Interesting times at the checkout.

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Over the last week or so I've heard of two irregular checkout incidents.

#1: A woman I know was doing her shopping at a Woolies. She knew about how much she had spent. She thought the total would be $239 and just as she was about to hit okay on the keypad, she noticed it said $289.
The checkout operator said 'oh, I thought you said you wanted $50 cash".. She didn't.. She reported the operator.

#2: Another shopper got to the checkout, but had forgotten his everyday rewards card. So no QFF points. On inspection of his receipt at home, he noticed his bill said congratulations KAREN, you have earned xx_ points. It seems as though the checkout operator swiped her own card.. He returned to the store to report the operator.
 

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#2: Another shopper got to the checkout, but had forgotten his everyday rewards card. So no QFF points. On inspection of his receipt at home, he noticed his bill said congratulations KAREN, you have earned xx_ points. It seems as though the checkout operator swiped her own card.. He returned to the store to report the operator.

I've seen the second one happen quite a bit in the USA where the supermarket "loyalty" cards usually just offers a discount (no points). So the Checkout operator has nothing to gain in that scenario except saving the shopper a couple dollars.
 

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Oh. I'm way too trusting then. On the other hand I mostly use self checkout.

What two nasty scams there although the second one at least doesn't cost you anything. But think of all those transactions where no loyally card is presented. :eek:
 

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I've often been tempted to offer my EDR card for swiping when the person with the $300 shop in front of me says they don't have one :mrgreen: :p
 

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Oh. I'm way too trusting then. On the other hand I mostly use self checkout.

What two nasty scams there although the second one at least doesn't cost you anything. But think of all those transactions where no loyally card is presented. :eek:

I'm often tempted to ask the person in front of me if I can scan my card every time someone responds to the cashier that they don't have an EDR card.

I've never quite been game to do it though :oops:
 

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When I was working in Tasmania if I shopped at Woollies I would ask the person next in line if they wanted to swipe their card.EDR cards from the Dark side dont work there.
 

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A couple of years ago when you could earn QFF points at Dick Smith I heard about an incident when a staff member swiped their EDR card when the customer didn't have one. I'm not sure how it was resolved.

I don't really offer my card around for free points from other shoppers. If you do this often enough it will only increase the targets for the offers and make EDR think you can spend much more than you can actually afford. I try to get the minimum number of base points in order to get the maximum number of bonus points or cash discounts. If EDR think you shop too often they are less likely to send you good offers on your card.

I'm quite happy to attempt to get the animal or other collectable cards that the person in front of me doesn't take.
 

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Totally off the track here - but want to share a checkout experience living in Colombia.

I got used to a concept at checkouts here where they ask you if you want to donate a dollar (equivalent) to some save-the-malnourished fund sponsored by the major supermarket chain. So whenever the checkout person mumbled something I would automatically say yes.


One day I shopped, the checkout girl mumbled something and I automatically said yes. Then she asked to see my ID card - which she took the number from. As I walked to my car I realised that they usually dont ask for your ID number. So I looked closer at the docket.

I discovered that for about two dollars I had purchased a 30 day life insurance policy that would pay about $1000 to my next of kin if I suddenly died.

It was an uncomfortable month :)
 

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#1: A woman I know was doing her shopping at a Woolies. She knew about how much she had spent. She thought the total would be $239 and just as she was about to hit okay on the keypad, she noticed it said $289.
The checkout operator said 'oh, I thought you said you wanted $50 cash".. She didn't.. She reported the operator.

I hope that was a genuine mistake! very malicious if otherwise.
 

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The local Liquorland always ask if I want the docket .... I've always thought - fuel discount scavengers.
 

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Over the last week or so I've heard of two irregular checkout incidents.

#1: A woman I know was doing her shopping at a Woolies. She knew about how much she had spent. She thought the total would be $239 and just as she was about to hit okay on the keypad, she noticed it said $289.
The checkout operator said 'oh, I thought you said you wanted $50 cash".. She didn't.. She reported the operator.

#2: Another shopper got to the checkout, but had forgotten his everyday rewards card. So no QFF points. On inspection of his receipt at home, he noticed his bill said congratulations KAREN, you have earned xx_ points. It seems as though the checkout operator swiped her own card.. He returned to the store to report the operator.

Another good reason to use the self checkout.
 

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The local Liquorland always ask if I want the docket .... I've always thought - fuel discount scavengers.

Coles Armidale today had to ask for the receipt. Need the fuel voucher as will fill with over 150L by the time we leave next week. You would think the operator would just put the receipt in your bag.
 

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Even if these checkout operators weren't reported, my guess it would only be a matter of time until the system noticed some irregularities (transaction after transaction for the same person), and they're then looking for a new job. Theft is theft.
 
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Cash or card - doesn't make any difference to the underhand tactics here.
 

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If the cashier asked for your permission first to swipe their EDR card since you don't have your own, would you be polite enough to say yes?
 

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If the cashier asked for your permission first to swipe their EDR card since you don't have your own, would you be polite enough to say yes?

I'd say no. But I always swipe anyway. And serve myself.
 

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If the cashier asked for your permission first to swipe their EDR card since you don't have your own, would you be polite enough to say yes?

Yes.

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A couple of weeks ago using the self checkout I withdrew cash and was distracted and left the $150.00 in the dispenser. Getting home I realised my stupidity and rang Woolies. They asked me the amount and the time of the transaction and for me to come in. I was happily handed my cash and I signed the amount away on a ledger that they kept behind the service desk. I Was A). blown away that it was there and, B). How long the list was for money left behind. At least 10 that day with only half so far claimed and I was at the bottom of that list.

I also have wanted to ask to swipe my card with someone else's shopping, but haven't plucked up the courage for it yet.
 

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A couple of weeks ago using the self checkout I withdrew cash and was distracted and left the $150.00 in the dispenser. Getting home I realised my stupidity and rang Woolies. They asked me the amount and the time of the transaction and for me to come in. I was happily handed my cash and I signed the amount away on a ledger that they kept behind the service desk. I Was A). blown away that it was there and, B). How long the list was for money left behind. At least 10 that day with only half so far claimed and I was at the bottom of that list.

I also have wanted to ask to swipe my card with someone else's shopping, but haven't plucked up the courage for it yet.

In a similar situation I was chased through the shopping centre by a backpacker and handed $20 that my partner left behind.
 
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