Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Customer Service

Actual conversation between me and a potential running apparel customer that took place between the Nike and the New Balance racks at approximately 5:48 p.m.

Him: This shirt looks interesting.

Me: That it is. It's actually woven with bamboo yarn, which is the ultimate in breathability and moisture management. It even has natural anti-microbial properties. Also, my boss makes us memorize everything written on the tag.

Him: Really? I bought bamboo sheets at Target last week.

Me: Do they attract pandas?

Him: Um...I...what?

He had the courtesy to wait until I wandered to the other side of the store before re-racking the pair of shorts he'd been considering and stuffing a brochure for the Greek Festival 5K back in the bin. Then he walked out.

I rule.

19 comments:

Vanilla said...

Customer: Re-racks shorts and leaves.

Rachel said...

Haha! Too funny! Sounds like you have a way with the customers.

Lainey said...

I want to go to a store where they have witty sales people like you! I'm in Ohio though, so yeah, that's never gonna' happen...

Also, Vanilla - *that* was beautiful! Nice job. Thanks to both of you for the morning ha-ha!

notsojenny said...

i can't even tell you how many times i wake up to a room full of pandas pawing at my sheets. it's so frustrating.

Kaeti said...

Probably better he left. Did you really want him to go into detail about his bestial hijinks?

Birdwatching From Mars said...

ah, THAT's why I was advised against buying sheets made of banana peels. effing monkeys...

Perfectly Shelly said...

You are such a FLIRT.......

CLARE. said...

SQUEEEEEE, PANDAS!

That is all.

Mickey said...

I prefer the sheets made of pandas. Soooo soft! And cute!

surviving myself said...

i don't think being a sales person is for you.

mindy said...

How did he not get that joke? Doesn't everybody know that Pandas love nice sheets?

Reluctant Runner said...

You do rule. If he can't even catch an easy panda reference lobbed at him, he doesn't deserve to buy those bamboo shorts ... or run in the whatayamacallit 5k.

BTW, don't bamboo shorts make a lot of noise? If so, that's a safety feature. It might alert senile old drivers that they actually have to share the road.

TNT Jim said...

I'd buy insurance from you.

nancypearlwannabe said...

I had an ex that had bamboo-print sheets. He would get mad when I'd pretend he was the Viet Cong and attack him when he fell asleep.

Yeah, I knew there was a reason he's an ex. Unfunny bastard.

JustinS said...

First, Mickey sent us. I figured I should name drop, being a newb here and all.

And I can't get over the idea of bamboo clothing. I keep picturing Chow Yun Fat and Ziyi Zhang bouncing from runner to runner in slow motion...

Ok, not the funniest comment ever. Especially bad following NPW's VC bit (THAT was funny shit...).

Mickey said...

Per the above comment from JustinS: Come pick up your award before we send George Clooney or the drummer from Maroon 5 or some other embarrassing personage up to the podium to accept on your behalf. We'd get Hugh Laurie, but he's already drunk in the champagne tent.

Maxie said...

haha! I love scaring people away!

Amanda said...

Ohai. I'm going to read your blog all the time. This entry sold me.

If a salesperson said that to me... I would have swiftly answered with a definite, "Yes."

The Clandestine Samurai said...

LMAO!!!!!! I seriously thought you knew what you were talking about at first, until you said that bit about your boss. If I were that customer, I'd come back to the store sometimes just to talk to you. I'd buy something here and there if you got commission.