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You'll think I'm making this up...but...

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...I'm not.

This one tops the flower petal stealin' neighbor.

I went to a large chain pet store the other day for cat food and litter.  I bought their house brand of clumping litter.  It was in one of those plastic jugs with a screw on lid and no tamper proofing on the lid. 

Today I cleaned my cat box and started pouring in the new cat litter when lo and behold I saw a few turds start coming out with the new litter.  Yes, someone had put dirty cat litter into the container and returned it to the store, who in turn put it back on their shelf without inspecting it.

I don't blame the store...I feel sorry for the idiot who took the time and effort to do it.  What a loser!!

Just some consumer advice...always buy that product in the boxes.

Entry #128

Comments

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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - December 31, 2007, 7:39 pm
People are hard pressed for cash nowadays. Will do most anything to save a buck.
I did have a good laugh about the kitty litter episode.
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spy153Comment by spy153 - December 31, 2007, 7:54 pm
I'm not surprised by this at all. And I would definitley blame the one who accepted the return. They are supppose to inspect the item.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - December 31, 2007, 8:31 pm
At first I laughed but that is so gross.
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - December 31, 2007, 8:42 pm
Damn Rick,
    Talk about the Robinhood theory.!!! LMAO.
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emilygComment by emilyg - December 31, 2007, 11:05 pm
Buy Fresh Results at Wal-Mart. Clumping, flushable. Comes in a large bag.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - December 31, 2007, 11:50 pm
Are you sure it's not your neighbor who stole the petals? Maybe she has plumbing problems!
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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - January 1, 2008, 8:51 am
LOL.
   nothing surprises me anymore.as time goes on it seems like everything is going downward instead of upward as far as customer service,retail,etc. i've counted four our of the last six times at drive throughs i've gotten very cold food and a slammed drive through window in my face after i said thank you.we are taken for granted these days.corporations don't give a damn no more.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 1, 2008, 8:56 am
I'm glad you guys got a kick out of it like I did. At first I was grossed out and a little upset but you can't help but laugh about it.

Em, maybe I'll give the flushable stuff a try...but being a maintenance man my whole life with an "intimate" knowledge of toilets, I'm somewhat reluctant to be throwing kitty litter down it. Maybe I'll just put the used litter back into the container and return it to the store for a fresh batch...lol
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time*treatComment by time*treat - January 1, 2008, 10:57 am
Well, Rick,
Just be glad you only got stuck with pre-used kitty litter, and not pre-used toilet paper :-)
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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 1, 2008, 11:23 am
LOL...I guess there are worse things that could happen!
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Comment by jim695 - January 1, 2008, 12:09 pm
Funny story, Rick, but also a sad one because I have no doubt that it happened. This is the stuff urban legends are made of, and once this incident makes its way through the rumor mill, the turds that came tumbling out of the container will have become someone's fingers or even precious gems.
   This isn't as funny as as Rick's story, but here's what happened to me:
   A couple of years ago I won a boat from a woman who couldn't cover her bet in a poker game. I won the hand and ended up having to choose between an old Jeep that didn't run and the ski boat, which had been sitting in her yard for the previous two years. I thought it might be fun to restore a boat (it turns out I was mistaken), so I hooked up to the trailer and pulled it home.
   I worked on it for a few weeks. I re-covered the rear seat, refinished the steering wheel, replaced a wiring harness and installed some new swirches and guages. I hired a marine mechanic to get it running again, and then promptly lost interest in the project. I thought I'd sell it as is, so I advertised it at the bargain price of $1,200.
   The first guy who came to look at it complained that I hadn't bought a boat cover, and that was enough to kill the sale. By now I was really tired of having this boat in my yard, so I went to Wal-Mart with designs on buying an inexpensive (cheap) boat cover. The only one I found that would fit cost $80.00, so I bought it. When I got home, I noticed that the plastic wrapping on the box had been resealed with scotch tape. I didn't think much about it until I opened the box and found an old 10' x 12' taffeta tarp that had been used, apparently for several years, as a painter's drop cloth! It was covered, on both sides, in different colors of old paint, and had been patched over and over with duct tape.
   Wal-Mart reluctantly exchanged it for a new one, which I opened in the store. Initially, they seemed pretty intent on tracking down the clever theif, and they told me they'd be in touch once they tracked the return history of the bar code on the box. It's been almost three years now, and I haven't heard from them. It makes me wonder, though, about the kind of people who would hatch such schemes and believe that no one has to pay for what they steal. It's a serious problem, but we have to laugh when we hear about people buying things like pre-clumped cat litter.
   "Are you like me? Do you just LOVE cleaning your cat's litter box? Try new Happy Clump, the only cat litter that's packaged with the clumps already inside! Just pour it out and start scooping! With Happy Clump, you'll no longer find yourself watching the clock, wondering when Kitty will have to go to the bathroom. Happy Clump contains the perfect ratio of our patented urine and excrement clumps, and it can be used over and over again, so pick some up today!"
   Jim
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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 1, 2008, 1:15 pm
Jim, that was hysterical!!!
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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 1, 2008, 1:42 pm
OK...here's the scoop. I just got off the phone with the store manager. I explained to him that I'm not interested in a refund, not lodging a complaint and will continue to shop there... I'm just calling to let him know what happened for the benefit of his store.

He had a hard time believing it, but he knew I was sincere and assured follow-up. By the end of the conversation we were both laughing about the whole thing. Funny stuff.

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Comment by pacattack05 - January 1, 2008, 3:45 pm
Rick, I'm surprised you didn't make a complaint with the manager. After reading most of your posts here on the LP, I sensed that your the kind of guy who dosen't take crap from anybody....
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Rick GComment by Rick G - January 2, 2008, 3:49 pm
Pac, maybe I come off that way but actually I'm a very easy-going person and rarely do things like complain to a manager. Especially in this case...I know HE didn't put the used litter on the shelf....(I hope....lol)

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