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I work at a national chain bookstore and a customer wanted to return agift he got from a different bookstore that went out of business. Forget the fact it wasn't bought from us, or the fact the customer didn't have a receipt, and forget the added insult that the product was used(the pages were written on), but it was a 2006 wall calendar. When asked why he wanted to return a 3-year-old calendar, the customer stated he just got divorced and did not want anything his wife got him and he figured all bookstores were the same. We are thinking this is why she divorced him in the first place.
 
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Aug 11, 2009
I think that the exercise part of a dieting plan is ONLY useful when you exercise more calories than you take in; if you keep eating the same amount and do not make a great effort in the exercise area, you will not lose weight.

The good thing about dieting and exercise is that if you consume less AND exercise more, then the exercise will help to tone your body up as well as lose the weight.

Another comment made by several others is that imagine how heavy these people going to the gym would be if they stopped exercising.

Personally, I think that in order for exercise to work, it has to be something you enjoy doing and that you will continue to do. But when your exercising stays the same and your eating stays the same, there will be no LOSS.

I think I said the same thing 3 times, but I guess I must believe it!
 
 
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Jul 29, 2009
If somebody is prepared to return a 3 yr old calendar maybe someone is willing to buy to used calendars. I will have to look into this. Great update
 
 
Jul 28, 2009
I worked in a grocery store through high school. One evening, an elderly man came in to return a cake mix he had had at home for two years (by his own admission). His reason: his wife had died and he no longer had a use for it.
 
 
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Jul 27, 2009
Obviously his wife was one of the calendar girls...hence the reason for initially keeping it and then wanting to be rid of it.
I wouldn't dream of stereotyping the wife by assuming she was pretty but not too bright, which explains the entire marriage as well.
 
 
Jul 27, 2009
During college I worked at a convenience store on Long Island. Every winter as soon as the weathermen reported on a "big snowstorm" on the way, we would get flooded with idiots "stocking up" on milk and bread to the point where we would sometimes run out. These "storms" rarely amounted to more than a dusting of snow, leaving the idiots with much more bread and milk than they could possibly consume in a week. Inevitably, a week later, some would come into the store with green bread or cottage cheese milk saying, "I just bought it a couple of days ago.."
 
 
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Jul 27, 2009
I always wonder about the truth behind the funny story.

A guy comes into a store. He's got a few bags full of books. The bags are from the store.

He brings them up to the counter and says he wants to return them. They ask him why. He says, "they were my wife's, we just got divorced, I think she bought them all here."

The clerk goes through the bag. There's some that can be returned, some that can't, because that store has never stocked them. They tell the guy that. He looks embarrassed and says "I thought it would be OK. I thought she bought them here. They were in this store's bags. I haven't actually looked through the bag, they were just left in the house when my wife left."

The clerk notices that one item is a 2006 calendar that has been written on. The clerk says that the calendar is certainly not returnable. The guy agrees and mumbles that he never really looked in the bag.

Some things the store takes, the guy leaves with the rest. The clerk writes a funny story.

 
 
Jul 27, 2009
Saddly Indurviduals like this are all too comman, Whilst working in a supermarket I had a customer who didnt understand why we wouldnt refund a faulty product that we didnt stock. We didnt stock it because it was the own brand of a different chain. My favourite was the little old lady and the melting Ice Cream. For 3 week at the start of November she had been bringing back her Ice Cream saying that it had melted on the way home. As she only lived 5 mins drive from our store and this had not happened the rest of the year we and her were mistified as to the problem. (there were no other complaints of fast defrosting ice cream.) Thankfully one of the Customer service team was a lateral thinker... When he took the shopping out to her car, (trying to keep this now irate octogenarian happy) she told he to place the shopping (Ice cream and all) in the back of her car in the foot well behind the drivers seat. The cruical moment came when she said "goodbye" with the words "thankyou for your help, I'll just sit here and warm the car before i set off..." She had (in the cold of november) been putting the Ice cream in the foot well of her car, in effect, in front of the heater thus melting it before she even left the carpark. Ice cream placed in the boot, (so it wasnt being cooked) she went on her way... No more melting ice cream.

god save the customer...
 
