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(Some Guy)   "I purchased a Linksys Wireless Router from Wal-Mart on October 8th, 2004 at about 10:15 p.m."   ( divider line
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2004-10-13 03:51:15 AM  
Nothing new...

TV box + bricks = free TV

Wal*Mart will take anything back... I mean anything...

FUnny thing is the person who returned the "router" probably said it was defective, then the Wal*Zombie restocked it on the shelf, never giving a shiat enough to check it. I mean, damn, a bag of dirt weighs more than a router... Jeebus!

/Worked for Wal*Mart in the days before the suits ruined it
2004-10-13 04:11:52 AM  
Wow! You bought a router and got a bag of dirt instead?!? Lucky you!

I wish I could be so lucky. I got a bag of mouldy shiat instead. *pouts*
2004-10-13 04:56:47 AM  
hehe so thats where it ended up...

/pets his router.
2004-10-13 07:11:51 AM  
And amazingly enough, wireless connectivity performance is about the same as the real thing without all the configuration hassles.
2004-10-13 07:14:33 AM  
You should have seen how pissed off I was when I went to Home Depot for a bag of topsoil and when I opened the bag all I got was a Dell laptop computer and a bunch of peripherals.

I couldn't get anything to grow in that, and Home Depot wouldn't take it back.
2004-10-13 07:59:36 AM  
I hereby declare myself King Puto of the USS Steals Some Routers.

/doesnt know what puto means. also doesnt care.
2004-10-13 08:03:15 AM  
Probably a wallmart employee at a distribution warehouse, instead of stealing the whole box and therefore 1 less in the stock count. Shipment goes to branch and gets sold so on paper doesn't look like there is anything wrong back at the distro warehouse and no questions are asked.
2004-10-13 08:05:14 AM  

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2004-10-13 08:40:11 AM  
When I first saw the pic I thought it was QP of cheeb.

2004-10-13 09:07:53 AM  
That's pretty good. They wouldn't take back my slashed open/no DVD copy of U-251 I got for my birthday, though.
2004-10-13 09:41:36 AM  
The 'PUTO' on the bag was the icing on the cake... It means 'homo' or 'fag'.
2004-10-13 09:43:19 AM  
When I saw the photo I thought it was written "pot". :)
2004-10-13 09:51:13 AM  
There are a couple layers there. Strickly speaking Puto is usually translated as whore, but in common vernacular usage it has come to be a pejorative for homosexuals like fag. Being gay in California I hear this a lot from Mexicans who think they are better than me, which tends to make me giggle.
2004-10-13 10:11:24 AM  
Puto would be the male whore. Puta of course would be the female version.

/Used to work with a Columbian.
2004-10-13 10:20:45 AM  
About 3 months ago I went to Wal-Mart and bought a DVD player. Insted I got a VCR. I went to return it and the counter lady checked it. She asked me what was wrong with it. I told her I bought a DVD not a VCR. She then told me that it was a DVD. I said no it wasn't. She said yes it was. Dumb woman didnt know what a DVD player was. I asked for the manager and eventually got my DVD player but not without some hassle.

Wal-Mart is dumb.
2004-10-13 10:28:24 AM  
Wife got me a mini-stereo about five years ago for Xmas. Unwrapped it, opened the box to find...

Manuals. Probably about a hundred or so.

No stereo.
2004-10-13 10:42:50 AM  
Reminds me of a shiatty Best Buy story... One of my friends got a 64MB memory upgrade from Best Buy (Back when 64 megs was a lot), took it out of the box when he got home only to find it was a stick of 4mb EDO. He took it back of course, and got a refund. Moral of the story: Don't buy anything from Best Buy that looks like it's been returned.
2004-10-13 11:33:45 AM  
I'll be right back, I need to go buy some top soil and head to the apple store.
2004-10-13 11:54:39 AM  
I had a... friend.. back in college that used to do this. He would buy a zip drive or something from Wally World with cash, replace it with something roughly as heavy, shrink-wrap the box, and return it. Since it looked like it was unopened they never bothered to check it; they also didn't bother to look at the other items in stock to see they weren't shrink-wrapped. He also pulled a few RAM swaps like GernBlanston experienced.

He does feel remorse for the customers who were inconvenienced, FWIW.
2004-10-13 12:15:29 PM  
Oh yeah, my parents got me a computer game for Christmas one year (I forget what it was...maybe WWII pacific theater dogfight shoot-em-up) and when I opened the shrink-wrapped box, there was just a bundle of printouts.

Toys-R-Us took it back for one that actually had software.
2004-10-13 12:52:40 PM  
My short story. Home Depot. Skilsaw box. Used Alternator.
2004-10-13 12:55:47 PM bought a Linksys router and got a bag of shiat. Sounds like you got what you paid for....
2004-10-13 12:56:07 PM  
I would try this, but it appears upon closer inspection my local wal*mart stores are lost......
2004-10-13 12:57:01 PM  
That dirt kinda looks like a brick of hash...
2004-10-13 12:57:04 PM  
At least no one lost a wal-mart, and replaced it with a bag of dirt. That would have been a lot worse
2004-10-13 12:58:31 PM  
I'd say with the price of real estate now adays, you got a good deal. Better than that sorry son of a bich that got a linksys router
2004-10-13 12:58:33 PM  
jerry2a: bought a Linksys router and got a bag of shiat. Sounds like you got what you paid for....

Yeah, Cisco is widely known for its substandard products.

