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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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Tesco's beer money scam
A "mate" of mine had a wicked wheeze for bolstering his meagre earnings at Tesco's when he was about 17.
I, sorry he, used to work all day Saturday till 10pm. Bloody irritating if you want to go to the pub. In an effort to compensate himself he would short change everyone a £1 at a time. Everyone was always so busy no one ever checked their change. If they did, you can just mutter something about a mistake and let them on their way. Almost victimless crime.
You would be an idiot to walk away from the tills with a pocket full of shrapnel so take the equivalent notes out the till and stuff them down your socks.
And ta-da! Beer money for the night!
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 12:32, 7 replies)
I don't want to start another flame war, but...
... this is in the same league as Leyxia's post yesterday. I don't see how Tesco's miserliness warrants your taking it out on the customer. Have I missed something?
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 12:37, closed)
Well said Enzyme
What a nasty bunch of sneak thieves we have here.

(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 12:42, closed)
Con vs Theft
A con is theft by deception, this is just theft. Hoping people don't count change is not exactly a masterstroke of misdirection.

While we're playing definitions, the difference (not in the least bit official outside of my head, granted) between a defensible con and just being an outright cunt is the morality of the victim. Leyxia was a cunt, because his victim was Mr Joe Average. World-eating mega-corps like Tesco would qualify as a valid target for the morality clause in my book, but alas without any clever deception you're just a thief. Bored now.
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 12:52, closed)
How is short-changing people 'compensation' for you (or your 'mate') working til 10pm?

It isn't one of your basic human rights to go to the pub, you know. You chose to work, therefore you get paid to work. And then you can use that money to go to the pub with.

But I'm sure that won't compute for you, as you seem to think it's ok to steal other people's hard-earned.

You utter, utter grasping little arse.
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 13:00, closed)
Almost victimless?
Yes, I see where you're coming from, but I'm sure ALL OF YOUR FUCKING VICTIMS wouldn't.

(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 13:24, closed)
Good try but...
...I worked at a supermarket, and the guy they caught trying the same trick was marched out through the shop and straight into a police car.
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 13:51, closed)
I did something similar as a young scamp working in the local chippy. Punter asks for two fish suppers, punter gets two fish suppers. Til thinks we've only sold one fish supper, till gets money for one fish supper. Scoopfoot gets money for one fish supper. This went on for a while and paid for me to get a beer belly too. I was eventually caught and grilled by the feds. I was a minor and the guy who owned the chippy wanted as little to do with the Polis as possible as he was a shady cunt himself. Anyway, point is i Learned that this was a dispicable act. What right had i to steal from anyone? Even a complete cunt? NONE is the answer! I'm now like born again christian about this kinda stuff. So yeah, don't be proud man, ripping off old ladies is shit crack. Just get a better job!
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 14:14, closed)

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