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The Washington Times reports that "shoppers in the District’s Adams Morgan neighborhood spotted new security gates installed at a Safeway‘s checkouts, opening only when a receipt is scanned."

According to the story, "The grocery store is at 1747 Columbia Road NW and called 'Spanish Safeway' due to the neighborhood’s Hispanic population."

The new gates have generated commentary on social media, with some saying that "gates like these are common in Europe to create a single point of exit that’s easier to monitor."

Others posted that the gates "are easily pushed open, they’re not really keeping anyone inside. Otherwise it would be a fire hazard and enormous hassle for employees. … I can’t attest to their efficacy when operating, but they’re broken or malfunctioning 90% of the time I’m in there."

Albertsons Companies, the parent of Safeway, has not yet responded to a request for comment.

KC's View:

This doesn't sound foolproof by any means, but certainly strikes me as reasonable step to take.

I guess my only suggestion would be that maybe all stores should have these gates.  Or the next iteration, which is using AI to check people as they depart stores.  Seems to me that the technologies exist to make all stores more secure, both at entrances and exits.  Nothing wrong with applying these solutions across the board.