Rommel Takes on the World

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The other day, my television died. It wouldn’t start up, it wouldn’t stay on, it wouldn’t do much of anything. I researched the symptoms online, and determined I was SOL (spending $500-$700 on a part on a TV valued at $999 now wasn’t worth it). So essentially, I was screwed. I couldn’t even pawn this thing off for $50 towards another TV.

And then there was you.  Then came you.  And by you, I mean, our old friend, Rommel.  Rommel remembered that we had bought the TV in January of 2005 at Costco.  He also believed, and it was a longshot, that I may be grandfathered in to their 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy.  He made a few calls, and the immediate good news was in: I would be able to, at the least, get store credit for my TV.  And not store credit equal to the current value, but the FULL RETAIL VALUE AS OF 2005!

This was unreal, I was delighted, but still unsure what to do with $2500 in Costco store credit.  And then the impossible became the possible: They refunded us in full.  Cash.  $2500 cash for a broken TV worth no more than $900 new.  Almost three years later.

So today we celebrate Rommel, not because he helped me out with this, but because we should all realize that when aliens come to this planet and decide whether to “enrich” or “enslave,” they’ll see this wonderful specimen of humanity and keep us all alive a little bit longer.

Thanks Rombot!  And for the heck of it, thanks Costco for offering such a wonderful, consumer-friendly policy!

Now off to buy a new TV, iPhone, PS3 and digital camera… and then put $ in the bank.