Refunder Blunder, Part 19

| Right | January 24, 2016

(I am a manager covering the returns counter associate’s break and have been dealing with a crazy line. My next customer walks up and hands me her receipt. I smile.)

Me: “How can I help you?”

Customer: *points to shorts she is wearing* “I want to return these.”

Me: “All right, would you like to do an exchange and change in our fitting room? You do not have to get the same shorts if you do not want to.”

Customer: “I want a refund.”

(We go back and forth and I repeatedly state that’s what we would be doing but I need the product.)

Customer: “Why?”

Me: “We ship the defective product back. I need the shorts.”

Customer: “Oh, my mom can just sew this piece back on; I just want my money back.”

Me: “I need the product.”

Customer: “Why?!”

(By this point we had gone backs and forth again and I motioned from her shorts to behind the desk.)

Me: “I need the shorts to give you a refund, you can buy gym shorts, a skirt, a towel- anything to cover you up to leave the store but without the product I can’t do the return.”

Customer: “Well, that’s bull-s***. Just give me my money back.”

Me: “I already explained to you that without the shorts on this counter I can’t give you a refund.”

Customer: “THEY ARE RIGHT HERE. I want to speak with a manager.”

(I don’t normally pull the card, but I showed my badge and tags and told her I was the manager. I proceeded to call an assistant manager up who was as baffled as I was and told the girl she would need to give us the shorts to get a refund. She never understood and left cursing and shouting about how she would tell everyone not to shop at our store because of this.)

Next Customer: *hands me his receipt and item* “I’d like to return this, and don’t worry; you can keep the item.”

 

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