Chain Store Age
GRAPEVINE, Texas - A Wal-Mart customer who was experiencing difficulties with a self-checkout system not working properly was arrested for allegedly punching it out, The Star-Telegram reported.
Joel Wallace Hansen had allegedly scanned two or three items on a self-checkout machine when it locked up while he was in a hurry. Hansen, who is accused of punching and breaking the screen, talked about the incident a day after he was arrested and was released from the Tarrant County Jail on a $1,000 bond. Hansen denied throwing a punch and said he never threatened anyone, despite what employees claim.
Hansen reportedly said that he would work something out with the store about the damage, which was first estimated at $2,000 but has been reduced to $715, and that he should not be charged with criminal mischief.