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Friday, March 24, 2006

March 14, 2006

Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law

The morning after the fated catamaran sale, Kim and I returned to the hotel from hell to retrieve the home furnishings purchased from Ross Dress for Less. With the exception of a few candles, which had been burned, and a serving tray that developed a large chip, the plan was to put everything back into its original packaging and return it to the store. Kim went to do the returning today, and discovered that you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes you get more. The total bill for her original purchase came to $398.00. Upon the return, it was discovered that four large vases and a lovely painting of a martini set were no-where to be found on her receipt. According to the sales girl, this was because Kim never actually bought them. “So I must have stolen them then.” Kim said to the disinterested girl, who responded with a “Yeah, I guess.” The sales girl went on to tell Kim that she couldn’t take back the items, even if she gave Kim no money for them, because there was no proof they’d come from the store in the first place. They were Kim’s to keep. She then refunded Kim the total due from her returns: $370.00. Home Kim came with her near total refund, four new vases, and a painting so stunning it drove her to drink. God Bless America.

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