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15 August 2003 @ 01:29 pm
I hate agressive sales people  
When i went to the mall tuesday morning, i got hailed by a sales person at one of the booth things down the center of the mall.

The sales person was a relatively cute female, and instead of launching straight into her spiel she asked how i was doing or something like that.

My brain has enough trouble working under normal social situations, it usually takes it awhile to figure out what the proper response is. I had no clue what to say to a girl saying something pleasant to me but who clearly wanted to sell me soemthing that i didn't want to buy, and while i was kind of in a hurry to boot. So i just looked at here with a probably kind of dazed look on my face as my legs just kept on automatically going and carried me on by. After i'd passed by i heard her mumble something that sounded like she was probably saying something nasty about me, which made me feel both guilty and angry.

I felt a little bad about ignoring her, but she's getting paid to stand there and harass me for no good reason, why do i owe her anything? I might have said something noncomital if i could have figured out what in time, but i'm not going to stop and make conversation with her, she doesn't have the right to expect me to stop what i'm doing to deal with her, and it's not my fault i'm slow on the uptake.

Then this morning the phone rang at 8:30 or so, and it was someone from Inland something or other, some kind of newspaper i think since they offered to deliver something every morning for a few weeks free. I said "No thank you," and the guy kept talking. "No" "But did you know that..." No. (blah blah) NO (blah blah blah) No! and at that point i just hung up the phone. Immediatly after doing so i wish i'd had the presence of mind to tell the guy to go to hell. If there's any truth to the urban legend that you need to tell them no three times or they get in trouble with their supervisor this guy certainly wasn't going by it, so he deserved to get chewed out if i'd happened to have thought of it.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
academicerrificmerchimerch on August 15th, 2003 02:23 pm (UTC)
the proper response to the 1st sales girl according to merchimerch ettiqite is to say "fine thank you" when she asks you how you are while you continue walking to whereever you are going.

With telemarketers I just say "No thank you good bye" as they are babbling at me and hang up the phone, I figure they don't need to waste valuable stuff schlocking time on trying to talk to someone (me) who'll never bite.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 15th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sure, coming up with proper things to say after the fact is easy, however for at least the first several seconds of any social interaction my brain freezes up while switching gears, so coming up with something to say at the time is the problem.

As for the telemarketer, i'm pissed off that i've gotten woken up about a half hour before i intended so i'm already inclined to rip into him, and after he doesn't shut up after the fourth or fifth "no"...

But same thing comes into effect, brain isn't working socially, so i just hang up instead. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing :) If they choose to take a job annoying people, they ought to be prepared to deal with pissed off people.

Especially when the companies they work for are trying to sue the federal government for restraining their "free speech rights" with the no call list. They're not willing to accept my statement that i do not want to buy anything and please leave me alone.