Self-Checkout: Is it Reliable for Selling Alcohol?


This report discusses the results of a study conducted by law students at the Community Economic Development Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). The study grew out of the Clinic’s work with LAANE, which has focused on researching trends in the grocery industry and their impact on economic development in low-income communities. In light of concerns about whether the increased prevalence of self-checkout machines would enhance the risk of illegal alcohol purchases, the reliability of self-checkout machines in monitoring alcohol sales was evaluated.