Kroger Customer Switches Food Price Tags, Igniting Debate On Whether It's Considered Stealing

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Chisom Ndianefo

We're all always looking for a way to pay less for items without resorting to fraudulent means, however, a TikToker's new tip has sparked a debate online between being smart and being fraudulent. This person (@poppajack) shared his secret through a TikTok video and captioned it:

"They're never gonna know, how would they know"

Well, with over 22.9 million views and counting, we all know. His video also has 53,800-plus shares, 434,900-plus likes, and over 6,000 comments.

Poppa Jack's Shopping Trick

In the short 8-second clip, Poppa Jack has a Kroger shopping cart containing a peach, salmon and other items. He removes the peach tag with a barcode and sticks it on the salmon so that he can scan it at the self-checkout at the peach's value.

This video sparked a conversation due to its malicious intent (to scam Krogers) while some users pointed out the flaw in the "trick."

Commenters Debate The Morality And Legality Of The Trick

Some commenters chastised him for giving away trade secrets while others said it wouldn't work. Here's what people said,

"Worked in a store for 17 years, fruit doesn't scan😳" "Dude what you doing giving out all the secrets!!!!" "unexpected item in the bagging area, please remove the last item" 😂😂😂😂😂

- this person pointed out a likely occurrence.

"Nah, My coinscience comes with me everywhere, I'm good." "Me at Whole Foods getting lamb chops but scanning them as lemons 😭" "It’s all good until you have to weigh it 😅"

Shoplifting On The Rise

With clips like this, it's no surprise that shoplifting has reached an all-time high lately, and companies are working to check "The Switcheroo" as it's called. There's also the "Pass Around" when your item escapes the conveyor belt without scanning, and the all-time favorite "Banana Trick" which involves scanning expensive items with the barcode of a cheaper product like this shopper did. The Atlantic says it's more common with self-checkouts than any other type of payment. The Guardian calls people who do this "opportunistic shoplifters."

Prevention Tips For Cashiers

According to Loss Prevention Media, there's a new department in most stores called Loss Prevention where workers monitor customers at the self-checkout tills. For security inspectors and cashiers, the best way to catch this fraud is to check for the same items showing up consecutively instead of as a unit (the way it normally should be). Also, cross-check the weight against the item to flag impossible numbers.