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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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Walmart is offering college graduates the opportunity to earn a salary of $210,000 a year within 2 years of being hired.

Walmart offered to fast-track college graduates into management roles with its new "College2Career" program being launched this summer.

The retail giant will launch the new careers program which gives qualified applicants a chance to earn a six-figure salary within 2 years of being hired.

Qualified applicants will earn a starting salary of $65,000 with increases and bonuses based on performance, according to a statement on Sunday.

"This is just the beginning," a spokesperson said in the statement. He added that the average salary for Walmart store managers nationwide was $210,000 in 2021.

Normally it could take as many as 10 years for a Walmart employee to progress to a six-figure salary. But the College2Career program escalates promotion to store manager within 2 years.

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Rihanna is reportedly planning to open Savage X Fenty retail stores next year. It isn't clear if the Savage X Fenty stores will be open to small business owners who hope to open a franchise.

According to Business Insider, Christiane Pendarvis, chief marketing and design officer of Savage X Fenty, there will "absolutely" be physical stores opening in the U.S. next year.

Pendarvis said the company is meeting the demand from customers who want to walk into a brick and mortar store to try on the merchandise before buying.

"Fit and comfort are so important," she said, adding that there are "customers who don't feel comfortable purchasing online."

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Rihanna recently hosted Vol. 3 of the Savage X Fenty fashion show on Amazon TV.

Rihanna's star-studded lineup included pop singer Normani, actress Thuso Mbedu, models Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, Jeremy Pope, Leiomy Adriana Lima, Alek Wek, pop artists Erykah Badu, Nas, Daddy Yankee, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, and more.

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"They gave me a platform and a stage to show this dynamic show that we've been able to put together," the semi-retired pop singer told The Hollywood Reporter last week.

"I think the challenge every year is to make it better than the previous one and this year we went bigger, we went better, and I'm very proud of every part of the show."

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Publix will no longer require fully vaccinated shoppers to wear masks at their supermarkets, company officials said on Friday. Employees are also free to work without masks. The new policy went into effect on Saturday.

Trader Joe's was the first major grocery chain to drop mask mandates for employees and customers after the CDC issued new guidance.

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CVS, Walmart and Costco also changed their policy regarding masks. Customers who are fully vaccinated can roam about the stores without masks.

The no mask policy by major retailers does not require proof of vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Thursday, ending mask mandates indoors for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

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Publix's Twitter account responded to questions regarding non-vaccinated shoppers going maskless inside stores. A Publix rep said shoppers will be on the honor system.

"Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be reminded of face covering requirements through store entrance signage. We expect everyone in our stores to do their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19."

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Kid Cudi went viral on social media after he paid tribute to late grunge rock singer Kurt Cobain by wearing a dress on SNL.

As a result of the media frenzy over Cudi's summer frock, retail stores are stocking summer dresses for male-identified shoppers.

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Cudi's floral print dress, designed by Virgil Abloh for Off-White, features a fitted bodice and spaghetti straps.

It's similar to the floral print house coat Cobain wore during his live performances with Nirvana. Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5, 1994 in Seattle, Washington.

The trend toward menswear dresses as casual wear was popularized by gender bending celebrities such as singer Harry Styles, and rappers Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert.

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Times have changed, and men are beginning to warm up to the idea of wearing their girlfriends' and wives' feminine attire.

Some men even date women with similar dress and shoe sizes so they can shop for clothes together.

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More men are looking forward to shopping a large selection of menswear dresses in department stores and boutiques this summer and fall.

Cudi's spring frock will be part of a new line of feminine menswear designed by Abloh for Off-White.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with Walmart and Target not to abandon the city after looters vandalized the big box stores.

After a conference call with Walmart and other retailers that were targeted by looters, Lightfoot said she pleaded with the retailers to reopen and not abandon Chicago.

The stores are closed indefinitely - putting hundreds of employees out of work - after looters stole merchandise and set fires inside the buildings in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"I think in the case of Walmart, what they were focused on was assessing the damage," said Lightfoot, who added the retailers are donating "fresh produce" and other perishables that weren't taken by looters.

There were earlier reports that Walmart would reopen all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said some stores will remain closed permanently.

They didn't say which neighborhoods will be affected.

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The children's clothing company behind a racist monkey T-shirt display released a statement today calling the display a "total misunderstanding." The company was criticized for hanging the monkey T-shirts on hangars featuring a black boy's head. Other T-shirts displayed in the same line featured Caucasian children on the hangars.

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Atlanta shoppers who prefer a more upscale experience will have a new shopping destination this Fall.

Buckhead Atlanta will begin opening stores in September through 2015. The collection of luxury retail shops, apartments and restaurants will span six city blocks at the intersection of Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads.

Standalone stores that are new to the Atlanta area include Spanx (flagship), Scoop NYC, L'Occitane skin care, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Shake Shack, among others.

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