealing with it then if you just ignored it.

    The actual solution? Exit gates that open when you scan your receipt, maybe combined with some system that weighs the whole order to make sure it makes sense. Completely automated, no shouting, easy to implement because the technology already exists on transit systems and many other things.

    I don’t get why this is a problem, though I’ve never seen anything like this at any nearby grocery store.

    • @SpaceCowboy@lemmy.ca
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      65 months ago

      What you’re talking about would likely cost around 100K per location. Multiplied by 5000 locations, that’ll run them a cool half a billion dollars. Minimum.

      The real issue is Walmart (and others like them) eliminated local businesses, which replaced decent paying jobs with minimum wage jobs. Then lobbied the government to keep minimum wages down. This had the effect of depressing local economies, creating scenarios where people have to shoplift basic necessities.

      So instead of having massive corporations spending insane amounts of money (or calling the police) which serves to make grocery shopping a dystopian nightmare for everyone, maybe we should consider the root cause of the problem? It seems insane the amount of resources being devoted towards maintaining economic problems.

    • @jivemasta@reddthat.com
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      55 months ago

      Ahh yes, let’s make stores into prisons.

      Or how about we bring back cashier’s, pay people a living wage andaybe they won’t have to resort to stealing.

    • @Pika@sh.itjust.works
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      15 months ago

      some stores are going to that model listed first. Security gates that close when the beeper goes off and doors that are only one direction so you can’t leave/enter from the wrong side.