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Sorry, but I don't work here...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by IBJanky, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    Does this ever happen to you?

    It never fails... whenever I go browsing around at a store (Nordstrom's, Banana Republic, etc.) at the mall, people always come up to me and ask me questions like I work there.

    Wth?

    Maybe I should start dressing in ripped jeans and an Ed Hardy t-shirt instead to avoid confusion in the future [​IMG]

    myke
     
  2. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Never happens to me. Probably because I am either wearing outerwear or carrying my briefcase. Or both.
     
  3. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    It's because everyone knows that a man wearing cowboy boots can't possibly work for clothing boutique.
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    It's because everyone knows that a man wearing cowboy boots can't possibly work for clothing boutique.

    That too. yeeeeee haw [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  5. dsgNYC

    dsgNYC Senior member

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    Make sure you keep track of how often this happens - it's 1 iGent point per occurrence. If someone mistakes you for a security guard it's worth 2 iGent points.
     
  6. satorstyle

    satorstyle Senior member

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    It used to irritate me, but now I actually take it as a compliment.
     
  7. JayJay

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    It happens to me when I'm shopping in a suit. I'm not bothered by it as I've mistaken others for sales associates, too. It's a mistake that's often easy to make.
     
  8. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    It used to irritate me, but now I actually take it as a compliment.

    I'm still at the irritation phase I guess...

    myke
     
  9. porcelain monkey

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    Yeah, it happens. Once it happened twice on the same visit to Bergdorf Goodman. I think it was because it was a fairly cold day and I did not have an overcoat on. I took it as a compliment.
     
  10. coltboy75

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    It has happened to me, I usually try to give advice since the fellow behind the counter looks like he has no clue.
     
  11. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    it does happen every once in awhile but i try to have fun with it.

    i go with the customer to help out. i try to answer his/her questions to the best of my knowledge and dont really let them know i am not a sales rep until at the last moment when i have to leave.

    it can be fun.
     
  12. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Senior member

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    It has happened to me a few times. I usually like to keep the charade going for as long as I can. Gets tricky come check out time, best to hand them off to a real salesperson at that point.

    It actually happened to me yesterday at my club. My wife and I were getting ready to hit the cardio when I discovered that our two machines didn't have headphones. So I walked up to the service desk to get us some headphones. Right as I handed a set to my wife, the lady on the next machine over from my wife (who didn't speak english) started eagerly motioning to me that she needed some headphones as well. I guess she thought I was my wife's trainer or something. My wife started laughing and said "oh he doesn't work here" but the lady didn't understand, so I just walked back up there and got her a set.
     
  13. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    I've told this here before, but it's worth re-telling. A guy approached me in Filene's and said "Can you show me where your suspenders are?" I said "Sure" and opened my jacket to show him. He just smiled and stood there, after about 10 seconds he said "Ohh... you... don't... work... here?"
    I've had women approach me and ask about pairing ties with shirts or advice on shirts. I just help them and it's always fun when they finally figure out I don't work at the store. I mean I don't try to ring them up or anything. Still, I'm probably owed some commissions now that I think about it.
     
  14. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    it does happen every once in awhile but i try to have fun with it.

    i go with the customer to help out. i try to answer his/her questions to the best of my knowledge and dont really let them know i am not a sales rep until at the last moment when i have to leave.

    it can be fun.


    That gives me an idea... I'll do that next time and see how far i can take it [​IMG]

    I'll let you guys know how it goes [​IMG]

    myke
     
  15. upnorth

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    you have that damned salesman look on your face. I wish i had a gentler way of putting this through but i don't.
     
  16. sho'nuff

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    That gives me an idea... I'll do that next time and see how far i can take it [​IMG]

    I'll let you guys know how it goes [​IMG]

    myke


    hehehe, have fun. [​IMG]
     
  17. IBJanky

    IBJanky Senior member

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    you have that damned salesman look on your face. I wish i had a gentler way of putting this through but i don't.

    Is that good or bad? LOL...

    myke
     
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    When I'm in a suit, it happens.

    If I can point the way to something I will, but always add, "If you need more information, you might want to ask a sales person." That way I avoid a potential series of questions.
     
  19. Threak

    Threak Senior member

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    you have that damned salesman look on your face. I wish i had a gentler way of putting this through but i don't.

    This calls for a repost:

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Agnacious

    Agnacious Senior member

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    I get irritated over people who get irritated. This is a common innocent mistake hardly worth getting your knickers in a bunch over.

    I was in saks in chicago once and there was some guy all over the sales rack, like a fat girl on a donut, when some doddering old man asked him where the men's room was. He became indignant and loudly stated he did not work there and went off in a huff, no doubt following the illusive scent of another 5% off rack.

    The old man looked bewildered and I went towards him and he said "I thought he worked here..." I pointed out the SA and then told him where the men's room was. Don't become the indignant db that thinks complete strangers should somehow know you don't work there based on the marginally, and possibly ill conceived notion, that the way you are dressed is noticeably better than anyone else.

    On the other hand, I went to Abercrombie once (in my life) and I saw a bunch of people standing around looking homeless. I wanted to tell them to get a job, but then I realized their job was to dress poorly and look bored. If someone asked me if I worked there I would have murdered them.
     

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