Close Shopping Encounters of the Crazy Kind

Crazy Encounters!Did you ever have a really weird day when you were out holiday shopping? Well let me tell you it can be even weirder when you are a shopkeeper and crazy people come out shopping. I had one of those days this week and it was a dilly!

First I had two women who came in who wouldn't admit that they were a smaller size than the one they wanted to buy. Some people like to buy clothing that is a size or even two sizes too big for them. She insisted that she wanted to wear a size 22 jean when in fact she was an 18. She wore everything over-sized and she wanted her jeans to be the same way. Now I can understand if you love over-sized tops or even sweaters if they are more comfortable. But when you wear a pair of jeans that are two sizes too big you just look like you are in a hip hop video. She insisted that she wanted them big so what can you do.

Next, I had a man come in. He asked me what I used for security. I told him "I have a baseball bat behind the counter. " He took a step back. He said "No you misunderstood. I bought this trench coat and they forgot to take off the big white security tag. Do you have a machine to take it off?" Well I didn't and I just sent him on his way. I just hope he didn't steal it. Of course if he tried that here ...I have the bat!

Then it got really weird. The whole purpose of my store is to help women find clothes that fit and are stylish and make them feel good about their look and the way they feel. This woman came in and said she couldn't try anything on but she wanted to get a "feel "for the store before she did any shopping.  I always try to interact with my customers and give them some hints and direction as to the fashions and styles that would best suit them. I see hundreds of women so no one's issue is unique.  I can size you up at a glance and steer you in the direction you need to go to get the most flattering look.

So as I was chatting with this woman I said to her, "Now look at your blouse, that line is not flattering to you. It just doesn't fall right. You should...." And then she exploded and said, "I love my shirt. How dare you tell me it doesn't look good.  I have never been so insulted in all my life." She burst into tears and burst out of the door, running across the street without regard to traffic--she could have been run over!  I said, "Wait I was going somewhere with that. I wanted to help you. Wait--watch out for the cars. I am sorry you are upset. I didn't mean to......" She just ran down the street without even putting on her coat in the freezing rain. It was unbelievable.

You see a shopkeeper shouldn't just try to sell you anything, she should try to sell you something flattering and stylish that will last you for a while. She wants you to come back. She wants you to trust her. You have to be humble and realize that everyone has their own style and look that they favor. So you try to work within those parameters. But you try to get people to step out of the box they put themselves in. If they refuse, you have to back off. But if they take a chance, they can surprise themselves.

As a shopper you should at least listen to some recommendations from the staff at the store. You can edit out what is just salesmanship. I mean you know what baloney tastes like and if everything you put on looks "fabulous" and "stunning", then the sales girl is serving you up a big piece of baloney.  But if she likes some things and steers you away from others, she has your best interests at heart. So take the help with a grain of salt, but don't reject it out of hand. Make up your own mind.  Just don't go shopping with a closed mind.

And most of all please don't go shopping when you are out of your mind.

Do you have an open mind when you are out shopping?
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