Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

"A little white lie never hurt anyone." That was a line I heard most of my life from my mom. Her little white lies had a tendency to turn into whoppers.

After Christmas, birthdays, or major purchases, you could find her in any customer service line. Her favorite store was Wal Mart. At one time, they took any merchandise without a receipt and gave a cash refund. It was definitely a money making venture for her. And a rather embarrassing one for me.

To this day, I still remember the store clerk at Wal Mart telling her, "Sorry ma'am, but we have never carried this item in our store." The guy even cocked his brow at her and ended the conversation with, "Ever."

"But I just bought it from here."

"Where's you're receipt?"

"I must've thrown it away," she'd say.

"Sorry, ma'am. No receipt. No refund." The guy ran his scanner over the item. "And once again, we've never carried this item."

"Are you calling me a liar?!"

I waited for the guy to whip out a big bar of Dial soap or Tobbasco Sauce. Something she gave my sister, brother, and I when we told big ones or said a really bad word.

I really believe she's the reason why most stores give you a refund on a gift card nowadays.

More to come next week...




25 comments:

  1. Hard to argue if they've never carried the item.

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    1. I witnessed this many times over growing up. It was one of many reasons why I hate shopping. It was truly a traumatic experience for me.

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  2. From what I've heard about Walmart--they deserved it. LOL

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    1. LOL! Karma comes in strange ways. Right?

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  3. Oh My Goodness.
    No wonder you hate shopping.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It was a facepalm moment every time.

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  4. I know a guy who used to buy batteries, use them up, then put them back in the package and return them.

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    1. Dishonesty makes everyone else suffer. Society pays for it.

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  5. I seem to recall my mum trying that same routine once in Marks & Spencer - with the same result.

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    1. LOL! It must be some kind of mom flu.

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  6. I sat on a jury once. The defendant was a woman who went in women's clothing stores, put things in a store bag and then went to the counter and said she wanted to return them. Not a good thing to do.

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    1. Thank goodness my mother paid for her purchases.

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  7. i think too often it's the "other people" that ruin it for the rest of us :( a gift card would have been the better answer. agreed! thanks for visiting my blog !

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  8. I'm sure that was embarrassing, but at least you didn't pick up her bad habits. Have you entered my contest to win a watch?

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    1. I was at your blog via my iPhone which limits me from doing things like entering contests and watching videos. My hubby set it up that way. Anyway, I spread the word about it.

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  9. That would definitely have been embarrassing. Ugh!

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  10. How mortifying. But not all examples are wastes, if only we learn not to copy them and embarrass our own kids. Right?

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  12. How embarrassing. I used to have a friend who wore something over a weekend then returned it to the shop on the Monday. That was embarrassing too!

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  13. Oh dear!
    Awkward. That's putting it mildly...

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