Take cash from the register of a local store, legally, with Spare

Take cash from the register of a local store, legally, with Spare
Thanks to an app called Spare, you might be able to one day walk into a local store, demand money from the shopkeep, walk out of the store with cash, and not have to worry about getting busted by the cops. Spare actually is a brilliant idea. If you are from out of town, from another country, or just don't want to get ripped off by ATM fees, this is the app you need to install on your phone once it is out of beta.

Spare is not yet being widely distributed. But when it is launched, it will allow you to quickly grab some cash for those moments when your wallet contains only mothballs and cobwebs. Open the app and type in the amount of cash you need. Your GPS directs you to the closest store that is registered with the app. When you get to the store, head over to the person behind the register and show him or her the one-time PIN code generated by the app on your phone. That should be enough to get the person working the register to open it, and disperse to you the amount of cash you requested.

As we said, Spare is in its early days, but the outlook is promising. In Southern California, the app already has over 150 merchants signed up along with 1200 customers looking to borrow some moola. For the merchants involved, signing up with Spare means that more traffic comes inside the store. But considering that these people are borrowing money, we're not sure how much revenue this extra foot traffic will mean for retailers.

We should point out that the stores signed up with Spare do have the option of adding a service charge in the form of a flat rate fee, or a percentage of the amount borrowed.

source: CNET

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8 Comments

1. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Say more. How does one pay back? etc

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i am assuming it's more like a credit card advance cash. Usually when i am out and about I just roll into Walmart and buy a pack of gum and withdraw w/e i need. You can pretty much count on a walmart around every corner in the u.s

6. TBomb

Posts: 1017; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

My guess is, it's like taking the cash back option at a store when you use your debit card. The only difference is, you're not required to purchase something and get charged the international fees.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Interesting idea, but the person behind the register has to visually verify the one-time PIN code generated by the app on your phone? What if it's like Z#7c^jdK&7c!3B or something crazy? Should be able to scan a bar code or something.

4. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

"Impressive"

5. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Maybe not. "Behind the scenes the money is transferred from your bank account, via Spare, to the merchant. The principle is similar to cash-back, only with a phone instead of a bank card." CNET

7. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Nice another reason for thieves to steal your phone and really bend you over and ram it home dry... they'll be hunting for this app on every phone they take and hiring every store possible with the phone lmao

8. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Hitting * every store

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