Tuesday, May 22, 2012

a strange thing happened at walmart

the other day frank and i were in walmart--frank was going through the check-out line, so i decided to look at the bathing suits, for robyn---she wasn't with me----

i am causally browsing through the many suits, when up comes this young lady, probably in her late twenties--she is almost dashing towards me--"i really need some help"---

okay i think, i ask her does she mean with the bathing suits and she says yes---i look at her, kinda leery -- but am secretly a little flattered that she wants my opinion--so i start to show her ones that i think would flatter her skin tone and so on---she doesn't seem to be listening to my wonderful fashion advice, but starts pulling out, what i thought, was probably the least attractive suit they had----i tell her that yellow would look awesome on her, but she is clearly not interested----she even looked as though she might be trying to get away from me---

i look over and frank has finished checking out and looking around for me---i tell her good luck and she sorta mutters an uh huh-----

strange, so strange i think----frank and i are busy with our next stops of the day, so i forget to even mention this odd occurrence to him-

fast forward to yesterday, it came back to my mind, i start to tell robyn about it-

"hey robyn, something really strange happened to me the other day at walmart, i have been meaning to tell someone---well this lady comes up to me and wants my help with choosing a bathing suit"---

before i can continue--robyn interrupts, "mom, was it saturday, you were wearing a dark blue shirt, right--she just thought you worked there"--

now the light had just been flicked on---of course that was what it was, she thought i could help her find the right size to go with the bottoms she was holding--now that i thought of it, she did keep telling me she wore a medium--

robyn laughed until she couldn't breath---she just couldn't get that i thought the lady was wanting my advice and not just asking because she thought i was an employee--

but seriously it had not even entered my mind, that this was what was happening---

i guess the young woman, did pull back from me as i took her literally and preceded to tell her what kind of bathing suit she should get--

isn't it funny how the simplest explanations don't register sometimes--although frank and robyn say that is just with me----oh well her loss, the yellow one was definitely the best for her

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  1. LOL!! Too funny!! Now if we only knew the rest of the story; I can see her going and complaining to customer service about the rude employee who wouldn't help her find the right size :)

    have a great Tuesdeay!

    betty

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    1. haha that would be great---thanks betty;)

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  2. Haha, hilarious :) I'll have to take you swimsuit shopping with me sometime!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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    1. okay, it's a date--i think i had some pretty great ideas---thanks sarah ;)

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  3. Great story...

    I work in retail and any time a customer asks me if I work there (I never wear my name tag), I'm always tempted to say no.

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    1. haha--well if she had asked me, she could have saved herself some unwanted advice--thanks!

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    1. that's one way of putting it--thanks stephen ;)

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  5. LOL That's so funny! The same thing happened to my mom back when I was a kid. She was wearing a light blue blazer just like the clerks, and people kept asking her for help. :)

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    1. haha well i guess i should be glad i wasn't wearing the blazer, then everybody would have been asking my swimsuit advice---thanks dana!

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  6. Oh, that's so funny! I sometimes miss the large picture, too. It's great to have husbands and daughters to set us straight and get a good belly laugh at our expense. Laughter is good for your health, so they are getting mighty healthy hanging around us!

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    1. oh yeah very healthy indeed---thanks donna!

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  7. I guess you look professional and knowledgeable, which is a great thing, right? So funny.

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  8. Haha, you're definitely not alone in those moments. I get them all the time. Funny story. :)

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    1. just started following you--so nice to meet you---it's nice to know i am not alone~~ thanks, jenna:)

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  9. Oh, Lynn, that is hilarious! Maybe you were a Walmart Greeter in a former life and the desire to help is still engrained in you!

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    1. haha i do like to help people--apparently too much--thanks judy;)

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  10. That's too funny! Maybe you should get a job at Walmart. You'd fit right in!

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    1. hmmmm i think i am too friendly--was that a little mean ;)--thanks for shopping with us, sherry--just practicing!

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  11. That's hilarious! Sometimes the simplest thing doesn't occur to me too.

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    1. evidently that is very true for me! thanks christine :)

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  12. That is too funny! Now I'm re-thinking all of the times people have asked me where things are in the grocery store.

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    1. haha i know--kinda puts a new light huh--thanks danielle!

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  13. Your Walmart is different from the one here. Around here your story would have ended with "and they grabbed my purse and ran"

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    1. well that is what i was kinda thinking at first--haha thanks!

