So, the new price scam has hit Wal-Mart. Remember the soap dish fiends? Well, the soap dish thing was always a little dicey, because the item description clearly came up SOAP DISH. Which, when you're ringing up a DVD - ain't gonna work - unless you're trying to get a Sally Field/ Whoopi Goldberg comedy classic!
The new thing the scammers have discovered is that the candles have individual barcode stickers - $1.96 stickers - for which the removal of said sticker is made MUCH easier by the candle wax.
Yes. I personally found candle stickers on three items of merchandise Sunday night - a $20 DVD - which was so artfully hidden I'd hardly have noticed it if I hadn't have been looking; a children's toy blow-up raft and a moderately expensive watch.
The candles have the added benefit of ringing up with some incomprehensible name like 1/4 IN 8 BLK RD -- which translated is most likely "one-quarter inch round, red, eight inches long, square-block candles." Different permutations of numbers/letters and colors can be used for several dozen colors, candle lengths, etc.
HOWEVER. That line coming across the scanner is not going to scream out SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! when you scan a DVD or a toy or many things they way that SOAP DISH will.
Let's say you got a kid's toy. The same product line could be translate to "one of four eight inch blocks " or for a DVD "Series 1: Black Road Eight." You don't really know. I've seen stranger. No matter what, very few cashiers are really going to go "Huh, what was that?"
There have been times I've had to literally go number by number on the UPC with some products because whatever the Wal-Mart clerks named it is so odd.
Anyway. That was just one of my Sunday adventures.
And to top it all off, one old man returned some rancid watermelon. He said it looked like someone used a syringe to put coloring into it. Really. It's the Wal-Mart. Someone probably did!