Trying To Shoehorn A Sandal

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Right | September 4, 2015

(A customer walks into the store and starts looking around and picking up shoes.)

Customer: “Excuse me, this sandal is really cute, but I have one question. If I wear it outside is it going to get dirty?”

Me: “The sole of the shoe will definitely get dirty, but typically, yes. Sandals can easily get dirt into them as you walk.”

Customer: “Well, I want a sandal that doesn’t get dirt inside.”

Me: “So you mean a shoe?”

Customer: “NO. A sandal that won’t get dirt inside it. Why would I want dirty sandals?”

Me: “I don’t think we have anything that fits that description.”

Customer: “What kind of shoe store are you? Selling people sandals that get dirty?!”

(The customer grabs a shoe of a display.)

Customer: “See this is what I mean. This is perfect.”

Me: “That is a shoe.”

Customer: “I don’t understand why you are being so difficult.”

The Color Of Stupid

| LA, USA | Right | August 4, 2015

(I work at a popular shoe store chain. It’s a busy Friday afternoon and I’m in the middle of the floor prepping shoes to go out when a customer and her daughter come in. Both are on the phone. We’re all black.)

Me: “Hi! Welcome to [Store].”

(The customers don’t acknowledge me and I don’t think much of it and just continue to greet other people.)

Customer: *walks up to me a few minutes later* “I just want to give you some advice as a young woman.”

Me: “Okay?”

Customer: “I’ve been in this store for five minutes and you haven’t said a word to me but I’ve watched you say hello to all the white customers.”

Me: “Actually, I did greet you when you walked in but I guess you didn’t hear me.”

Customer: “No. No, you didn’t. My daughter was right there and she didn’t hear you say a thing. That’s very sad that young black people feel that the white customers are more important than the black ones. My money is just as green as theirs and it spends the same.”

Customer’s Daughter: “Self hate is what they call it.”

Me: “Again, I did greet you and your daughter when you walked in. However, you were both on the phone, so that’s probably why you missed it. Sorry about that.”

Customer: “Don’t try to lie about it now. We both know the truth. But don’t worry. I’m not offended, but the next person might be. And now that I know how I’ll be treated I won’t be shopping here again.”

(The customer throws the items she had on the floor and storms out.)

Other Customer: “I’m so sorry you have to deal with stupid people, hun.”

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If The Pick-Up Line Fits

| Bloomington-Normal, IL, USA | Romantic | May 15, 2015

(I’m shoe shopping. One of the employees and I have been chatting a bit, and discover that we have similar religious beliefs. We also like the same type of music. I’ve found a pair of shoes I like, and they’ve brought out my size. Note: I am female; the employee is male.)

Employee: *as he’s putting the shoe on my foot* “We gotta give you the Cinderella treatment today! Well, maybe if I could get the shoe on. I suppose I don’t make a very good Prince Charming!”

Me: *completely startled by this turn in conversation* “I… uh… well, I have weird feet. You’re doing just fine!”

(We talk more; he rings me up, and walks me out the door. I don’t know if he’ll ever see this, but if he does: Dude, major props for boldness. I was impressed. If you’d asked for my number, you would’ve gotten it!)

Uggly Racism

| Newport, RI, USA | Romantic | October 23, 2014

(My boyfriend and I are at a shoe store.)

Boyfriend: “Are you going to try on some white girl boots?”

(It took me a few minutes to realize that he was referring to Ugg boots.)

Giving Closing Time The Boot

| Edmonton, AB, Canada | Right | August 22, 2014

(We close at 8 pm but we have a straggler in the store who was trying on pants at 8:30 pm. Our sign was off and my manager and I were dressed down ready to go home. The phone rings.)

Me: “Good Evening, [Store Name]. [My Name] speaking. How can I help you?”

Caller: “What time do you close?”

Me: “8 pm.”

Caller: “Oh, but its 8:30 and you’re still there?

Me: “Yes, sir.”

Caller: “So… can I come buy boots?”

Me: *face in palm* “No, sir. We close at 8 pm. You will have to come by tomorrow.”

Caller: “But you are still there. Are you doing your own work?”

Me: “Yes.”

Caller: “Okay. So can I come in?”

Me: “Have a good night, sir…”

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