Someone Else’s Gift That Keeps On Giving

, , , | Right | October 13, 2018

(An older lady comes into the fabric store where I work. She gets some fabric and several other notions and comes to the register to check out. I ring her up and give her the total amount due. She hands me a gift card and I look at it.)

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but I can’t take this. It is for [Chain Grocery Store].”

Customer: “But my son said it was good anywhere.”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, it is good anywhere at one of their stores. But this is [Fabric Store]. We can’t take it.”

Customer: “But you take gift cards, don’t you?”

Me: “Yes, but we take our own gift cards, not other stores’ gift cards.”

Customer: “But I know I’ve used gift cards here before.”

Me: “It would have been one of ours, then.”

Customer: “Then why can’t you take this one?”

Me: “Because that is a card from [Chain Grocery Store] for groceries, not one of ours for fabric.”

(This went on like this for several minutes before she pulled out a credit card and paid. She left saying she was going to get her son to come in and see why I wouldn’t take her gift card and he would straighten me out good. Not surprisingly, he never came in to straighten me out.)

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