Bow Down To The Best Story Of Retail Revenge Ever Told

by Thea Glassman
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Image via Sarah Bélanger Demaneuf

Bow down to the best Christmas retail revenge story out there right now

Remember that iconic moment when Julia Roberts says, “Big mistake. Big. Huge” to that really mean, snobby saleswoman in Pretty Woman? Well, I’ve got an even more satisfying retail moment for you – and this time the roles were reversed. Sarah Bélanger Demaneuf took to Facebook to share the brilliant revenge she took on an awful customer just after Christmas ended. Prepare for a large heaping of sneaky holiday cheer.

Demaneuf began her epic story by explaining that she was once working at local retail store where ornaments were reduced to 75% off after Christmas. There were twelve very cute, golden stars that had been brought down to .50 cents/per piece.

A woman, who was “dressed to the nines and driving a high-end Lexus,” walked in and demanded four of the stars for .25 cents each. Demaneuf said no because – as she explained in her Facebook post – the retail store was not, in fact, a yard sale.

The woman seemed to have a hard time grasping that you can’t negotiate prices at a store (and over a freaking QUARTER no less).

“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% off tomorrow, so I’ll just come back in the morning,'” Demaneuf wrote. “‘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.'”

So, what did Demaneuf do? She bought all twelve star ornaments, damnit. Then, she called the other Huntsville store and bought all their star ornaments. For good measure, she also bought out all the star ornaments from two other local stores. “It was the most vengeful $30 I ever spent,” Demaneuf wrote.

Lo and behold, the awful woman returned the next day to buy her star ornaments. Super unfortunately for her, they were all gone. “I had the pleasure of telling her that ALL of the star ornaments in North Alabama had been sold to one customer,” Demaneuf recalled. “The look on her face was worth every penny spent.”

It’s been more than a decade later and Demaneuf’s purchase, which she dubbed “The Star of Vengeance,” has remained her favorite ornament.

“For years I gave the ornaments to friends and family, but I saved just one for myself,” she said. “17 years later, I still smile when I hang it on my tree.”

Demaneuf’s Facebook post pulled in almost 10,000 likes and hundreds of comments. Everyone applauded her for her truly A+ revenge tactics.

Here’s to putting rude, awful customers in their place. May we all be so savagely clever and earn our very own “Star of Vengeance.”

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