A Michigan couple has figured out a way to turn their wedding day bliss into cold hard cash:
Register for big-ticket items, return them and pocket the money.
The scheme, detailed in Monday's edition of syndicated advice column "Dear Abby," has quickly become one of the hottest clicks on the Web.
In it, "Speechless in Michigan" asks the advice maven if it's OK to skip the wedding now that she's learned of the greedy couple's dubious plan.
"Ron and Barbie blatantly informed us that they had registered for expensive shower items (I had attended the shower) so they could return the gifts for cash," Speechless writes. "During the conversation, I mentioned I'd had my eye on a pricey vacuum cleaner I had seen advertised on TV. Barbie turned to her fiance and said, 'Honey, we should have registered for that so we could return it for the cash!'"
Abby tells "Speechless" it's fine to skip Ron and Barbie's big day — so long as the guests give the pair advance notice.
"They should be notified immediately, in a short note, that 'your plans have changed, and you are not able to attend,'" she said. "This will get you off the hook without being rude to a couple you really don't care to associate with in the future anyway."
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Here's what FOX fans are saying!
"The engaged couple who has registered for expensive gifts in order to return them for cash is beyond tacky; their behavior is rude and disrespectful. Friends and family are taking their precious time and spending their hard earned money to purchase items that the couple doesn't even want. The couple's behavior conflicts with the whole intent behind gift giving and illustrates their lack of gratitude. Shame on them." — Jennifer (Maumelle, AR)
"I really think this couple needs to take their crass-ness up a notch. They should request a gift receipt in their thank you notes, seeing as how no guest will have included one with their package that the couple clearly indicated they wanted by registering for it. This way, when they return the item for cash, they won't run into those pesky return policies most retailers have! I hope their guests catch on and give them what they deserve." — Julie (Tallahassee, FL)
"I only wonder what would happen when they TRIED to return the gifts without a receipt? Most stores do not give cash back without a receipt, just a credit for the store." — Jill
"Tacky, greedy, crass, rude are words I would use to describe this couple." — Mary Ann
"What nonsensical drivel this article is. If it is true, its hard to believe anyone would actually need to seek advice on what to do about it — if they do, this country is in a sorry state and those seeking advice shouldn't be allowed to walk around unsupervised." — O.T.W
"I think it's a lot harder to exchange expensive gifts for money than you think. Most people don't give you the receipt if they buy you a wedding gift and if they do it's a gift receipt. Most stores will only give out store credit or a store gift card if the original receipt is not provided. Also, the plan might actually backfire and the couple might end up getting things they don't want at all and can't return. If there was nothing on a gift registry that was in my price range I would either give a gift card or pick out a gift that wasn't on the registry. At any rate, I have never heard of any couple doing this and I really doubt the credibility of the advice column letter." — Joann
"Of course you don't let the couple know that you aren't planning on attending! In fact, tell them you are planning on bringing at least four or five guests. Let them pay for the wasted dinners with their 'cold hard cash.'" — Dana
"This just illustrates what a crappy job their parents did in raising them and what's wrong with their generations' value system." — Chuck (Tennessee)
"I find this idea to be very selfish and tasteless. Why bother having a shower is my question? I've always given money as a shower gift anyway but why bother registering. Is it only a way to save face?" — DF (Michigan)