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Bright_Star
07-17-2008, 11:39 PM
I thought it would never happen to me BUT today I actually had someone ask me if I worked at Sam's Club!
I was pushing my blue trash buggy filled with trash, wearing my blue vest & my name tag when this "Member" (that's what they call the customers at Sam's Club) asked if I could help her & before I could say anything else she asked me.."um, do you work here?" I was lilke:eek: I just looked at her & rolled my eyes. I had someone esle help her cause I was afraid my brain-to-mouth filter woould sputter & I'd say something stupid.
I so much wanted to say.."Nahhhh, I always shop at Sam's Club pushing a trash buggy wearing a blue vest with a name tag".
Where do they get these people at anyway? I mean like, wow...lol.

MadMike
07-18-2008, 12:44 AM
I don't know, I always wanted to tell them I was simply modeling the latest line of (store name) fashion wear. :lol:

sixums
07-18-2008, 01:07 AM
I so much wanted to say.."Nahhhh, I always shop at Sam's Club pushing a trash buggy wearing a blue vest with a name tag".

Heeeeeeeeeeere's your sign. :lol:

Aethian
07-18-2008, 01:08 AM
I seriously don't see the suck here. She was making sure that she wasn't going to get yelled at by someone who was wearing their uniform and shopping. Since you were moving the trash thing she could have assumed that you could have been janitorial and as such not part of the store, but yea, no suck on her part.

Soulstealer
07-18-2008, 02:04 AM
Just say no. You know you want to.;)

Apathy
07-18-2008, 02:28 AM
I suriously don't see the suck here.

Not every post involves sucky customers. Some involve near sighted morons.

Aethian
07-18-2008, 02:47 AM
I don't see her as a moron either. I see that customer as being overly cautious.

edible_hat
07-18-2008, 11:07 AM
I've encountered somebody who was even more cautious... asked me if I worked there when I was wearing my store uniform and standing behind the counter, with one hand on the register.

JustADude
07-18-2008, 11:13 AM
Hey, Admins! Could we get a transfer over to Brain Burps here? I think that'll solve this little debate shaping up.

Bright_Star
07-18-2008, 11:14 AM
I don't see her as a moron either. I see that customer as being overly cautious.


overly cautious about what? In the get-up that I was wearing, you'd have to be clueless to think that I didn't work there.
Think about it-how many customers do you know who casually push a trash buggy filled with trash around the store while shopping? I didn't think so.
She wasn't sucky. She was stupid.

Bramblerose
07-18-2008, 01:12 PM
1) Wal Mart had a policy that you couldn't de-vest til you left teh store, even if you had clocked out. As I have not heard this being resinded, I am hesitant to grab and Walton employee that isn't actively doing something on-the-clockish. Which, granted, you were.

2) So we gripe if they assume people work at a store when we're shopping, and we gripe if they confirm that we indeed do work here? Come on, cut a little slack.

Boozy
07-18-2008, 01:18 PM
Hey, Admins! Could we get a transfer over to Brain Burps here? I think that'll solve this little debate shaping up.

What's that? Did I hear someone type the word "Admins" somewhere?

Actually, I didn't hear anything, because moderators don't have superpowers. :p If you think something should be moved to another forum, please use the report button!

I do think this story probably is better suited for Brain Burps, so I'm moving it. The customer wasn't sucky. Now get along, guys.

Sparky
07-18-2008, 01:33 PM
Please allow me to translate. "Excuse me, do you work here?" when directed to someone who obviously does and is working there, means "Excuse me, I notice that you work here, and I'm trying to politely attract your attention because I need a service from you and I must momentarialy distract you from the task you are performing at the present time." Customers are trying to find a way to convey that in fewer words. Alas, they choose words that make no sense. I know this because it's the sort of thing I'd do. Then I'd go somewhere and post to my friends about what a stupid thing came out of my mouth.

RetailWorkhorse
07-18-2008, 03:01 PM
"Excuse me, I notice that you work here, and I'm trying to politely attract your attention because I need a service from you and I must momentarialy distract you from the task you are performing at the present time."

Wordy, a bit long, but I'm gonna use it. Now I need a camera.

crazylegs
07-18-2008, 03:07 PM
Please allow me to translate. "Excuse me, do you work here?" when directed to someone who obviously does and is working there, means "Excuse me, I notice that you work here, and I'm trying to politely attract your attention because I need a service from you and I must momentarialy distract you from the task you are performing at the present time."

Personally I go with the phrase

"Excuse me, I wonder if you'd be able to help me?"

