Someone actually returned a 17-year-old shirt, and people have so many hilarious theories

If your childhood clothes and sneakers are lying around and you’re tight on cash, you’re going to want to listen up. No, we’re not talking about bringing them to a consignment store — someone successfully returned a 17-year-old shirt to Gap and, although the store manager is decidedly displeased, the mystery customer (and Reddit users) seem to be having the last laugh.

The Reddit post, which includes a photo of the aforementioned 17-year-old garment and the manager’s note, has gone viral — and people have a lot of opinions, questions, and theories about this merchandise return. The hilarious note reads:

Who on Earth accepted this as a return?!?!?! This item is from the summer of 2000! That was almost 17 years ago! Our return policy is 45 days! If you're not sure, ASK!


As the sheer number of exclamation points convey, management is understandably befuddled that an employee casually reimbursed a customer for merchandise that was purchased nearly two decades ago.

But wait, there’s more! The outfit is for a 2-year-old child, so it’s safe to assume that the customer didn’t actually purchase the clothes.

Did this 19-year-old have the sudden urge to ask his or her parents for a receipt from 2000? WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS.

Cue the endless speculation from Redditors. One user who really did his or her homework pointed out that, although Gap’s current return policy is 45 days, there was no time limit back in 2001. And user tomkel5 has strong opinions about the agreement at time of purchase:

"[T]o be fair, there was no time limit on returns back in 2001. On the back of the receipt it actually said that they return it any time, as long as it was unwashed/unworn. Yes, they've changed the policy, but that wasn't part of the agreement when it was purchased."

Now, will the mystery customer please stand up and answer some of our pressing questions?

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