24 thoughts on “December 29, 2015

  1. And just how did he get the iPad out of Electronics without the alarm going off? Or did he accidentally take the display model?

      • not in my store. anything valued over 50 is locked up. You want it, it gets taken out of lock up, walked up to the register or customer service, for the customer to get once it is paid for.

      • Yeah, no. That doesn’t happen anymore. If it’s not tied down it will get stolen and everyone is a thief. Anything over $50 is spider wrapped and locked to the shelf/ display and you need an associate to unlock it for you. They will then carry the item to the register and ring you up for it at which point you can finally take possession.

        I get uneasy when people ask me to see the product because I’m always afraid they’re going to take it and run. Though I have no idea why because nothing like that has happened in the 4 years I’ve been managing the electronics department.

      • Not anymore, and that’s why I buy electronics online instead of instore. I understand why they lock everything up, I just don’t want the hassle.

    • Maybe it’s one of those deals where you take the empty box off the shelf and they give you what belongs in the box after you’ve paid for it?

    • My old store would walk it up to the service desk at the front, or walk it up to the register when the cashier called for it. I’ve moved to a higher crime area, and they require you purchase it right there at electronics, or they aren’t removing it from lock up period.

    • Actually, even contacting him to confirm won’t work as a security measure.

      The reason is that, as a cashier, you have no proof that the person you’re talking to on the phone actually is the cardholder.

      I once had a teenaged girl wanting to buy something with her mother’s credit card.

      When I refused, the girl held up her cell phone and said, “You can call my mother and she’ll tell you that I have her permission to use her card.”

      An older customer at the next register looked over and said, “Uh, listen, none of my business, but that actually won’t prove anything.”

      The girl said, “It’ll prove that I have my mom’s permission to use her card,” in that tone of voice that says “I shouldn’t have to say this, it’s the most obvious thing in the world.”

      The other customer said, “No, it won’t. It’ll prove that you have somebody on the phone CLAIMING to be the cardholder who says it’s okay for you to use the card. There’s no proof that the person on the phone IS the cardholder. My nephew once got an older friend of his to help him with something like that. When his parents found out … You don’t want to know.”

      • This is why when my mother DID want my sisters or I (as teenagers) to use her card to pay for something, she’d give us her debit card and the PIN so we wouldn’t have to sign or show ID for anything. Of course, she also trusted us, and we made sure never to do anything to violate that trust.

  2. i once asked for a heating blanket ya know those electric things cuz winter gets could and i didnt want to pile on a few extra blankets but instead i got a video game for the wii some sorta final fantasy game that let you swing the sword around lol

  3. I know that this is not what this particular strip is about, but …

    I have actually seen this sort of scenario happen in real life, where it turned out that the kid really DID have his parents’ permission to charge something to their credit card.

    The parents got mad at us when we refused to let their child make the charge. The parents would say, “I can’t believe you made me waste my time coming down here instead of just letting my son buy this!”

    I will bet any amount of money that these parents would ALSO be furious at us if we ever let their children charge something to their credit cards without their permission.

    We just can’t win.

      • They DO tell us. They usually don’t hesitate to.

        If a kid hands me an unsigned credit card and I ask for I.D., they often immediately say, “It’s my father’s/mother’s card.”

        Sometimes, a female customer will hand me a card with a male name on it (or vice versa), and when I ask about it, they won’t hesitate to say it’s their parent’s card.

        In some cases, they VOLUNTEERED the information. A teenager hands me a card and says, “I want to pay with my mother’s credit card. Is that okay?”

        To them, it’s a rhetorical question. They expect me to say yes. They’re just asking to be on the safe side.

        Why WOULDN’T the kid tell us?

        In my experience, most of them don’t even know that they’re not supposed to be able to use their parents’ credit cards even with their parents’ permission.

        It’s damn near impossible nowadays for a cashier to enforce security rules (because customers will complain and management will give in to them). Most don’t bother to try.

        I can’t tell you how many times I refused to let teenagers use their parents’ credit cards, and they were genuinely bewildered, saying, “I used this at three other stores and I didn’t have a problem with it!”

        • This. The only people who’ve ever tried to claim that a card that is clearly not theirs was actually theirs were the people who had first told me that it was a parent’s/significant other’s/other relative’s card first. As if I was going to somehow forget in the span of 30 seconds that they’d already admitted it wasn’t theirs.

          And yeah, just because three other stores didn’t have a problem with it doesn’t mean we aren’t either. It just means three other stores aren’t doing their jobs properly.

          • Well remember, married women could not get their own credit card until 1974. Many companies would not issue a card in the woman’s name, so she had to use one with her husband’s name.

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