Sportsmens Report
November 12, 2019
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Sportsman’s Report: Tune up your tackle boxes Sportsman’s Report: Free Saturdays at the de Young Sportman’s report: Tucson plan to explore Sportsman’s Report:There is no bright spot in Sonoma County this week Sportsman’s Report: Sport Expo opens at Sac. Sportsman’s Report: Campfire wood reveals fungal wonders Sportsman’s Report: Salmon season opening May 1 Sportsman’s Report: Some upcoming events this month Sportsman’s Report: Wild world of Mushroom season Sportsman’s Report: Pan seared salmon, pig and venison Sportsman’s Report: The first Bolete foray Sportsman’s Report: Crab season opens Sportsman's Report: Will rain bring mushrooms? Sportsman’s Report: Just Christmas ideas Sportsman’s Report: Christmas list for hunting and fishing Sportsman’s Report: Conditions of surf and waves Sportsman’s Report: The mother of all rock and gem shows Sportsman’s Report: More of the gem and bead show Sportsman’s Report: Fishing the Bay, Delta boat launches and turkeys Sportsman’s Report: Nutria and hogs feral and introduced species Sportsman’s Report: Make camping reservations Sportsman’s Report: Driving the back roads Sportsman’s Report: Updates on hunting and fishing Sportsman’s Report: The fish are biting Sportsman’s Report: Summer is here Sportsman’s Report: End of skiing season Sportsman’s Report: Annual grandpa day at Giants baseball game  Sportsman’s Report: Deer opener, fishing update and research camping Sportsman’s Report: Late season camping Sportsman’s Report: Labor Day weekend and Gravenstein apple pie Sportsman’s Report: Non-lead ammo and official hunting season upland game Sportsman’s Report: Mammoth tooth found 2018 Mushroom opener Sportsman’s Report: Rock club show Sportsman's Report: Tips on making camp fire Sportsman’s Report: Wire wrap and crabs Sportsman’s Report: Grandma and cast iron Sportsman’s Report: Gift ideas, mushroom, fishing and hunting updates Sportsman’s Report: Reviewing highlights Sportsman’s Report: The mother of all rock, gem, and fossil shows in Tucson  Sportsman’s Report: Deer tags and jetty clean-ups Sportsman’s Report: Turkey hunting starts Sportsman’s Report: Ides of May, 2019 Petrified wood Sportsman’s report: How long to grow an abalone? Sportsman’s Report: The authentic fish taco Sportsman’s Report: For beginner rock hounds Sportsman’s Report: Cattle stampede and Civil War Days Sportsman’s Report: Fishing, shell fish and at the Presidio Sportsman’s Report: Camping with a kid Sportsman’s Report: Updates on fish, hunt, camping and skunks Sportsman’s Report: Notification from the Dept. of Public Health Sportsman’s Report: Dove weed and fall harvest Sportsman’s Report: Bagging fish during the fall season Sturgeon’s Mill and first SRMGS Cow Mountain’s first time hunters Fishing, berries and deer hunting Fall scents coming Activities for Labor Day Last rock journey report Rock hunting trip Exploring natural geological beauties

Sportsman’s Report: Check your receipt if you pay by credit card

By: Bill Hanson
September 20, 2019

Beware of a new scam out there among the great unwashed. If you pay with any kind of plastic, check your receipt for your purchase to be sure you were correctly charged and look carefully for a ‘cash back’ entry. Many stores have a policy which only produces a receipt if your purchase total is over a low threshold, say $25. This is in the name of saving paper. If you do not ask for a paper receipt then one is not printed, unfortunately this can lead to abuse. 

Recently a lady (unnamed) made a purchase at a department store. She did check her receipt and noticed a $20 cash back entry. She pointed it out to the cashier who then whipped out a twenty and handed it to the customer. The customer handed it back saying she did not ask for the cash and does not want it on her credit card. The clerk said she would have to wait for the supervisor, people in line behind started to grumble. She stuck to her guns and told the supervisor her issue. After some exchange the whole purchase was deleted and everything had to be re-scanned. 

The moral to the story is this, think how many times a day this would actually work. At the end of the shift there would be a lot of $20s in the clerk’s pocket. Always ask for a receipt when paying with a card, credit or debit, and check it within sight of the cashier before you leave the store. Another wrinkle in this scam is to have an accomplice go through the checkout with a small purchase, then receives a wad of money in her bag which they split up later. This way the clerk gets away holding nothing at the end of shift. 

It used to be you traded at a particular store because you trusted them, trust in the merchandise and trust in the people who own and operate the store. Today it is hard to know anyone who works at the big box stores and there is no loyalty between customer and owner or customer and clerk, unless you know that clerk. So always ask for a receipt and check it.


Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.