Locking carts to prevent thefts at Fred Meyer

Locking carts to prevent thefts at Fred Meyer


TOGETHER TO HELP NARROW THE SEARCH FOR THREE OF THEIR KIDS STILL MISSING. JEFF: NEW AT 4:30, ACCORDING TO POLICE, RETAIL STORES IN OUR — STOPPING THESE FROM WALKING AROUND — WALKING AWAY WITH THOUSANDS OF VIOLENCE. JENNIFER: BUT AS LISA BALICK SHOWS US, FRED MEYER IS ROLLING OUT A NEW DEVICE TO KEEP SHOPLIFTERS FROM LEAVING WITH THE MERCHANDISE. LISA: SHOPLIFTING IS SUCH A BIG PROBLEM STORES ARE TRYING NEW WAYS TO STOP THESE AT THE DOOR. AT THE JOHNSON CREEK FRED MEYER STORE, THESE GROCERY CARTS ARE A NEW WEAPON IN FIGHTING SHOPLIFTING. THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE WHEELS. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS. YOU FILL UP YOUR CARD AND HEAD TO A CHECK STAND. IT WILL DEACTIVATE THE LOCKING SO YOU CAN LEAVE THE STORE. LISA: IF YOU DON’T GO THROUGH A CHECK STAND, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CART? IT WILL LOCK AT THE ENTRYWAY. LISA: THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT SHOPLIFTERS FROM LOADING UP A CART AND THEN HEADING OUT THE DOORS WITHOUT PAYING. IT IS TOUGH FOR STORE SECURITY TO DETAIN SOMEONE INSIDE THE STORE SUSPECTED OF SHOPLIFTING WHEN THE THIEF COULD SAY THEY WERE PLANNING TO PAY. IT DOES HELP PREVENT LOSS IN OUR STORES, DEFINITELY. WE WOULD HAVE CERTAIN INCIDENTS WHERE THINGS GO OUT THE DOOR SO NOW WE CAN BE MORE AWARE OF IT AND IT SETS OFF A CAMERA, OUR LOSS PREVENTION HAS TO LOOK AT THE CAMERA IN VIEW EVERY TIME THE DOORS GO OFF. LISA: WE DID SEE SOME PEOPLE WHO PAID — SORRY ABOUT THAT. LISA: BUT THEIR CARTS LOCKED AS THEY TRIED TO LEAVE. STORE SECURITY HAS A QUICK RELEASE DEVICE TO HELP THEM ON THEIR WAY. THERE ARE SOME TECHNICAL BUGS THEY ARE WORKING OUT WITH THE CARTS. IT DOES NEED TO BE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE SENSOR FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS, NORMALLY THE TIME IT TAKES A LITTLE SHOPPING CART. LISA: THE CARTS DO HAVE SIGNS TO EXPLAIN THE LOCKING DEVICES. CUSTOMERS WE TALKED WITH LIKE THE IDEA. I SUPPORT THE IDEA, PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS. LISA: FRED MEYER TELLS ME IT HAS 7 STORES IN THE PORTLAND AREA WITH THE LOCKING DEVICE ON THE

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  1. As you can see paying customers are already having problems with the locking wheels… It’s funny that companies will spend thousands to prevent retail theft only for a thief to trick their technology with some basic around the house shit leaving these new measures to do nothing but irritate the rest of us customers…

  2. What a stupid piece of crap !!!! What brainless idiot invented this ????? I went to the East Salem Fred Meyer in Salem Oregon today. Didn't know about the cart. I didn't see any notification on the cart warning me about this stupid thing.
    I picked up the cart on the sidewalk outside the store, and did my shopping, but didn't find the item I wanted. So, like usual as I do at the other Fred Meyer I usually go to, I started to put my cart back where they go inside the door. Then these stupid wheels locked, and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it and I kept trying to unstick the wheels. Until finally someone from the store told me about it.
    This has got to be the dumbest invention I've ever seen. It just made me feel like a fool.
    I could see this on the parameter of the parking lot. That makes sense. But, at the exit to the store? NO !!!!!!!!
    I'll never shop at Fred Meyer or any store where they have these at the exit to the store.
    BIG FAIL !!!!!!

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