Cecil Rodgers of Cincinnati, Ohio was excited to spend Christmas with his family. He was ripe with the spirit when he received a phone call from his eldest grandson.
“A voice comes on and says, ‘Papaw, this is your oldest grandson. I’m in trouble,’” Rodgers told WCPO. “He said, ‘I hit a woman’s car and she was seven months pregnant. And they charged me with drunken driving and I’m in jail.’”
Then someone claiming to be the young man’s lawyer came on the phone and told Rodgers, “I’m going to try to get him out so he can drive home,” and instructed Rodgers that he needed to send $2,300 to pay for his bail. He told him to go to his local Walmart and have the money transferred from there to a Walmart in Bel Air, Maryland.
Of course, being a family man, Rodgers didn’t even think twice about the request and headed to his bank then to Walmart.
When he got there and was preparing to have the money sent, an employee named Audrella Taylor just happened to be working the cash desk that day.
Rodgers explained the whole situation to Taylor, and being an experienced employee red flags immediately went off in her head.
“He said something about somebody was locked up in jail, he got a call and he needed to send $2,300,” Taylor said.
“I said, ‘I am going to refuse the sender. I’m not going to let you send that money. I think you are being scammed.’”
Taylor sensed something was off about the whole story Cecil Rodgers had received and urged him to actually call his family FIRST and get it all verified.
And wouldn’t you know it… she was right! Rodgers made the call and discovered that his grandson was on his college campus, safely outside of the jail system.
Not bad, right? We need more people like Audrella Taylor — people looking out for one another. Dominic Gross, the store manager, took notice and gave her quite a bit of praise.
“We are very happy with Audrella and all our customer service associates who help in that manner,” he said. Additionally, he mentioned they will now start training cashiers to recognize if someone is possibly being scammed.
Rodgers, too, thanked Taylor for her help.
“I don’t have much,” he said.