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Strange stories from the front lines

We had a young boy in our store who thought our showcases were tasty. He started at one end, stuck out his tongue and licked his way down the front of four showcases. SUE P., ESCANABA, MI

We have a customer who buys jewelry for his wife every year for Christmas. After several years of receiving jewelry for Christmas, the surprise factor had worn off. So we started to come up with interesting ways to wrap the jewelry in packages she wouldn’t recognize. We would use a makeup bag, nail kit or a larger box, etc. Last Christmas, we used one of the candy boxes we hand out to customers as a gift-with- purchase. An employee put the candy box with the jewelry inside in an isolated area of the safe (so it wouldn’t accidentally be given away) until the customer could come to pick it up. Well … our plan failed! The candy supply was getting low and the box was accidently given away to another customer! And we didn’t realize it until the original customer called to say that he would be there in an hour to pick it up! We scurried around trying to remember the last few people we gave candy to. We eventually figured it out and were able to call the customer and ask them to ?Please bring the box back!? Just as the box made it back to our office, the rightful owner came in to claim it. Scary situation ? but we had a chuckle when it was all over! 
NICOLE S.,
LORAIN, OH

We make jewelry  
for our customer’s cat and iguana. Why? Well, first he brought us a picture of his cat ? from a portrait studio, no less! ? and asked us to make a pendant that matched the cat’s blue eyes. Then he came back asking for a bracelet for his iguana. My guess? The iguana was jealous! 
DOROTHY R.,
CHICAGO, IL

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Our in-store jeweler fell off a chair trying to change a light bulb at home and broke his shoulder. And now our store has a new joke: ?How many jewelers does it take to change a light bulb?? Aren’t we cruel? 
MARTA V.,
YORK, PA

We operate in a very diverse area and have had customers ask if we will polish their gold teeth! 
EILEEN D.,
RAHWAY, NJ

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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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