Go Home And Tell Your Mom What You Did

, , , , , | Right | CREDIT: 5sosfan4life | May 22, 2021

I was stationed at the self-checkout of a home improvement store and I had a guy come through with $400 worth of tools. All seemed fine until he went to swipe his store credit card and the register alerted me that he needed assistance.

I walked over to him and scanned my badge to switch the register to assisted checkout mode, finally discovering the “call credit center” message on the screen. No big deal, right? Wrong.

I informed the guy I’d have to call to get the transaction approved and he started acting super shady — fidgeting back and forth, getting really huffy that I was taking so long, the works.

I called the credit center, and when the representative asked me for the name on the card, I realized something was off. The name on the card was a pretty common woman’s name and this guy didn’t seem to fit that bill. I asked him about it and asked for an ID to verify, and all of a sudden, he tried to pull the “Oh, this is my mom’s card” trick on me. He asked me if I wanted him to go get her from the parking lot.

Of course, I said yes; not all the red flags had gone up in my mind yet. He hurried out the door without another word. My manager had been standing nearby at the exit door watching this all go down and told me to give the guy four minutes to come back and then void the transaction if he didn’t.

Well, surprise, surprise… He didn’t. According to my manager, the guy was walking back and forth outside for a little bit before he just left. Maybe he was trying to find a woman he could potentially rope into going along with this scheme. I don’t know. Regardless, my store narrowly avoided a loss and both my manager and our asset protection associate were extremely pleased that I was able to put a stop to the shenanigans.

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