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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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TikTok influencer Pearl Maynor found the love of her dreams in prison.

Pearl met "Paul" while he was serving a 15-year sentence behind bars. Through letters exchanged over several months, the two lovebirds grew closer.

When he was released after 15 years, Pearl was there waiting for him at the prison gates.

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According to MTO News, Pearl was a teacher with a masters degree, who earned a six-figure salary. She quit her stable job to become a successful travel blogger. But the only thing missing in her life was a good man.

Pearl found the man of her dreams in Paul, who has never cheated on her. Tey eventually married soon after he became a free man.

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Pearl went viral after posting videos and photos of her husband being lavished with pedicures and shopping sprees.

Dr. Phil says women who love men behind bars have low-self esteem. However, Pearl says she is a confident woman who knows a good man when she sees one.

Some women prefer ex-convicts who just completed a 15+ year sentence because they are guaranteed to be single when they get out.

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TikTok influencer Rory Teasley (right) died after his boyfriend of 10 years allegedly strangled him during a fight over a video game. He was 28.

According to Michigan's Oakland County Sheriff's Department, officers responded to a 911 call from Docquen Jovo Watkins in Pontiac, Michigan on Thursday.

Watkins, 31, told the 911 dispatcher that he and Teasley had a fight over a video game, according to Click On Detroit.

Watkins, 31, told police that Teasley was now "sleeping" on the couch.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Teasley unresponsive at the apartment. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Watkins told investigators he and Teasley fought over a shooting game called "Overwatch."

He was arrested and charged with homicide and is being held without bond at the Oakland County Jail.

Teasley was best known for posting comedy and dance videos on TikTok under the username @too2pump4tv. He had over 200,000 followers and millions of views on his videos.

@too2pump4tv The Queen @Beyoncé On Tik Tok Awe Shiiit ???????? #Fyp #ForYouPage #Beyonce #BeyonceChallenge #Mood #TeamAries #Aries #2Pump4Tv ? Freakumdresschallenge - b.beyonce

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TikTok star Anthony Barajas is on life support after a shooting at a California theater claimed the life of his girlfriend.

The 19 year old TikTok influencer was mortally wounded during a shooting at a movie theater in Corona, California on July 26.

Anthony Barajas is a TikTok star who uses the name @itsanthonymichael and has more than one million followers.

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Anthony and his friend Rylee Goodrich, 18, were watching horror film "The Forever Purge" when they were shot inside the theater.

Rylee was reported dead at the scene. Anthony is on life support in an intensive care unit.

Theater workers didn't hear gunshots. They found the victims while cleaning out the theater after the movie ended at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

"During the actual movie time, no one apparently heard the gunshot," employee Kailyn Dillon told CBSLA Tuesday.

"I know that we do have security bag checks that we do on the daily and, unfortunately, I'm not sure if just was missed or if it was in a holster on their belt," she said.

Receipts show a total of six tickets were purchased for that showing of "The Forever Purge" film.

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Detectives arrested Joseph Jimenez, 20, on Tuesday, July 27, after issuing a search warrant. A motive has not yet been revealed.

Anthony's cousin, Jamie Bacon, shared a heartbreaking update to Twitter on Wednesday, writing:

"My cousin was shot on Monday night. He won't make it. The family could use help with medical bills and beyond. At the very least, prayers, thoughts, vibes needed please."

Rylee's cousin, Ashley-Starr Cole, said Rylee was shot in the back of her head by someone sitting behind her in the theater. Anthony was also shot in the back of the head.

The family has created a GoFundMe.com to raise donations to cover Rylee's medical costs.

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Friend of the blog Wendy Williams was roasted on social media after she shaded a TikTok star who was shot to death.

Swavy, real name Matima Miller, was best known for his dance videos and comedy skits on TikTok.

Wendy correctly acknowledged that no one in her studio audience had ever heard of him.

"I have no idea who this person is ... neither does one person in this building," she said.

Someone tweeted out a clip of the segment on Thursday night and Wendy's name trended for the worst possible reason (disrespecting the dead).

The clip garnered millions of views and nearly as many angry comments. Donations poured into a GoFundMe account to raise money for Swavy's funeral expenses.

