Woman Demands Costco Refund Her For Christmas Tree ‘Because It Is Dead’ And Actually Gets It

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Although the Christmas season has come and gone, some people like to keep their trees up for as long as possible.

For many, it’s a chance to prolong one of their favorite times of year, keeping the joy and holiday spirit alive throughout the bitterly cold, non-holiday months of winter. But one woman surprised everyone with her attempt to keep Christmas going.

In early January 2018, Facebook user Scott Bentley shared a photo (which has since been made private) showing a woman in the returns line at his local Costco, with her live Christmas tree next to her.

Scott X’d out the stranger’s face, but he explained the situation in his caption — and totally ripped the woman apart. Per Bored Panda, Scott wrote:

“Woman in line at Costco, totally nonchalant, to return her Christmas tree ‘because it is dead’ on January 4th. I saw the whole thing go down with my own two eyes about 30 minutes ago. If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe that someone had so little moral values or lack of conscience.”

Though his initial words were pretty harsh, he did have some sympathy for the stranger — who, for the record, successfully got a refund, thanks to the wholesale store’s famously relaxed return policy.

“Heartbreaking to think she may have needed that money so much, she lost all self respect and dignity for it. I wish I hadn’t felt so offended initially, otherwise I would have tried to talk to her to find out what was going on. Makes me sad and sorry,” Scott admitted later in an amendment to the caption.

But some people were less kind about the situation and blatantly appalled at the woman’s “cheapness,” railing against her in comments on an Imgur post that shared Scott’s photo publicly.

“There is frugal, there is cheap… and then there is this brazen lady,” one wrote. “People like this are miserable. Seriously, how cheap can you be,” another said.

Commenters chimed in to say that they’d seen things like this happen before. Others suggested it was important to give her the benefit of the doubt, pointing out that the trees are supposed to last until January 6.

Costco has yet to comment on the story.

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Photo: Flickr / Erin Stevenson O’Connor

[H/T: Bored Panda]

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