If you wondered why I haven’t posted anything recently, this is our busiest time of the year, and I come home too tired to even think of writing.
I worked in the main store yesterday.
- A few years ago if I said to a tourist, “I’m very sorry your card was declined,” I’d be given another card from a large stack in his/her wallet. Now they quietly walk away, or choose one or two things, and pay for them with cash.
- Several women came back to return stuff, “My husband didn’t like it,” they told me, (what they really meant was, “My husband says we can’t afford it …”
- I served one of the 1%. He paid for everything his family purchased with his black American Express card – it came to over $500 – and then he bought four bracelets at $250 each. He spent over $2,000.
- When Christie told me she was from Singapore I asked her what her favorite foods are: Hainan chicken rice; Chilli Crab; Laksa Spicy Noodle. I can’t wait…
- “I’ve been married for 36 year,” she said, “Every Christmas my husband and I buy each other a book. So far we’ve only once bought each other the same book: ‘Galileo’s Daughter‘.”
- After a Chinese tourist bought the Degas statue we had language problems. With some pantomiming I understood he wanted a box.
Thankfully the statue came in a very nice box, but I couldn’t understand what he wanted when he said “Introduction“.
One of the women with him showed me a dictionary entry on her cell phone: “Booklet of directions.”
“I’m very sorry,” I said to them, “I cannot understand what you need. There are no instructions with the statue… You take it out the box like this, and place it on the shelf like this.”
I don’t remember how we eventually worked out that they wanted information on Degas, the artist. I’d love to know who did the English “translations” for their dictionary.
I worked in the Children’s Store today. Most kids aren’t getting gifts no matter how much they whine and plead, parents just don’t have the money.
- “Oh look Mom,” said a little girl aged about six. “Here are some lovely children’s watches. Which one should I get for my collection?”
“You’ve got enough presents for Chanukah. I’m not buying you a watch,” said her mom.
“How much is this watch?” the kid asked me.
“I’m not buying you a watch,” said her Mom.
The little kid (I didn’t ask her name) took one of my books, put it on the floor and stood on it to show her Mother she wasn’t pleased.
“Are you buying that book you’re standing on?” I asked her
“I didn’t see it,” says she stepping off the book and putting it back on the shelf.
Mom didn’t say anything.
- “How much is this pencil?” the little boy asked. When I said, $1,09 (the amount with tax) he said, “What if I buy just one?”