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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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This Grandma Had An Unbelievable Plan to Escape If The Custom Design Estimate Was Too High

Even her grandkids were in on it.

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Recently, a new customer walked in hoping to have a custom ring made. We browsed through the counters, tried on rings, looked at wax patterns, and I had a good feeling about her. She was so excited and eager that while she had lunch, I sketched a design. She took a look and seemed very relieved! She then shared that she and her grandchildren, who were with her, were so nervous that the estimate would be out of their price range, they had came up with a plan to get her out of the store if she couldn’t afford it. She said she was supposed to fake a heart attack and the grandchildren would usher her out quickly to the car. I have never laughed so hard! Luckily, she loved the design, it was in her price range and they didn’t have to carry out their sneaky plan! I believe I now have an excellent new customer! — Linda McEathron, Design House, Waco, TX

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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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