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This Supposed Millionaire Shopper Was Just Too Good to Be True

The check never cleared.

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Had two well-dressed women (with fur coats) arrive in a chauffeur-driven limo. One woman claimed to have just won a state lottery but had not yet received the money. She checked out as having worked for a large reputable company for a long time and had lived at her current address for many years. They spent hours in our store, looked over each piece of inventory multiple times, and spent the entire afternoon enjoying playing “dress-up.” Finally, she purchased dozens of items. Our manager wrote up three pages of invoices. She wrote us a check on her local credit union in excess of $700,000. She asked to take nothing home, and said to call her when the check cleared, and she would come in and pick up her new baubles. Moral of the story: she simply had gone “crazy.” The check never cleared. It now sits in a frame! (Provided anonymously to INSTORE’s Big Survey)

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You Won’t Believe Why This Customer Returned a Ring

He had really high standards.

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A male customer ordered a $4,000 platinum band, which shortly arrived from Germany. He holds it up and puts it on; it fits perfectly. Then he peers intently inside the ring. “The third hallmark is a fraction out of line,” he says. We send it back to Germany and it duly arrives with the hallmark totally lined up. The customer comes in and says that he doesn’t want this ring as it’s like buying a Mercedes and the salesman dings the wing: he repairs it, but would you want a damaged Mercedes? Left me speechless. The customer still has a credit three years later. — Gordon Lawrie, Eidos, Santa Fe, NM<.

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This Jeweler Had to Get Innovative with a Penis Ring

In emergencies, release latch.

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A lady came to get a ring for her boyfriend’s penis. We suggested that it would not be a good idea to get one that does not open as that could end up being dangerous. We had to get an arthritic shank from Stuller and make one that opens and closes like a mini baby bangle. Gene Arthur, Arthur’s Jewelry, Reidsville, NC 

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Funny But True: You Can’t Make These Surprising Stories Up

The joy of surprises…

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Customer was in the store buying his wife a surprise anniversary gift when his phone rang and we overheard him explaining that he was someplace else. His wife walks in to pick up her surprise gift to him while still on the phone with him. Ended up nicely, but the surprise gifts were no longer a surprise!

Customer came in on Friday to pick up a $60,000 ring we created. The next day, his girlfriend came by to scream at us for not having finished the ring. We just had to take it.

Provided anonymously to INSTORE’s 2016 Big Survey

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