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Rip-Off Alert: Fast-change artist in Florida scams unsuspecting cashiers

A con man pulls a fast-change operation on an unsuspected clerk in St. Petersburg, Fla. (KSNV)

A con man pulls a fast-change operation on an unsuspected clerk in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The crook brings about $800 worth of random items up to the counter. When it was time to pay, he pulled out “a wad of cash,” according to Detective Sandra Bentil.

That's when he began to confuse the cashier with his chatter.

"By suggesting he count the money into piles and at one point he even started to help him count the money,” Bentil said. “At the end of the day, the suspect walked out of the store with all of the merchandise and $400 in cash."

The same cash confusing scenario showed up at another Florida store.

"He's a fast talker,” said Mary Anson, owner of Harson’s Food Store, “He's good at what he does. It's obvious he's done it before."

Anson had security video capturing this cheat during his third quick change trip.

"He hands the clerk a $50 and steps aside to pull other money out of his pocket,” she said. “And then when she hands him the change for the $50, he’s like. ‘Whoa, wait. What did I give you?’ ”

That's when his cat-and-mouse game of confusion with the clerk begins. But his little scheme ended when the cashier caught on and calls his bluff when he asked for his $50 back.

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