Tell me about it, Temba. These so called rich and priveliged people especially in that Beverly Hills/Century City area I worked in for 3 years straight, they'd want you to lay down and die for them and lick their shoes before you said the last rites. For nothing! I'm good at being polite but damn they'd get bitchy during the holiday season and during big sales like it was their lives on the line if you didn't let them barge in front of the other 15 people in line to buy the crappy (some of it) merchandise that had been marked up 400% to begin with (and no, I'm not exaggerating, because my first office job was in Robinson's buying office).
You know, I worked a LOT of those damn 12 hour sales (which ended up being a 14 hour workday) in just the regular old working class people stores JC Penney and May Company, and I NEVER saw anybody cutting up acting all kinds of stupid and rude during those sales. But go work the same time of year in the "upper class" store, and DAMN! it's drama almost all day long with those people.
There was this one dude who I swear was always wearing the exact same sweatshirt and pants and sneakers, all of them faded and worn out and holey, and his hair never looked combed, and he was in Bullocks on a regular basis buying stuff.
Ruben in Luggage actually went up to the dude out of curiosity and found a polite way of asking the man about his appearance. The man turned out to be extremely wealthy man who was one of the major producers in 20th Century Fox studios (which was right around the corner from Bullocks) and dude told Ruben that he DELIBERATELY dressed like a bum, so that he'd REALLY know who was being honest with him and who would truly respect his real self and personality and not just judge him on the Armani suits and 400$ shoes. Maaaan, I cracked the hell up when Ruben told me about the guy. And seriously, i don't blame him. Dude told him that he'd been burned and used by some many men and women in business and personal life when they knew he was a rich man, he found his own way to weed out the suckers.
The only thing I did not like about the cosmetics sales job at The Broadway (and it was a parttime 2nd job gig that year) was that a lot of women who go shopping aren't going because they really want or need anything, they are just bored with money to blow. They ENJOY you pitching something "new" to them. And a true salesman/saleswoman can sell anything to anybody with little effort. Some people just have that gift and I really don't. I have to actually like the person or the product I'm selling to do so and even then it's VERY hard for me to do without feeling shy and uncomfortable.
These women would come to the cosmetics bay and literally want to be sold something. I on the other hand, I would ask what they wanted and think that was enough. They'd literally ask "what new colors would look good on me?" or "what's new and hip now?" I mean I could tell them but my opinion is not always what the customer wanted to hear.
Seriously, if I thought another line's product of a particular item they are looking for was better quality or better value than what they wanted from my line, I'd honestly tell them so. And actually....it worked out to my advantage many times in the beginning. Because I was still nice to them anyway, they'd end up buying stuff from me regardless, then they would go to the line I'd suggested and buy something from them.
I remember my friend told me that the full time girl who worked where I did was pissed at first because I was selling more than she was and I was only working part time evenings and weekends.
YOU MET GEORGE JEFFERSON???? Sherman Helmsley is AWESOME!!! And is Lisa Lopes as pretty in person? I always thought she was so cute.
Hahah--yeah, the Sherman Hemsley encounter was really brief, though. He walked right to the world music section and asked me where to find the calypso music. Yes, Lisa Lopes was definitely a beautiful sight in person, but at that time she much less "dolled up" than she tended to be in later years.YOU MET GEORGE JEFFERSON???? Sherman Helmsley is AWESOME!!! And is Lisa Lopes as pretty in person? I always thought she was so cute.
My first job (work/study 16) was at Thrifty's in San Pedro. I worked there like 2 months at the ice cream counter.
XiaMin said:My first job (work/study 16) was at Thrifty's in San Pedro. I worked there like 2 months at the ice cream counter.
You mean the one on Gaffey, right? Wow--that's funny--I never really knew you lived in CA. I pass that one every morning on the way to work.