“I’m Gonna Press Charges On Your A–” Woman Confronts Starbucks Employee Who Stole Credit Card Info
If you’ve ever had your credit card information stolen, you know how vexatious that whole situation is. They have to send you a new card with a new number, and for what? Maybe your card needed to be shut down because your information, along with many other people’s, had been “compromised.” Maybe someone took your wallet and went running–to the store that is. And maybe, just maybe, someone took down your credit card information as you were making a purchase and you assumed they were just innocently ringing you up.
If you had an idea of the individual who may have taken your card to buy gas, groceries, clothes, or whatever else, what would you do? Would you go back to that establishment and tell a manager? Or would you be especially bold and do like one California mom who rode back through the drive-through lane that the suspected employee operated and confront them?
Elizabeth Becerra of Victoriaville, Calif. went to a nearby Starbucks on New Year’s Day. During that visit, the young girl who rang her up said that she had run out of receipt paper and had to quickly run to the back to get some. The employee returned, gave Becerra back her card, and the mother of two went about her business with her coffee.
But Becerra would return to Starbucks a day or so later after finding out that her card had incurred a charge of $212 from a local grocery store. While her brother taped the incident, Becerra drove up to the drive-through window and confronted the 19-year-old employee, telling her that she knew she had made a copy of her credit card information when she went to the back for receipt paper and that she also knew that she used the card to go the grocery store. Becerra had somehow seen video of the employee at the local grocery after shopping with her money.
As Becerra scolded the employee for taking money “from me and my kids,” and told her that she called corporate and was going to file a report with police, the 19-year-old apologized extensively and begged Becerra not to go through with pressing charges.
“I’m sorry that I took money from you and your kids. I’m sorry that you had to come up here. I’m sorry that this is inconvenient for you.”
She continued, “I’m so sorry. I am a good child. I swear I am really good. I really do go to school. I’m 19. I play soccer.”
Becerra wasn’t hearing it. She told the employee, who at that point admitted to writing down the credit card number and said she would even give Becerra $212 “right now,” that she was definitely going to go through with pressing charges, and that the young woman needed to do better.
“You come to Starbucks to get coffee, not to get robbed!”