*rolls eyes*
2004-10-13 12:58:45 PM  
I've got so many retarded Wal-Mart stories I've thought about starting a website listing them all. It would be a huge site broken down by incident, and visitors to the site would be able to log in and share their own Wal-Mart stories. It would grow so big in popularity that I'd become Wal-Mart's #1 enemy, and every time they'd see me coming they'd scramble to give me excellent customer service so I'd change my mind and take the site down. But I woulnd't take the site down. I'd write on it about how two-faced those peni are. Then so many people would have their lives changed forever by my taking the time to expose Wal-Mart for the slack, uneducated, clueless bunch of high-school dropouts they are, that the Wal-Mart empire would crumble and regular people would be able to open their own stores again.

*alarm clock buzzes, waking me up*

Aw, damn it.
2004-10-13 12:59:02 PM  
I work at Best Buy and we found a few cameras that had rocks in the box. It wasn't something that was returned and we f-ed up, but someone swapped them out at the manufactures warehouse. We found they were rocks when we tried to put the new cameras on display
2004-10-13 12:59:27 PM  
Purchased a high-end wireless microphone from Guitar Center. In the box was a 12" dildo wrapped in layers of aluminum foil. Not sure why the foil was added - but it was a nice touch.
2004-10-13 01:00:33 PM  
Yeah, Cisco is widely known for its substandard products.

I love Cisco stuff. Had some problems w/ Linksys stuff before Cisco bought them. Besides, it was a joke...

2004-10-13 01:00:49 PM  
Hey! Were getting a shrinkwrapping machine here in a week or so... might come in handy with a new iPod =)
2004-10-13 01:01:01 PM  
Let's get this straight. "Puta" is a whore. "Puto" definitely means fag.
2004-10-13 01:01:16 PM  
Hey did you try it; it might work.
2004-10-13 01:01:41 PM  
I had that same Linksys wireless router. One day I unplugged it to work on something, plugged it back in and it was dead. Nothing, nada. zip. Bought a Belkin instead.
2004-10-13 01:01:53 PM  
used to work at compusa. the returns staff never checked anything. Even expensive openbox hardware.

All-in-Wonder Radeon - returned as dusty VGA-only 8mb generic videocard

WD 80GB HDD (back when they were expensive) - returned as a block of wood

And I'd like to apologize to anyone who shops at the Best Buy in Boca Raton FL and got a dead Linksys 4 port switch...
2004-10-13 01:02:46 PM  
If for some reason you ever want to buy anything that 'looks like its been returned', take it to any customer service desk and have them inspect it first.

/Only makes sense
//Works in retail
///Hates dumb consumers
////Hates dumb co-workers even more
2004-10-13 01:03:38 PM  
Bought a CD player from Best Buy (factory sealed looking box), only to find 2 6x9 three-way car speakers in the box.
2004-10-13 01:03:47 PM  
Can't believe no one has referenced Indiana Jones! He clearly started this scam back in the '30's when he stole a priceless golden head by replacing it with a bag of sand! Being the first time this dastardly deed had been attempted, it didn't go so well, and Wal-Mart's giant stone ball security team chased him from the store, but he did get the idol!
2004-10-13 01:03:55 PM  
Someone with time and imagehosting might photoshop up Indiana Jones in the process of swapping a plastic bag of dirt with a router on the idol pedestal as in Raiders.
2004-10-13 01:04:00 PM  
A friend of mine got a stereo from K-mart. When she got it out of the box, it was all dusty, broken, and not even the right one.

We had a lot of hassle trying to get a refund for it because they didn't believe us.
2004-10-13 01:04:49 PM  
i ordered a stereo from Amazon once. I noticed on the order that it said it weighed 17.4 lbs.

The box comes and inside is a piece of I-bar and trash.

Out of curiosity I weighed the box, that was obviously more than the 17.4 lbs) and found out it weighed 57 lbs.

it took awhile, but it took a few weeks.
2004-10-13 01:05:10 PM  
Bought a cheapo amplifier from Radio Shack for some stupid streaming audio project back in the .com days. Opened the box, and there was... what appeared to be a cheapo amplifier in the box. OK, so I plugged it in.

The lights dimmed, and sparks and flames started to shoot from the amp. Pulled the plug and hit with a fire extinguisher. Took it back to Rickity Shack.

They opened it, and someone had removed the guts and replaced it with broken up circuit boards. A conductive bit made for a nice partial short circuit, and the epoxy made for nice fuel for a fire.

Idiots at Rat Shack simply didn't understand what the problem was.
2004-10-13 01:05:23 PM  
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2004-10-13 01:05:41 PM  
"Purchased a high-end wireless microphone from Guitar Center. In the box was a 12" dildo wrapped in layers of aluminum foil. Not sure why the foil was added - but it was a nice touch."

To keep it fresh?
2004-10-13 01:06:41 PM  
wow, tard moment.

It took awhile, but I got the right thing without hassle.
2004-10-13 01:08:58 PM  
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2004-10-13 01:09:19 PM  
I'm sure that bag o' dirt gets a better wireless connection than an actual Linksys router.

I bought a wireless Linksys router so I could use my computer from the otherside of my apartment. Damn thing didn't even get a signal from 10 feet away and their tech support are outsourced clueless goons in India (no, seriously) who can't speak a lick of English. I promply returned that peice of junk, got my money back and bought a $6 100 foot phone cable. Oh the wonders of technology.
2004-10-13 01:09:26 PM  
sometimes i wonder if my linksys wireless router works as good as a bad o dirt...

for some reason i can only think of the indiana jones movie where he tries to replace some artifact on a pedestal with a bag of sand that weighs the same.
2004-10-13 01:09:59 PM  
We used to do this with Commodore 1451 drives.

Except we would crack the cases, remove the guts and replace with bricks.
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