Let's just extend that expired credit by a couple of months….
As I've mentioned in a few previous posts, I manage a local independent video game store. We give cash and store credit on trade-ins usually. If a customer wants a trade and can't make up their minds, we usually give a credit slip for the amount that is a good for a year after the day of trade-in. We always hand write our credit slips since we really don't have the computer system like the bigger chains do like GameStop and Co. to print credit slips for customers.
Now normally, most customers come back into the store well before the year is expired to use their credit. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for the gentlemen who came into my store today. He approached my co-worker and asked if he could use this credit on the slip. After examining the slip for a few seconds, my co-worker called me over and told me to take a look at the slip. It seemed like a legit credit slip until you took a gander at the date on it when it was generated. Now customers always get a copy of the credit slip and we keep the original for our records. These are the kind of copies that use carbon paper, and the customer gets the slip that the carbon paper is pressed onto so no actual ink touches the copy the customer gets. This didn't stop this gentlemen though. Someone clearly had taken a pen of almost the same color and tried to write and 8 over the first 6 in 6/8/05 (the date the slip was initially issued) so it read 8/8/05 instead of 6/8/05 which meant the slip is technically still valid. You could clearly see it was forged since the pen color didn't quite match the color of the rest of the writing on the slip. Digging back into our paperwork last year found the original slip that had been generated on 6/8/05, so he was clearly caught trying to extend his credit by two months. We told him we couldn't take the slip because it was expired and he got into a bit of a tirade over it.
"Well, I never wrote an 8 on that!" "I'm going to report this to the Better Business Bureau!" after taking the slip back. The guy still dropped like $60 on 4 GBA games for his kids suprisingly despite not being able to use his $38 credit slip. You know what's the real kicker though? Had the idiot just fessed up to me and said he forgot about his credit slip in his wallet in the first place instead of trying to forge an extension, I probably would've honored his credit slip despite it being a couple months past expiration. You try to cheat my store though, there's no chance you'll get any sympathy from me.