A Good Reminder To Check Your Receipts
When you're in a check-out line, do you always check the receipt? I confess, I usually don't. And now I'm wishing I did.
I had gone to the big chain store for a birthday card, and some boxes of mac and cheese. That's it. I used the Self-Checkout lane, thinking it would be faster. I quickly swiped the items, bagged them, paid by credit card, threw the receipt in the bag and then left.
40 minutes later after I arrived home I looked at the receipt and found I was charged for items I never purchased: 2 big packages of Oreo cookies! Don't get me wrong, I love Oreos! But I did not even walk down the cookie aisle on this trip to the store. I seriously just needed a card and 2 boxes of macaroni and cheese.
Why was I charged almost $6 for items I didn't buy? The sweets weren't hanging around near the scanner. I don't think that the charges were from the person before me. I'm pretty sure the screen was showing me a welcome message when I stepped up to it. I'll never really know.
But the whole incident has me thinking that we really should be checking receipts. Sure, computers are smart and can do a lot of things; but clearly mistakes can be made. So as the consumer, I guess it's our job to make sure we're not being overcharged. Lesson learned.
I am curious, do you routinely check your receipt after you make a purchase? And how do you feel about those Self-Checkout kiosks anyway?