Why would a convenience store always ring up the wrong price?
May 2, 2012 4:19 PM Subscribe
Workers at this one convenience store always charge slightly more than the stated price. What is the scam here?
posted by johnofjack to shopping (24 answers total)
When I was an undergrad, the family who owned this convenience store across from the university would almost always charge 5 cents more than the stickered price. (It seems like they didn't do that if it made the price roll over to the next dollar, but given that this was happening nearly 20 years ago I couldn't swear to it.)
At any rate, if I corrected them on the price they'd apologize and say it was a mistake, though it always happened regardless of who rang up the purchase. I'm sure it wasn't a mistake because one time the store came up at work, and everyone else in the office reported having the same experience. After this I decided I'd always correct them when it happened, and eventually it quit happening.
This was about 20 years ago. Recently I was in the store again and remembered this because, you guessed it, they charged 5c more than the stickered price.
What is the scam here? Surely it's not just charging a higher price--no one goes to a convenience store expecting good prices. I can't even imagine this as tax evasion since all the receipts would indicate the higher amount that they shouldn't be charging.
Whatever's going on here, it seems like it's obviously so much work for little benefit that I feel certain I'm missing something.