Staff in shops trying to rip you off

I was in Primark today with my friend, and she went to buy a few things. They came to £10.50, and she gave the cashier a £20 note. The cashier asked her if she had 50p so she could give her a £10 note change. My friend only had £1, so she gave that to the cashier, but then I realised I had 50p so I gave that to the cashier as well. I was expecting her to give us the £1 back, but she then tried to only give us £10. I pointed this out to her and explained the maths, and she tried to accuse me of lying, so she had to call the shift manager or whoever over so they could do a check of all the money in the till. This came up saying the balance of the till was £9 over, so then they were like "No you only get £9 change" . I was getting really annoyed by this point, so I was like "Check the till again, or check the CCTV or something, but don't accuse of of trying to steal and don't try to rip us off." So they checked again, and FINALLY realised that I'd been right all along. Grrrrr.

Anyone else had a stupid experience like this in a shop?

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7 replies since 3rd September 2008 • Last reply 3rd September 2008

YES! I went to the shop and I think I did only have a 5er but I really thought I'd given him a tenner and even if I had he probably would have said it was a 5er anyway. It was only made worse because I had to walk past a group of drunken teenagers 4 times because I only realised that he might have short changed me when I was on the walk back, the 4th time I went past the teenagers they called me names but I was terrified they'd chase me and beat me up!!!

I can't even sort of water down what you put to just the numbers to work it out for myself, dyscalculia Happy I'm getting lazy though with numbers because I find them so hard to understand I hardly ever check my change!

Well done you for standing your ground!!

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I never check my change either, but that's just because I'm downright lazy haha. I really should start doing it though.

That reminds me of another time when I was in the Post Office sending off my Oyster Card form. It costs £5 for the card, and the only change I had was a tenner so I gave the guy that. He tried to give me no change, but luckily when I realised and went back and asked he said he would "give me the benefit of the doubt" and he gave me the extra fiver I was owed. When I was walking home I was thinking about how easily he gave me the extra money and it made me wonder... did he actually notice I'd given him a tenner and just try and sneakily not give me any change. I reckon that was just me being far to cynical though haha.

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I've had the opposite where, really skanky people have come in and bought something really small with a big note and tried to confuse me then by saying oh I have a 5er here, then saying they gave me more than they did, I always turned out to be right, I'm not thick.

This one guy though called me ugly when I was telling him no... He was so angry that I wasn't falling for his scam Happy fucker

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What does how you look have to do with anything? How pathetic.

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OH I HATE THAT! Its like... what the hell ever happened to "the customer is always right". I know that if I had argued with a customer, I would DEFINATLY have been yelled at, maybe even fired.

People are really stupid, especially when they are in a job that they don't really want, then they get lazy and don't care and its just... annoying! Happy

But yea. I can't remember any specific experiences [though I have them] I just remember the feeling of great annoyance.

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Well it was me and one of the staff(I was sunday manager) he called the Ugly sisters Happy big shit head

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I would have just put on that really annoying professional front that people do on phones when they're trying to sell you something 'I'm sorry for your inconvinience sir' lol

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