Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Thieving Ways

About a month ago I bought a ton of stuff at Ikea to redo my middle son’s bedroom. Have you been to Ikea? If not, and you’re planning to go, start prepping now with a vigorous training regimen, because that place wears you out! At least I was worn out. Another note: when buying lots of stuff, don’t wear flip-flops!

Anyhow, my cart was loaded high as I checked out and the cashier zipped through the process using her little laser gun thingy to tally up the goods. I headed home ready to tackle a new project.

Fast forward to the end of the project (it looks amazing, by the way). Along the way, we decided not to use some knobs that we'd bought, so I brought them back to Ikea to return.

At the counter, I handed over the knobs (two packs) and my receipt. Only, the transaction wasn’t going through. Only one set of the knobs was showing purchased.

Then I realized what had happened.

I had stolen the knobs.

Okay, so it wasn’t quite my fault that the cashier hadn’t rung them up, but still. I felt like a shoplifter! To add to my embarrassment, the customer service woman offered me store credit for the package of knobs I DID NOT BUY. It must be part of their store policy. I politely declined the offer to be paid for my thievery...

Have you ever accidentally stolen something? Did you return it?

By the way, A WITCH BEFORE DYING comes out on Tuesday. I can't wait to share Darcy's latest adventure with all of you!


Aurian said...

I have never accidentally stolen anything, and I am the kind of person who gives money back when received too much in return. I prefer being honest about those things. Karma and all.

Cynthia Rielley said...

I always give back extra change, try to be honest in every way, I have even gone back to pay for things if they forgot to ring it up ( example juice boxes under the cart). This week however I was at the grocery store and the bagger was awful! Bread was squished, talking all the time etc. I didn't realize how distracted he was however until I got home and found he had packed the canister of courtesy wipes they keep at the register. I was so hot and tired...I kept them.
Now that you allowed me to confess I feel so much better!

Lelia said...

I had a similar experience. I purchased several back-to-school clothing items for our daughter. She was not shopping with me that day.

the ones she didn't care for, I brought back to the store. And, yes, there was a sweater set that was not on the receipt.

The lady was really nice about it - and I left the set at the store

Anonymous said...

I have gotten home with something that was not charged for and I went back and either returned it or paid for it, except once. I intended to return it but then it got damaged by my dog, so I did nothing about it.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Aurian, I give money back, too. Just not right to keep it.

Cynthia, LOL on the wipes! Bad baggers are one of my biggest pet peeves. I mean, c'mon! Bread and gallons of milk don't belong in the same bag!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Lelia, isn't it embarrassing? I felt guilty, even though it wasn't my fault at all. LOL.

Anon, explaining about the dog would have been hard. :)

Adrienne said...

I laughed out loud at your story...thanks for sharing. I'm sure I've probably walked out without paying for something ...but I'm writing now to thank you so much for the post card about A Witch Before Dying. What fun to get that in the mail from one of my favorite authors.
I'll be sure to read it. And I promise to pay for the book!
Adrienne/Ande in MN