TikToker Aerostotle Carter has released a series of videos about her, detailing her experiences as a former Walmart employee. She recently went viral for claiming that some of the security cameras throughout the store aren’t actually recording, and joked that viewers can take what they want from certain sections without worrying about being caught.
“Things You Should Know About Walmart From a Former Employee, Part Four,” Carter says in the clip. “These little cameras that are like in toys and shit.” The TikTok then cuts to a still of a video game department at a Walmart store, where a surveillance camera is attached to the product shelf and hovers over the titles.
She continues: “Like these? Go ahead and take whatever you want because it’s not a recording. Doesn’t even work, it’s just there.”
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The Daily Dot spoke to Carter via email about the video. “I’m sure a lot of retail businesses are using some sort of fake recording device to help steal. I can’t speak for every Walmart, but I’ve had my fair share of those that didn’t actually work,” she wrote.
The TikToker added: “Actually, it all came from someone else’s TikTok. I saw it when I was still busy. A guy said those particular cameras weren’t working, and I was like, um, let me check.”
Carter clarified that the video was “just for laughs” and not entirely sure if the cameras were working or not.
“I’ve always said that if I quit I would talk about things like this and honestly it was all for laughs,” she wrote. “While I can’t be 1000% sure if they actually work or not, again, I made the video just for fun, not anything serious.”
According to Fortune, Walmart loses about $3 billion to theft every year. While that number may seem startling, it accounts for 1% of the chain’s $300 billion in annual sales. In comparison, Target made $106 billion in sales in 2022 and reportedly lost $400 million in the same year.
Walmart has implemented new technology in its retail stores in self-checkout areas to curb theft. However, both customers and employees have found that this can often lead to more headaches and, ironically, more theft.
Then there are instances where the missed scan detection allegedly fails, putting customers in humiliating situations where they are accused of theft after attempting to scan items that were not registered by the machine.
Business Insider elaborated further on the chain’s missed scan detection technology, explaining that the cameras at the self-checkout counters are equipped with artificial intelligence. But again, some employees say it’s not that smart.
TikTokers who watched Carter’s video shared some Walmart secrets.
User @thicc_anus said: “Don’t buy any products, they take returns and put them right back on the shelf, no washing or nothing.” Another user @tafariiib wrote: “Look for the red light, no red light definitely takes with what you need.”
There were other commenters who said Carter’s claim wasn’t entirely true, like @icsully3.
“Actually, it depends on what business you’re in,” they wrote. “The high frequency store has the cameras.”
User @_kylale seemed to agree, writing: “[I don’t] I know which Walmart you worked at, but the one I worked at on the cameras was definitely on. AP didn’t play.”
The Daily Dot has reached out to Walmart for further comment.
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*Initial publication: January 8, 2023 9:25 am CST
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