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Jul. 30th, 2005

story i meant to put down for MY personal records, regardless if it's a fantastic read or not.

i was hit by a swift change artist the other night! i was excited, because i thwarted him completely, and will most likely get a $20 reward for it.

a guy comes in and asks if we have glass cutters. um, no. *mentally adds glass cutters to list of odd things people actually go to an office supply store for, along with 2% milk, ziplock bags, and books on learning guitar* he shops around.

i can't remember what he bought, but his total came to $4.30. he paid me with a fifty, a quarter, and a nickel.

as i'm pulling his $46 change out of the till, he says "awwwwwwwwwww, maaaaaaaaan, i didn't mean to pay you with my fifty, can i buy it back from you?" i look at him and raise an eyebrow. (well, mentally, because i cannot do this RL. so instead of looking fantastically interested in a slightly evil way by raising a single eyebrow, i most likely looked like i had a sudden onslaught of constipation.) he says "just hand both to me, and i'll give you the small bills back to make $50."

I smile at him and shake myhead, take $46 out of my till, and hand it to him. he makes a show of counting up to $50, and hands it to me. i flip the money over and count it. "Um, there's only $48 here. You need to give me $2 more before i give you your $50 bill back."

He falls all over himself in apologies, and counts out two more dollars. After assuring i did now have $50, i handed him his bill. as i'm putting the $50 in my till, he starts talking really fast about different denominations of money. "oh, actually, do you have a $100 bill i can buy from you?" i point to the empty slot in my till that shows that i do not have a 100 at the moment and shake my head. ooh, how about 5 twenties? i would also like to buy five twenties from you, then." (he is saying all of this really fast and repetitively as i'm still putting the two twenties, the five, and five ones in my drawer). "you have fifty there, and here's another fify *hands me the $50 bill*.

this makes sense for a nanosecond, but then i look at him and shake my head. "ha ha, nooooooooo. that's the fifty dollar bill you bought from me with what i just put in my drawer. i can't give you any more change, i'm sorry." he apologizes profusely and races out the door, heading over to petsmart next door (he had admitted when he came in that he had just come from michaels). makes me wonder if he actually succeeded with anyone else at the other stores. knowing some of the people that i worked with, and some of the people that i work with in retail, ESPECIALLY if he hit them when they were even remotely busy and flustered, i'm sure that he did.

i guess everyone has to have hobbies.


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Jul. 30th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
sounds like it could be an extremely profitable hobby! i think i just found a new day job
Jul. 30th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
I remember that happened to me a couple of times when I used to work at Starbucks. Fortunately I always caught on.
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Jul. 30th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
ditto. Now if only I had the money to "buy change with." hmm.... think I can start with getting a dollar bill with fifty cents?
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Jul. 30th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Good work! :)
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Jul. 30th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
no she didn't. 50.30 - 4.30= 46. I do things like that all the time because I hate coins and would rather have bills
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Jul. 30th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
the only thing that would've made this cooler is if the guy looked like joe mantegna.
or hell, if it WAS joe mantegna. he hasn't worked much lately, he probably needs the money
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
ha ha, no it was a big hairy sweaty guy in a wifebeater or a greasy tshirt, i can't remember which.

apparently joe has been saving up all his stuff for an immediate release. is it a comeback? ;)
Jul. 31st, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)

I had to go back and read this twice because it wasn't making sense to me. I knew he was trying to get over but I couldn't detrmain how because when i handle money (I a defly afraid of messing up peoples and my own money so I like to pay great attention) I always use do it like a log, IE: if we are exchaning money there is a time where I consider booth parties to have completed a transaction, so If I ask for change and you give it, I now hold my money and never handle booth monies in my hands at the same time. I've had people try this on me and who knows maybe once or twice I have been beeten but yeah I hate that

this is just horrible I can't stand people that like to try to get over on people, if you can't obtain it on your own what right do you have to go out and try to take it from someone else? I also wish this was like one of the times that stores talked to each other. You know what just happened and I think it would be nice for the last store to tell you or your store to tell the next what he looks like and what he is trying todo and just have a manager shadow the person that is going to check him out.
*brace for geekdom!*

WOULDN'T IT BE COOL if say the stores in the same mall and possibly in the area, to have an intranet and stuff like this would be broadcasted over it! The store manager would get a message saying like quick changer in the area or something and then give a picture and a description!! Yeah that does go into the profiling thing and I'm sure that people could use it for very ery large ammounts of sadness but... that would be cool :P
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
i've suggested that we put together a phone list of all the stores in the area and call them should we get something like that again, or a fax broadcast number. i get refused every time. i guess i SORT of understand, because let's say someone comes in and is weird and stuff, and we broadcast a fax to everyone and it turns out that it's one of their employees? suing could be had.
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
If there is one thing I've learned from watching my new poss its all in finess, all in the way yo u say it. We had one of the new monitors just disappear from a room that should have been in another room and booth locked. now the only people that really had time and access was the maintiance staff, he didn't go in there and accuse them of taking it but he talked with their boss about hte pressing issue and since the everything has been ok.

So I think its possible you just gotta take the soft approach.
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Aug. 1st, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
And there in a nutshell is why I can't ever work retail. I have enough trouble calculating change to be able to deal with someone like that. I am plenty smart in lots of ways, but I have a big ol' bug in my brain with change.

However, being the snarky suspicious type that I am, I probably wouldn't have done any change for him at all, because something about the initial request would have made me suspicious.
Aug. 5th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
he was trying to confuse you talking all fast.

failed miserably.haha.
Aug. 6th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
you rawk. Nobody pulls a sly one on the Aubster!
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
i dunno, it happens. just the other night i was dumb and gave someone $55 back for an old beat up chair mat that was nowhere near the size or shape of our $55 mats. der.
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