There's a new scam coming down the pike at the Wal-Mart. I saw this happen right in front of me Sunday, and the two pulling it didn't even have the shame to blush.
I cashed a check and did a money order for this guy and girl and then they wanted to check out with a DVD and some makeup. OK, fine, whatever.
I rang up the makeup and the DVD and the total was twelve dollars and change. I started to say "Your total is $12 dollars and fifty-six cents," and then I was like "There is no way that is right." I knew they had a new-release DVD in there, and it was way more than $12 on its own.
So I did hit the SLIP button, which prints a list of all the items scanned during the transaction. Sure enough, last item scanned, not the DVD, but SOAP DISH.......$3.66. And no, this wasn't the Sally Field and Whoopi Goldberg comedy.
What these two did was to take the sticker off one of the soap dispensers from housewares and put it over the barcode of a new-release DVD. A cashier in a hurry would never have noticed, because the ITEM would have scanned, and in a big order, you'd never notice a few dollars here and there.
I grabbed the DVD, flipped it over and looked at it. Sure enough, there was a sticker on the back that came off something else.
I told them, "Oh, this must have gotten on there by mistake." I yanked if off and scanned the DVD and yes, it was $19.96. I told them the new total. The girl was totally NOT keeping her cool, but I could see the guy squeezing her to get it together. He handed over the cash and they bounced out real quick.
Now I wonder how much money we've lost this week on stuff like that?