An average person unfamiliar with food retailing might ask the following question about self-checkout systems: Isn't it possible for someone to avoid scanning an item and thereby get away without paying for it? The answer, of course, is that it's possible, but not likely. Self-checkout manufacturers have gone to great lengths to build anti-theft technology into their systems that generally stymies attempts to skip scanning an item or to scan a pack of gum while bagging prime rib. The ...

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