I was working the closing shift last night when a guy came in and was acting really weird. He came in to return a $55 bottle of vitamins that are currently "buy 1 get 1 free", without a receipt. I had my manager authorize it before I went through with it. Ugh, oh well. He only got store credit because he didn't have a receipt. Not really suspicious yet, lots of people do this.
Then he starts look through our weekly sales ad and sees a deal for "buy $30 worth of these select products and get a $10 gas card." He asks roughly a million questions about it, and every time he heads to a different aisle he lets me know.
"Hey man I'm going to go to the shampoo aisle now... Now I'm gunna go check out the paper towels..." etc. Starting to weird me out. Still not doing anything suspicious, just acting weird as fuck.
So he loads up a ton of shit, along with a $99 Android tablet (I didn't even know we sold those until he brought one up). Somehow, he is still under the $30 mark and the tablet doesn't count toward the deal. Then he starts acting even stranger.
Me: "Alright, you're about $4 short... I can just ring you up for another bottle of detergent and you can grab it on your way out."
<he grabs the tablet and starts look around>
Him: "Alright, I'll go grab the detergent right now."
Me: "I already have you completely rung up save the detergent. Let me ring you up first and then you can go grab it on your way out."
Him: <insert fumbling all over his words, really weirding me out and somehow convincing me to void his transaction and hold the stuff for him while he "goes to grab the detergent", tablet still in hand.>
As he walks away with the tablet he keeps repeating "I'm still buying this, okay? I still want it. Don't take it off the transaction."
As he walks away from me he sees my coworker, tells my coworker he is "going to the bathroom, don't touch my stuff." What the fuck? Why is he taking his stuff to the bathroom while at the same time warning my coworker not to take his shit!? This makes no sense at all. I didn't see or overhear this, my coworker told me this after the guy had left and I realized what had happened.
So he comes back, no more tablet. He had "put it back on the shelf". Somehow, he still doesn't meet the $30 for the gas card, but now he doesn't care. He spent literally 30 minutes asking questions and narrating where he was going about this deal, and now he doesn't care?
There is a semi-portly guy in the store looking at the candy about 10 feet away.
Weird guy: "What's the guy's problem?"
Me: "What are you talking about?" (I am so confused at this point)
WG: "That guy has a problem with me. I think he is the sheriff."
Me: "I really don't know what you're talking about... That guy hasn't even looked at you..."
Finish ringing him out. He grabs his stuff.
WG: "You wanna know what I think his problem is with me? I think that he thinks that I just stole that tablet."
Me: "Uhhh... I don't think that guy had any opinion on the matter..."
WG: "Yeah he does, he thinks I stole it. But it's right on the shelf over there. You can go check if you want."
Me: "Alright, I will."
The weird guy is gone by the time I turn around after picking up the box, and it was empty. I felt SO STUPID.
I remember that he did a return without a receipt, which requires him to show me his driver's license and write down his phone number. And he gave me the same exact phone number three times in a row. I go into our system and look up the phone number. He has his name listed in the system, which is the same as on his license. He also had his address, although I can't actually see it, only our corporate office can. We have a police report filed now.