What A Pointless Idea

Every so often, a company places an idiot in the position of power. The decision is always detrimental to the particular business, but it provides laughter for the rest of the world. The pointless idea that I am referring to, can be found in most retail outlets. I demand to know who decided to create the gift receipt! (If anyone knows of an idea which is more pointless, please notify me!)

     I can’t believe people actually accept this nonsense. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the way I see it, the point of the gift receipt is to allow a person to return a gift without revealing the price of the product to them. (If this concept makes sense to you, you’re a complete dumbass!)

We live during the peak of the technological revolution; every single device we purchase becomes outdated after a month or so. Smartphones are more common than the cold, making it easy for someone to look up the price of any item. Including a gift receipt is like buying a brand new VCR!  (Keep up with the times!)

Even before the smartphone explosion, anyone could find out how much a gift costs. The biggest problem I have with the idea of a gift receipt is the belief in some sort of scout’s honor in which the gifted is expected to return an item to a store without paying attention to the price.

Here is an example of the only possible scenario in which a gift receipt makes any sense.

Gifted: “Hi, I received this sweater vest from a ‘friend’ of mine, but it doesn’t fit. May I exchange it for  a bigger size?”

Sales Associate: “Only if you have a receipt.”

Gifted: “I have a gift receipt.”

Sales Associate: “No problem. Please wait here while I find the correct size and remove the price tag so you will not be able to know the price of the sweater!”

Gifted: “Thank you. I was scared I might actually see the price.”

[The End]

Don’t ever take the gift receipt. In fact, if someone asks if you would like a gift receipt, reply “no thank you, dumbass!”

If you own this sweater vest, you deserve a gift receipt!

     If you work for an establishment that expects employees to provide gift receipts, you are selling yourself short; your employers are complete idiots! (Find a better job, or demand to be given a superior position than the idiot who controls the companies return policy!)

I can’t believe our species has evolved to invent the gift receipt! We owe it to the future generations to remove this dumbass idea from the world. Please do your part and write to your local representatives!!!


Published by Peter Teixeira

First and foremost, I enjoy writing stories. I recently completed my first novel, and I successfully co-wrote a short film script, which won the grand prize in the words made easy competition.

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  1. I get what you’re saying but gift receipts are a way of hiding that you only care about someone $19.95 worth. Obviously, if someone goes to exchange the gift they’ll find out how much you spent. It’s just a way to cover your ass I guess. But if we really want to eliminate this issue of returning gifts and gift receipts, gift cards are the way to go! Some may think its impersonal but isn’t it worse to get a crappy gift?! Give me a gift card and I’ll get my own damn gift!

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