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Category: Criminal/Illegal

Scammer Scanner

| Sydney, NSW, Australia | At The Checkout, Criminal/Illegal, Liars & Scammers

(I am cutting fabric for one customer, while another coworker is serving a man who has a basket full of stock. The man has the basket on a lower ledge attached the service counter and is putting items on the counter for scanning. I look up to see him put the last two items on the counter, and he then puts one item back in the basket.)

Coworker: *hands him the bag* “That will be [total], please.”

Me: “Sir, can you pass me the basket if you no longer need it, please?”

(The customer takes the item from the basket and drops it into the bag before passing the basket over.)

Me: “Sorry, can I check that item you just put in the bag? Did you buy it before or from somewhere else? If so I need to see a receipt.”

Customer: “She scanned it already.”

Me: “I don’t know whether she did or not. We’ll need to check it.”

Customer: *pulling the item out of bag and handing it to coworker* “It was scanned.”

Coworker: *to me* “How do I check?”

Me: “Just scan it; if it’s already been scanned it will show two in the quantity column.”

(My coworker scans it. The item is added to the bottom of the screen, the quantity clearly showing one.)

Coworker: “What does that mean?”

Me: “It means it wasn’t scanned in the first place.”

(The customer pays and quickly leaves the store.)

Coworker: “How did you know it wasn’t scanned?”

Me: “I saw him put it on the counter and then immediately put it back in the basket. It’s why I asked him for the basket.”

Coworker: “I can’t believe he just did that in front of his kids!”

Crime Has Reached A Tipping Point

, | YK, Canada | Criminal/Illegal, Extra Stupid, Money

(I’m at a local fair selling my arts and crafts. One of the things I do is make pins on the spot for people, and I have a sample of each pin design on display on a board. They’re very popular with kids as they’re only $2 each, so there are a few kids at the table. Most are pretty young, but this one was about 10.)

Older Kid: “Can I have a pin of [design]?”

Me: “Sure! $2 please!”

Older Kid: *puts a $5 bill on the table*

Me: “Okay, just one second. Let me just make it for you!”

(I make the pin, and then hand it to the kid and pick up the $5.)

Me: “Here you go, kiddo! Let me just get you your change!”

Older Kid: “Thanks!” *he looks at the board, then suddenly grabs a display pin and RUNS from the table*

Husband: *sitting next to me* “… Did he just steal a pin?”

Me: *holds up the $5 bill* “Looks more like he tipped us!”

Gunning For That Sale

| USA | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Politics

(I have been working with this customer for a little over an hour and a half. He picks out his rifle, ammo, cleaning kit, scope – the whole nine yards. I am excited because we get commission on what we sell. We finally get to the point where we fill out paperwork, background check, etc.)

Me: “Okay, sir. Now that we have everything ready, if you can, please let me see your ID so we can get the paperwork started?”

Customer: “No, I don’t need to do paperwork.”

Me: *thinking he’s joking, I laugh*

(Awkward silence.)

Customer: “So… are you gonna ring me up?”

Me: “You need to fill out the paperwork so I can perform a background check first.”

Customer: “Look, I’m a police officer. I don’t need to do the paperwork.”

Me: “Uh, yes, you do. Everyone needs to do paperwork for a firearm purchase, even the president.”

Customer: “I don’t give a s*** about the president. Now, are you going to sell me the rifle or not?”

Me: “Are you going to fill out the paperwork?”

Customer: “Nope. *turns and leaves*

Me: *screams internally*

(He came back the next day trying to buy the same rifle but with another employee. I told him the story from the day before. He told the customer to leave. Never saw him again.)

An Attention Deficit Disorder

| PA, USA | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal

(A patron grabs a pair of our headphones, puts them in her purse, and starts walking away.)

Me: “Ma’am, you can’t take our headphones away from the computer area.”

Patron: “Oh. I didn’t think you were paying attention, so I just took them. Is that okay?”

Me: “…no. No, it isn’t.”

Praying The Layaway Away

| Taylor, MI, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Extra Stupid, Money

(I work in a layaway service that has the option to cancel your layaway anytime you want.)

Customer: “Hi, I just need to do a couple things today. I want to make a regular payment on one and pay the other one off.”

Me: “Okay, I just need to see your ID. Do you want to do the payment first?”

Customer: “I want to cancel one and take both out.”

Me: *thinking I misheard* “Oh, sorry. I thought you wanted to make a payment and pay one off.”

Customer: “No. I’m not making a payment, but I’m taking both out.”

Me: “…I’m sorry? So you don’t want to cancel?”

Customer: “No, I do want to cancel one! I want them both right now though!”

Me: “So, you want me to take the one layaway out so you can buy it up front?”

Customer: “No, what? I want my things, but I want my refund, too.”

Me: “… Ma’am, if I’m hearing you right, I can’t give you your items if you don’t pay for it. You need to pay it off first.”

Customer: “No one would have to know though, right? Just put it through as a refund and give me my stuff and my money. You’re going to be taking it out anyway. It’s easy.”

Me: “… I can’t do that. That would be stealing.”

Customer: “But I picked out the stuff myself! Whatever. I’ll come back later when someone actually WANTS to help me. You get confused too easy!”

(She then walked off. Turned out she did try to come back and ask for a ‘refund,’ but was quickly taken care of by security when she began to throw a fit over ‘poor service!’)

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