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An attorney is warning consumers about those convenient self-checkout kiosks in big box stores and supermarkets.

In a viral TikTok video, attorney and influencer Carrie Jernigan explains that self-checkout counters can cost you thousands of dollars.

"As a criminal defense attorney, I advise most people to steer clear of self-checkout," she said.

She added that big box stores like Costco use security footage to accuse innocent customers of theft.

While there are actual cases of shoplifting, the people who end with theft charges are innocent shoppers.

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Jernigan said people using self-serve checkouts are accused of stealing items they rightfully purchased or never picked up.

"Most of these [customers] are not getting charged day of," she explained. She said someone in the store's asset protection department counts inventory, and discovers the theft, days, weeks or months later.

"So they will begin watching hours of video to see the last person who checked out with the Mario Lego set because they're two short or an Xbox game. And, for some reason, they pinpoint that they think you did it," she said.

"The charges that could land you up to a year in jail. You have to spend thousands of dollars hiring a lawyer and we have to go through grainy video footage to try to determine what all you bought that day."

Jernigan advised shoppers to avoid the self-checkout, and always pay with a credit card.

Question: Do you use the self-checkout kiosk? Do you plan to continue?

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Actor Ricky Schroder has apologized for his tirade at a Costco supervisor for denying him entrance to a store without a face mask over the weekend.

The former child star filmed his rant toward the supervisor, named Jason, after he was denied entry into the California store without a mask. Schroder reminded Jason that the corporate office dropped the mask mandate on Friday. But Jason didn't budge. He informed Schroder that California law still mandates masks.

Schroder called for a boycott of all Costco stores in California. His video went viral on Sunday, with many social media users choosing sides.

The conservative actor now admits he may have gone too far. In a follow-up video he apologized to Jason, who was only following store policy.

"Jason, nothing personal. I'm not upset with you or anybody in the position like you have, who works for a living," the former NYPD Blue star said. "I understand you were following your laws and rules. I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords and I'm sorry that I had to use you to do it. And if I hurt your feelings, I apologize."

But he made it clear he's not softening his anti-mask stance, adding, "I want us all to go back to the way it was. I don't want this COVID reality they want, these COVID passports. I just don't want it. And neither should you."

Last November, it was revealed that the "Silver Spoons" star helped bail out Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two armed protesters during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.

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Hundreds lined up outside Costco stores on both coasts to buy food, water and other essentials amid Coronavirus fears as 2nd death in U.S. is confirmed.

Americans as far away as Hawaii were in panic mode, stripping store shelves bare of water and bread. Costco stores in Washington state, where the first Coronavirus death was reported last week, purchased every pallet of water and toilet paper.

A YouTube video showed hundreds of people standing in the freezing cold outside a Costco store at 9 a.m. in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday.

Another video shows panic shoppers grabbing economy size rolls of toilet paper off shelves at a Costco store in Seattle, Washington.

President Trump urged people to remain calm on Friday, but his words fell on deaf ears.

Despite earlier reports of hundreds of deaths in China alone, the Wuhan coronavirus (aka Covid-19) has not turned out to be the deadly pathogen that some experts had predicted.

The typical flu virus, for which there is a vaccine, has killed over 14,000 people so far in the U.S. alone.

19 million Americans have been sickened by the flu and 40,000 are expected to die by the time flu season is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Yet no one is panicking over catching the flu.

The coronavirus kills 1% of infected people globally. Most of the deaths are elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.

Influenza virus and Covid-19 are highly contagious virus that cause serious respiratory problems. But Covid-19 also attacks the heart and kidneys - two organs that express ACE2 enzymes, which the virus needs to enter human cells.

Black people of African descent have less ACE2 enzymes than Caucasians. So we are not at risk. Children have much less ACE2 than we do, so they are not affected. No child under age 10 has died from the coronavirus anywhere in the world.

Most people infected with the coronavirus have recovered. The coronavirus has killed a grand total of 2 people in the U.S. - yet people are in panic mode.

Even if the coronavirus kills 1,000 more people in the U.S. (which isn't likely to happen) - that statistic would still pale in comparison to deaths caused by the typical flu virus in America.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus: wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds; don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with sick people; stay home if you are sick; clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.