Brits steal £1.6 billion from self-service tills
Self-service tills are a plague on British society, coming over here and taking all our humans' jobs. Worse still is that they coldly bark 'unexpected item in the bagging area' at you when you haven't put anything unexpected in there at all. And then a red light flashes for some reason, meaning a human has to complete part of your transaction anyway, meaning the process is more laborious than the old, perfectly good system.
Still, it has some benefits as British folk have found it is much easier to steal from self service tills because they lack the eyes of their human colleagues. Almost one of every five shoppers have stolen things for this very reason, costing shops £1.6 billion.
A report says that the average Brit makes off with £15 worth of products every month, which is only right. Why? Well, seeing as you're expected to do the work of checking out yourself, you should be reimbursed for your troubles.
Over half of the thieves polled said they're stealing items because they got sick of products not scanning properly and the things most likely to be nabbed are sweets, fruit and veg, toiletries and stuff from the bakery.
Crispian Strachan, a former chief constable with Northumbria Police and a teacher at Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology, told The Mirror: "Shop theft has often been thought of as a victimless crime. What people have always done is rationalise it to themselves as something that 'nobody will notice anyway', but I don't see it like that at all."
Maybe shops will need to hire some more humans to act as security guards? That'll revitalise the economy, eh?