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To have been so rude to this shop assistant?

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ICameOnTheJitney Mon 07-Oct-13 16:41:57

I probably was and want to vent anyway. Perfectly prepared to be told either way.

I was in The Entertainer toy shop today...I had a couple of items to put away for Christmas in my bear in mind that I'd been greeted and asked if I needed help three times by different assistants...and I'd smiled at each and said "No thanks, I'm fine." and carried on browsing. Then I saw a display of Nerf guns and remembered that both my DDs had liked playing with our neighbour's son's Nerf guns so stopped to ponder the wisdom of buying them one each.

I was irritably looking at the "Girl's" version (in pink naturally) and thinking about how shit it is that the "girl's" version was more expensive.....when another assistant arrived at my side and interrupted my thoughts to ask "Do you need any help at all?"

I said "No thanks I'm fine" and just glanced his direction as I was a bit sick of being asked by this point.

He then launcehd into a sales pitch anyway! "Oh well these are the latest...the girl's ones are just in...and they're..." so I interrupted him and said "Really I';m fine I don't want any help"


So I said "No. I'm fine...I don't want to know...I want to be left alone" and he rolled his fucking eyes at me.

AIBU to think "No thank you I don't want any help." means just that???

TheBigJessie Tue 08-Oct-13 09:59:08

I don't work for them - really - really - really - a friend does - but they also pay above minimum wage and actually pay more for night work, and have a whole life approach - students will be employed for a max 20hours a week in term time for instance

Not at the lowest echelons of packing they don't. They will only offer work to people who can commit to "100% flexible working". Works well with childcare, eh?

LimitedEditionLady Tue 08-Oct-13 09:58:25

Ive found that how people dress doesnt reflect what people spend,a millionaire client of mine comes to me in scruffs lol

LimitedEditionLady Tue 08-Oct-13 09:53:45

Yanbu i wouldve got annoyed,fair enough they have to ask if you want any assistance but sometimes it verges on stalking.I end up not wanting to buy anything if they pressurise as i feel like its not help anymore.There are different types of shoppers,some people want the staff to choose for them and some be left the hell alone!

KarinMurphy Mon 07-Oct-13 21:52:56

It always used to make me laugh that our local Entertainer refused to sell Harry Potter stuff but had a huge Lord of the Rings section. Why is Gandalf and acceptable Wizard but poor Harry not?

Shakey1500 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:23:46

YANBU. I don't think anything you said was rude.

I'd have been tempted to say "Actually yes, you can carry these things I was going to buy and pop them back on the shelves"

grin I'd have thought it though.

needaholidaynow Mon 07-Oct-13 21:19:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 07-Oct-13 20:51:44

oldRoan Hmm....I WAS dressed very respectably for once. I will go in my oldest jeans at the same time and see what happens...I think you might have a point!

ICameOnTheJitney Mon 07-Oct-13 20:50:33

Surely his manager wouldn't tell him to persist in offering help once it's refused?

"I've asked that lady if she needs help..she says no...."

"Only wimps and losers believe shoppers who refuse help son! Get back over there and CONVINCE her she needs help!"

"But she was very rude to me..."

"Then be rude back son! Just MAKE her receive help!"


needaholidaynow Mon 07-Oct-13 20:27:29

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kali110 Mon 07-Oct-13 20:22:42

Think yabu they are made to do this. Theyp prob don't like having to do it either!

itsn0tmeitsyou Mon 07-Oct-13 20:21:06

Sounds like a typical Christian to me. Won't stop going on about what he wants to talk about even though you've given a clear message you don't want to talk to him. [Grin]

[ducks hands over head ]

ZillionChocolate Mon 07-Oct-13 20:11:15

He was rude, not you.

OldRoan Mon 07-Oct-13 20:10:39

I was browsing in Russell and Bromley the other week (I'm in my early twenties) - nobody in the shop asked me if they could help. My parents joined me, and within 1 minute three different employees wanted to help us.

At least you weren't written off as a skinflint trouble-maker, OP.

HicDraconis Mon 07-Oct-13 20:06:57

Hate it hate it. You weren't being rude at all, just reiterating what you'd already said ten times already .

I have a "graded assertiveness" approach to this - it starts off at " No thanks I'm just looking", moves through "thankyou but I will ask for assistance if I need it", past "I've already explained to your colleagues, no thank you" and finally "that's it. I'm shopping elsewhere."

If I found a shop where assistants waited to be asked before nagging at you I'd shop there always!

picnicbasketcase Mon 07-Oct-13 20:01:07

Ah but they need the guns to shoot all the demons when the apocalypse comes. They'll have no need for wands, y'see.

Nanny0gg Mon 07-Oct-13 19:51:56

So, no Harry Potter but they sell toy guns...

How very Christian.

nennypops Mon 07-Oct-13 19:46:49

I don't know why shops think this is a good idea. I'm in the ranks of those who absolutely hate sales pitches and will leave a shop if they try to subject me to one. OK, it may be that it works with some people, but really assistants need to be taught to pick up the messages. If a customer says "No" to an offer of help there really is a very good chance that she means it, and the shop will stand a better chance of making a sale if they leave the customer alone.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Mon 07-Oct-13 19:42:44

This drives me mad too! I'm in the US and you can't walk into a shop without a welcoming committee and 15 different people coming to see 'How you're doing today'. It is annoying, intimidating and just serves to drive me out of the shop.

There was a Michael McIntyre (sp) scetch once about the difference between the Apple stores in the US and the UK - brilliant, and exactly this kind of thing.

chateauferret Mon 07-Oct-13 18:55:07

YANBU. This is why I don't go to PC World. They always wittered on at me about how good such-and-such a box is at running Widoze. I couldn't give a stuff. I won't have Windoze in the house, except on DW's PC, and it causes enough bother there.

itsonlyme85 Mon 07-Oct-13 18:45:40

I wondered why i couldn't find monster high dolls on there website last night

Sukebind Mon 07-Oct-13 18:35:20

So The Entertainer doesn't open on a Sunday. It doesn't have to. It seems unfair to criticise it for a decision made in line with the owners' beliefs. If they aren't open or don't sell the products you want then take your business elsewhere.
Pushy assistants are annoying but I bet they are not enjoying being pushy either.

SueDoku Mon 07-Oct-13 18:34:38

I think that I would just have smiled, handed him all the things that you had picked up and said something along the lines of, "If you really don't want to listen to your customers, I'll make my purchases somewhere else" before walking out. Hit them in the pocket and they take notice...angry

nicename Mon 07-Oct-13 17:16:24

I'm sure I've seen Harry Potter tat in there.

diege Mon 07-Oct-13 17:13:55

Assertive yes, rude no. I had a confrontation on Saturday at the till at the Entertainer when they tried to push those gendered Kinder eggs on me. She insisted they were gender neutral and not targeted at either girl or boys hmm..

KatoPotato Mon 07-Oct-13 17:10:48

Wonder if it involved a Rolferoo...

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