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Old 02-22-2004, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Have you ever been mistaken for a store employee while shopping?

Post your interesting story...

I was once in a Fry's near Palo Alto, and a guy mistook me for a store employee. Started asking me all sorts of questions about a cable for his PC, and as I was helping out, I noticed that a couple of other people were waiting behind him to ask questions. I thought it was amusing, so I went on helping out. In any case, the guys in the store completely ignored me, even though they passed by a couple of times. I never did mention that I didn't work at the store, but hey, why not?
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:06 PM   #2
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Yes. I hate it but I feel bad about being rude so either I point them in the right direction or politely say I don't work here.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:06 PM   #3
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many hundreds of thousands of times, primarily because I meander up and down the aisles with a look of disgust on my face when I'm at a computer-related store. Little do they know that it's not a disgust for working retail, it's a disgust for the goddamned prices.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:07 PM   #4
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Yes and when it does happen, I try to help, especially if it is an older person
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:08 PM   #5
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I just ignore them. Fvcking assh0les!
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:10 PM   #6
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All the time, an all sorts of stores. It can get annoying at times. I was offered jobs when it happened at 2 different stores. No joke.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:11 PM   #7
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no. Probably because I dress like I steal my clothes from a blind hobo, who despite being blind, put up a good fight.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:17 PM   #8
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occasionally.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:21 PM   #9
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Yes.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:22 PM   #10
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did they tip you?
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:24 PM   #11
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no. Probably because I dress like I steal my clothes from a blind hobo, who despite being blind, put up a good fight.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:27 PM   #12
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I've never been mistaken as an employee, but I'll help someone that looks confused or if a salesman is telling them a load of crap, I'll step in and correct them. I had a manager of a store tell me to stop it so i told him that if it is what he wanted i would, but I would call a local TV station and tell them that his store policy was to lie to customers.
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:58 PM   #13
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Do you dress like an employee?
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:05 PM   #14
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i once got asked to leave Computer City which is now CompUSA
cause someone asked me what PC they should get and i convinced them to buy one from me instead
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:06 PM   #15
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No... but I've mistaken a shopper for a store employee once...
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:25 PM   #16
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I was never confused for an employee, but once a few years ago at CompUSSR, someone was asking about a CD-Burner to the employee, and because it was a B&M store, prices were disgusting, so I butted in, in the most polite way possible, and gave told her about newegg. She then proceeded to leave the store after I told her at the time how much cheaper newegg was than CompUSSR.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:27 PM   #17
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I tell them we don't serve their kind here. It's funny to watch their reactions.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:27 PM   #18
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Yes.

I look like Peter North so girls always ask me if they can be in my movies.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:39 PM   #19
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I don't browse very much, so no. When I go in a store I have a purpose: find what I'm looking for and get out.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:42 PM   #20
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Somebody thought I worked at Banana Republic when I was just browsing through there.
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Old 02-22-2004, 09:42 PM   #21
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yeah, I often stop off after work so I'm in a nice shirt and khakis....happens about once a month.
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Old 02-22-2004, 10:02 PM   #22
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I've had the opposite happen to me....sorta. I was at work one day(Blockbuster) and was standing behind the counter at one of the computers. I had a Blockbuster shirt on and someone walked up to the other side of the counter and asked "Do you work here?" I would've thought it would be obvious....but....apparently I was wrong.

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Old 02-22-2004, 10:09 PM   #23
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Default RE:Have you ever been mistaken for a store employee while shopping?

I get that quite a lot.

Computer stores I can understand because I take my friends there and help them buy stuff, but it also happens in clothing shops....especially when the GF is trying on stuff. I have that "stand and watch the entire shop" type of look when I am waiting, so people tend to think that I am an employee there.
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Old 02-22-2004, 10:20 PM   #24
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I think next time I have that happen I'm going to say "No, but for $50 you can have a half hour of my time to help you find what you're looking for."
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Old 02-22-2004, 11:00 PM   #25
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Don't wear a red shirt to Target.
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