Stores such as Costco pay their workers very well, because of this, their workers are more diligent and actually scan every item.
The only time I didn't pay for two items at Costco, was when a female worker was too busy flirting with a hot guy cashier across from her, she must have screwed up often, because she is no longer there. For some reason, the exit door checker didn't notice the two items weren't scanned.
The exit door workers usually always count every time against the receipt they are required to check.
A few weeks ago, I bought a a very sturdy shopping cart at Costco. It was under the store's cart and the exit door checker saw the cart immediately.
As she looked over my receipt, she told me she didn't see the cart marked as paid for. For some reason the cart was not the first item the cashier had scanned, the cart price was somewhere in the middle of my fairly long list of items on the receipt. The exit checker found it and I left.
I can't believe most of the stories here! Where do you guys live, in flyover land? Half this shit wouldn't fly in New York, I guess NY store workers are so happy to have any job, they are more diligent re catching shoplifters.
The biggest load of bullshit here are the posts re putting items in those Rubbermaid totes and not paying for them! Anytime I put items into Rubbermaid totes, usually small items which would fall through the openings in the shopping cart, the cashiers immediately opened the Rubbermaid tote to see if any items were inside.
Not once would they simply scan a closed Rubbermaid tote through without checking and even if they didn't check the tote, the cashier could feel the extra heaviness if you had heavy items inside. I call bullshit on getting away with stealing in that manner.
If you are truly poor, instead of constantly stealing, you need to apply for WIC food stamps! If you have money and are doing this for fun, you need to see a shrink!
As many smart people have posted, the losses eventually gets passed on to the honest consumers in the form of higher prices. It's already bad enough that most items are now less weight-wise, yet we pay the same prices.