 
Jul 27, 2009
Saddly Indurviduals like this are all too comman, Whilst working in a supermarket I had a customer who didnt understand why we wouldnt refund a faulty product that we didnt stock. We didnt stock it because it was the own brand of a different chain. My favourite was the little old lady and the melting Ice Cream. For 3 week at the start of November she had been bringing back her Ice Cream saying that it had melted on the way home. As she only lived 5 mins drive from our store and this had not happened the rest of the year we and her were mistified as to the problem. (there were no other complaints of fast defrosting ice cream.) Thankfully one of the Customer service team was a lateral thinker... When he took the shopping out to her car, (trying to keep this now irate octogenarian happy) she told he to place the shopping (Ice cream and all) in the back of her car in the foot well behind the drivers seat. The cruical moment came when she said "goodbye" with the words "thankyou for your help, I'll just sit here and warm the car before i set off..." She had (in the cold of november) been putting the Ice cream in the foot well of her car, in effect, in front of the heater thus melting it before she even left the carpark. Ice cream placed in the boot, (so it wasnt being cooked) she went on her way... No more melting ice cream.

god save the customer...
 
 
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Jul 27, 2009
Im sure he thought all calendars were the same too.
 
 
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Jul 27, 2009
I'm sure return policies specify a limited amount of time for return. Sucks if you buy the calendar in December.
 
 
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Jul 26, 2009
Why? I can't think of all the stories you are sent why you cut and pasted this one for our perusal. The story seems contrived, made for myth-busters, but here it is. Is there another step to this dance?
 
 
Jul 26, 2009


"Why would he keep a calendar that is two years out of date?"

Being a little sympathetic for a few seconds, maybe he kept it because he REALLY loved his wife and wanted to KEEP everything she gave him, you know how it is, then was betrayed or did something absolutely suicidal to the marriage and blew it and she pulled the plug . . . who knows.
I feel for him in a way but still, a 2006 calendar . . .
 
 
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Jul 26, 2009
Charlesfunnish said:
"I'm just going to cling to the hope that Captain Dumb A$$ doesn't have kids."

Lets cling very hard to that hope. Since he doesn't want to keep anything his wife got for him, trying to return the kids could either be very gruesome or comedy gold.
 
 
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Jul 26, 2009
Anyone else feel inclined to charge the guy a 20$ restocking fee for store credit to return the calendar, and then inform him that the computer just reported that since it was a 2006 calendar, and store credit is only good for a year, that the credit has expired in 2007?
 
 
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Jul 26, 2009
I would have divorced him too!

What is "agift"?

I shall consult Merriam-Webster! Hmmmm...page 25...I see "aghast...agile...agility..."

Nope! No "agift"!

I am truly aghast that his spouse divorced him. I guess he wasn't agile enough, and didn't display the proper mental agility to get rid of a 3-year old calendar!

(A shape of an "L" on the forehead!)

 
 
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Jul 25, 2009
Hey, the 2006 calendar was a freakin' classic.
 
 
Jul 25, 2009
That was me.

Just kidding.

That's even worse guy who would not believe my friend's store was closed at 8:30, despite the sine, and the human informing him it closed at 8.
 
 
Jul 25, 2009
He obviously wasn't too bright, and with the trauma of the divorce, not thinking straight. He probably doesn't read the Dilbert Blog or his comments, since he obviously doesn't have an inkling of an idea what the Internet is. If any of the previous were even slightly wrong, he would have known that by selling it on eBay he could have gotten twice as much, if not more! Hopefully he hasn't shredded it pieces, burnt it and stomped on it yet.
 
 
Jul 24, 2009
Your reader could have suggested that the man tear up the calendar in little little pieces, burn the scrap and stomp on the remains to help him vent his anger. That would be better than getting a refund.
 
 
Jul 24, 2009
Someone tried to turn back in the 2006 Dilbert Wall Calendar!? No, just kidding. Either way, it's messed up.
 
 
 
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