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Coinstar guy

Some guys, they take the risk of breaking into a house in Newton, they're going to go for the really valuable stuff. But not this guy. No, Newton Police say he broke into a house and stole "a large amount of change." And then he went to a nearby supermarket to trade it in at the Coinstar machine for, well, one of those debit-like cards, we assume. And, of course, he got captured on one of the store's surveillance cameras.

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    Watched a young couple

    pull a classic flim flam on a clerk at a dollar tree store a while back. Bear in mind everything is a dollar in dollar tree store. They brought maybe 5 dollars worth of stuff [laundry detergent, soda, baby wipes, etc.]. The young guy chatted up the clerk like they were old friends, confusing her. He paid with a ten dollar bill, then swore he gave her a 20. She ended up giving him 14 dollars and change back. Was it all really worth it? Some people do it because they can. It's an addiction.

    Experienced clerks also

    Experienced clerks also keep the bill(s) handed to them by the customer OUTSIDE the cash drawer of the register until the change is made and handed to the customer. That way there is no question as to what the denomination of the bill was.

    Small change can be a big reward

    My house in Newton was robbed in October of 2011. They stole large jars of coins (mostly quarters) totaling anywhere from $500 to $800. So sometimes stealing "small change" can give you a big reward.... still not worth the risk or the back breaking pain of carrying them!