Should Have A Backed Up Plan

, | Working | April 10, 2015

(While I am usually a nice person I am notorious for my short fuse with telemarketers and pushy salesmen. A friend and I are walking around a mall when a kiosk salesman darts in front of us. Note: We are only about fifteen years old.)

Salesman: “Hello, ladies, can I interest you in our low cost cell-phone plan today? Only 20 dollars a mon—”

Me: “No, thanks; not interested.”

(My friend and I walk around him when we hear him from behind us.)

Salesman: *very condescendingly* “Whoa, ladies. Back it up, back it up, back it up!”

(I whirl around and give him such a stone faced glare that he takes a step back. My friend also takes a step back from me, knowing what’s coming.)

Me: “One, that is NO way to speak to potential customers. Two, we are both quite happy with the phone plans we have now. Three, we are both clearly underage and have no authority to do anything you’d need us to do to sign up. And four, I hope you realize that everyone just heard how you talked to us, and how you’d treat them.”

(True enough, all the people that had been browsing his kiosk had all turned away or disappeared, leaving it completely deserted. The salesman turned red and turned away from me but the damage was done.)

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