Reading NC Tony's Manner Rant inspired me to come up with a new type of customer:
What is a Blurter, you might ask?
A Blurter is a customer who forgets that they are in the real world, and tries to interact with retail slaves as if they are internet search bars in the favorite online stores.
If the customer wants envelopes, they simply have to utter (blurt out) that one word, and they are instantly gratified with the entire selection of envelopes to choose from, right?
The only problem is that these are not search engines, they are human beings.
Blurters usually do not realize how rude they are being, unfortunately they are deluded by the impression that they are important enough/in a hurry not to warrant a complete sentence.
Seriously, this shit happens to me all the time. Is it so difficult to use proper English and speak to me like a person?
Que typical day at the office supply superstore:
Me doing my job...
Me: "You're looking for envelo-*another customer interrupts* "Index cards!"
Use complete sentences, people! If you work in retail, I'm almost positive you've experienced this before. If it doesn't bother you, then you have a thicker skin than I.
I. AM. NOT. A. SEARCH. ENGINE.
I am a human being, and a Grammar Nazi at that. If you walk up to me and say "envelopes," the first thing I want to do after shaking you by the neck is say "what about them? ...OHHH you're looking for them!"
If people keep this up much longer, I'm going to get myself in trouble one of these days. I'd like to respond like one of the Bing TV commercials.
Customer: "Index cards!"
Me: "3x5 cards, 4x6 cards, blank cards, lined cards, colored cards, spiral-bound cards, greeting cards, index tabs, consumer confidence index..."
Does this bother anyone? Post a comment with a clever response you've used to make a Blurter feel stupid.
Until the next rant/story