Kroger - Beware of Gift Certificates
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA -- On 03 March 2013, my wife and I stopped at the Kroger store located at 6002 St. Joe Rd. Fort Wayne, IN. We were visiting the store to buy a gift card for a family member's 50th birthday. We wanted to purchase "a night out" for him and his wife. We went to the gift card stand within the store and found one that we liked for dinner at Applebee’s and a movie pass at AMC theaters - totaling $50.00 ($25.00 for dinner, $25.00 for movies in one card).
After we returned home, we thought it would be nice to write on the gift card where the "AMC" theaters were located in Fort Wayne so they didn't have to look for themselves. Upon searching "AMC" theaters via "Google", we found there were NONE in our area. The closest is located about 80 miles south of Fort Wayne. We thought; why would anyone sell a gift card that no one can use?? We thought no big deal; we will just return it and explain to the management that they are selling gift cards that cannot be used in the area.
To our absolute surprise, we were told "Sorry, no refunds on gift cards." We said, but you're selling gift cards that are not valid in this area! And this one has not been opened... we just want to exchange it. They again said "Sorry" and refused to return it. We were forced to purchase another gift card for $50.00 for a night out at another restaurant and a local theater. $100.00 later, we have a gift card that we cannot use unless we drive 80 miles to the nearest theater.
*Beware of Kroger stores gift cards. They will sell you cards to restaurants and movie theaters that are NOT in your area... You will essentially waste money on these cards, as you cannot use them, nor will Kroger take them back. It's a scam in the highest order. We will be reporting this to the BBB as well.