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I mean, really.

When did it become acceptable for the geeky little guy running the Derma-whatever mall kiosk to shout out “Hey! Ma‘am! I’ve got something here that will help your face!” like some carnival barker run amuck?? Seriously, sir, my face only looks like this because I saw you coming!

Or for the over-dressed gal at one of six mineral cosmetics kiosks to walk up to you and say “Hold on one sec” into the cell phone pressed against her head only to look at you and say “Did you need some help?“. The answer is NO. And not just because you‘re rude and probably overpaid for the disservice you just did me. It’s NO because if those nasty-looking make-up brushes on the edge of your kiosk come within three inches of my face, I’ll be forced to go back to Mr. Derma-Man for his advice. And that ain’t happening.

And when we went into the Godiva chocolates store to redeem the mailed offer of two free truffles, why was it necessary for the clerk to roll her eyes at us and say in her best monotone, “weonlyhavetwoflavors.” When pressed, she managed, “bananasfosterandcaramelizedapple.” We took one of each. And NO, we didn’t want anything else. But thanks for NOT EVEN ASKING.

I guess it’s been too long since I really shopped at a mall and I have just forgotten exactly how rude people can be. I can tell you one thing today’s little excursion accomplished: it convinced me that I will NOT be visiting a mall again any time soon. Not that there was much doubt; prior to today’s visit, it’s been over a year since I graced one with my presence.

Fortunately, I was hanging out with one of the coolest, and most polite, young people I know: My step-daughter Erin. We had a blast in [Link Removed] were cooking it up in there and it was smelling goooood!) and I made it out of there in under $20.

And she totally blew her wad in the [Link Removed] Apparently Texas souvenirs are a big hit in Canada. Who knew?


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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • I’m with you on those kiosk people. They‘re like carnies. When they sidle up next to me and say “can I ask you something, I admit I’m not nice to them when I say, NO” In my mind they‘re equilavent to toe lint.



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • I am still trying to figure out how you made it out of William Sonoma for under twenty dollars??? That is a blog in itself.

      “Those people” drive me nuts. I think we can legally ban all
      kiosk people. They do not take no for an answer when you try to be nice.

      Cynthia, you have me cracking up!



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      Inakika wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Cynthia!!
      Toe lint!! Bah ha ha ha!!
      I agree, Feather. Customer service is so pitiful nowadays, it makes me hate shopping as well. And I’m already not a big shopper, so it does not take much to keep me internet shopping.
      I was in Atlanta once and I went into a fast food restaurant that was half one place and half the other. I walked up to place an order. The girl waited for me to place my complete order before telling me “You can’t order that food on this side“. Huh? Everyone was wearing the same outfit, I did not think it mattered.
      I went to the other side (In other words I moved down the counter) and that same HEIFA came over to take my same order! I stood there and looked at her in disbelief and left.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Cynthia, I personally like toe lint better. At least it knows its place! ;)

      Darla, I wasn’t really doing much shopping myself, but found a really cool wine cork and a jar of cranberry-orange relish that I just had to have. I went prepared (meaning without much money, lol) to not do much shopping.

      The sickest part of these kioskers is that they got us going both ways. Like the first occurrence of being accosted by them wasn’t enough.

      I love shopping online!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 13, 2008
    • Ingrid, I work in customer service (and have for most of my working life in one way or another) so I’m really critical of customer service. And very observant of the lack of it!!

      I once lost it in a Best Buy store when for 20 minutes all I heard was “We’ll be right with you” every time an employee walked by. I was there to buy a video camera (and not a cheap one); I was planning on paying cash, and didn’t even need anyone to upsell me on any features, since I already knew I wanted it all! I just needed someone to open the damn case!

      I finally announced loudly that I found it to be a damn shame that Best Buy didn’t think my money was good enough to take, and I left the store. I know I didn’t accomplish a thing, but Circuit City was actually thrilled to take my cash, just up the road, and I felt better for having done it.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • Dana!!! Haven’t seen that smiling face here at Fab40 in some time! I love that you popped in on my blog!

      And you‘re right! Led by Lu we would be a force to be reckoned with, for sure.

      Remind me to call y‘all in the event I EVER decide to go back to the mall again. :)



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      Cheryl Guy wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • The next time someone tells you they have something that will help your face, ask them why it hasn’t helped theirs!!!!!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • LMAO lovin40!!



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