From ElusiveChartreuse, Tales From Retail,
I work at a big chain retail store that sells pretty much everything: groceries, household products, medicine, and makeup. I'm the makeup consultant, so I basically just stand in the makeup aisle and talk to people about makeup all day.
I also have my own register so I can ring people up without them having to get on the line, and many people usually jump at this offer because we are known for having long checkout lines. We're also one of those stores where you think, "I can't find anyone in this entire store to help me", so I've received a lot of great feedback from customers who say how nice it is to have someone always in the makeup section to talk to.
This happened a few hours ago. A customer walked into the makeup section and started looking through some of the lipsticks. (M=me, C=customer)
M: Hi! Welcome to (store name), is there anything I can help you find?
M: Okay! Well when you're all set you can let me know and I'll ring you up so you don't have to wait on line.
M: You all set for checkout?
She walks right past me and then she turns around to face me and looks extremely pissed off.
C: NO! I WILL TELL YOU WHEN I NEED HELP. WHY DO YOU KEEP FOLLOWING ME AROUND?
I was kind of stunned and I couldn't think of anything to say. She's still looking at me though, so I say the dumbest thing ever:
M: ...I work in this section
Then she glares at me and gets on the long checkout line. The cashiers call for backup and I just continue dusting my makeup shelves. I could have gone and helped them out since I knew there was someone with makeup on the line but she probably would've called the police on me for stalking her.
It would have been so satisfying to skip right past her on the line with another makeup customer, though.