What makes this Desperate Anglo Housewife rant, rave, stomp, pull out her hair...?
You guessed it, more bad customer service.
Just how hard is it to train shop staff in this country to be polite, respectful, to leave their condescending attitudes at home!
End of sales, picture the left over stock, all marked right down to clear.
I walk into a shop in Bordeaux looking for summer trousers. Find a couple of quite ordinary ones, good for work, marked down by 70%...this was not haute couture.I'm talking BASIC pants!
Roll up to checkout...
Shopgirl ( herein, SG)," We have some lovely little summer tops that would go with these."
Moi, " No thanks" (smile politely)
SG, " There's some great shirts that would match too"
Moi, " No thanks" ( smile slightly)
SG ,"Do you need some blazers? Accessories...?"
Moi, " No thanks" ( smile dissipates....)
10 second pause.
SG, " You are just so lucky to be buying these pants."
Moi, " ? "
SG, " They are just superb and aren't you just SO LUCKY to have found them"
SG, " Honestly dear I can't begin to tell you how lucky you are to have got these, they have been that popular" blah blah blah more more more of the same.
Moi, all zen gone, " No YOU are lucky I am buying them. YOU are lucky I walked in to your shop!YOU are lucky I am helping empty your shop of your clearance stock!"
Cultural differences ?