I worked at Walmart – store secrets employees don't want you to know, including how they catch self-checkout thieves

SOME shoppers might look at self-checkout machines as an easy way to steal items they don’t feel like paying for.

It turns out that stealing from Walmart self-checkout machines might be the biggest mistake you can make.

A TikToker by the name of Athenia Maria, aka @ObeyGoddess posted a now-viral TikTok video about her experience as a former Walmart employee.

The video has now amassed over 5 million views from curious people who want to know about Walmart's store secrets.

In the video, Athenia talks about special devices Walmart employees use to keep track of what shoppers are purchasing at self-checkout machines.

She explains how the special device allows Walmart workers to note how many items you’re purchasing, which machine you’re using, and even whether or not you’re purchasing an alcoholic beverage.

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If Walmart employees suspect that you’re stealing merchandise at one of the self-checkout machines, they have an option to pause your machine remotely from their handheld device.

To a shopper, it looks as though the machine is dealing with a general glitch or error.

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Once your self-checkout machine has been remotely paused, you’ll have no choice but to call a Walmart employee over for help.

From there, the employee will go through all the things you’ve scanned so far to make sure nothing is being stolen.

Athenia reveals in the video that in some cases, the Walmart employee will even escort you over to a clerk who can check your items out the old-fashioned way.

Athenia says: “My whole thing with this is… do not steal from Walmart self-checkouts.”

She continues: “They can see everything you’re purchasing [and] everything that you’re scanning. So I highly recommend not to steal from Walmart — you will get caught…”

Someone in her comment section jokingly wrote: “How did I get away with a 4K TV that I scanned as seedless grapes then?”

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Someone else wrote: “I used to work at Walmart too and when people used to steal, I would mind my business. I’m not loss prevention and it’s not coming out [of] my check.”

A lot of Athenia's commenters might find the information she’s sharing to be sort of funny, but it’s obvious Walmart is doing its best to prevent theft from happening in the future.

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