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  14. I'm with Gossip Girl. I thought she was going to take off with your purse, or was trying to create some kind of diversion. Now you know not to wear blue at Walmart or red at Target! Cute story, and I love how your daughter figured it out immediately! That girl really lost out by not listening to you! Julie

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    1. haha i was holding my purse kinda tight--guess she didn't notice the huge purse and yeah, i will watch those colors now---yep that robyn is sharp--haha thanks julie;)

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    2. Hey, I was going to mention red at Target. Now, I have to think of something equally witty.

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  15. BWWHAAAA! Been there done that! That's why I make sure to not wear blue and khaki at Wal Mart or red and khaki at Target!

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    1. haha now i am aware--but i really don't mind helping people-thanks brenda ;)

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  16. Where are you when I need help picking a suit which is every time I get one?

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    1. i guess i'm busy helping people that won't listen to me susan haha:)

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  17. I worked retail for 17 years. I look like I work EVERYWHERE. And now that I work for the post office, and have delivered all over my town for the last nine years, everyone asks me for stamps.

    Even my own mother.

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  18. oh, I'm fanous for that, making a fool of myself by asking some other customer I think is a worker to help me!

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    1. me too, one day at the dressing room i asked a lady that was around the area, if she could help me and she told me she didn't work there--then i actually read her name tag, and or badge, only to see she was a sheriff's deputy :)

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  19. Oh! that is too funny! Thought for the day...remember never to wear a navy blue shirt when you go shopping at WalMart. :)

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    1. i guess i will try and remember that-haha thanks ;)

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  20. Hilarious! Thanks for the smile today!

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  21. Oh that is a funny story. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Haha! I found this so amusing. :) One time, about ten years ago, I was in a small gift shop and a display of stuffed animals fell over. So I started picking them up, and this man came up to me and asked where something was. He thought I was stocking the store! I had to tell him I didn't work there, hehe.

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    1. well you did the right thing though--thanks shelley:)

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  23. I find it strange when strange things don't happen in Wal-Mart!

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  24. LOL..how dare she dismiss your wonderful fashion advice! ..haha this was so funny, Lynn.

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  25. That is too funny. I wonder what she was thinking when you walked away and out of the store. ; )

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    1. probably--"dumb old lady, didn't she realize i thought she worked there"--thanks cynthia ;)

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  26. Very funny but it also says a lot about the now generation - why do it myself when someone else can do it for me? or am I just too cynical?

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    1. haha i wouldn't say you were cynical--thanks rch

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  27. Lol sooo funny! I could totally see that happening to me! :-). Thanks for the laugh!

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  28. Hahaha, the super helpful Wal-Mart person! I can't believe she didn't ask first if you worked there, as that seems to be an automatic reflex - I have a friend who used to work at Wal-Mart, and he said he'd be in the middle of obviously stocking the shelves and people would ask "Do you work here?" It would've been funny to see their reactions if he just said "No" and kept on stocking.

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    1. i know-- people say the craziest things sometimes-- haha thanks nicki

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  29. That is adorable! I think that it is just your nature to be helpful, no matter what shirt you are wearing
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    1. well thank you so much--i guess i do like to help, whether they need it or not haha!

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  30. That was funny. I'm glad you no longer have to think why the woman ignored you.

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  31. So funny! In reverse, I've asked women in stores to help me find something, and they say "I don't work here." You just can't tell anymore! I've started saying, "do you work here?" before I continue. In Wal-mart especially...there are all kind of people wearing all kinds of things. :-)

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  32. Wow, the coolest things happen at walmart. I need to shop there more often. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. i know and you're welcome--thanks for coming by here!

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  33. Ha ha, Misunderstandings like this happen to me all the time but this is a good one. It sounds like she would've been better off listening to you instead of looking for the right size of the wrong suit!

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    1. i know-exactly---haha thanks heather!

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  34. I was thinking she probably thought you worked there too. Young people usually could care less about our opinions.

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    1. i know, that was why i thought i was so special and was so flattered!!

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  35. I can imagine this happening to me...but I'd be the older lady who mistook another customer for a clerk and started asking questions about purses or plant food or something like that.

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    1. haha now i do that kinda frequently, patricia!

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  36. Very funny! One of my assistant principal's must wear Wal-Mart like clothing because he gets asked all the time if he could help people at WM, plus he wears a lanyard with his name badge. However, the lanyard is red and white.

    T

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    1. haha i think this was my first time---thanks!

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  37. oh my gosh...that is really funny!

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