A woman with the username “RowdyMcMenace” on imgur came up with a clever way to give her cats’ space a makeover. She consequently placed an order on Amazon for some free carpet samples. When the first batch arrived, she knew that it wasn’t precisely what she needed. So she ordered some more. And when she woke up one morning shortly afterwards, she realized just what she’d done.
Rowdy works as a 911 dispatcher in Florida. She lives with her boyfriend in Jacksonville, where they provide a loving home to their cats. And browsing Amazon one day, she spotted a way to do something cool for her fur babies.
Rowdy had seen a feature on the retail site that offered free fabric swatches and carpet samples. And she thought, “These would make a neat cat-scratcher and they’re free so…” So why not, right? She subsequently placed an order and waited for her delivery.
But when she received her package, while there were plenty of carpet samples in there, Rowdy noted that not all of the textures would work for what she needed. As a result, she went back to Amazon’s website and ordered some more swatches.
When the second batch arrived, however, the delivery guy had a surprise in store for Rowdy. You see, there were more carpet samples posted through her door than the cat-lover had expected. A lot more. More, in fact, than she knew what to do with.
Rowdy had been asleep when the packages arrived due to working night shifts at the time. It was her boyfriend who took the delivery, and there were so many of them that he had to help carry the samples into the house. So when Rowdy woke up, she was in for quite a shock.
In one of her posts on imgur, Rowdy explained, “I am on night shift so I was woken up to this. The delivery guy is not happy. I swear I didn’t realize I ordered this many, and I thought they were all going to be small!” And they weren’t just a great deal larger than she’d expected, but there were also piles of them.
“They are not small,” Rowdy continued. “At this point I’m panicking and my boyfriend stepped in to get them all unwrapped. The cats are super interested and I’m laughing hysterically out of nervousness that my future husband might realize I’m a psychopath and leave me.”
Still, it wasn’t long before she started to see the funny side. Rowdy posted her account of the incident to imgur, and soon enough most of the picture-sharing website’s community was laughing along with her.
Indeed, some fellow imgur users wanted to know about the function on Amazon that Rowdy had taken advantage of. And so, to appease their curiosity, she shared exactly what she did to become the owner of such a vast quantity of carpet samples.
As an Amazon Prime customer, it’s possible to order swatches from home furnishings companies. The idea is that customers can see in real life how their desired upholstery will look when it’s in their home. The (honest) mistake that Rowdy made, however, was that she didn’t filter her results.
Some companies have stipulations attached to ordering free samples, though. For instance, some offer swatches as an “add on item,” meaning that the customer is required to place a minimum order to qualify. Others will only send out one example of each design. Nonetheless, things still got out of hand for Rowdy.
The reason Rowdy had been inundated with free carpet samples was that she hadn’t filtered her search results before placing her order. But aside from irritating a local Amazon delivery driver, what harm was she doing? Well, some imgur users were critical of her actions.
And although her amusement at what she referred to as her own “stupidity” soon gave way to regret, Rowdy still had a pile of carpet samples to deal with. There were far more than she knew what to do with, and her conscience wouldn’t allow her to sell what she hadn’t paid for in the first place.
Not wanting to see the carpet samples go to waste, though, Rowdy had an idea. As she explained on imgur, “I don’t have much but I’ve always made do with what I can. And I thought this was just another DIY opportunity like the hundreds I’ve tried in the past. I love a good project.”
Now, Rowdy only rents her home, so she was loath to spend any significant money on sprucing the place up. She did, however, see a chance to give her cats’ living quarters a bit of a makeover. After all, they were the reason that she’d come to be in possession of the carpet squares.
The cats had a tatty brown rug where their litter tray was kept. Rowdy removed the rug and cleaned the area, before joining four of the carpet samples together with duct tape. And in doing so she brightened up the corner, making it far more inviting for her pets.
The cats’ feeding areas and favored people-watching spots were also given a makeover. Rowdy created a catwalk over their supplies station as well, made from a thrift store cabinet and recycled dresser. It showed how much can be achieved with minimal expense and a little imagination.
A few animal shelters weren’t able to clean the samples and therefore couldn’t use them. Nonetheless, Rowdy did eventually manage to donate all the carpet tiles to vets and rescue centers. So although the whole situation had arisen from an honest mistake, at least animals in need were able to benefit from it.
“This whole thing became a hilarious nightmare,” Rowdy explained on imgur. “I’ve literally had people threaten me because they think I’m singlehandedly destroying the economy, the planet and their lives. I never meant for any of this to become a big deal. It took me a while before I realized I did in fact regret all of it.”