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… And Then I Had to Windex All the Cases

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WE HAD A “CUSTOMER” come in looking for matching wedding bands for him and his soon-to-be wife. As my office manager bent down to show him a ring, he pressed his bare manhood against the glass. She quickly came in the back office and told me what had happened and I called the police, who didn’t pick up (in our small town, they are open only banking hours). So I called dispatch at the next town and they sent over an officer. The officer walked around the store and every time he approached the flasher, the man would face the other way but continue to press against the glass. Feeling the heat, the flasher made a move to leave, but the officer stepped in front of him, looked down and pointed right at the man’s fly as if to scold it. The man looked down, tucked it in and apologized under his breath as he fled out the door. The cop went after him and returned shortly to tell us the man claimed he had just used the bathroom at a convenience store. The officer disputed his story given the amount of full three-piece exposure and asked him not to return, to which the man said, “Where am I supposed to buy my wedding rings then?” The officer told him that given the embarrassment, he felt that neither us nor the flasher should feel comfortable doing business from here on out. We thanked the officer, then I drew the short straw and got to Windex all the cases. — told anonymously to INSTORE’s Big Survey, 2016 

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You Won’t Believe Why This Client Wouldn’t Take Her Engagement Ring

Hint: it wasn’t the diamond she thought they had switched.

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For over 20 years, we have had a customer’s diamond engagement ring in our vault because she refused to take it. Not because she felt we switched her diamond, but because she swore we switched the mounting. — Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler, Palo Alto, CA

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The Sweet Taste of Vindication

A plate piled high with cookies can go a long way to remedying a false accusation.

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Last summer, we had a customer come in to pick up a pearl necklace that she “swore” she left with us to repair. When we couldn’t find it in our repair box, she got really mad and threatened to call the Better Business Bureau on us. We were all stymied. None of our records showed that she had left that necklace with us. A few days later, she sent her husband in with a plate piled high with cookies to apologize. She had found the necklace in her jewelry box. She hadn’t brought it to us after all. Those cookies were very sweet indeed! — Chay Rees Runnels, Rees Jewelry, Nacogdoches, TX

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One-Legged Man Leaves Trail of Devastation In Search of Ice Cream

His parting words were, ‘My wife is going to kill me.’

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Our shop was very busy one afternoon, when all of a sudden my husband yells, “Oh s#!@, call 911!” and goes running out the door just as a car hops the curb and crashes into the glass door and surrounding concrete wall of the Safeway next door to us. My husband (who is a former policeman) assists the motorist as he rolls the car back off the curb and into a parking slot. He had meant to park the car, but accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. As one of our staff is talking to the 911 operator, they ask, “Does the motorist have any visible injuries?” Hollie, our manager, was quick to let them know that the driver had only one leg, but that it didn’t happen because of the crash. (Turns out his amputation was a month old.) This man had “borrowed” his wife’s car while she was out of town and he kept saying, “She’s going to kill me!” So, the fire department comes, the paramedics come … the guy says he’s fine. He says he needs to go over to the grocery store to get what he came for: ice cream. Said he’d be back to talk to the police after he got that and away he goes with his crutches. Police come … they wait and wait … pretty soon, here he comes, driving one of those complimentary electric carts for shoppers, and as we’re all watching in disbelief, he drives right into the large decorative post in front of our shop. Backs up and then drives once again into the post as he was trying to get by it to talk to the cop. — Teri Vogan, Vogan Gold & Silver Works, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO

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