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Get Real And Shoo

, , , , | Right | CREDIT: RonskyGorzama | June 1, 2021

I work at a big chain shoe store. It’s predominantly women’s shoes, with men’s shoes shoved into a few rows on the left side and a small kid’s section. We sell about half athletic shoes and half everything else because most of our major suppliers are athletic brands.

This lady comes in and makes a beeline for the back right corner where our women’s heels and formal shoes are. She’s back there for a good twenty minutes. She doesn’t seem to need help and isn’t suspicious in any way, so I don’t pay much attention to her. Finally, she comes up to the counter with a pair of heeled loafers. I ring her up normally and we chat. She seems a little annoyed but I don’t really think much of it.

Lady: “You guys need to sell more real shoes.”

Me: “What do you mean by ‘real shoes’?”

She points to the ugly loafers she’s buying.

Lady: “You need more shoes like these. Sneakers, flip flops, boots — none of those are real shoes. You need to sell ones that are smart and practical.”

I just go along with it because she is getting agitated and I don’t want to deal with a pissed-off customer.

Me: “Yeah, I do wish we had a better selection of heels, but we get inventory based on what sells the most and that’s athletic shoes.”

She just rolls her eyes at me and huffs.

I finish the transaction and bag up the shoes. As she’s walking out the door, though, she just has to get the last word in.

Lady: “Just sell real shoes!”

Newsflash: any shoes besides ugly loafers aren’t real and aren’t practical. Sorry to break it to you.

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