GROCERY store employees have spoken out about why they won’t stop shoplifters after Walmart recently announced that an increase in theft could lead to price hikes.
According to the National Retail Federation, theft has been a problem not only for Walmart but for retailers across the United States as shoplifting has hit record levels during the pandemic.
According to the NRF, in 2021, retailers will spend a total of $94 billion on inventory.
These losses are mainly related to shoplifting, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A Washington grocery union representative told WKYT that most of the workers they represent are advising against shoplifting.
This is because the employee, shoplifter and other shoppers are at risk of injury during the altercation, which could lead to a lawsuit.
According to a survey conducted by the NRF, “organized retail crime” committed by groups of people will increase by 26.5 percent in 2021.
And in December 2022, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told CNBC that “theft is a problem” at his stores.
“It’s above historical levels,” he said.
If the issue is not resolved, “prices will go up and/or stores will close,” McMillon warned.
Walmart has made significant efforts to combat shoplifters.
One way a store can deter shoplifters is to hide its products from hands that easily swipe items.
Reddit users have claimed on the Walmart subreddit that the store has started using spider wrap security devices to combat theft from their meat wall.
“I’ve seen meat wrapped in a spider, that looks pretty gross to me,” read one comment.
“They don’t stack up well when you roll them up. And is there anyone to clean the spider roll?”
Another Walmart customer claimed on Quora that she and her girlfriend had to go through four anti-theft measures to buy $2 worth of makeup protected by Plexiglas.
All the couple had to do was press a button on the wall, which would alert a Walmart employee to open the case.
When an employee came to help, he took the make-up and locked it in a portable Plexiglass case with an alarm sensor and an ink mark.
The couple then had to go to the cashier, who had to call the manager to open the case so they could buy $2 worth of makeup.