But once in a while, you get stupid crap like this.
So it basically went like this. We're about half an hour to close when this guy comes up and orders $2.50 worth of food and proceeds to pay with a $50. I give him $47.50 in change and he then asks for one of the $20s gets broken up into a one $10 and two $5s. So far so good.
Suddenly he asks for his $50 back and adds one $20, two $10s and four $5s and asks if I can give him five $20s back. I comply, he walks off with his food and $20s.
And when I count my till that night it's $50 short.
Replace that with a cash register and that's basically what I was doing.
Did you catch it? Did you see what he did? Fairly simple once you know how this trick works.
Suddenly he asks for his $50 back
I know some of you may be wondering how a trick like this works but it's simple:
- Small order is paid with a large bill. This causes a lot of change to be produced and as a result, more confusing. In my case the guy asked for one of the bills to be broken up even further.
- Upon receiving their change, the scammer will ask for his bill back, add some money to it and request the total back.
- Most people aren't aware of this trick, or trying to be compliant workers, not paying attention to the amounts being handed out and will do as the scammer says.
This is for you buddy.
Something similar happened before and it didn't fool me so I'm kind of pissed that it tricked me a second time. My boss however wasn't angry at all, all he said was don't let it happen again. He even refused to let me pay back the $50 that we were short. (Little things like this are why I've stayed at this job for so long).
But yeah, for anyone working a cash register, watch for these little details so you don't get screwed over like I did. It's not fun.