A FORMER Primark cashier has revealed the sneaky trick a potential scammer used to walk away with £400 worth of goodies for only £30.
Georgia Pontin told TikTok about the naughty customer who asked to pay for her hefty basket in rounds, but may have actually cheated the system.
The former till assistant caveats her video by saying: “I don’t actually think she was trying to steal”.
And yet, it turned out to have the hallmarks of a common scam that she identified too late.
Although, the former Primark employee doesn’t think it worked.
However, over half a million people have listened in to the crazy story behind potentially Georgia’s biggest mistake she made on the tills.
“This is a story time of what NOT do do when working on the tills of any shop,” she says.
The creator explains that when she was 17 she was suddenly thrust onto the tills to cope with a mad rush.
A lady approached her with three full baskets of clothes and that’s when the presumed ruse began.
“I was just trying to do my job and she came up to me and she put the baskets on the desk.
“And she said to me ‘I’ve got all this shopping but I’ve forgotten the pin number to my card so can you just let me know when it reaches £30 each time as I’ll just pay with contactless.”
The total of her shopping kept raking up and each time the mystery lady paid in rounds of £30.
When Georgia has canned it all, the total had hit a whopping £400.
The TikTok creator says it was only “afterwards that I realised I shouldn’t have done that”.
She immediately told her manager, who said it was fine.
However, the potential scam seems to be a tactic that other shop workers recognise.
If lots of small payments of the same amount go through, it’s more likely that one may be skipped by the contactless payment tech.
Or it could allowed any fraudsters to get their money by flagging the duplicate payments to their bank.
Shocked users rushed to the comment section to speculate on the possible theft.
One user said: “I’ve worked in retail for 5 years and never even thought of this.”
“My question is how did she spend £400 in primark? The most I’ve spent is £75….,” one joked.
Another claimed to have a similar experience: “i done this when i worked tills. who cares I’m barely paid enough to stop shoplifting let alone fraud”.