By The Lone Ranger - 05/10/2010 07:43 - United States

Today, I was given a $25 gift certificate for being Employee Of The Week. The gift certificate was 6 months past its expiration date. FML
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I think your boss is trying to tell you something...

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Don't worry about it. You're probably not even the "Employee Of The Week" anymore.

Check with your state law and see if it's illegal for gift cards to expire; most states have changed it so it is illegal for them to expire, I believe.

Um.. I think if it works like a coupon, it's pretty normal for those things to expire, right?

Like I said, it depends on your state. It shouldn't work like a coupon though - it's money. Cash doesn't expire, doesn't it? So why should a gift card?

A gift certificate can expire if it was not purchased from the store, but rather was donated by the store. If that's the case, the store isn't obligated to honor the certificate forever, but is wise to set an expiration date so the liability can be written off the store books after a certain date.

in England like all gift cards have an expiration date...

In Cali gift cards don't expire despite there being an expiration date.

In some places, a gift card won't technically expire, but a certain amount is deducted from your balance each month, past a set time frame. For example, if I buy a Visa gift card at Walmart, I get one year of free usage. If I haven't used it after a year, I can either liquidate the card for a fee, or "pay" 90 cents a month to keep it valid, through a balance deduction. It's pretty sneaky. OP specified a gift certificate, though, not a card. If it's a small business, they may honor it anyway. If not, I'd be knocking on my supervisor's door.

I think your boss is trying to tell you something...

re-gift it to the person who gave it to you :P

That's what you get for working for that one Arizona-based online university.

you're an idiot.

YDI for being a good employee in a dead end job!

your company is such a Scrooge!

YDI for working at GoodWill. And for shoplifting from the $1.00 section.

You're still 'Employee of the Week', … just not this week!