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AIBU to think I got scammed by a man in a wheelchair?

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user1488540182 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:03:30

urgh.... here is the story..
I was doing a bit of light shopping in a supermarket when out of nowhere a man in a wheelchair approached me. English was obviously not his first language and he seemed to have a learning disability. He asked for £1.90 to help pay for a ready meal and some hot cross buns he was holding on his lap. I gave him 30p loose change as I didn't have any cash on me. He looked so disappointed that he didn't have enough money, I felt so sorry for him that I offered to buy the ready meal for him. It was only £2.90 anyway. After i paid for it he asked for the receipt took the meal and barely said "thank you". i brushed it off but felt satisfied that i had helped someone in need. I finished off my shopping and decided to buy a magazine near the customer service desk when I turned around and saw the man in the wheelchair queuing up with the meal and receipt in his hand. The penny dropped then, . The thing is I used my debit card to pay for his meal. when he saw me he wheeled away. I saw the manager, and had a queit word in her ear, to not give this man a refund as it was with my debit card. He was hanging around at the exit waiting for me to go! Just makes me really mad that people can stoop so low like that. I'm going to have to be more streetwise in future...!

KoolKoala07 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:09:01

This makes me bloody angry. Stories like these. The trouble is, you won't be likely to help anyone in future and they could be in really need. It's scroungers like this that destroy people's trust. angry

witchofzog Sun 05-Mar-17 22:09:32

Arsehole (him not you). His sort of behaviour stops people giving to genuine people. Bet he didn't need the wheelchair either angry

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sun 05-Mar-17 22:11:39

Refunds are made in the same way as the goods were paid for. If paid for by a card the refund is to the card. Shops don't give cash refunds unless payment was cash.

AndNowItsSeven Sun 05-Mar-17 22:12:56

Morrisons do give cash refunds all the time.

Sparklingbrook Sun 05-Mar-17 22:13:39

I might have queried why he needed the receipt TBH. I would want that for my own records.

NotCarylChurchill Sun 05-Mar-17 22:16:03

It's quite possibly he was genuinely desperate for the money, and genuinely disabled. I did the same when I was 16 and living on the streets so I could pay for a shelter. Do-gooders are perfectly happy to splurge £3 on a hot drink if you, but God forbid a homeless person actually be allowed any autonomy over what they want to spend money on.

NotStoppedAllDay Sun 05-Mar-17 22:16:51

Credit note could be given...... to use in whatever. But do shops take back food if just unwanted or change of mind? Only entitled to a refund if faulty.....

And scammers come in many forms. Just because s person is disabled doesn't make them a saint

user1488540182 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:19:14

As it happens I WAS in morrisons..
I should have asked him why he wanted the receipt, I just assumed that he wanted it incase he was stopped by a security guy as he didn't have a bag.

DevelopingDetritus Sun 05-Mar-17 22:19:18

He didn't think that through very well did he! How was he expecting to get a refund with you paying by debit card, fool of a man.

I was standing at a bus stop the other week, it overlooks an Asda car park, there was a man and woman scouring the car park, bushes, trolleys looking for abandoned receipts, what's that about! The only thing I could think of was stealing the item on the receipt then at least they'd proof of purchase confused

228agreenend Sun 05-Mar-17 22:20:13

But it wasn't his money, it was the op's and he already had the food, in his lap. I think you were being scammed.

Ni58 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:25:43

I think Asda receipts have a code on them that you can input into their website. It's their brand match guarantee - if the items would be cheaper somewhere else, you can then print off a voucher to redeem in store. I think I saw that on a super scrimpers type programme. Maybe that's what they were collecting them for?

hibbledobble Sun 05-Mar-17 22:26:11

A couple of 'homeless' men were doing this at my local supermarket. They asked people to buy them shoes/food, then took it back to get cash. I know this because I spoke to security after they approached me rather aggressively in the car park. Sadly I think this is quite commonplace. I have heard of mothers asking people to buy there babies nappies and wipes in boots and then returning them. It's very sad.

dataandspot Sun 05-Mar-17 22:26:26

Yes I have had money back from customer services in cash from morrisons many times.

namechangealerttt Sun 05-Mar-17 22:26:48

Looking for receipts in known as wobbling, never done it myself, just read about it and seen it on telly. It saves you money when you shop if the shopping at Asda would have been cheaper elsewhere.

Nanna50 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:27:09

Scouring for asda receipts is the asda price guarantee, some of them are worth a fiver and the rest soon add up.

ZackyVengeance Sun 05-Mar-17 22:27:59


ToastVacuum Sun 05-Mar-17 22:28:51

Yep, a scam. Sadly these days I assume "scam" far more often than I used to. I prefer now to donate to charities who can figure out who is genuine and really needs to be helped.

Nanna50 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:30:01

Crossed Asda guarantee posts, sorry.

nancy75 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:30:05

Shops shouldn't refund a card payment with cash, I'm sure it's part of their agreement when they sign up to take card payments.

CallingGloria Sun 05-Mar-17 22:32:15

I've had a cash refund for a credit card purchases in Tesco on a few occasions where the amount was a £1 or so.

DevelopingDetritus Sun 05-Mar-17 22:34:42

Oh right, Well, I'm as tight as a drum and take care of the pennies but I'd draw the line at scouring car parks for receipts but each to their own I suppose.

OverthinkingSpartacus Sun 05-Mar-17 22:36:04

My local morrisons won't give cash refunds if item bought with debit card, last week dh had bought wrong bottle of whiskey and when we took it back they said they can only refund back to his debit card.

Dunno if it differs from store to store though.

hesterton Sun 05-Mar-17 22:40:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

miniatureegg Sun 05-Mar-17 22:40:46

Absolutely no one who handles cc/dc payments should be refunding in cash. It's against the [code of conduct thingy that regulates card use by businesses]

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