Another Walmart Story! Could this be true? Do you look closely at your receipt

United States
November 23, 2009 6:58pm CST
It happened at Wal-Mart in Houston , TX a month ago. A woman bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, & she glanced at her receipt as the cashier was handing her the bags. She saw a cash-back of $40. She told them that she didn't request a cash back & to delete it. SThe Cashier said she'd have to take the $40 because she couldn't delete it. The customer told her to call a supervisor. Supervisor came & said she'd have to take it. She said NO! Taking the $40 would be a cash advance against her Discover & she wasn't paying interest on a cash advance!!!!! If they couldn't delete it then they would have to delete the whole order. So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order & re-scan everything! The second time she looked at the electronic pad before she signed & a cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point she told the cashier & she deleted it. The total came out right. The cashier agreed that the electronic pad must be defective.. Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad wasn't defective because she NEVER offered her the $40 the first time it happened. Can you imagine how many people went through before her & at the end of the cahsier's shift how much money she pocketed? It happened again in Delaware. The customer had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn't give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt and the cashier was annoyed and gave it to her. The customer didn't look at her receipt until later that night. The receipt showed that she asked for $20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK! She then called Wal-Mart who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank and her niece told her this.. This is a new scam going on. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in line. Do you look at your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards! Aparently this is NOT limited to Wal-Mart, although they are the largest retailer so they have the most incidents. Another incident...a husband and wife were in Wal-Mart in North Salisbury and after paying with credit card the husband went to sign the credit card signer and he just happen to notice there was a $20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she canceled it. I wonder how many "seniors" have been, or will be, "stung" by this one????
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21 responses
@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
24 Nov 09
Hi Dear friend, I do have a look at the receipt when I shop, but there is something very different what we practice here. Mostly people transact in cash. Those guys who use s card are very much aware and do tend to re-check the bill or receipts. There have been a number of cases of duping people here in India who have a CC. I will tell you one; There was this person, a president of a very big organization. He once used his card at some retail outlet and there behind him was a con. He copied his card's magnetic strip through a device and even without stealing the innocent guy's card the con could make a duplicate. He was stripped off, with a bill more than Rs.200, 000/- That too he came to realize as he got a call form the Credit card co. that he has been relying on his card heavily for the past couple of days. I wasn't aware that an outlet could be ripping off people too, by offering "Cash Back". Have a Great day ahead!
• United States
24 Nov 09
Oh, My! That's awful! This world is made up of all kinds of people isn't it? We just have to learn to check everything we do, we never know when it may be us.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
• India
28 Nov 09
Hi Sweet, Are you saying that this subject has already been discussed by somebody else? If that is the case then you have done nothing wrong, the same subjects has been discussed over and over again I will give you some examples, how long is your hair? Do you believe in ghosts? Do you go to other sites for some extra payments? Does your child listen to what you say? There are numerous qustions posted daily, and things do get repeated. No big deal I think. The only question is if you have copied an earlier post word to word and have claimed it to be yours. Since you weren't aware that this particular topic has already been discussed there is nothing wrong from your side. Keep posting new discussions my freind, and honestly I had never come across the said discussion before. Bodhi
@rosepedal64 (4191)
• United States
24 Nov 09
OMG..I hadn't heard of this,but I will start to pay close attention to it. You know like this Friday when the cashiers will trying to rush you thru the line. I do use credit and debit cards most of the time. Thansk for sharing this information with us. I know that it has helped me out alot. Have a great day. Keep smiling.
• United States
24 Nov 09
I don't shop at Walmart that often, but it scares me to think what cashiers are capable of doing. What is this world coming to?
• United States
24 Nov 09
I know..It is beginning to get way to scary for us shoppers. Im like you what is the world coming to. Have a nice day and as always keep smiling.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
@charblaize (1028)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Yes, I have heard about this before think in an email someone sent me. It is sad how people actually find ways to scam people, even innocent, elderly people. You really have to watch, especially with the holidays coming people will really try and get extra cash for their own pockets. I am sure WalMart won't be the only place to look at your receipt!
• United States
24 Nov 09
You are right! In this economy, everything is possible. People become desperate, and are willing to try just about anything. I have one advantage, I don't have enough money to shop, so I might not be one of the victims of this scam.
