Anyone who has spent any time working in retail knows how insane some customers can be. So when Costco employees were asked on Reddit what the most outrageous item a customer tried to return was, you can guess that the employees were happy to share. There were dozens of stories, some hilarious and some just painful. Here are the best seven responses.

Have you worked in retail? What is the most outrageous return you've seen?


1. An empty box of wine

One customer tried to return an empty box of wine, complaining that it gave her a hangover. Perhaps she had just never experienced a hangover before.

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Costco has a great return policy, which of course means someone is going to try to abuse it. Like this customer who tried to return a 10 year old boombox - they even still had the receipt!

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3. An old laptop

This one was at first thought to be a new laptop that was returned to the store. What is actually turned out to be was an 8 year old laptop that was shipped to the store. Turns out the owner peeled the serial stick off his brand new laptop and taped it onto his old one, which he then returned.

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4. An even older fish

This is my favorite. A woman wanted to return a 13-year old fish after leaving it in her freezer and forgetting about it. Of course, when this was question she threatened to call corporate, so she got her way and returned the fish.

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5. An eaten steak

After purchasing and eating a $200 vacuumed packed steak, a customer brought back the cooked bones and fat and asked for a return. Which he was given!

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6. A smelly safe

This one caused quite a stir, when the Costco employee was forced to call the policed after receiving this safe that reeked of marijuana. A customer purchased a safe online and then returned it to the store after clearly using it to store his stash.

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7. A dead plant

Apparently this is a pretty common occurrence. A few month after Costco closes their garden center, customers will return their dead plants. Why take care of a plant when you can just return it after you kill it, right?

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