Woman Returns Dead Christmas Tree to Costco in January and Gets Her Money Back Like a Boss

Christmas is long gone, but that didn’t stop this Costco shopper from returning her Christmas tree to the store. Yes, you read that correctly. On January 4, a woman in Santa Clara, California, was called out by Facebook user Scott Bentley for trying to return her (used!) Christmas tree and get her money refunded. Luckily for her, it worked!

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“I can’t make this stuff up,” Bentley’s post began. “Woman in line at Costco, totally nonchalant, to return her Christmas tree ‘because it is dead’ on January 4. I saw the whole thing go down with my own two eyes about 30 minutes ago.”

Bentley also added a photo to the now-deleted post with a red X covering the woman’s face. As you can probably imagine, the internet was up in arms over this woman’s “ridiculous” return. But despite the complaints and online hate talk, she left the store with exactly what she came for — a refund!

Though Costco is known for having one of the most generous return policies in the business, we can’t help but wonder how far the company will go to please a customer. (Apparently, pretty far.) From used Christmas decorations to bathing suits, Costco shoppers seem to get away with bringing back just about anything and getting their money back.

“Usually a few months after the Garden Center closes, people bring back plants that died,” a user named ManicHispanic85 who identifies as a Costco employee wrote on Reddit. “Also, right around September people love bringing back all their summer stuff: BBQs, bathing suits, pool gear, patio sets, etc.”

Crazy, isn’t it? While we we’d never think of returning a dead Christmas tree, we can’t help but be a little excited for this woman that her determination paid off in the end. What do you think? Is returning a seasonal item acceptable shopper etiquette?

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