I'm always amazed by the fact that people "forget" a bag of stuff. YOU PAID FOR IT, YOU LUGGED IT AROUND THE STORE. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO FORGET TO GET OUT THE DOOR WITH IT?
I had a couple of these Sunday. One, a woman came up with grandma and three kids in tow and said she'd left "two little toy bunnies" at the register in the garden shop. Oh, so you gave it to the kids after it was scanned and they put it down huh? When I asked her for her receipt, she said she didn't have it and "thought I wouldn't need it because they were only a couple dollars."
So. Did you pay for them or not? I looked in the book that forgotten merchandise is written in and didn't see any bunnies for registers 71-74. I told her she'd have to bring the receipt in. She left huffy but she left. Lesson = watch the brats next time.
The second one was a lot more unpleasant. This man, who was either telling the complete truth and I'M going to hell, or was a complete liar and HE'S going to hell, claimed to have left eggs, fish, asparagus, sausage and bread at the register. He did have a receipt.
His story was that he was "camping" and "woke up and didn't have anything to eat." When I pointed out that he was asking for the most expensive items on the list AND items at the top, middle and bottom, as well as eggs, which the girls, even the stupid ones, NEVER bag with anything else, he started to get angry and told me that he "worked with a Catholic Church" and was on a "camping retreat."
Now, if you were going camping, you'd PUT THE FOOD IN A COOLER BEFORE LEAVING THE PARKING LOT. You wouldn't just throw eight bags in the truck, drive 25 miles, then tote Wal-Mart plastic bags and your camping gear a few miles. AT SOME POINT BEFORE MORNING YOU WOULD REALIZE YOU FORGOT THE STUFF!
I know what he did. At some point he was in line, saw someone "forget" something and get credit for it or was told to "go get it." And being a homeless person, (he sure as hell smelled like he hadn't had a bath in weeks) figured he'd cadge a few free meals off of Wal-Mart.
The problem was that I could not PROVE he hadn't forgot the stuff. And I knew whatever dumb-a** manager came up would give him the crap. I made him go get it and then let someone else handle him. I just didn't want to deal with it anymore.
The liars are starting to get to me. I can feel the pressure of trying to hold back every time I KNOW someone is lying to me and just want to scream at them.