Monday, February 9, 2009

Just call me WM, crimefighter...or better yet Super WM

While the rest of you were comfortably at home or at work , I WM was out making the world a safer place. You can thank me later

What I thought would be a routine trip to the shoe store turned out to be so much more.

Last Friday I was at Footlocker being assisted by the nicest sales clerk who was really dedicated to helping me find the right shoes for my sucky feet.

As I walked around the store testing out a pair of shoes, dude walks in.

He headed towards the sales clerk, who had momentarily stepped away to answer the phone, and asked for a five for five ones. The sales clerk handed him the five ones. Dude then dug in to his pocket coming out with more ones and the five ones he'd gotten and says "You know what, I can't stand carrying around all these ones can you give me a 20 for all this".

In an instant I flashedback to 14 year old WM, working her first job at a fast food drive thru. My customer bought a small drink handed me a 10 and upon giving him change he handed it back and asked if he could have his change dispersed differently. It all happened so fast. It seemed legit but when my supervisor later counted out my drawer it turned out I'd had a major shortage that while they didn't fire me , they did take out of my check. And at 4.85 an hour - That.really.hurt.

Cut back to present time:

I quickly moved in to action heading up to the register, interrupting the transaction and asked to see another shoe.

Dude looked at me but said nothing. He stood there for a few moments, most likely waiting to see if he could complete his scam but being the true hero I am I busied the salesclerk with my needs , making such important statements like "you guys must get really busy this time of day" and "sometimes guys tennis shoes are cooler then womens"

Seconds later dude left frustrated and defeated.

I on the other hand, felt all kinds of good about myself. I had successfully foiled a short change scam

I'll take my cape in a size medium please.

Oh and you're welcome.

8 comments:

CDP said...

Good for you! The same thing happened to me when I was working in an ice cream shop when I was in high school.

Elisa said...

wow, I had no idea they did that kind of stuff! if people put as much thought into doing something worthwhile as the put into creating new scams...

Dumblond said...

I've never even heard of that one. Freaks...

mo.stoneskin said...

You are truly a hero for all of us. With a bit of luck crime rates will be going down everywhere...;) I love the quick-witted dialogue you threw out!

Debbie said...

Thank you for doing that! Somehow we all pay when people cheat like that.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Oh wow. A store I worked at in high school brought some guy in who used to be a crook but now worked helping police catch them. He did demonstrations of this scam, tricking us out of money, so we could see what was happening and know what to look for. It was amazing how he could make it look like it added up and it SO did not!

bereccah said...

Yay! One of my favorite sayings goes something like, "all it takes for evil to succeed is for good to do nothing." Props to you for saving the day!!!

Whiskeymarie said...

I fell for the same thing at my first job too!!

I hate the stealers, dammit.