Thursday 23 November 2017

13-year-old gift voucher was worth a punt

manager Joe
Meagher with
the IR£33
voucher and
a £20 note
Shaws manager Joe Meagher with the IR£33 voucher and a £20 note
A close-up of the voucher, dated January 2, 1999

Barry Duggan

A GIFT voucher given as a present 13 years ago has been honoured by the department store where it was bought.

Nicola Mitchell was given a voucher worth IR£33 for Shaws Department Store in Limerick in 1999.

But the gift was never used and Mrs Mitchell -- who is originally from Limerick but now lives on the outskirts of Navan, Co Meath -- only rediscovered the present during the Christmas holidays.

"My husband, Kevin Heffernan, was cleaning out the attic when he came across it. It was given as a present and it was completely forgotten about," Mrs Mitchell said.

On a trip visiting family during their holidays, the couple decided to chance their luck with the voucher that was dated January 2, 1999.

"We went back down there on New Year's Eve and they took it from us no problem whatsoever. The girl who was serving us didn't bat an eyelid or ask any questions about it," Mrs Mitchell said.

Their story contrasts with many modern gift vouchers that expire within as little as six months.

Staff at Shaws worked out the currency conversion and established that the old voucher was worth €41.90.

"My husband put some money with it and got a shirt and trousers so it was great to get value from it and reduce the bill.

"All these years later -- fair play to Shaws," Mrs Mitchell said.

Shaws general manager Joe Meagher said colleagues at the Limerick department store have been presented with some old vouchers over the years.

"People find them down the back of cabinets or elsewhere. There is no problem honouring them.

"There are very few of them around these days as gift cards replaced vouchers and they tend to remain in people's wallets," Mr Meagher said.

Irish Independent

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