Saturday, October 22, 2016

I'm Such a Nasty Woman

This blog shows my nasty side. This is where I rant about what bothers me in the world of retail and elsewhere for that matter. I call out, First Lady style (I wish), the behaviours that I find inappropriate or unacceptable or just plain hurtful. Because many people in the service world take a lot of nastiness from the general public. And I would like to see it stop or at least tamed down.

I have to admit I was one of those self-entitled people, when I was younger. But I have mellowed and been humbled by a lifetime of experience. And I wish someone had of called me out when I was acting so poorly.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Eight Words A Vendor Doesn't Appreciate Hearing

Christmas season will soon be upon us. Vendors will be plying their wares at local craft and consumer shows. Most of them have worked very hard to be there.

So what they dread hearing are these eight words, "I promised myself I would not buy anything."

If you're not going to purchase from a vendor, don't feel compelled to justify it to someone who is trying to make a living. It may make you feel better, but the vendor is not your therapist.

Try this instead. Politely greet her and ask if you may have a look around. Thank her when you are finished. Small kindnesses go a long way.

P.S. Personally, this doesn't bother me. What prompted this article is the upcoming Creativ Festival and my many vendor friends tell me how frequently (a lot) they are told this. People think it is well-meaning but it is a little unkind at the same time. All of the vendors handle it with grace but if I can educate even one person to avoid saying this, the show world will be a better place.