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Tales from Chick-Fil-A: Cashier’s Revenge June 28, 2009

Posted by eric22222 in General.

There is a fine art to deception. It requires a quick wit and fast thinking. The thing most scammers know is that some people are actually smart. Choosing a stranger at random leaves a chance that the scammee will see through the con.

Fast food joints are apparently the exception.

Anyone with the desire to start a career in swindling must get their start tricking quick service restaurants out of singles and spare change. The environment is fast-paced. Mistakes are easy to make. And hey, it isn’t really the cashier’s money, so they probably won’t be protective of it. A scammer’s paradise, right?

Heh heh. Oh reader, what a story I have for you.

It was a swelteringly hot summer day. The sun was beating down on the crew of the local Chick-Fil-A. The weather had sparked a spike in iced tea and milkshake sales. The birds on the patio hunting the occasional fallen morsel had to occasionally retreat to the shade for a breather. The hero of our story, though unnamed today (and for the record, not me), stands as a testament to the power of observation and quick wit. He stood at the window, taking cash and distributing food.

“Your total today is $1.69,” he said, a cheery smile on his face and one large sweet tea in his hand. The customer handed the cashier a ten-dollar bill and three quarters. “Alright sir, that’s nine dollars and six cents for your change. You have a great day today.”

“Hey man,” the customer said as the next order was being prepared. He held up five one-dollar bills, fanning them out. “You gave me five ones. Didn’t get that five.”

The age ole’ wrong-change trick. With a little math beforehand, a scammer can have his/her incorrect change already counted out and ready to swap with the real change. After a good hundred orders, a cashier may doubt their counting when shown the incorrect change. In a rush, this con can succeed, but it has a critical weakpoint: going by the books.

“Alright sir, we just need to count out the money in the drawer first.”

“Man, I can’t wait for that.”

Bingo. The scammer is trapped. If he/she waits for the drawer to be counted, then the total will reveal that it was all a lie. If they decide they suddenly have an appointment elsewhere, then it’s just as obvious. Either way, the scam is over. Time to fight the bluff with another. Poker face: activate!

“Don’t worry, sir. It won’t take longer than two minutes. We’ll get you the rest of your change in no time!”

“Oh wait…” The man leaned down, picking something up from his car’s floorboards. “Here’s that five. I must’ve dropped it.”

Either the cashier was extra astute that day, or Fate has a karmatic sense of humor. A thought struck him. We can assume it took all of this cashier’s will to avoid smiling as he spoke these words:

“In that case, sir, since I gave you ten dollars in change, I must have handed you an extra one-dollar bill.”

Well played, cashier. Well played. You earned that dollar.



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