I used to work at a gas station and a customer called the cops on me. It was about an hour before closing time so I had locked the door and was working out of the window. A car pulls up and a woman gets out. She is having trouble getting her card to swipe at the pump. She walks to the window and explains her card always does this blah blah blah. I turn the pump on and hold onto her card.
She pumps $10.61 worth of gas and walks up to the window. I swipe her card.... declined. Swipe again... declined. I explain her card's been declined and she tells me she deposited a check and it should be in there by Thursday. It was a Tuesday this happened.
I asked if she had any other way to pay, she did not. I told her to leave something she would come back for. She left her license. My boss had previously told me that was ok to hold for collateral in situations like this.
She leaves and I go about cleaning up getting ready to lock up for the night. All of a sudden I hear screeching tires and see the girl's car come ripping into the lot. There is a man driving her car and she is in the passenger seat. He jumps out of car and runs up to the window screaming about me not having any right to take her license.
I tell him he can have the license if I can have $10.61. He is flipping the fuck out. I should also mention he was kind of a big guy and possibly on steroids. I wasn't sure he wouldn't rip the window off the hinges or just walk through the locked door.
Anyway this goes on for awhile and he's claiming I am a thief and I tell him his girlfriend is the thief.
He threatens to call the cops if I don't give her license back.
I tell him go ahead. What this guy doesn't know is that all the cops in the town plus two other neighboring towns all get their gas at this station. The boss's nephew is a part time cop, the manager (his brother) is a retired detective. I was on a first name basis with about every cop in a 20 mile radius.
I was later told by one of the responding officers that the call came through as a customer dispute. Well, eight police cars showed up like I was being robbed.
After he ranted on and on about me stealing her license and then me explaining my story, one of the cops explained to him that what she did was theft. They told me I could have her arrested. I told them I just wanted the money for the drawer or something for collateral. The cops got all her information and she left.
I ended up closing 40 minutes late that night and my boss laughed when I told him the story the next day. I dunno what happened next; if they paid or had to have the money extorted out of her via cop, it must have happened while I was off shift.
From Pazzmatt Excuse the crap quality, I was laughing pretty hard.
The company I worked for was bought by a larger, international corporation. They decided to bring people from interstate to work with us and help through the transition. Anyway, word got out a particular staff member was making their way over to us. The current staff that were here from interstate warned us on how bad this person was. A backstabber, a dobber, sending multiple e-mails to management to get other workers in trouble etc.
So this person came over and began working with us. Within a week, five of us from the shift this person was put on went into a manager's office and told them 'we can't work with this person.' Every little thing we did or said was e-mailed to management, us finding out when we were reprimanded.
This person has now been over here for two years and doesn't look like they'll leave. Nobody here likes them, people avoid this person like the plague. An hour every morning after work was spent in the car park talking and ranting about how much we hated this person.
We were told that this person came over on their own free will. Turns out the management had enough and sent them here so they no longer had to deal with them. They've sent countless e-mails about little things, had things like being able to eat our dinner at our desks taken away (this is bad considering we start late night and a lot of places to get dinner from are closed by Midnight, with our dinner break being after midnight), being able to have our personal mobiles out on our desks, even our dress code restricted and made tighter.
It's gotten to the point where people have quit because of them. We've heard how previous employees have wished bad things upon them. That's how bad it is.
The reason I have not said gender or names is because I know there are staff I work with that browse this site, but they'll know who I'm talking about.
Whoda thunk it? Tourist/cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco was hanging out in Vienna when he walked up to an ATM. Because he trusts no one he decided to give the reader a little tug and came away with a working skimmer designed to look exactly like the card slot on the original machine.
“It pays to be paranoid,” he said — and he’s right.
Tedesco pulled off the skimmer and took some pictures of it and will try to reverse engineer it when he heads back home (presumably with the credit card data still on it). Some Reddit users have spotted the pinhole camera that the hackers used to grab PIN codes, as well, a feature that lets full cards be stolen in seconds.
Again: Any time you use an ATM, please check it. There are triggers in place that are supposed to prevent the installation of tools like these, but sometimes they don’t work and hackers are getting craftier. Always tug, rub and pull ATMs in the wild — even if it feels weird.
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This was told to me by a co-worker.
I work in a gift shop that is part of a museum. That museum is located on government property.
A child - maybe 4 or 5 - goes into our toy section and opens up a toy and begins playing with it. My co-worker - a manager - sees this, looks around for someone that could be their parent. Not seeing anyone, she keeps an eye on the child for a minute until a a lady appears.
Lady(L): Oh, did you find a toy you wanted?
Child: (Enthusiastic nodding)
L: Great! Let's get going!
She then stuffs the toy into her purse.
Manager(M): Are you going to pay for that, ma'am?
L: Excuse me?
M: The toy you just put into your purse. Are you going to pay for that?
L: It was already opened. You can't sell it in that condition anyway. So why don't you just give it to him?
M: No, ma'am. He opened it. You have to pay for it.
L: NO! JUST TAKE THE FUCKING THING BACK! (Grabs the toy out of her purse and throws it on the ground and leaves in a huff.)
Two things you need to know.
1) The toy was about $5 with tax.
2) If she would have tried to leave with said toy, that would have been a federal offense since we are on government property.
About 20 years ago, I worked in the office and manned the customer service window for a department store that has since closed all of its stores. We didn't get a lot of shoplifters, but when we did, our LP guy would sometimes grab me from the office to stay with him while he would search bags if it was a female he brought back to the office. That way, she couldn't accuse him of "doing anything."
Anyway, she had a few random items (socks, blouses, cheap costume jewelry, etc) she had tucked into a backpack she wore into the store. Once the police officers got there, our LP guy started to add up all of the prices on the tags in order to determine if it was a felony or not (not sure what amount had to be "hit" to make it a felony - it was the late 80's).
This is when this crazy nutbag lady thief got upset. She screamed at our LP guy that the prices he was adding up were all wrong. He told her that was what was on the price tags and she replied, "But they were on sale!!"
Our LP guy quickly said, "When you steal, you don't get them on sale!"
The cops went into hysterics laughing! They cuffed her and escorted her out of the store (we were upstairs, so they had to walk her downstairs and through the entire place). The entire time she was screaming how it "wasn't fair" and we were being "discriminating" and wouldn't "give her" the sale prices.