Monday, January 27, 2014

My $20 pepper

I usually watch the cashier at the grocery store - well, as much as I can while I'm unloading my cart. And I almost always glance at the receipt before I leave the store. But last week, I was tired and in a hurry to get home. I stuck the receipt in a notebook and didn't think about it until I pulled it out to see if I could use it for a rebate I was sending in.

As I was scanning the numbers, I saw $20.72. I couldn't imagine what I had bought that cost that much, so I looked left. And there it was. Fourteen red peppers. Right between the one green pepper and the one onion I had bought.

Of course, I had only bought one red pepper, but somehow it had been rung up as 14. (I have not been able to come up with a plausible reason for how that happened.) I took the receipt back to the store and, to their credit, they didn't ask a single question. Just gave me back my $19 and change.

The moral of my story: ALWAYS check your receipt!

Sarah

25 comments:

  1. Great advice! I once was charged for 34 peaches :D

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    1. How do they charge for these odd numbers of items? Makes me suspicious ...

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  2. I was once charged for Perdue chicken. Here in MD, that's not unusual... except that there was no item with that description or number, and I was a pseudo vegetarian back there. Needless to say, I did not buy chicken. Even less, for $12! Since they couldn't even find what they were charging me for, they did refund me the money. But yeah, absolutely, always check... it's become second nature to me now.

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  3. I was double charged for $4 yogurt on Friday. The scanner thing was fussy and the girl was waving things back and forth twice. DH was supposed to watch... I noticed before we got in the car at least. A person always has to watch that it is the right price! If you aren't able when they ring it in - for sure check the receipt!

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    1. I trust DH to check about as much as I trust the cashier :) Glad you were on the ball!

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  4. I was once charged $99 for one head romaine lettuce, instead of 0.99. Cashier was new and didn't want to ask anyone how to fix. Needless to say, it got fixed :)

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  5. I was once charged over $19.00 for broccoli I did not buy, so I am a checker!

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    1. That's impressive, Kim. At least I did buy one pepper!

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  6. The one and the 4 are next to each other (top to bottom) so they may have hit both keys at the same time. Glad you caught it!

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    1. Good point! I was beginning to wonder if someone was pocketing the difference. I like your scenario better

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  7. Wow I try to watch my groceries rung up for that very reason--I hate being overcharged!

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  8. I try to keep my eye on the cash register as the cashier scans each item but failing that I always check my receipt. That was one expensive pepper!

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    1. I usually do, but I clearly need to do a better job of it!

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  9. I was looking at receipts yesterday and found one had slipped by me. I had eight packages of cheese at $2.98 and with price matching they were $1.49 each. I told the cashier, "The cheese is $1.49 with price matching." She said, "Okay." Sunday, I found she rung up the first four at $1.49 and the last four at $2.98. I took it to the customer service counter in WM, and a manager happened to be watching as I explained. The manager said, "She will give you a refund THIS time, but not again. You should have caught it sooner."

    So, it is obviously all my fault. Considering I had three receipts from the last two weeks where WM owed me money, it appears they are not doing a good job at ringing items.

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    1. Wow, that manager doesn't understand the meaning of customer service. Not sure I would be patronizing that store again. Glad you stood your ground!

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  10. Wow! These stories totally blow away my overcharged by $2.70 for a tank top story!

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  11. Happened to me yesterday. Cashier caught the mistake before I did. She scanned a bag of apples and a bag of peaches. They all went in as peaches.

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  12. I almost always check my receipt, but it's that one time I don't that I'm overcharged for something. I don't think I've ever been overcharged THAT much, wow! Glad they refunded with no questions -

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  13. I one time went back to the grocery store to get like a $4 difference bc they rung me up wrong. I live like two minutes from the store so it wasn't a big deal, but I'm sure the grocer thought I was whack for going back for $4. And I'm sure it's not every day that people buy 20 bell peppers!

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  14. This one I didn't buy, but I saw the error on the ticket and brought it to the cashier so she could let management know.....it was a 1.5lb. package of fresh salmon marked for $599 lb. Obviously the clerk when imputing the price missed the decimal point so that package of salmon was marked at $898.50!
    Man, if someone had picked that up and thrown it into their cart without looking at the price on the package(thinking it would ring up $5.99 a lb.)they would have had heart failure at the checkout....lol

    The only thing I have is once at Walmart my cashier rang my 2 cantaloupes up at 28 cantaloupes or something similar. I just remember that it took FOREVER for her to take the 26 extra off the bill. lol

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  15. It makes me wonder how many people that this happens to and they don't check their receipt. That is scary.

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  16. This info you provided in the blog that was really unique I love it!!! the credit people

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