the return of the diva angels

yesterday, i was a woman on a mission.

bye bye

with diva angels in hand in backpack, i booted it back to the dollar bazaar:

here we are!

ultimately, i wished to receive a full refund for my runny fake jeans.

armed with proof of purchase!

my hopes were not high – i know that at the dollar store close to me, they have a “no refund, no exchange” policy. but since i had a defective item – as in i didn’t just change my mind – i figured there was a slight chance of compensation. let’s keep in mind, though, that maintaining customer relations is not likely a priority for a dollar store – we’re not talking holt renfrew, here!

my B level goal was to score an exchange. if that happened, then i faced a choice: get the russian porn girl leggings, or a year’s supply of what…cheap candles??

i held my breath, put a cheery smile on my face, and crossed my fingers.

i politely showed the proprietor the pants in question, and requested my money back. in reply, he told me that would be “very hard.” um, how???, open cash register. take out $11.29. give to customer? but instead of voicing those thoughts, i tried a sorrowful epxression, and woebegone tone of voice. please, could i please have a refund, please? again, i was told, “very hard,” and this time “store policy” was added on for good measure.

i decided to cut my losses. exchange it would be.

a quick tour of the store did not offer me much:

obviously, merchandising is not a priority

so here’s what i chose:

one of each colour available!

yes, i now have a year’s a minimum two year supply of tissue paper. family, don’t be surprised when your christmas present is enveloped by tulips. [sorry, stephanie, but i just could not do the other leggings!]

i must have been a little thrown because when i checked back with mr dollar bazaar, i had only nine tissue packs. i was thinking that nine = $9.99, i think. he generously said i had one more dollar – right beside the cash i found:

it's even got a cute pattern!

perfect! never too early for a planning geek to look ahead! plus, i will have a funny memory of how i got my 2012 agenda.

all’s well, in the end. the store owner insisted i take a plastic bag for my new goods, and as i was leaving warmly said, “you buy here lots. good customer. we see you soon, yes?” [i think he has me confused with someone else?]. but i appreciated the sentiment. although i would have appreciated my money back even more.

and, yes, because i know you want to say it – i have learned my lesson. no more clothes from the dollar store!!!


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  • Zo  On October 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Worth it for the story alone, but I’m glad you were able to get something for your troubles. I’m sure you would have had another run if you’d gotten the porny leggings!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      ….yes, or else i would trip and rip the knee out or something…or, i bet trying to return a SECOND defective item would be “even harder” for poor mr dollar bazaar!

  • Stephanie  On October 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’m so disappointed. No, I’m serious. When I saw the title, I scrolled quickly to the bottom of the post, just to see my lovely ladies. I guess I’ll get over it, but it will take some time.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      sorry to be such a disappointment, stephanie! what can i say…i tried to picture myself wearing the ladies to work, and just could not see it…those smouldering glances they were casting would just scare off the customers. plus, my mom disapproved. 🙂

  • Johanna B  On October 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Glad you got something for your money. I don’t shop dollar stores much. My daughter loves them. She’s 6 foot tall though so I know she doesn’t buy clothes there.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      i’ve decided dollar stores are great for some things (seasonal window decals!) and not so great for others (clothes!). yes, something is better than nothing, as the saying goes…

  • The Orchard  On October 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I have never seen that store before. Where is it?

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 13, 2011 at 8:31 am

      toronto! it’s in the loblaws centre that i go to down there when visiting my nieces/brother/sil!

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