Tallahassee Police warn businesses of 'short change scam'

The couple police say was involved in a scam at Publix.

By: Julie Montanaro
June 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Businesses are being warned about a scam that police say hoodwinked a Publix store clerk out of $300 in cash.

Tallahassee Police say a couple with two small children walked into the Killearn Publix around closing time on June 16th, asking for change for six $100 bills.

Investigators say they asked for change in $20 bills, then in quarters, and so thoroughly confused the clerk that she wound up short $300.

Investigators say this is an oldschool swindle called the 'short change scam.'

To avoid being shortchanged, police say clerks should always count change out loud, without interruption, and only swap bills if they have the entire amount in hand.

If you recognize the couple in the photo, please call the Tallahassee Police Department's Property Crimes Unit at (850) 891-4200.

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