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Was this a scam?

Old 05-10-2018, 08:55 PM
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I went into the Circle K tonight to purchase 3 fountain drinks & when I paid cash, the cashier asked me if I wanted to wait on my change. I found it odd that at 8:54 PM she had zero coins for making change in her drawer. While it was only $.39, I found it odd & decided to pay via my debit card rather than have to wait 10 or more minutes for safe to give her change. I'm not saying it was a scam to pocket lose change, but why would a cashier have no change in her drawer? The only thing I can think of was pocketing the change over the course of the night or by not having change, save time when reconciling the drawer at the end of her shift which she proclaimed was at 10 PM.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:43 PM
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Can't say I ever heard of such a thing. Where did the change go that was in the drawer? I don't know about a scam but it certainly doesn't sound like a normal thing. You never know about employees that are dishonest.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:56 PM
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not a scam they have electronic timed safes that dispense rolls of coins and that accept and dispense paper currency

the way it works is the clerk is suppose to key in the amount tendered and to give change properly both coin and bills and the register keeps track of what their till is and when it thinks they are running short of paper bills for change or coins they are signaled to do a "drop" where they put some $20s in a plastic tube that is about the size of a roll of quarters and place it in the safe and hit the buttons and in a bit the safe drops the paper currency change or the coin rolls

the issue comes if the clerk does not follow the rules and enter in the amount tendered properly or the clerk gives people change for a laundry machine or for some other stupid reason and it gets the till out of sync then they have to wait for a drop time to re sync things and those happen at regular intervals

you will see them behind the counter at most places

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She claimed to have 0 coins in the register to make change.
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This cashiers actions certainly makes no cents...

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Makes no cents!!!!!Hah!!!
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:34 AM
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She claimed to have 0 coins in the register to make change.
They are probably required to empty the register to a minimum every few hours, dropping the money in the safe. If it is right after this, and a couple people buy a candy bar with a $20, they will have no cash or change until the next dispensation.
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No clue but I always make these purchases with my AMEX. Then I don't have to worry about change.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:55 AM
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I'd dime her out...
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They are probably required to empty the register to a minimum every few hours, dropping the money in the safe. If it is right after this, and a couple people buy a candy bar with a $20, they will have no cash or change until the next dispensation.
I have never bothered to ask exactly how they work, but you are correct there are periods of time when they have to reset their register and the safe drops to get them to sync and for some reason you do not simply put the money in from the register and then it immediately spits money right back out it waits for a bit

I am not sure if that is for security or if it sending data to a central location or if the thing is just slow, but if the cashier has a rush just before or just after or if they have not been keying in the transactions properly I think it slows things down more

usually the delays I have seen are actually having to deposit $20s and then waiting to get $1s and $5s back to make change for a $20, but I have seen them need to wait to have a roll of coins spit out and sometimes even if they have some change they need to wait for quarters or dimes or especially pennies because I am pretty sure if they are not giving the coin change correctly IE giving a quarter instead of 5 nickles or 2 dimes and a nickel then down the road their change will be screwed up and they have to do the "big reset"

while she could be scamming to get everyone to just sigh and leave their $.18 cents and their $.39 cents that seems like a hard way to make any decent money to augment your income Vs the income you would get from even a low paid Cstore job and the risk of getting fired
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:49 AM
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Blame Obama. He promised Change, but we had to wait 8 years.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:57 AM
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A hardware store I go to a lot ask every person every time if they what to donate their change, I don’t know if it’s scam but I hate it
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:14 PM
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If the manager comes in during the AM shift and sets out "X" amount of change to last the 24 period and the store does a higher volume of transactions then expected they can easily run short. Often times cashiers will ask if you have smaller bills for the same reason. Once your quarters are gone, it doesn't take much to deplete your dimes, nickels and pennies.

On the other hand, if they had installed a "skimmer" on the debit care reader, you got scammed. Get as many people as possible to use the debit machine in a short amount of time so they don't get discovered.
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