Shopping is every girl's dream job but even that could turn into a nightmare. Not quite an opening, but hey, I just came back from a quick browsing at a newly opened small ladies store in town and almost lost my temper at this young unsmiling shopgirl who wouldn't let me be for even 5 seconds. Seemed like there was one creepy salesgirl for every customer.
Salesgirls are the second most annoying creatures. They hover like vultures, stalk like a shadow, move like a derby, unsmiling like a statue, and smooth-over everything i've touched while i'm still seconds away. You couldn't wait to do it after I'm gone? Why do they insist on hiring these inexperienced youngsters and don't even bother training them to be a little more professional, if at all, or at least, less invasive? You could be a little helpful by asking if I need help, to which I would say I do not, if I do not, or yes if I do. Not harass me the minute I walk into your store like I'm some kind of a sales commission that you must have by any way possible. I feel violated everytime that happens, and most often than not, I would smile at the girl, walk a little faster and head to the exit. Once in 10 rare occasions when I'm truly annoyed, I would tell the salesgirl in a really diplomatic way to ''either move a bit further away so I can inspect this dress without rush, or you can crowd me all day and none of us will get anything out of it." Only if the girl looks intelligent enough to understand that, that is.
I mean, I understand they're cheap labors. Some work after finishing school, some work in between school, some as a stepping stone, some for the extra money, some are foreign hired helps assigned to help at home, some merely to help out the family business; and therefore you might not feel the need to train them or inject some basic DOs and DONTs when dealing with a potential customer. But if I were you, I would insist upon it because a good customer service goes a long way.
If theft is part of the reason you feel the need to let your girls hover and stalk, then install a surveillance system, or train the girls to watch out for suspicious looking characters. Although sometimes I don't understand why even with cameras obviously installed in corners of your shops do you let the girls follow in my wake.
There are many shops I stop patronizing altogether because of these painful and embarassing experiences. The many discount stores, the small-time boutiques, shops newly opened... these are the worst. And if you truly want to be pushed and ploughed and ran rough-shod, try the Shampoo/Lotion/Cosmetics section at the supermarkets (Everrise and H&L, to name a few). The ladies stationed there are usually nothing much to look at but I tell you they have the nerve to tell you you are a work in progress and therefore should change your brand to the one they're currently getting commissions from. They will not back down unless you just run away and hide.
In one separate case, I pusposely touch everything on the shelf of a mini clothes boutique just to see if the girl 5 steps behind me would touch it too as if I had made a mess. It was both funny and ridiculous like I had destroyed everything in my path and she was put there to right them again 5 seconds later. I merely laid a finger. Bodoh.
Ironically, when u need them, they're never around.
At least in bigger shopping malls they don't have people like that. And I go to those hateful places only when I really really have to or have run out of ideas on why I shouldn't.
Sigh. The life of a middle-class shopper.
Note: Shopping tragedies total recall, and I'm not even being dramatic.