I hear all sorts of stories from people returning things without a receipt. Most of the time they are not creative enough to thing of something really good. I got a receipt and a whopper of a tale Sunday night.
This kid - and yes, at 19, he is still a "kid," comes up with a Winn-Dixie sack and pulls out a paintball gun - one that looks shockingly like a real gun. No box, no papers, nothing.
What he does have is a wadded-up piece of paper that proves to be a receipt. With some caveats.
He has PARTS of a receipt from another Wal-Mart store. The part with the UPC number and about a third of the transaction barcode at the bottom. No date, so I don't know how old this piece of crap is. There's also a hole that looks like a cat or dog either ate or clawed a chunk of the top of the receipt out. Mangled, I give you a textbook illustration.
So I give him the options. 1) Find the other part of the receipt. (cue frantic pocket searching, to no avail) 2) take it back to the store this came from and see if they can look it up. 3) Get a store credit. Please note that the word "cash" never came up during this recitation.
"Well, why can't I get cash?" -- "Sir, the receipt is destroyed. You don't have a box or packaging and you didn't purchase the item at this store. Those are your options."
So now he tells me "My friend, this is his gun. But he owe me money and he give me this gun. He said I could have the gun. But I don't want the gun. I want the money. I want cash."
OK. First off, what is this? Detroit? Are we up on the 8-Mile? Malcolm Jamal Warner gonna come round the corner rapping or something? Your friend is giving you guns with a receipt to pay off a debt. Puh-leeze. Second, you are whiter than white and not at all ghetto, so "my friend owe me money and give me a gun" just does not sound tough WHEN IT IS A PAINTBALL GUN!
We go through the options again. I'm trying to break it down and use small words. Brainpower is not his forte. For the curious, no, he was NOT cute enough for me to care about.
His answer? "So you're gonna gimme cash right?"
See, here's where I get annoyed. WE COVERED THIS. Your alleged debtor friend is not my problem. The fact that you want cash is not my problem. The fact that you destroyed the receipt is not my problem. The fact that you apparently cannot comprehend what I'm telling you in plain English is NOT MY PROBLEM.
"No. If you want cash, you need to go to this store and have them recover this receipt. If they even can. You don't have a date on there. They're probably going to give you a credit too."
He gets a hangdog look and says "Well, OK. I don't want to drive across town and get on the turnpike. Gimme a cash card."
**Sigh** This child had cash on the brain.