Trey Smith, who tweeted the clip, wrote: "i don't know what i thought was gonna happen here but it's so far past what i thought was gonna happen here."
 

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Actor Chris Evans is politely flattered that singer Lizzo flirted with him in his Instagram DMs over the weekend.

The "Captain America" star confirmed the "Good as Hell" singer drunkenly slid in his DMs with a flirty message.

"No shame in a drunk DM," Evans wrote in response to Lizzo, who shared a screenshot of their exchange in a TikTok video.

"God knows I've done worse on this app lol," he added. He was referring to the penis photo he accidentally posted to Instagram in September.

The Grammy-award winning singer shared her original DM on TikTok. "Don't drink and DM, kids, for legal porpoises [sic] this is a joke."

In the accompanying video, she lip-synched audio from Tatayanna Mitchell that said, "The reason I'm upset about this one is because I know I'm not gonna be able to marry him, and honestly, it hurt me to the core. Because damn papa, he a rare breed, no comparing. Like, Chris."

Last month, Lizzo appeared to finally find love, as she appeared to kiss a Black man in paparazzi photos.

But Lizzo denied the rumor, posting a video of herself with the caption, "SINGLE."

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Now that Kanye West is on the brink of divorce from socialite Kim Kardashian, men are crawling out of the woodwork trying to claim him.

TikTok personality Cole Carrigan, who claimed Kanye arranged a hotel hookup with him, is now backtracking.

Page Six reported on Friday that Cole, a makeup artist by trade with over 350,000 followers, claimed Kanye's former bodyguard, Steve Stanulis, arranged a hotel rendezvous with Kanye at a W Hotel in November.

But Cole backtracked after he received a cease-and-desist from Stanulis's lawyer, who slammed Cole's allegations as "completely and entirely false."

The attorney added that Stanulis, "denies, in the strongest terms, all of these false and defamatory statements," and said Stanulis had never heard of Cole.

On Sunday, Cole posted a video in which he apologized to Kanye and Kim for making up a story about them for 'likes' and 'follows'. He claimed he manufactured the story because Kanye "voted for Trump."

Noting that lawsuits are very expensive to defend, Cole said:

"In order to for me to stay out of court and not get sued, I have to issue an apology to Mr. West and Kim Kardashian West. So hi, Kim, if you're watching this, I am so sorry, I honestly did this for the simple fact that your husband voted for Trump, and we simply can't have that clownery in America, so you're welcome."

He added: "Second of all, I hope this doesn't ruin the chances of me getting on the KKW p.r. list, because I've been dying for those contour sticks."

KKW is Kim's makeup line.

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Popular TikTok user Zoe Laverne, 19, has apologized for kissing a 13-year-old boy named Connor. She insists she is not part of the left's campaign to normalize pedophilia on social media.

Fans grew concerned about the nature of close Zoe's relationship with Connor - also a TikTok personality - after she split from her ex, Cody Orlove.

Cody later insisted he left Zoe "because of her interactions with Connor," which, "got very intense and it's something I do not stand by what so ever. It's pedophilia."

Days later, a video of Zoe and Connor kissing surfaced online, prompting Zoe to release a video apology in which she says she, "didn't groom Connor, I wouldn't do that".

"He's a kid and I'm aware of that. It just happened," says Zoe. "We both were in a dark place when we first became friends and we both just ended up catching feelings for each other. And friends do that, they catch feelings for each other. That's not a bad thing."

According to London's DailyMail.com, Connor, who uses the TikTok handle @cxnnorjoyce, addressed the controversy in his own posts to social media, insisting Zoe "did not rape" him.
 

 

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The White House will begin blocking app downloads of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday, Sept. 20, Tech Crunch reports.

The U.S. Commerce Department will enforce shutdowns of TikTok and WeChat, after President Donald Trump announced plans in August to ban the apps in this country amid security concerns.

Despite the ban on TikTok downloads this Sunday, a November 12 reprieve gives Chinese-owned TikTok until after the election to complete a complicated purchase deal with Oracle, Walmart and their partners without an interruption in service.

