As-Sale-ing Your Manager

| Working | March 19, 2013

(I’m demonstrating a collapsible umbrella to a customer.)

Me: “…and as you can see, it’s an extremely durable fabric here, and—”

Customer: “You’re not going to open that inside are you?”

Me: “Well, you’d like me to demonstrate it, right?”

Customer: “But that’s bad luck!”

(Unbeknownst to me, my manager is walking behind the register, RIGHT behind me in an attempt to grab the stapler.)

Me: “Well, ma’am, I’ll gladly get a bit of bad luck so you can see the full benefits of it!”

(I click the open button the umbrella. The center shoots out and NAILS my manager right in the gut, followed by the the umbrella fully opening and SMACKING him in the face. My manager gives me a pained look; I think I’m going to get fired, so I switch to a joking tone.)

Me: “Uh… well now, I guess one of the additional features this umbrella has is that it’s a great manager-smacker!”

Customer:  *laughing* “In that case, I’ll take three!”

(Thankfully, I didn’t get fired. However, my manager told me not to make a habit out of it, no matter how many umbrellas that would sell!)

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