This Is the World's Greatest Swindler (Walmart Div.)
This livin'-large guy to the right is The World's Greatest Swindler, as far as guys who hustle Walmart cashiers go, if Crime Stoppers is to be believed.
The dude goes around to various stores, finds a young cashier, buys a magazine with a $100 bill and then somehow bamboozles or distracts the kid and walks away with -- in one specific case -- 1,400 freaking dollars.
That is some serious bamboozling.
"I don't know how he's doing it, like putting the money in his pocket and then telling the cashier, 'You didn't give me enough,' but he just swindles them," Crime Stoppers' Sandra Rodriguez tells Hair Balls.
One transaction caught on security cameras lasted ten full minutes. "The clerks just get confused," she says.
Maybe. But a guy buys a magazine or asks for change and ends up with $1,400 in extra cash from the transaction and no one notices until they count the till at the end of the shift? This guy is either a hypnotist or has more charm than George Clooney and Bill Clinton combined. He obviously isn't doing it on his looks.
Plus, Walmart cashiers have that much cash in their registers?
Anyway, the guy's been hitting stores on the south side -- Fairmont, El Dorado Boulevard, League City and Kemah -- Rodriguez says. He's gotten $3,000 so far.
He's believed to have begun targeting the southwest side, she says.
So all you young Walmart cashiers out there, try to arm yourself against the unstoppable.
Here's the car the guy drives, by the way:
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