I was a Primark cashier – the ‘thief’ tried a sneaky trick to steal £400 worth of clothes for only £30
A FORMER Primark cashier has uncovered the sneaky trick a would-be scammer used to snag £400 worth of goodies for just £30.
Georgia Pontin told TikTok about the naughty customer who wanted to pay her huge basket in rounds but may have actually cheated the system.
Reservations of the former cashier her video by saying, “I don’t really think she was trying to steal.”
And yet it turned out to have the hallmarks of an ordinary scam that she realized too late.
However, the former Primark employee doesn’t think it worked.
Over half a million people have listened to the crazy story behind Georgia’s possibly biggest checkout blunder.
“This is a story about what NOT to do when working behind the counter in a store,” she says.
The creator explains that at the age of 17, she was suddenly pressured into checking out to cope with an insane rush.
A lady approached them with three full baskets of clothes and that’s when the alleged subterfuge began.
“I was just trying to get my work done and she came up to me and put the baskets on the desk.
“And she said to me, ‘I’ve done all this shopping, but I forgot my card PIN. So can you just let me know if the amount reaches £30 each time as I’m just using contactless?’
The sum of her purchases kept increasing and each time the mystery lady paid in increments of £30.
When Georgia had it all canned, the grand total came to a whopping £400.
The TikTok creator says it was only “afterward that I realized I shouldn’t have done that.”
She immediately told her manager who said it was fine.
However, the potential scam appears to be a tactic known to other store associates as well.
When many small payments of the same amount are received, one is more likely to be skipped by contactless payment technology.
Or it could allow scammers to get their money by reporting duplicate payments to their bank.
Shocked users stormed the comments section to speculate about the possible theft.
One user said, “I’ve worked in retail for 5 years and I’ve never thought about it.”
“My question is how did she spend £400 on Primark? I only spent £75 at most…” someone joked.
Another claimed to have had a similar experience: “I did this when I was working at the register. Who cares if I barely make enough to stop shoplifting, let alone scams.”