12/26/2006

Happy Holidays and "Let's Go Shopping"! - for free!

So - about a year or so ago, I filled out (again) one of those Class Action Lawsuits - this one was against Kmart. It was about accessibility issues in the aisles of Kmart filed by a person who had problems with a wheelchair. Well, when I read the limitations of the Class Action Lawsuit - I realized that I too had the same issues when I used my side-by-side double stroller - which is the same width as a standard wheelchair. I recall being unable to push it thru the aisles in our local Kmart. So, I filled out the online info. and filed my "part" of the lawsuit. Now, usually when I've filled out such things I've rec'd a check for maybe $1.50 (that's ONE dollar and fifty cents) or a coupon for 15% off an item of something I won't ever buy, etc.

This was different my friend.

Saturday, we're all sitting around the kitchen table and someone is knocking on our door. Turns out to be our mailman. He asked for me and he had a small padded envelope. I had to sign in various places and on the certified mail label. I thought I was being sued or something.

I took the envelope to the table and nervously opened it. Then, all these pink gift cards spilled out on the table. I was confused. Then I looked at them - more than a DOZEN $50.oo gift cards and a few more were laid out on the table. $692.29 (some were unmarked and when I called were that odd amount) in gift cards to be exact!!!!!!!!!!!! We were just looking at each other in disbelief. I re-read the attached letter. Yup, I was "eligible" for "my part" of the class action lawsuit.

But wait ---

Laura looked at the letter and said to me "You do realize there's a check attached to here don't you"? Huh?? I just assumed it was the "accounting" of the enclosed gift cards.

Nope...


A check for $2769.19 - holy moley.


For a grand total of over $3,461.00.


All that time filling out various forms finally paid off.


We're going shopping today - at Kmart.


Yup, Happy Holidays!!!!

5 comments:

Casey said...

HOLY FREAKIN' CRAP!!!! And to think that I bought a double front-to-back stroller because I knew the side by sides don't fit many places (and ironically NEVER in children's clothing stores like Gymboree, etc). Wow. Happy shopping to you all. I hope you get some great stuff. :)

Casey said...

PS. Where do you find out about Class Action Suits?

Laura said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is un-freakin-believable!!!!!!!!! I think the most I ever got in one of those suits was a check for $75. That is just unreal. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday today at the big K.

© 2006, Liz Carpenter said...

Wow! I've never heard of anyone getting anything from one of those. How did you file that? I'm having trouble getting down the aisles at my local Meijer's store in my wheelchair. They have recently redesigned the store and some of the aisles have poles in the middle that leave only 18 inches to get by.

momtothreeboys said...

I actually came across this class action lawsuit as an ad in our daily paper. Then I followed the website link and filled out the online forms. I provided the info. they asked for (i.e. why I thought I qualified for the lawsuit) and some other info. - maybe about 3 to 4 pages. And then I pressed "submit" and that was the end of it. Never heard anything more until I rec'd my "reward" in the mail.

And BTW, we did have a wonderful shopping experience at Kmart and still have $200 more to spend.