Blind Shopper Blames Inaccessible Self-Checkout for Shoplifting; Is Found Guilty Anyway

A legally blind man was found guilty of shoplifting from a Walmart in North Conway, New Hampshire. His lawyer argued the theft was accidental and happened because the self-checkout kiosks at the store are unfriendly to visually disabled persons.

Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind sued Walmart last year over the kiosks, alleging they are not entirely accessible to blind customers.

Andrew Airey, 39, was accused of bagging items without scanning them on five occasions between May 4, 2018 and July 3, 2018, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. He was arrested at the store during the July 3 trip.

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During Airey’s trial, a loss-prevention officer for the store testified that Airey walked out of the Walmart that day with 37 items valued at nearly $148 that he hadn’t paid for…

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