One time, many years ago when I was working at RadioShack, I was in my store in the mall, just hanging out. *remember how you did that when you were young and started a cool job? Just hung out at the store?*
Anyway, I was standing in front of the computer stuff we had, and I was wearing shorts and a Metallica t-shirt (before they sold out) and was unshaven. Basically, I was a slob that day.
As I'm looking over the wireless networking equipment, this lady comes up to me and asks "Do you work here?" I look at her, and then look myself up and down. I'm all grunge and the other associates are wearing the khaki pants and blue shirts.
"Uh, yeah, but not today. I'm off, and doing some shopping." I reply.
"Well, could you help me with blah blah blah?" I don't remember what she asked about, it was something stupid.
"The other people are busy."
"Ok, I'll answer some questions for you, if that will help." I said.
Big mistake. After I answered some basic questions for her, she wouldn't leave me alone after that. She'd go away, and then come back a few minutes later, again and again about some other stupid thing. And then she told me she had a repair pick up, and wanted me to go to the backroom to get it and ring it up.
"I'm sorry, I can't do that."
"Why not? You work here!" She whined.
"Because no one is allowed in the back room that doesn't have a uniform on. You'll just have to wait for another associate to become free."
"But you work here!"
"Yes, I do. But it is my DAY OFF. I am not getting paid right now. I am a customer, just like you."
"But you work here!"
"Ma'am, I know I work here. You don't have to keep telling me that. But right now, I am a customer. Just a plain customer, trying to buy something.
I've helped you all I can, and I can't do anymore without clocking in."
"So why don't you clock in and help me?" This lady was stupid and obnoxious.
"Ok, you wait right here while I go home, get my uniform, come back, and clock in. That will take about an hour, ok? Or you can wait a few more minutes until someone can ring you up. Which do you prefer?"
"So you won't ring me up then?"
"NO I WILL NOT RING YOU UP BECAUSE I AM NOT ALLOWED TO RING YOU UP."
She walked away at this point to the back of the store to look at something else. I continued looking at things, and then noticed from the corner of my eye that she was coming back. I put the item down and yelled to the rest of the crew "I'll see you all later. Have fun!" and walked out as fast as I could.
I'm surprised she didn't follow me out of the store.
The other day, I was in Target wearing baggy cargo shorts and a green t-shirt that says "Save a tree! Eat a cow!
" (The PETA people love that shirt LOL) and was, again, unshaven and grungy. I'm in the cookware aisle looking at new saute pans when this older lady comes up to me and asks what the price on a pan was.
Me: "I couldn't tell you ma'am. I have no idea."
SC: "Don't you work in this department?"
Me: "No. I don't work here at all."
SC: "Are you sure? I've seen you in this department before." Why do they always asks if we're sure?
Me: "Well, I do shop here a great deal. And this is probably my favorite part of the store. I love to cook."
SC: "I'm sorry. I just saw a familiar face and thought you worked here. I can't find anyone in this department."
Just then, the person working this department comes up and says "Hi Knightmare. Nice shirt! How can I help you today, ma'am?"
SC: "Does he work here? (pointing to me).
SA: "No, but he does come here a lot. He's always buying some new pot or pan or something."
SC: "Where can I find the coffee makers?"
Me: "Next aisle over."
Ok, so she wasn't exactly an SC. But why don't people believe us when we say WE DON'T WORK HERE!