You think working in retail is fun?
Now as someone who has worked in retail in clothing stores, I have encountered customers who tried to return items that are not even part of the store or even items from the store that clearly is from years ago.
So why not I share with you guys other people's stories on receiving weirdest returns at the retail store they work in.
1. SONY BOOM BOX
A Reddit user by the name of jb2255, posted that he saw a person returning a Sony Boom Box at Costco with the receipt included, that is from 10 years ago... I don't even think Costco has that type of warranty for that period of time.
2. A WINTER JACKET NOT FROM THE STORE
It's not one of the weirdest returns, but I decided to include this. Apparently, someone tried to return a winter jacket to a J.C. Penney store that was not even purchased there in the first place... The reason they tried to return the jacket was because it didn't fit.
Okay, who else from retail has dealt with those sleazy customers that were trying to return an item that is not from your store? I know I have!
3. A COOKED STEAK
Yes. You heard it right. It seems like Costco is number 1 for being the store that receives the most weirdest things.
After buying, and most likely ate the $200 vacuum-packed steak, the Costco member returned a container of cooked bones and fat.
4. A 10-YEAR OLD PING PONG TABLE
A man in Florida decided to test Costco's return policy by returning a 10-year old ping pong table. He explains that because the table is outdoor rated, that it should it should be used outdoors. Given the conditions in Flordia, he stated that the metal frames became rusted, and some of the supports started to collapse. If you want to read Costco's response, here is the link: https://consumerist.com/2010/02/23/even-costcos-return-policy-has-limits/
5. A FORMAL SET AT BABY GAP!!
This actually happened recently... The picture says it all.
Where do these people get the sense they can return an item that they finish using or rather, ran out? Reddit user mysterious_baker stated that when he was managing at a Dollar General, a customer came in and try to return batteries. His reason for returning the batteries was because they ran out of electricity. He bought them 2 years ago.
A Reddit user by the name of isadanceaholic states on the forum site that they had a customer wanting to return a raincoat because "it wasn't raining outside anymore".
8. MELTED PLASTIC BABY BIB
Reddit user NinjaShira stated that a woman bought a plastic baby bib, and not reading the instructions that stated "hand wash, not machine wash", the lady threw it in the machine, then into the dryer which the plastic melted and the bib was destroyed. Her attempt in returning the piece was denied.
At Costco, a guy tried to return a lobster. The man bought him alive and for the purpose of it was to use it for a party at the end of the week. He decided to freeze the lobster alive. A friend then told him he shouldn't have done that to the poor lobster, so then he decided to return it.
10. A SOCK
No, not a pair of socks, not a pack, just a friggin sock.
Another Reddit user by name of Npeo talks about how a woman came into the store and wanted to return a sock. The employee asked her why and she explains that the threads are messed up. They also asked her where are the rest of the pack, and she replied that her husband is wearing the other sock. Unfortunately, they let her return the sock, and receive a credit of 1/12 of the price.
11. 3 YEAR OLD PAIR OF PANTS
Here's the funny part? The pants were returned by the same woman that was returning the sock.
12. PASTA FROM 10 YEARS AGO
If you think people won't go far to return a food item expired a decade ago, you are wrong.
13. AN EMPTY WINE BOTTLE
Reddit user jb2255 writes about a woman that wanted to return an empty bottle of wine at Costco. The reason for it was because it gave her a headache. You can understand why she returned an empty wine bottle. Don't get ideas.
14. DUREX MASSAGE OIL
I guess she was not satisfied.
15. A HALF EATEN CANDY BAR
Just imagine the stress going on in the employee's head having to deal with this customer.
16. DOG FOOD
A lady returned a bag of dog food to the pet store because it killed her dog... Now before you call me out, hear is the story. The bag that was returned, was not even opened...
Poor dog, though.
17. ALMOND MILK
This lady returned a purchased carton of Almond Milk because she stated that she has an allergy to cow's milk. The workers tried to explain to her that doesn't have dairy but she wouldn't budge.
A lady returned a GPS to the store she purchased. She claimed she didn't need it because her son got into an accident the day before. Just imagine the patience these workers need to have dealing with these customers.
19. DEAD PLANTS
Reddit user SmashCity28 wrote that once he worked in Lowes during his last year in college, a couple came with a receipt to return their dead plants. But, without the dead plants. It took minutes for him to explain to the woman the procedure on how to get the dead plants from the ground... Oh, the patience.
20. OPENED UNDERWEAR PACKAGES
There is nothing to explain here. Though the author says that if return used, the company would sell it for cheap.
21. A SAFE THAT SMELLED LIKE MARIJUANA
Reddit user iheartrms called the police after receiving this unexpected return: The large safe, which was originally purchased online, was returned to the store smelling like marijuana.
22. PRESSURE WASHER
By far the oldest return I have ever heard. Reddit user hobovalentine wrote that he received back a 15-year-old pressure washer and the reason for the return was because it stopped working.
23. USED CHICKEN COOP
Just imagine the stress.
"I was on the cart crew for 8 months. The worst I saw was a used chicken coop that had started falling apart. The thing was covered in chicken [feces]. Everyone stared as the guy and his family brought it in. Apparently, he had bought it online the year before. Naturally, the front end manager gave him a full refund." - syst3m1c
24. WORN WHITE TOP
Now you may think this is okay. Probably a small loose of thread or just a small lipstick stain. I was working at Ann Taylor and this lady who occasionally shops there returns an item. Because of our return policy, we gave her money back. After she left, my assistant manager thinks this is sketchy and believes this has been worn. I smelled it and boy was I stupid to do that. It smelled like bad odor with a scent of perfume and there were lipstick stains on the chest area. I hope Ann Taylor changed their return policies by now.
25. AN OLD FISH
To end this list of the weirdest returns at a retail, I give you the best for last.
Reddit user Xiannrica wrote that they encounter a lady who tried to return a 13-year-old fish. Yes, more than a decade.
Apparently, the lady purchased the fish then froze it and forgot about it for the past decade. When she was denied, she started to threaten the store saying she will call corporate and head office. And you think they allowed it? You darn well they did!
And there you have it. Now let's hope we don't have to deal with customers like these and also tip those retail workers who deal with this nonsense.