JumpStart by Robb Armstrong


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  1. IamJayBluE

    IamJayBluE said, about 3 years ago

    And make sure to look at all screens when items show up on the register, and check out the cashier’s keypad actions, as well as making sure any change/receipts are given straightaway…

    I’ve seen how difficult it is, when one has to take the “rugrats” with them into the store, which could also distract in this regard, so it would seem helpful to have a trusted friend to help out…

  2. IamJayBluE

    IamJayBluE said, about 3 years ago

    And definitely read receipts, like Robb and Joe said!….

    And it helps to call your bank before and after transactions, to make doubly sure that your money is correct!….

  3. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, about 3 years ago

    Kind of like Dick Tracy’s crime stoppers

  4. Phatts California

    Phatts California said, about 3 years ago

    I have my bank computer set up to send a text message to my phone whenever a purchase is more than a certain amount. If I know I didn’t get cash back, so the amount shouldn’t be large enough, and I get a message anyway, I’ll know something isn’t right.

    I’m just making that suggestion for you guys … for myself, I always get cash back.

    btw, obviously that won’t work if you’re using paper checks. It’s only good if you use a debit card.

  5. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 3 years ago

    Most stores that have a cash-back option have you key it in at the PIN pad. The cashier doesn’t have that option.
    I work for Pennsylvania’s state-owned/operated liquor store system. If a customer uses a credit card for a large purchase, I ask them for ID to protect them from identity theft.
    Some people balk until I tell them that they can go home and say that they got carded at the “state store”! Others, especially women over 30, smile and laugh at that, because they haven’t been carded at the liquor store in years!

  6. olddog1

    olddog1 said, about 3 years ago

    Pay with cash. The only cash back will be your change.

  7. Rugeirn Drienborough

    Rugeirn Drienborough said, about 3 years ago

    This “scam” is fiction. Just run “cashier cashback scam” in your favorite search engine to get the truth from any of a half-dozen reputable sources.

  8. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, about 3 years ago

    Marcy fell for it…

  9. The J.A.M.

    The J.A.M. said, about 3 years ago

    Thanks, Robb, I’ll be on the lookout

  10. hillia

    hillia said, about 3 years ago

    Yup. Total urban legend. Cash back must be entered by the customer, the cashier can’t do it on the register. Does no one read snopes?

  11. First_Of_The_Fallen

    First_Of_The_Fallen GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Very disappointed that you’re spreading this rumor, Robb. I’ve been working retail for 20+ years and never once worked ANYWHERE where the option to select cashback is given to the cashier. 2 minutes on Snopes.com would have told you the truth.

  12. spate4

    spate4 said, about 3 years ago

    The truth is if a cashier want to rip you off all she or he wait for people on their phone.

  13. scretwitch

    scretwitch said, about 3 years ago


    Disappointed. This rumor has been around for a while and doesn’t need to be started back up. It’s almost impossible that anyone who doesn’t have your PIN could access your account. But it is good to always check your receipts!!!

  14. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 3 years ago

    My son-in-law has a habit of throwing out receipts right away. So if something doesn’t fit, or you’re not sure if you paid for something, or the chicken is stinky when you take the plastic off – you’re out of luck. So keep those receipts!

  15. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, about 3 years ago

    Since the end if the penny in Feb 2013 (Canada) There are two things to watch for 1) ensure the cashier rounds off correctly and gives you the correct change. 2) Make sure the total amount owing that the cashier tells you is the actual price and not the rounded amount.
    Take a look at the register total before you pay. Use the rounding to your advantage.

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