The holidays seem to bring out the best and the worst in folks — and those who work in the service industry can attest to this.
And while customers can be difficult — usually, employees are supposed to kill the rude ones with kindness.
But one retail worker who had a very belligerent customer decided to clap back in a — well, very ‘extra’ way…
Sarah Belanger Demaneuf shared to Facebook a photo of a star-shaped tree ornament along with a story coined as “The Star of Vengeance.”
Sarah penned a throw-back story paired of 17 years, along with a photo of her “favorite Christmas ornament.” But this very ornament did not symbolize peace and goodwill, but rather vengeance and spite.
She posted how she was working in a local retail shop right after Christmas when a ‘terrible woman (dressed to the nines and driving a high-end Lexus, so pretty well off)’ waltzed in.
And with it being the day after Christmas, decorations were 75 percent off — which is a pretty solid deal if you ask most folks.
Included in this deal? You guessed it: the Christmas stars which were discounted at 50 cents a pop.
But this particular woman believed she could haggle a better deal with Sarah — requesting the stars for just a quarter each.
“As we weren’t at a yard sale I said no,” Sarah shared. “And she started arguing with me, becoming increasingly rude and belligerent. After not bullying me into caving she said, ‘Fine! My friend works at the other store in Huntsville and she told me that all the ornaments will be 90 percent off tomorrow, so I’ll just come back in the morning.’ ‘I can’t guarantee they’ll still be here,’ I said. And the jerk said, ‘There are 12 in the store. No one is going to buy all 12. I’ll get what I want, prepare to feel stupid tomorrow.'”
And in a move Sarah calls an “anti-grinch” moment — her heart shrunk three sizes and she purchased all 12 of the Christmas stars.
But she didn’t stop there.
She called the store in Huntsville along with two additional stores and bought up the rest of the stars.
I told you it was ‘extra.’
Sarah admitted, “It was the most vengeful $30 I ever spent.”
But the best part of the story?
Sarah coming face to face with the difficult woman the very next day..
“I had the pleasure of telling her that ALL of the star ornaments in North Alabama had been sold to one customer,” Sarah shared. “The look on her face was worth every penny spent.”
But what did Sarah do exactly with all those ornaments she purchased?
She shared how she gave them away each year to friends and family all except for one which she kept for herself.
“I still smile when I hang it on my tree.”
I think we can all take a page out of Sarah’s book this holiday season — or should I say, a tiny star or two out of a store?
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