It never fails. Tell me if this has ever happened to you, because it's happened to me pretty much EVERY TIME I walk out of the Lotte Department store with a shopping bag in hand.
Today I indulged myself in a brand new NIKON DSLR. A modest, mid-range camera that I dropped 650,000won on. As I'm walking out of the department store at the subway-level entrance, the thought popped into my head "I'm carrying this huge bag with all of these goodies that were thrown in with the camera...a "receipt raider" is bound to spot me!"
My definition of a "receipt raider": An ajumma who sees that you've purchased something from the Lotte Department store and is determined to pester you to give up your retail receipt.
Seriously...what...the hell. The first time it happened to me, I was double-teamed by two ajumma's who saw the receipt in my hand and followed me all the way out to the subway gates. Usually when I purchase something from Lotte, it's expensive. A receipt is a key component in returning an item, should one need to do so. Not only am I partial to keeping my receipt for expensive items, but I have no clue as to why these old grannies want it! My first run-in ended up turning ugly, as one of the women ACTUALLY SHOVED ME when she realized I wasn't going to give it up. She pushed me twice, as if to say "Get the hell out of my territory!" I turned back to her and gave her a snarky, Fonzie-esque sort of "Aye! Aye! Take it easy!"
Since then, it's pretty much guaranteed that I run into one of these women if I'm carrying a shopping bag. Today I was accosted for the receipt for my NIKON camera. Of course I'm not giving it up, but she practically begged me for a good 30 seconds before moving on to the woman who was walking next to me.
Again, I ask...what...the...hell? I turned to my fellow "receipt raider" victim and asked "Why?" in Korean, she just shook her head...then I offered an observation "Crazy?" she shook her head in agreement and said "Crazy."
So...has this ever happened to you? If not, why is this happening to me? Who are these women? What do they want? And why the hell is my Lotte Department Store receipt so valuable to them!?!?