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It’s A Very Bad Signs, Part 2

, , , , | Right | December 11, 2020

I don’t actually work in this clothing store, but I work in the facility immediately next to it and get along very well with their staff. We sometimes have customers for the clothing store come to us for assistance, since we are in the same building.

The clothing shop is very small, with rarely more than two people ever working there at once. Therefore, if the staff take their lunch or ever have to go back into the shelves where they cannot see the front counter, they place a sign either stating when they will be back from lunch or inviting customers to use the phone near the front counter to dial the extension for the back of the shop to request help. These signs are large and centrally placed.

I frequently have customers like these.

Customer #1: “Excuse me, is [Clothing Store] open? There’s no one at the counter.”

Me: “Yes, they are. Did you see a sign at the front counter?”

Customer #1: “Yes. It said I should call a number for help.”

Me: “And did you see the phone at the counter?”

Customer #1: “Yes… Can you call them?”

Me: “No… I don’t work in [Clothing Store]. You’re more than welcome to use the phone at their counter. That’s why it’s there.”


Customer #2: “Excuse me! [Clothing Store] says that they’re closed for lunch!”

Me: “Yes, the sign should say what time they’ll be back.”

Customer #2: “Yes, it does, but I need help now! Can’t you help me?”

Me: “No… I don’t work for [Clothing Store]. Sorry. You’re more than welcome to wait. They usually are back a little early from lunch when they’re closed like this.”

Customer #2: “But I need help now!”

Me: “I’m very sorry, but there’s nothing I can do. You’re more than welcome to wait, or come back later. But I don’t work in [Clothing Store]. I work here.”


Customer #3: “Is [Clothing Store] closed?”

Me: “I don’t think so. Is there a sign on the front counter?”

Customer #3: “I don’t know.”

Me: *Stepping away from my counter* “Let’s see…”

I point out the painfully-hard-to-miss sign.

Me: “Oh, look. They just stepped away for a minute. If you give them a call, someone will be up to help you.”

Customer #3: “Oh.”

It’s A Very Bad Signs