The Sale Folded

, | Maastricht, The Netherlands | Working | March 9, 2014

(My father is shopping for all new appliances for both our home and my aunt’s. He goes to a local store.)

Employee: “Good day. How can I help you, sir?”

Father: “Good day. I’m looking for a refrigerator, a freezer, a dishwasher, a washer, and a dryer, and I’m going to need two of each. Could you show me some of the models in [price range]?”

(The employee looks at him dumbfounded and then hands him a stack of folders.)

Employee: “Here you go. You can look through these to see if you can find anything.”

(The employee then turns around. My father takes a look at the employee and the stack of folders, and decided if he wasn’t going to be taken seriously he was taking his business elsewhere. Some weeks later he spoke to the manager of that store, who was pretty upset at hearing they lost out on such a big sale. I’m sure the employee got an earful about that later!)

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