• United States
24 Nov 09
I know what you mean, I don't have any money either so I won't be doing any shopping.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
@cream97 (29146)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Hi, Sweetchariot! So you mean to tell me that the cashier would purposely key in that you want a certain amount of money back just so they can pocket the money for themselves???? This is very sneaky and dirty!! This act should cause them their jobs! I have two debit cards on me right now. I will make sure that I am very careful in looking at my receipt before leaving out of the store. It is sad that people can be so devilish in getting what they want. They need to scan all workers that are cashiers. I bet they will be targeting the senior citizens next. These type of people will definietly be targeted people. What a shame that cashiers can be so dishonest!
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• United States
24 Nov 09
That's what I have been told! However, with this economy and the dishonesty in this world now, I am not surprized. We just have to be alert in everything we do, so they don't get away with it.
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• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
• Indonesia
24 Nov 09
wow...thanks for the info.. scamming like this are really irritating...
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• United States
24 Nov 09
We used to have to worry about someone stealing our purses out from under us, now, they have more sophisticated ways to steal our money. The world is getting scarier every day.
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• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
@kykidd (6818)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Oh my goodness, I had not heard about this. I hope this has not happened to me. I usually pay my credit card balance in full every month, so I wouldn't have the extra interest and wouldn't notice it on my bill. However, I think I am pretty good at looking at the receipt when I receive. But I will be sure to be extra cautious from now on. Thank you for sharing this information with everyone here on myLot, and have a good evening!
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• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
• United States
27 Nov 09
While I do think that it is good to check your receipts and I always do, I must say that I doubt this story is true. I don't think that a cashier can trigger a cash back from the register. I could be wrong but I don't see how it can be done.
• United States
27 Nov 09
Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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• United States
27 Nov 09
No problem Sweetchariot, Anyone can make a mistake and at least you posed it as a question and not a statement of fact like many people do. And it was good or you to publish a "retraction" too.There seems to be a lot of WalMart Bashing in the last few years. If there is one thing "progressives" hate it's progress, and success. WalMart is a successful company so they must be brought down. Just go to snopes.com and search for wal mart and see what I mean. Take Care Mole
@SomeCowgirl (32219)
• United States
24 Nov 09
This is definitely something worth being cautious about. I would hope it wouldn't happen at the wal*mart my husband and I shop at, as it's also the one he works at! But, it's definitely worth paying some mind to and something Wal*mart should be doing something about.
• United States
24 Nov 09
Well, I am hoping that this isn't true...but as you said, it is best to be cautious no matter where you shop!
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@SomeCowgirl (32219)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Yes very true, no matter the store, anywhere you shop. Even with paying with cash it can happen though is less likely that an intentional wrong change due will be made.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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@connierebel (1566)
• United States
25 Nov 09
wow, there are some really dishonest people out there, who will do anything to make an illegal buck. They are extremely selfish and greedy, to rip off other people, many of whom are probably poor, just to line their own pockets.
• United States
25 Nov 09
That is what the world has come to...the prices of everything, the economy, housing, everything is so darn high, that people become desperate. It is not excusable, however, it is difficult for people to survive in this world today.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
24 Nov 09
You know if these people would use their "smarts" in an honest way they could be rich. But they must get a thrill out of stealing. Not many people know how to manipulate these electronic devices to add a cash back without the customer knowing. I haven't heard of this happening here but give it time, things like this spread fast. I an glad I read this discussion because I am usually too busy putting the bags in the cart or in too big a hurry to check my receipt. I will be more careful from now on. It's a shame what some people will do for money. These people should get fired on the spot, no excuses unless they can prove the device is somehow making the mistake which I don't see how it could be possible unless whoever programs them manipulates it to add on a cash back but then it would happen to all who use a debit or credit card. It's a sad world when people feel like they have to steal to live.
• United States
24 Nov 09
I agree that these kind of acts just cause so mistrust in everyone. What is this world coming to?
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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• United States
24 Nov 09
Oh my gosh, that's horrible! How selfish people can be these days to scam innocent customers out of a pocket full of cash. I appreciate you posting this - the next time my friends or I shop at WalMart I'm going to look very carefully at the receipt. I don't want anyone I know falling for this crap. I know a lot of people who don't look at their receipt and just throw it away or let it fall on the floor of their car. I'm going to spread the word - because that's just horrible!
