Friday, January 04, 2008

Sales Tactic

I went to Barnes and Noble to buy a book for my little sister's birthday, which is on Monday. As I'm checking out the man says, "Do you have a membership?"

J: No

M: Would you like to buy a membership and get 10% off every purchase?

J: No,

M: I'm sad. (He said as he looks at me through his eyelashes with a slight pout.)

J: Why?

M: (Big pout with lip jutting out.) I want you to buy the membership.

J: (surprised) Oh. Unfortunately, I only come in to buy books 3-4 times a year as gifts.

M: (No more pouting.) OK.

When I told Wendell about this story he about died. "I should try that," Wendell said dripping with sarcasm. "The next time someone doesn't buy a warranty I should say, 'I'm sad. I want you to buy the warranty.' Good grief!"


Holly said...

Pouty man? Oh please! LOL. I'm with Wendell. Doesn't work with me. Even if I'd wanted whatever was being offered I wouldn't buy it if the salesperson pouted. Good grief indeed!

tAnYeTTa said...

What in the world!!!

Do they get a comish off the membership or something?


Celia Fae said...

Was he cute? Maybe he was picking up on you. I'd pretend that and then tell everyone the story.

Jen said...

Creepy. When I worked at Borders, we did not get a commission on preferred reader, but we did have a quota to meet or we would be chewed out.

Liza said...

That is the funniest weirdest thing I have ever heard. I would be caught TOTALLY offgaurd. Has to be some zubie- they have guts- I can say that I was one and knew lots of people who would have done that. I always read your blog and love it- keep those great stories (they all are) coming.

Denae said...

That would really annoy me! I can't handle when people ask me to buy more stuff. He's annoying. But he's trying pretty hard so I'll give him that.

Mom2My6Kids said...

Wow! He sounds a little....anyways. Tell Wendell to please never pout to a customer. A pouty guy is just way too wierd! I would have been creeped out. Yucky!

Jenna said...

Laurie, I totally think he was.