Funny Retail Nightmare: Lady Tries to Use Piece of Paper as Gift Card

Grayson Larkspur

Updated Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Have you ever had one of those days where you question humanity and wonder what on earth is wrong with people? Well, if you've ever worked in retail, you'll definitely relate to this jaw-dropping story that recently went viral on social media.

In a collection of text-based posts shared by a user named "theblackparadeisdead," we are introduced to a retail worker's encounter with a customer from hell. The posts are timestamped April 29, 2023, and they detail an absurd interaction that will leave you both amused and frustrated.

According to the initial post, the retail worker was in the midst of ringing up a customer when things took a bizarre turn. The customer requested to split the payment between a gift card and a regular card, which seemed like a normal enough request. However, when the customer handed over what appeared to be a folded piece of paper, the retail worker quickly realized that things were about to get weird.

Expecting to find a gift card tucked within the folds, the retail worker was instead greeted with a sight that left them speechless. The paper turned out to be an ordinary sheet of 8x11 printer paper, with the words "$40" scrawled on the inside in ballpoint pen. Confused and incredulous, the retail worker questioned the customer about the nature of this so-called "gift card."

But the customer, seemingly unfazed by the absurdity of her request, insisted that the piece of paper was indeed a gift card. Despite the retail worker's best efforts to explain that a paper with "$40" written on it doesn't qualify as a legitimate gift card, the customer remained steadfast in her belief.

As the exasperated retail worker tried to reason with the customer, it became increasingly clear that she was not going to back down. The absurdity of the situation was enough to make anyone's blood boil, yet the retail worker maintained their composure, apologizing as if it were their fault that the customer had brought a piece of paper instead of a proper gift card.

The posts garnered significant attention, with fellow retail workers chiming in to share their own experiences with outlandish customers. It seems that these frustrating encounters are all too common in the world of customer-facing retail. From demanding customers who scream for managers to those who try to pass off counterfeit currency as legitimate payment, the stories shared in response to this viral post highlight the sheer audacity and entitlement of some individuals.

Despite the challenging nature of working in customer-facing retail, there is a silver lining. Among the sea of frustrating encounters, there are also moments of triumph and humor. In fact, one comment on the post shared a sentimental story of a customer who attempted to pull a similar stunt but was ultimately met with defeat when the retail worker cleverly pulled up the transaction on their card, proving that no payment had been made.

If you've ever worked in retail, you'll know that these stories can be simultaneously maddening and funny. They serve as a reminder of the resilience and patience required to navigate the often turbulent waters of customer service. So, the next time you find yourself in a retail setting, spare a thought for the hardworking individuals who have seen it all and continue to smile in the face of absurdity.

In the end, this unforgettable retail encounter is a testament to the human capacity for both frustration and humor. It's a story that will make you shake your head in disbelief, but also make you appreciate the moments of levity that make the job worthwhile. And who knows, maybe it will even serve as a cautionary tale for those who think a piece of paper can pass as a gift card.

So, the next time you're in line at a store, spare a thought for the retail workers who face the unimaginable on a daily basis. And remember, no matter how tempting it may be, please don't try to pay with a piece of paper. It's a headache that no one needs.

Disclaimer: This article is purely fictional and based on a social media post. Any resemblance to actual events or persons is purely coincidental.

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I'm a retail worker, and not a single day goes by where I don't want to scream "WHAT THE F*** IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!"


I wonder if OP could have gotten out of that situation by pretending to scan the paper and then saying, "I'm sorry, it looks like this gift card has already been used. There's no money left on it."


These people exist because we let them. They scream for a manager, and the manager's manager, and if they scream loud and long enough, 9 times out of 10, their handwritten gift card / expired coupon / etc gets honored just to shut them up.


"Oh, yes of course! My manager will need to assist though, one moment." Then you escalate to your manager and go on a well-deserved break.


Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, should have to spend 5 years working customer-facing retail. I don't care if it's fast food, in a shoe store, as a parking attendant, or selling churros at a theme park. You must work a customer-facing retail job for multiple years and deal with the general public all day every day. If you still come out of that as a 'Karen', then we yeet you into the Sun because you're f***ing irredeemable.


If you all want more stories like this


So I actually had a lady try something similar! She agreed to do a repair on her car, I had to order the part. She came back and got the work done then gave me a sticky note saying she already paid for the part, only needed to be charged labor. I pulled up her last work order to show there was no payment or balance, she demanded to speak to the manager. He said "just pull up the transaction on your CC/Debit :-)" she ended up paying for the part and labor.


The other day I had this older woman insist that her mother had bought her 100% non IKEA pillows at IKEA. There were no IKEA logos or labels anywhere on the pillow. The design was not a pillow we sold. IT HAD OTHER COMPANY LOGOS ON IT. And yet she kept insisting that her mother "lived near here" and was "certain" she had bought it from IKEA, *even though there is a Marshall's on the floor above us* that would be just as easy to purchase from. *Screams*.


I would've drawn whatever the hell she was buying on a piece of paper and been like, "okay, here is your scarf ma'am"


A happy ending!

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