Acting Very Cross(Dressing)

| England, UK | Working | October 23, 2014

(I have been clothes shopping with my wife. This is the fourth shop we have been in and I am truly fed up. While she is trying something on [again], I find a seat, and begin to play with my phone. A woman in her late 40s dressed as a teenager approaches me.)

Employee: *barking an order* “You can’t sit there.”

(I almost don’t look up as I am not paying attention.)

Me: “Huh, sorry?”

Employee: “You. Can’t. Sit. There.”

(I look around to see if there are any signs, I see nothing.)

Me: “Why?”

Employee: *with attitude* “Because this is a changing area, obviously!”

(The area I am sat in is not enclosed or private in any way. This woman obviously works here and has a problem with me, so I decide to have a little fun.)

Me: “So, what if I wanted to try something on?”

Employee: “What?”

Me: “I don’t see any ‘women only’ signs. What if I wanted to try something on?”

Employee: “Well, that isn’t going to happen…”

Me: “Are you telling me what I can and can’t wear?”

Employee: “What! No, I…” *she gives me a look like a deer in the headlights*

Me: “So, you are telling me that you personally don’t allow men in your store and you don’t support the trans community?”

(She starts to look around. I realise she didn’t see my wife go in to the changing room. For all she knew there could have been a guy in there changing as we spoke. People are starting to stare at her.)

Employee: *turning white* “I, er, I….” *leaves sharply*

Wife: “You are so embarrassing. I can’t take you anywhere!”

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An Overriding Sense Of Fashion

| OH, USA | Working | October 22, 2014

(I go to a clothing store often enough that most employees know my face. I come in one day looking rough.)

Employee: “Hey, girl, what’s got you down?”

Me: “Got dumped this morning. Didn’t wanna be stuck home and miserable. Got any sales this week?”

Employee: *hugs me* “Girl, you’ll find someone better. Here, let’s pick out a couple things.”

(We went through different shirts, pants, and other things before I decide on a complete outfit. We head over to the register to check out.)

Employee: “Your total is $17.”

Me: “Wait… the shirt alone is over $20…”

Employee: “Well, I did an override and gave it the clearance pricing.”

Me: “What? Why?”

Employee: “You got dumped, that’s why. Hey, go on over to [Chocolate Store] and buy yourself something good.”

(I thank her and leave. I go back a couple weeks later with my new girlfriend. The same employee is working, and I wave.)

Employee: “Hey- Oh my god, is she your girlfriend?”

Me: “Huh? Oh, yeah. She’s been here a bit—”

Employee: “See? I told you that you’d find someone better! Now, what are you two looking for?”

(I’ve been back several times, and the same employee has been happy to see me.)

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A Browsing Familiarity With The Law

| NY, USA | Working | October 18, 2014

(My sister and I are tourists, and we are enjoying walking down a street and looking at all the high-end clothing stores, as we don’t have very much of that sort of thing in our town. Most of the store clerks are very polite, as we are clean-cut and relatively well dressed, until we walk into one particular store, and begin to look around.)

Clerk: *approaching us* “Can I help you with anything?”

Sister: “Oh, I was just looking at this belt here. The one with the snails on it?”

Clerk: “Do you mean the belt with the escargot design?”

Sister: “Yes?”

Clerk: “Can I help you with anything ELSE?”

Sister: “No, thank you. We’re just browsing.”

Clerk: *huffs, and turns away, abruptly* “Well! I suppose that’s LEGAL.”

Look Out For The Always Looking, Part 2

| UT, USA | Right | October 18, 2014

(We close early at 5 on Sundays, which usually throws some customers who assume we are open until our regular time. Most customers get the hint when the lights automatically dim at closing and the music is turned off. Sometimes, however, customers still don’t get the hint. A couple and their young daughter walk in at 4:55 and begin shopping around. By 5:20, they are the only ones left in the store and seem to have no idea that we’re closed. I decide to go up to them to see if they need any help.)

Me: “Hi, can I help you guys find anything today?”

Customer: “Nope, we’re finding everything all right, thanks.”

Me: “Okay, great! Just so you know, we are closing soon, so just let me know if I can help you find anything.”

Customer: *brushing me away* “Uh-huh, thanks.”

(About 15 more minutes pass. The store is recovered immaculately and the closing team is literally just waiting for these customers to check out so we can close the last register and go home. I decide to try one more time.)

Me: “Are you three still doing all right?”

Customer: “Yeah, we’re doing fine. Just looking around still!”

Me: “Okay…”

(At this point, the family begins to head to the dressing room to try clothes on. I’m beginning to get pretty annoyed and impatient, so I turn to my coworker.)

Me: “[Coworker], what time is it?”

Coworker: “It’s 5:40.”

Me: *sighing* “Guess we’re not going home any time soon.”

Customer: *turns around cheerfully surprised* “Oh! By the way, what time do you guys close?”

Coworker: “We actually closed at five.”

Customer: “Oh, silly me! We’ll get going now.”

(The family ended up using a rewards points coupon which covered pretty much their whole purchase, meaning the store made no money off of them and there was no benefit to having them in the store so late.)

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You Haven’t Seen Anything Yette

| USA | Right | October 17, 2014

(I help a mother find a dress for her daughter for a special occasion. It is really busy since it is prom season but we are able to find a dress. She is a bit demanding, but we try to accommodate as much as we can. Before deciding, we are talking about possibilities for alterations.)

Customer: “So the dress will be finished by then, RIGHT?”

Me: “Yes, I assure that it will all be fixed by then.”

Customer: “It better be since I’m paying all of this money for one dress.”

Me: “Well, if you prefer, there is another place that does alterations right around the corner. If you want, we can leave the dress on hold so you can check to see if their prices are within your price range.”

Customer: “No, I don’t want to. It’s such a hassle.”

Me: “All right, then.”

(My coworker turns to me for help.)

Coworker: “How do you spell ‘corset?'”

Me: “C-O-R-S-E-T.”

Customer: “…T-E! It is spelled; C-O-R-S-E-T-T-E.”

Me: *sighs with an awkward smile*

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