Much easier! :D

Imogene
07-18-2008, 03:39 PM
asked if I could help her & before I could say anything else she asked me.."um, do you work here?"
Taken directly from the opening post.
"Ma'am, I just asked you if you need help. I either work here or shop here enough to recognize that 'I'm lost' face, and can at least direct you to what you need."

Nephy
07-18-2008, 05:48 PM
I work at Walgreens, and have to wear a light blue dress shirt as my uniform.

One day I was shopping at Walmart right after work, and therefore was still wearing my uniform.

I had 2 guys walk up to me and ask "Do you work here?" Since I don't, I replied "No" (the logical answer). I moved along.

A few seconds later they walk up and tell me "You don't have to be so rude, we just want to know where the hangers are". I tell them again that I don't work there. They demand to see my manager. I say slowly "I don't work here. I work at WalGREENS" and point to my nametag, which clearly says Walgreens.

I never knew that all "Wal..." employees were interchangable.

I do get frustrated sometimes when people ask me that at work. No, I don't work here, I just come here on my free time, wear the uniform (because it's super stylish and comfortable), and like to zap stuff with Telxons and rearrange merchandise. I find it calming.

Or the people that ask for the manager, I walk up and ask how I can help them. They get pissy and tell me "I was waiting to speak to the manager!" No, I'm not the manager, I'm a part time service clerk, and I mugged my manager, stole her uniform and nametag, and now I'm here to screw with you! Bwahaha. How do you like them apples?

Sparky
07-18-2008, 05:52 PM
Personally I go with the phrase

"Excuse me, I wonder if you'd be able to help me?"

Much easier! :D


What a good idea!

Personally, I am often unable to retrieve the right phrase during brain farts. :( Maybe I mean to say "downtown" and it comes out "downstairs." Or I mean to say "recycling center" and it comes out "______ um, you know, that ... place, thingy." Or "I wonder if you'd be able to help me" turns into "Do you work here?"

Of course, I like to think that most SCs are even more brain-dead that I am.

depechemodefan
07-18-2008, 05:57 PM
I get that a lot too. In fact, two customers were commenting on my shirt, which says "(name of my city) Public Library", and I forgot what they mentioned but I told them "people still ask me if I work here."

Customer 1: Wait, can't they see your shirt says (name of my city) Public Library?
Customer 2: And your badge says (name of my city) Public Library?
Customer 1: And that you are wearing red?

Note: I don't mention my city because some PR person who works for the library is always googling it to see what people say about our library.

One day I was shopping at Walmart right after work, and therefore was still wearing my uniform.

I had 2 guys walk up to me and ask "Do you work here?" Since I don't, I replied "No" (the logical answer). I moved along.

A few seconds later they walk up and tell me "You don't have to be so rude, we just want to know where the hangers are". I tell them again that I don't work there. They demand to see my manager. I say slowly "I don't work here. I work at WalGREENS" and point to my nametag, which clearly says Walgreens. Some people left their higher brain functions at the (name of name brand metal/rap/regeton) concert. "No" means "no", not "I'm fucking with you." Geez.

Raieth
07-26-2008, 06:40 AM
My favorite one was when I was stocking paint at crappy tire and there was a lady looking at the paint chips. I'm in the red shirt and just put three cans of paint on the shelf.

Me: Hi there, do you need any assistance today?
Lady: (she turns to me) Yes, I just can't find anyone who works here today.
Me:...(waiting to see if she say what she wants and decide screw it lets just start over.)

Me: Hi there, what can help you with today? (figured I'd try a different phrase.)
Lady: (honestly looks suprised.) Oh! You work here?

After that it was a normal paint customer but was quite amusing at the time. She was really nice too and laughed about the whole thing after.

smileyeagle1021
07-26-2008, 09:00 AM
sadly I've gotten that at the hotel a few times... now I can understand it if I'm taking a break when it's really slow and eating my lunch in the lobby (I'm good at hightailing it back to the desk when someone walks in the front door, not so good with people who come from in house)... considering the uniform is pretty much any light blue long sleeve button up shirt (untucked if you'll believe it) and black (or sometimes kakhi) pants... and of course the nametag with the hotel logo and our name... scarily though I've gotten that when I'm standing at the front desk, or when I'm in the back office doing something and the person rings the bell and I walk out and they ask if I work here... now with one of those people who I walk out of the office for I am so tempted to say "nope, I don't work here, I jumped over the counter and knocked smileyeagle out and was in the process of robbing the place, but then I saw your car pull up so I decided to pull his body in the back office, strip him, put on his clothes, which just happen to fit perfectly, and pretend to work here so you wouldn't suspect anything... here's your sign"