If you were a store owner, let's say you sell shoes, and a customer entered your store, gave it a once over and then asked:
"This all you have? Shoes?"
how would you respond?
Such a scenario happens to me a lot. Not the shoe question, but if someone asked it I wouldn't be surprised. A few days ago a man and woman came into my store together, stood just inside the front door and scanned the bookcases.
The man said:
"So. Is this all you have? Books?"
"Yes, sir. This a bookstore."
"Yeah, I can see that, but, that's all you've got?"
"No sir. I have some old books, but no antiques."
"Huh. Thought this was an antique store."
"Well, I am getting up there in years, but still have a few yet before I'll be classified as an antique."
(Blank looks from the pair. Clearly not connoisseurs of sideways humor)
"So, no antiques."
"No, sir. Just books."
"Huh. Well, alright then."
They leave the store and I take a minute to review the scene. I don't know what it is about the two 18" block-lettered signs on my windows that read:
~ No. I also carry railroad spikes, barbed wire and grout.
~ I have some still warm-to-the-touch animal pelts in the basement.
~ Gosh, sorry, but I just sold my last antique to the customer before you. The guy with the Mycenaean Civilization mask?
~ This week, yes, but next week I'm having a two-for-one sale on reticulated pythons.
~ I have a rare collection of fossilized phalanges you may be interested in.
~ And mannequins
~ Yes, and if you can't READ the signs, then you're going to feel very out of place here. In my bookstore. Where I sell...
Or are in abject dismay over the lack of restaurant equipment at a pet supply store?
Ask an employee at a Chick-fil-a franchise, All you've got is chicken? No hamburgers?? (I've actually heard someone ask that one)
So what sassy comments would you withhold saying to customers looking for something you obviously don't sell?
To my daughter, tax preparer extraordinaire, and her boss, CPA brilliante, congratulations for surviving the 2014 tax season. You are truly two awesome women!
Over 600 tax returns completed since January and nearly 250 extensions. Amazzzzing work. Having the day off tomorrow isn't nearly enough R&R but no one deserves it more than you two ladies! :-)))))