It’s that time of year. Every time we’ve been to Costco (one of our favorite stores) this past month, the return lines reach the exit. But returns can also provide an endless source of amusement… especially if you’re not the store that is accepting the returns.
Here goes FRS: Funny (?) Return Stories:
- We saw this one firsthand: a person standing in front of us returned a clock to CostCo. And not just any clock. The dials of the clock had fallen and were resting on the bottom of the clock. The clock looked like it was hung outdoors and it was worn from MANY seasons of rain and sun. It looked like it had a long and happy life. it was time to replace it. But no. This person returned it to Costco. The Costco employee couldn’t find a similar clock to it ever being sold at Costco, and politely asked this person if they’d be willing to accept a refund in the amount a similar clock was being sold for today. This person took the refund!
- Chad Thomas returned a backpack to REI in 2013 because it “was getting old and dirty, and I didn’t like it anymore” … after buying it in 2004. REI accepted the return (9 years later!) and even gave him an extra $17 to match the backpack’s current price. You can find references to this story all over (originally in The Wall Street Journal) since REI ended its essentially unlimited return policy in 2013.
- A woman returned a Christmas tree to Costco on January 4th because it “dead”. And what’s truly amazing about this (beyond the actual act of trying to return the tree after she was done using it) is that Costco accepted the return and refunded the woman the money. While you can find photos of the tree online, if it we didn’t see something like this happen with our own eyes, we’d be wondering, too.
Have you seen a “funny” return before? Do share!
Interesting Trivia: what parts of the human body never stops growing?
Answer to last post’s trivia: the crown does… Why? It turns out that in the 18th century pigeon manure was used in the making of gunpowder, so George I who was king at the time decreed that all pigeon droppings would be property of the crown…