Teen Scams Walmarts Out Of $30,000 By Pretending To Be Manager From Another Walmart

I once knew a guy who said that with the right outfit and enough confidence, you can get through any door. Looks like a 17-year-old in Oklahoma took that lesson to heart, walking into multiple area Walmarts and walking out with wads of cash in his pocket.

KFOR-TV (yes, the same station with the homophobe restaurateur story from earlier today) reports that police in Norman, OK, recently caught the young scam artist, but not until after he’d already tricked a Walmart workers at a trio of stores to give him access to cash.

The teen had previously worked at a Walmart until he was fired (for stealing cash, obviously). But he kept the uniform and apparently realized he could use it to get more money dishonestly than he would have with an honest day’s work.

At one point he showed up in uniform to a Walmart in Edmond, OK, where the manager had him work the cash register… from which police say he stole $3,000.

He then promoted himself to manager when he visited the store in Moore, OK, in December.

According to the police report, the teen “acted as if he was a general manager from another store,” who was there to do “an inventory of the store before general managers came to inspect them after the holidays.”

Somehow, the young whipperscammer found himself alone in the cash room, where he helped himself to “multiple bundles of cash, stuffing them inside his pockets and clothes,” before hugging the real store manager on the way out.

It wasn’t until he tried the scam again in Norman that police finally caught up to the young man.

“He’s obviously confident in what he’s doing and has a good story,” explains a police sergeant to KFOR, who reports that the 17-year-old appears to be an aspiring actor.

This is already the second story we’ve done this month about a sketchy guy pretending to be a Walmart employee. Last week, we brought you the tale of fake Walmarter who took a hit to his genitals after he exposed them to a customer.

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