I have encountered a number of penny pinchers throughout my days. Most of us have known at least a few, if we think about it. In fact, if you’re reading a personal finance blog, you just might be one yourself….or at least close to being one:)
Of the people I have known that practice something approaching “extreme frugality”, most are great but just a very small few have done some things that I just can’t respect. Even then, at least I can have a good laugh at how crazy they really are.
Here’s a story I came across from The Washington Post with unfortunate, not at all funny news about of how a dog died in a parked car on an overheated day. These happen a lot, and it’s really too bad these dogs’ owners don’t care for their pets properly, with the result being a sad ending. Like I said, not funny but unfortunate.
Per the article, in this situation the pet owner – who had obtained “custody” of the dog after separating from her husband of 38 years – left her dog in the car while she was shopping at Costco. The weather was hot that day, with temperatures reaching as high as 104 degrees. She apparently bought the dog some food, treats, and bedding while in the store. When she returned to the car, the dog was dead.
What makes this a story related to money, however, is what she did after finding out that the pet died.
According to the story, after finding out that her dog died after sitting in a 104 degree car while she shopped, she then went back in the store and tried to ask for a refund for the items she just purchased for her dog.
Again, this is right after she found out the dog was dead. She left the dead dog in the car while going back in to get her money back.
I have to admit, the first thing I thought of (besides feeling bad for the dog, of course), was how bad this woman might have felt to see her dog dead.
After thinking about it, however, I came to another conclusion: how can anybody be so callous as to return those items immediately after seeing one’s pet dead? Really remarkable.
I see these reported actions as being shamelessly frugal. There are times to return unused items, but a time like that is one where you would think that shock and sadness would be the dominant feelings, not the need to recoup some small expenditures.
Maybe she was just sad, felt bad and didn’t know what to do. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. But this one…..I’m not sure.
What do you think?
- Do you see it the way I do, that it’s an extremely shameless attempt to save a few bucks; or
- Do you think that the lady probably felt bad and didn’t know what to do about it, so it’s harsh to call her actions poor?