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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Seven workers at a Cub Foods grocery store are out of a job after being accused of abusing a shopper rewards program for their personal use.

Cub Foods says it happened at a store on West Broadway Avenue in north Minneapolis for months.

It had to do with the use of Cub’s rewards cards. The program works like this: Each time shoppers spend $50 at Cub, they get 5 cents off a gallon of gas.

But for several months, the accused employees were adding points to their own cards whenever a customer came down the checkout line who didn’t have a card to add points to, a Cub spokesperson said.

And what makes the story more interesting is who else is involved: an off-duty Minneapolis Police officer who worked security at the store.

The store fired him, and now the Minneapolis Police Department is deciding if he’s in any more trouble.

Cub wouldn’t give specifics on how it caught the problem or how much it cost the company. Cub only said it discovered what happened during a routine audit of the rewards program.

All seven workers, and the security guard, were fired this month.

The workers targeted shoppers without a rewards card. So if you shop at Cub and have one, this won’t affect you earning and collecting rewards down the road.

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