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Thursday, May 04, 2006

This Summer is Already Dubbed: You're So Last Summer

I went shopping earlier this week to look for a new pair of kicks (a.k.a. shoes). Upon arrival at a number of stores, a weird phenomenon happened. At two completely different sporting goods stores (Champs Sports and Sports Authority), I was confused for an employee of the store. This in itself isn't that ironic of a occurrence, as it happens from time to time. Yet, the reactions of the man and woman who confused me for an employee were separate issues altogether. I was dressed professional casual, as I had just come from work (blue polo shirt with typical gold striped design, tan khaki pants, brown slip-on shoes). Both of the stores, however, implore a different type of outfit for their salespeople. They go with a jersey-looking top and dark trousers, neither of which I was currently wearing. At Sports Authority, the man looked to me to help him get a pair of shoes down from a high shelf. He asked, "Do you work here?" When I told him that I didn't, he still appeared to want some help. I was in a hurry, though, and it didn't cross my mind until later that he might have been seeking assistance from anyone who would have helped. So yeah, I had my work badge on that day too. But the funny thing is, my very particular Eau Gallie High School badge doesn't look like a badge those stores have for their workers. It has my picture on it, too, what kind of shoe store has their employees pictures on it? The lady at Champs was the funniest and most annoying of the two. She had the foresight to look at my badge and call me by name (that always annoyed me when I worked at in customer services jobs anyway): "Jeff, are these running shoes?" She repeated the question when I didn't bother to look. I didn't look at her because, well, we all know that I don't work there! The third time she questioned me, there was much more force behind her words. I looked at her this time. She again posed the question to me, again with more enthusiasm, as if she was frustrated with me. I looked at her puzzled, flabbergasted, and quite annoyed considering this was the second time this had happened that day. When I informed her I didn't work there, she looked at the real employee, looked back at me and shrugged her shoulders like it was an innocent mistake. This is the clincher though. She then directed the question to the Champs guy, but she gave me the dirtiest look. It was like she was saying "You're no help to me now," which I wasn't, but still, I was frustrated. She kept looking at me, just giving me dirty looks when I looked back at her. Plus, she was loud, yelling at her very undisciplined teenager, and talking complete crap the whole time. When I left the store, I gave her a dirty look back.

The End.

P.S. I only bought shirts that day.

posted by Jeff Watkins at 3:11 PM

8 Comments:

Blogger joe kennedy said...

Jeff, are these running shoes?

9:36 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

That's funny..... You shoud've messed with her...pretended that you did work there, since she wouldn't let off it. :-)

2:32 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

That's happened to me a few times, too. I just hate when I say "I don't work here" and they repeat the question like I'm stupid or something.

Once when Brandon and I were in a department store shopping, we both separately asked the same guy if he worked there. I kind of felt bad for him, but in our defense he was closely eyeing the women's shoes and messing with boxes. I assume you weren't. ;)

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I have been asked if I work in stores. A lot of times it's Target, and because I'm in there as much as I am, I know where stuff is, so I just tell them where something is, and then if they ask anymore, I'm like, "I'm not a Target employee, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night." HAHA!

(lame comment. sorry)

10:50 PM  
Blogger jared said...

this one time i was on the street and some guy mistook me for a prostitute.

I won't tell you what happened next but I will say I had sex with him.

oh shit.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

as you passed the lady in the store, leaving, you should said, (under your breath) either, "cracker," or "squirrel."

it would've been funny had you said, "cracker."


oh, and umm...it wouldn't have been very nice either... so, it's a good thing you didn't. but, could you imagine if you were on a tv show, and your character did that!? oh, that's why tv is funny. (at moments...)

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

should have said* not "should said"

10:20 PM  
Blogger Jeff Watkins said...

Everybody! We took our kids to Target today for CBI (community based instruction). I was walking and a lady asked me where baby clothes were. I told her I didn't work there. She said, "Oh, well, I saw your badge." I had a blue shirt on and jeans. Do the red shirts and white tags mean anything to these people?!?!?

2:56 PM  

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