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, not...today.

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!"

8 comments:

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?

*sigh*

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.