Woman Reportedly Returns Dead Christmas Tree to Costco, Gets Full Refund

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Costco is known for it’s generous return policy.

The warehouse club allows members to return almost anything they’ve purchased at any time for a full refund (there is a 90-day limit on electronics).

A woman in California put that return policy to the test when she reportedly returned her dead Christmas tree and got a full refund.

Indianapolis radio host Dave Smiley posted screen grabs from a Facebook page of a California man who claimed to have witnessed the entire incident.

“I CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP…” the post started.

“Woman in line at Costco, totally nonchalant, to return her Christmas Tree ‘because it is dead’ on January 4th. I saw the whole thing go down with my own two eyes about 30 minutes ago. If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe that someone had so little moral values or lack of conscience.”

The man claimed that Costco employees did confirm she bought the tree at their store and gave her the refund. He said she was “shamed to a small degree,” but wrote, “I don’t think it fazed her because she has no conscience.”

A picture accompanying the post showed a woman with a red “X” over her face standing with a dead Christmas tree at the Costco customer service counter.

The man wrote that the woman didn’t seem to mind that he took her picture.


  • Bangers N Mash

    My buddy walks into walmart, grabs an armful of clothes and walk right over to the returns line to get full refund. Time after time. He say wrong size.

  • Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions

    I returned the stained underwear the junkies pulled up over my head after stealing my milk money

  • warningfakenews

    I would imagine that a quick read of the return policy at Costco would reveal that the lady was within her rights as granted by the store’s policy. Might even say “no questions asked” in there.

    You can make a policy sound wonderful to the purchasers, but you make a calculation up front on just what you’ll pay for that in the long run. Cost of doing business, I’d say.

  • Bezos' Bozos

    Costco keeps increasing its prices, increasing its membership fees, and reducing “Costco quality” by allowing its suppliers to use cheap & China-sourced ingredients. Costco claims to want to compete with Amazon, but then raises its price by $8 or more above previously posted website prices, and $12 or more above in-store prices, and then has the ballz to claim it offers “free shipping.” These, plus this “give refunds for dead Christmas tree” scams have finally brought the death knell on to Costco’s historic success. Good riddance, I say.

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