Is this woman ridiculously cheep, this desperate for money, or is she a living genius?

This unidentified woman, returned her Christmas tree back to Costco for a refund... "because it's dead." What did she think was going to happen to a tree that's not in the ground?

Here's the thing... IT WORKED! Costco gave her a refund. WHY?! I guess this is the new place for people to buy their Christmas trees if you can just return them on January 4th. Costco is known for it's generous returns that can be refunded at any time except electronics which have a 90-day limit.

The man in line behind her took the photo and posted the story to Facebook. The photo and the post have recently been deleted from Facebook. The tree didn't look all that bad. She could have just kept watering it.