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#466656 - Sun Apr 12 2009 07:54 PM Lateral Thinkings
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Lateral thinking is thinking outside of the box e.g. not giving an answer that is completely straightforward. I will put up new lateral thinking puzzles every few days lets see if anyone can solve them.

A woman walks into a store to buy a dress. In the store she sees a sign that says "Money back if not satisfied." After she purchases the outfit she leaves. A few days later she comes back to return it because she doesn't like it and the owner refuses to give her money back. Why?

Hints: 1) The outfit has not changed at all since leaving the store.
2) There is nothing unusual about the store.
3) The sign had not changed since she left.
4) The sign is in the store she bought the outfit in.
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#466657 - Mon Jun 01 2009 01:30 PM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: golden0000]
Jon53 Offline
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The sign fails to point out who must be satisfied. Presumably the store owner is satified with the sale.

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#600830 - Wed Mar 02 2011 05:43 AM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: Jon53]
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Her cheque bounced

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#601001 - Wed Mar 02 2011 01:45 PM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: Creedy]
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It would be nice to learn the answer after two years.
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#602522 - Sun Mar 06 2011 12:48 PM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: mehaul]
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The store was under new ownership and did not have to honour the deal.

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#602528 - Sun Mar 06 2011 01:32 PM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: mountaingoat]
mehaul Offline
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He had given her incorrect change the previous visit. Change worth way more than the dress was worth.

It says she went in to buy a dress then says she bought 'the outfit'. In some places that means she bought a dress, in others it means she bought the shop. Was she returning a dress or the shop?

Or, she is related to the Shop owner (wife?) and didn't pay retail in the first place.

Or, she is wearing the dress and so how could she be dissatisfied with it?

Or, it was part of the "Empress' New Clothes" line and there's nothing really to return.


Edited by mehaul (Sun Mar 06 2011 05:05 PM)
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#1026533 - Wed Dec 18 2013 12:54 PM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: golden0000]
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The store also sold signs, one of which was "Money back if not satisfied." That was the sign she saw.
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#1026590 - Wed Dec 18 2013 09:41 PM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: golden0000]
ren33 Offline
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Hands up who really cares what the answer is?(to put it politely).


Edited by ren33 (Wed Dec 18 2013 09:41 PM)
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#1026644 - Thu Dec 19 2013 09:54 AM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: golden0000]
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After four plus years, I'm with ren on this one.
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#1026645 - Thu Dec 19 2013 10:24 AM Re: Lateral Thinkings [Re: golden0000]
mehaul Offline
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Yah, Jon53 probably had it right but the poster, golden0000, didn't honor that fact by replying.
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