I was in visual merchandising for quite some time and have been lucky enough to be highly respected by my coworkers for this art form. The same could not be said for the custys...
Everyday I look over to see someone risking life and limb to get into the windows for something that is just out of reach only to find that it exists in the store. Why would I put something in the window that is not also in the store, somewhere?
And NO lady, the mannequin is not wearing an XL. And NO, I'm not gonna check "for sure" because I'm the one who put it on her!!
If it weren't for the intricacy and detail (not to mention the hours) I wouldn't mind at all! But the point is: do you go to a museum and mess with the art work!? Below are a few stories of custys who went above and beyond my level of tolerance for craziness:
I walk out of the stockroom to find a crazy in her 40's jumping like a Jack Russell Tarrier to get a hat off the top of a display. We keep step stools in the store so we can get things down. I go to reach for the stool to help her only to find she had placed her shopping bags on the stool so she could get a better "jump" on things. Maybe she thought the hat she was reaching for was her "thinking cap"?
We had a very large light-peg display (about 8'X9') near the entrance of the store with mannequins in front. Imagine a giant teetering light-brite... I know... asking for it! This bitch decided that she needed something on the display and helped herself to it despite our attempts to help her find it.
Well of course this monster of a display fell over, broke in half, broke several fixtures and 2 mannequins on the way down. Little 2" pegs went EVERYWHERE! All of us (employees) went into a frenzy to pick these little fuckers up and she-bitch:
1. Pushes through us to pick up the item she was trying to reach and
2. Walks over to the cash-wrap and asks the then-stunned cashier, "I think this might be too small. What do you think?"
And finally: A lady let her little dog loose in the store. He went into our "winter wonderland" windows and not only made the snow yellow but left two little bite-sized surprises next to our display. Shame on "Poopy"!
-Honey RHU RHU Child