Have you ever been mistaken for a store employee while shopping?

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  1. Analog

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    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?
     
  2. NutBucket

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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.
     
  3. EyeMWing

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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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    Yes and when it does happen, I try to help, especially if it is an older person
     
  5. oniq

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    I just ignore them. Fvcking assh0les!
     
  6. Evadman

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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.
     
  7. XZeroII

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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.
     
  8. dethman

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    occasionally.
     
  9. GhettoFob

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    did they tip you?
     
  11. tweakmm

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    Haha:D

     
  12. JeffreyLebowski

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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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    Do you dress like an employee?
     
  14. CtK

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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 :)
    hehehehe
     
  15. neutralizer

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    No... but I've mistaken a shopper for a store employee once...
     
  16. PowerMacG5

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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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    I tell them we don't serve their kind here. It's funny to watch their reactions.
     
  18. Lager

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    Yes.

    I look like Peter North so girls always ask me if they can be in my movies.
     
  19. bradruth

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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.
     
  20. CanOWorms

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    Somebody thought I worked at Banana Republic when I was just browsing through there.
     
  21. MikeyIs4Dcats

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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.
     
  22. jcwagers

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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.

    jc
     
  23. AndyHui

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    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.
     
  24. Freejack2

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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." :p
     
  25. Thegonagle

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    Don't wear a red shirt to Target. ;)