• United States
24 Nov 09
If it's true! As I said on the title, I was just told this, but don't know if it's true...however, it's still a good heads up just in case.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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@sizzle3000 (3038)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Wow this is unbeleivable. How could Walmart not catch something like this? I hope from now on people look at thier reciept because this is very dangerous. IT could charge people double the price because of interest or something. If they don't catch it till later they should have it investigated and a complaint filed. This is ridulous.
• United States
24 Nov 09
Yes, it is always good to check your receipts...I am hoping that none of this is true, and we can go on trusting everyone..lol
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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@savypat (20219)
• United States
24 Nov 09
It makes you stop and wonder doesn't it. I often get cash back and I think I check my tapes but I will now take extra care, thank you.
• United States
24 Nov 09
I never check my receipts, I guess I am too trusting..lol...
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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• United States
27 Nov 09
pft..wow..she had a nice scam going there. they should have gone back and checked at least a month's worth of that teller's ringups.probably did pocket quite a bit. that's not the only walmart cashier scam tho-the one up here got workers busted for multi rings.they'd add the item more than once and pocket the overring some how. the abbreviations on some of those reciepts can be kind of cryptic,i guess nobody noticed for awhile.
• United States
27 Nov 09
This response has been duplicated, for all responders on this discussion... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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@irishidid (8705)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Would you people stop with the urban legends. Maybe you're innocent and you heard this from the friend of a friend, but not doing any research to see if it is true or not is as bad as trying to deceive everyone. http://www.snopes.com/fraud/atm/cashback.asp
• United States
27 Nov 09
Irish, I didn't mean to deceive anyone..the title of my discussion said "Is this true?" However if I had known about this website I would've checked it out...Sorry to say I am not as techy as you are. Luckily, I another poster gave me the same information, look above, however she was alot nice about it then you! I am now going to respond to everyone with the following information... Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion
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@brokentia (10393)
• United States
27 Nov 09
This appears to be another story that has been going around since 2004. http://www.snopes.com/fraud/atm/cashback.asp When you use your credit card or debit card, the scanner will always ask you and give you the option to say no. However, this does not mean a person should still not pay attention to their receipt because we are not a perfect race and mistakes can be made.
• United States
27 Nov 09
Thanks for the heads up...I actually didn't know that I could research these things...learn something new every day. I will keep this website beside me at al times, from now on...lol I wasn't sure whether or not it was true - which is why I titled it the way I did however, I would've known the answer if I knew about this webiste. Thanks for showing me something new!
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@dorannmwin (36634)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Wow, now that is downright cold of the cashiers. I could never be so criminally minded to do something like that. I know that there are people that would think like that and it is the reason that I always check my receipts after I've paid at a place. Well, between the chance that someone could pocket some money that is rightfully mine and between the fact that it is a fairly regular occurence for things to not ring up correctly. This may be a scam that is going to hit many people, but it is not a scam that is going to get me.
• United States
27 Nov 09
I am copying my response that I just sent someone else.... "Well, I just found out from another poster that it's supposedly not true! So, I am at fault for not researching this, however I didn't know we could actually research things like this. I have now learned a lesson. However, I wasn't sure whether or not it was true, but my friend seemed to think it was. Which is why I posted it...I wanted everyone's opinion"
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• United States
24 Nov 09
I hadn't heard about this one that is awful. but you know as soon as they realize we have figured out this scam they will be onto another one. It is ridicules. Why can't they just learn to make an honest living instead of stealing from those of us who work hard for our money
• United States
24 Nov 09
I just heard about it, so I can honestly say, I don't know if it's true. But I don't want to take any chances.
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Thanks for the discussion, I do not look at my receipt when I make purchases, but I will from now on. I have heard of this before, and I guess I didn't take it seriously. Now this really has sunk in because I don't have the extra money to give away. Again Thanks, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
• United States
24 Nov 09
I am going to make sure too from now on. Unfortunately, I don't know if this is all true...but it was what I heard. But I still won't take any chances.
@sid556 (30986)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Hi Sweetchariot, I saw this scam on the news a while back. I do not always look at my reciept until I get home but I do look at it. After hearing about this, I do pay much more attention to what I am being charged. I did several months ago have a 20.00 cash back added to my card and I did happen to notice it immediately. I did not ask for it but the cashier handed it right over to me. It got me second guessing if I had accidently hit the button asking for it back. I really don't know. This was all before the news of this latest scam broke out on the news and so I just finally concluded that it must have been something that I did by accident.