I went to a department store yesterday to get a gift card for a nice couple that got married recently. I told the associate how much to add to it and he wanted to know who got married, as if he would know the couple. I was shocked, and responded by telling him how nosey I thought he was. That’s growth. The old me would have told him to mind is ******* business. He laughed and confirmed that he was indeed nosey and is always seeking a little gossip.
He laughed and scanned my other items. A moment later he went back to the gift card. “So, you never said who the gift card was for. Who got married? A friend? A relative?” he asked again. I literally looked around to see if I was on an episode of What Would You Do? or some other candid camera type of show. I had to stop myself from being rude to him. I don’t know what makes an associate think it’s okay to inquire about such personal details.
That reminds me of the time several years ago when I was in a supermarket and the cashier scolded me for buying a case of bottled water. Scolded is my characterization of it but when I confronted him, he said he was just informing me of the facts. He said, “Buying bottled water is a ridiculous expense. When I was a kid, we never bought bottled water in my household, even though many people bought it.”
I find it to be such a turn off. I worked retail before and would never have thought to be so intrusive with customers. People sure have no couth.