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Old 02-24-2008, 08:56 AM
 
Location: SC
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I'm curious as to what the minimum wage is and whether it is so low that clerks in retail establishments who have the nerve try to make up the difference by purposely short-changing customers.

Since I've been here one clerk in a hardware store tried to cheat me out of a dollar and not give me my receipt. She said, "Do you care about your receipt?" as she was starting to crumple it. I told her, yes, to put it in the bag.After, she tried giving me only $6.46 for change until I called her on it reminding her that the change was $7.46, she grabbed another dollar and gave it to me.

Another time before that at a gas station I bought about $8 worth of gas and gave the gal at the register a 20 dollar bill. She gave me two dollars back and looked me straight in the eye and smiled. I waited for her to give me the ten and when she just stood there, I said, "I gave you a twenty, you owe me ten." She gave it to me.

Can you imagine? What crooks! I never have encountered such blatent attempts from clerks to rip me off. Usually if I get the wrong change you can see that they are clearly flustered and they call attention to it - but it isn't like it is on PURPOSE.
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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Mistakes happen, but when you see such things in relatively short period of time it raises some questions. Eventually these people will get set up and caught.

That is what I like about a debit card, a rip off attempt is more difficult.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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Mistakes happen, but when you see such things in relatively short period of time it raises some questions. Eventually these people will get set up and caught.

That is what I like about a debit card, a rip off attempt is more difficult.
I thought you were NEVER supposed to use a debit card for purchases because if anyone got your card number they could empty your entire account --unlike with a credit card where you are only liable for $50 and the credit card company has to take responsiblity for the rest of the fraudulent charges.

It sure does raise questions though. It should be interesting to see if they try to do it again the next time I'm there.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Just an FYI,
The security of your debit card is the same as your credit card.
You need to be cognizant of both, but I hardly ever use cash anymore.
A good reminder to be vigilant though.
jim
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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It is getting to the point that cash is only used in the underground economy, that is why I have heard that a great deal of our currency has traces of cocaine on it.

I never use cash much either. I am curious if personal robberies and muggings have decreased since the introduction of the cashless society?
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
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I doubt it. But if I ever get held up by someone who produces a wireless debit card reader to scan my card with, I'll be impressed just a bit.
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Old 02-24-2008, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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I'm curious as to what the minimum wage is and whether it is so low that clerks in retail establishments who have the nerve try to make up the difference by purposely short-changing customers.
The federal minimum wage is the same across the country: $5.15 an hour

However, some states have raised their own minimum wage rates... SC is not one of them.
DOL WHD: Minimum Wage Laws in the States
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Old 02-25-2008, 02:32 PM
 
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Then there are those who live in Charleston have conducted numerous transactions and have had no incidents. I think it was just one of those days for you.
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