Could tech beat organized shoplifters at their own game?

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In recent years, shoplifting has become a sophisticated criminal operation, costing retail stores billions of dollars annually. To combat this issue, the Loss Prevention Research Council is testing new technologies in a prototype store that aim to prevent shoplifting. These technologies range from requiring facial recognition before retrieving an item from a shelf to scanning a QR code or entering a phone number to access the item. However, some consumers view these technologies as inconvenient and an invasion of privacy. The article questions whether these technologies are just band-aids for a larger societal issue and explores why individuals choose a life of shoplifting. Overall, the article highlights the need for innovative solutions to combat organized and sophisticated shoplifters while considering privacy concerns.

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