No Spoilers Here

Which was not the case when I was shopping at Second Time Around this afternoon–doing my part to support local business and recycle. A customer (with a loud, annoying cell phone ring) received a phone call and as soon as I hear the words “Harry Potter” I plug my ears. The woman continued talking loudly for several minutes. When, figuring the conversation had moved on, I finally took my hands off my ears, the clerk loudly repeated, “Oh, so the ending is….blah! blah! blah!”

I gave her an incredulous look and a third woman said, “Hey, don’t talk about the ending.”

“Yeah, thanks a lot!” I yelled and I threw the items I was about to purchase down and stomped out.

A boss of mine used to caution me not to confuse ignorance with malice. I would like to give the people involved the benefit of the doubt–maybe they are just stupid morons. However, the fact they could see that I had covered my ears and was purposely trying not to hear what they were saying, and that as soon as I uncovered my ears that made a point to repeat themselves leads me to conclude that they are just plain nasty.

5 Comments so far

  1. Annie In Austin (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    Sounds like both these yokels just fell off the turnip truck, MSS. I’m sorry they were so rude.

    Is the only defense to either stay home in seclusion? Or perhaps to wear earplugs and read faster??

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  2. MMTyler (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Oh. My. God.

    My sister had to “teach” a woman manners. She did so without taking her fingers out of her ears, so that she didn’t run the risk of what happened to you.

  3. A faithful reader, and a loyal customer (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    I find it hard to believe, as a frequent customer of Second Time Around, that your story rings true. My personal experiences have been nothing but nice and I’ve come to find the clerks are friendly and enjoy conversation. They aren’t morons, I imagine they were probably just wrapped up in conversation and didn’t even notice you. After all, you did mention yourself you were far enough away to where you yelled. It is regretful that you had the ending spoiled for you, but why dwell? The clerks were obviously having a friendly conversation with some customers, if you hadn’t wished to hear what they were talking about couldn’t you remove yourself or ask them if they could wait to talk about until you were gone?

  4. mss (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 7:28 am

    I have shopped at Second Time Around since the mid-1980s. About 70 per cent of the clothing I own (or more) is from that store. So, until now, I would consider myself a pretty faithful customer–having followed them to new location and new ownership.

    Although it was the loud customer who began the conversation, I was in sight of all three of them. It’s a small store with one main room. I had entered before the loud customer and received a friendly greeting.

    I stood there for several minutes with my fingers in my ears waiting for the conversation to move on so that I could try on the clothes I had picked out. When the voices stopped for a moment, I turned to look to see if the customer had moved on. All three were looking at me. Only after I took my hand off my ears did the one clerk look at me, laugh loudly, and say, “Oh, so Harry….” I was no farther away from her than cell phone lady.

    What really frustrates me is that Second Time Around was my main source of clothes…and I really liked those shorts I was about to try on.

  5. A faithful reader, and a loyal customer (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    If Second Time Around was a main source of clothing and you were friendly with the staff that makes me think it’s even less likely they intended to spoil the ending for you. I know personally that even if it appears someone has seen you, that’s often not the case. I think that if you are friendly with them then they deserve to explain their side, and if you work it out you get something back too; you can continue shopping at a really great store. In my opinion, it’s always best to give people the benefit of the doubt, especially if your history with someone tells you that they weren’t trying to be malicious.

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