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Bored at the Bookstore

I don't know what she meant by "I never had to give the phone number before", unless, she meant "ever before, anywhere" (unlikely), but I will confess that I don't give out my home phone number unless I'm paying by check. And the only ones who have my cell number are family, friends, and doctors.

But she didn't have to be nasty about it - it's your employer's idea, not yours, after all. I just say, politely, "I'm sorry, that number is unlisted..." that's usually sufficient.

Whenever someone comes in our shop with that, "don't bother me" attitude, it usually means "No Sale". If you got a sale out of Her Attitudeness, good for you! Not easy.

Former Grocery Slave

I meant matter-of-factly! Whoops!


Heck usually I am just looking but at least I'm polite about saying so.

Lord of the Potatoes

I admit to not being the greatest at dealing with the 'Can I help you?' type questions. Normally because I'm trawling aisles for inspiration/deals, not anything specific and, more usually because of the attitude of the worker. If I'm wearing a hoodie or my army jacket the question is nearly always more of 'I'm watching you and we both know it' than an offer of assistance. I don't like being made to feel like a criminal simply for my clothing choice and age.


I'm going to guess Motherhood Maternity.... I'm no crusty, but I hated their 'clienting'.... sent me formula samples for a YEAR after having my daughter- such a waste: every single one went in the trash. (Women's shelter wouldn't accept them because they were samples.)

Former Grocery Slave

Well, I can tell you, I never assume anything about my clients from what they are wearing or give them a bad attitude when they walk in. The story was more about finding it funny that she hadn't shopped there but pretended she did when asked for her phone number. Also please don't use company names on the site for the sake of protecting those posting. If you don't like things you receive from a company, the best thing to do is to contact the corporate office - it has nothing to do with the slaves.


Sounds like Lane Bryant or Catherine's to me.Lol!

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