According to Businessinsider.com, "Oracle would own a minority stake in TikTok of less than 20%, while Walmart is also expected to take a stake in the popular social media company."

Walmart CEO Doug McMillion would likely have a seat on a new US board of directors for TikTok's American operations, CNBC reported.

"Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," said Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement.

"At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations."

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Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo says the United States is considering banning the Chinese app TikTok due to concerns over national security.

In an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Pompeo said the U.S. government may ban TikTok, which is wildly popular with American children and young adults.

TikTok is a community sharing app that focuses on dance, free-style or performance content videos created by children.

Pompeo said TikTok, which uses Huawei and ZTE technology, is a danger to U.S. national security.

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"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones. I can assure you the United States will get this one right too."

He warned TikTok users that their private data is at risk and could get into "the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

In response to Pompeo's warnings, a TikTok spokesperson said they have "never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked."
 

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TikTok teenagers and K-Pop fans claimed responsibility for thousands of empty seats at President Donald Trump's first campaign rally in 3 months on Saturday night.

Trump is accustomed to speaking before packed arenas during his campaign rallies, but Saturday night's rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma was barely half full. The BOK Center has a 19,000-seat capacity.

The half-empty arena almost looked like a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert tour.

Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, had boasted on Twitter that the campaign received requests for more than 1 million tickets.

But reporters at the event on Saturday quickly noted the attendance was much lower than expected. Trump's campaign had events planned for the overflow crowd that was expected outside the arena. But the events were cancelled because there was no overflow crowd.

Within minutes after the rally ended, hundreds of teens took to TikTok to take responsibility for the embarrassing turnout.

The teenagers claimed they registered thousands of free tickets to the rally using their cellphones after @TeamTrump posted a tweet on June 11 asking supporters to register for free tickets.

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Fans of the Korean pop group BTS encouraged other teens to register for the rally -- and then not show up.

"It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism," said YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26. "K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want."

Daniel said the teens deleted their posts so the news media wouldn't catch on to their plan and alert the Trump campaign.

"The majority of people who made them deleted them after the first day because we didn't want the Trump campaign to catch wind. These kids are smart and they thought of everything."

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Lizzo has accused popular video-sharing site TikTok of removing video clips of her wearing skimpy bathing suits that barely cover her ample curves.

The 31-year-old singer took to the app on Wednesday to share a new video of herself lip-syncing along to a song which repeatedly features the words "I know".

The clip was accompanied by text which read: "TikTok keeps taking down my videos with me in my bathing suits but allows other videos with girls in bathing suits. I wonder why?"

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Implying the videos were being snatched down because of her morbid obesity, Lizzo added: "TikTok... we need to talk" and concluded her post with a single angry-looking emoji.

TikTok has yet to respond to the "Truth Hurts" singer's allegations.

TikTok is a video-sharing app that is wildly popular with children, adolescents and teenagers. Adults have flocked to the app since that's where children are.

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It's not the first time Lizzo has faced criticism of her weight.

Fitness expert Jillian Michaels was accused of body-shaming the star last year. The trainer admitted she was unsure why people were "celebrating her body", adding: "I love her music. My kid loves her music. But there's never a moment where I'm like, 'And I'm so glad that she's overweight.'"

Update: TikTok restored Lizzo's swimsuit videos after intense pressure from the star and her social media followers.

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Lizzo's career continues to spiral into the sewer. The singer's fans and backers are disappointed at the levels Lizzo stoops for attention.

The Grammy nominee has been in the news lately for everything except her musical talent. In her latest stunt, the 31-year-old Detroit native is seen in a TikTok video on her knees in front of a man simulating a sex act.

Fans begged Lizzo to stop destroying her career and focus on her music.

One fan tweeted: "Lizzo hunny u have a #1 album and a song you don't have to do this on tiktok pls GET UP."

Another fan wrote: "Lizzo please seek mental help."

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Lizzo quit Twitter after her online beef with Dr. Boyce Watkins, who claimed her popularity was due to the "obesity epidemic in America."

TikTok is a Chinese mobile android app that allows young users to upload short video music video clips to share with their teenage friends.
 

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