Clerks Ripping Off Buyers, Employers
of shoplifting is reportedly on the increase as Americans struggle against the crunching economy. And a recent report finds
that store clerks may be stealing as much if not more from the stores that employ them.
study found that the latest fraud among workers has been to issue themselves gift cards and then use the cards to buy clothes,
television sets or simply falsify the purchase and take the cash from the stores where they work.
scam is now estimated to be costing retailers an estimated $36 billion a year throughout the United States, the study found.
involved a clerk caught attempting to use a gift card to ring up $130,000 in false merchandise at a Saks store in Manhattan.
say the gift card swindle is more difficult to catch or even track because buyers that use them don’t have to show ID.
are a variety of tricks used by store workers to steal.
fake refunds of merchandise and then use their registers to electronically create gift cards for themselves.
shoppers buy gift cards, cashiers give them blank cards and divert the money into cards for themselves.
--Friends or relatives bring goods to the cash register but the clerk doesn’t
scan them. Instead the money is removed from the till. This is known as “sweethearting” with two people involved.
Sears store worker was caught manipulating the store’s computers to divert more than $35,000 into gift cards for his
worker theft is cleverly aimed at customers as well. My wife, who pays careful attention to prices, calculates almost to the
penny what she plans to spend each time she shops, has been noticing something has been awry almost every time she shops at
a local grocery outlet. The ticket always came up between five and ten dollars higher than she expected.
we are retired and on a fixed income, and only shop about twice monthly, our shopping cart is always quite full and it was
easy to overlook the discrepancy at first. But Doris discovered, after careful examination of her shopping receipt one week,
that there were one or two odd purchases listed that she could not account for. They were vaguely identified on the receipt
and difficult to track to any item purchased..
compared to past receipts from that same store it was discovered that the same item was listed on nearly every one of them.
Whatever it was added about ten dollars to our bill.
have been other times that we have had items in our shopping card that were paid for, but they didn’t come home with
us. We suspect the items were tucked under the counter, returned to the shelf, and the clerks pocketed the money we paid for
time a man going through check-out right ahead of me purchased a can of paint. When my purchases were rung up I noticed the
bill was about $20 more than I expected to pay. I examined the receipt and discovered that I had paid for the other man’s
can of paint. When I complained the clerk apologized and said she must not have cleared her register after the other customer
left. But if that were true, I should have been charged for all of the other items the man bought. I suspected it was an attempt
to rip me off and pocket the difference.
a sign of carelessness, stupidity, or are these store clerks aggressively stealing? And if they are stealing, what is causing
them to do it?
the problem lies in the fact that workers today are not earning enough to cover the cost of providing for the basic needs
of their families. In some cases the clerk in that store may be the sole breadwinner, with an unemployed spouse and children
depending on what income he or she may bring home from that meager paying store job.
are mortgage payments, numerous credit card payments, a car payment, and bills for groceries, clothing and medical costs,
the weekly earnings of a Wal-Mart employee are not going to cover them all.
for the worker is to seek a better paying job, which in most cases does not exist, quit and try to get along on food stamps
and unemployment benefits, go bankrupt and live on the street . . .or steal. When it is a question of survival, we all know
what our choice might be.
sad to think things have fallen to this level.