You see the product you want in the store. Someone is standing in front of you. What next?
A very aggravating experience is shopping in a store, finding the item you need, it’s the last item on the shelf, and finally, someone is standing right in front of you.
What do you do? Say, “Excuse me”? I’ve tried this. It doesn’t work. It just makes people more angry.
Sometimes, I believe shoppers are like drivers. Have you ever noticed that when a motorist has his hands around a steering wheel, he suddenly becomes violent? Shoppers are the same way. When someone is standing in front of a product you want to buy, they’re not about to get out of your way. They don’t necessarily want the product. For some reason, they don’t want you to have it. Call it ego. Call it jealousy. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s a fact that shopping will bring out the worst in some people.
In the last article, we said that shopping should be like therapy and relaxing to the mind. So is golf, crochet and reading.
Consider this. When someone is engaging in an activity that’s supposed to relax them, they don’t necessarily want to be bothered. For this reason, I don’t risk bothering anyone while they’re shopping. They’re concentrating, and I don’t want to be the one to break their concentration. Of course, if that are friendly, and / or, ask for my opinion, that’s a different matter.
Like drivers, the least little disturbance will tick shoppers off. They get very violent sometimes, especially on Black Friday. When people are very into what they are doing, they simply don’t want to be bothered, unless it’s a friendly hello.
So, what do I usually do when someone takes their time in front of my selection? There’s nothing I can do but just wait it out. Of course there is another alternative.
Pretend to look at something else until they leave.
Thank goodness for online shopping. It has eliminated this problem.