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    More small shop awkwardness  

    While we’d be the first to champion small independent shops, there are times when their enforced intimacy can cause the polite middle class person to experience mild discomfort.

    Take for example when you go in to find a specific item and you can clearly see that they don’t have said item, but feel compelled to ask anyway. Probably because they’ve been friendly and/or desperate for a sale and asked, ‘Are you looking for anything in particular?’ Now, the body language of someone ‘looking for something in particular’ (purposeful) is very different from that of someone who is ‘just browsing’ (casual feigned interest), so the shopkeeper’s not going to be fooled. Or maybe you ask because you don’t want to seem the sort of person who strides in to a shop and strides straight out again. You feel compelled to make it clear that you haven’t been shoplifting before people start looking at you weirdly.

    Worse is when the shop has said item clearly on view, but you don’t like any of the varieties of said item that they stock. You can hardly ask, ‘Do you have any item X, but not the rubbish and rather ugly ones you have on the shelf?’ 

    And if they helpfully go into their storeroom, rummage around for a while, cross check stock on their computer and perhaps risk a minor injury by clambering up a rickety step ladder, then eventually emerge with the item you asked for, how uncomfortable are you going to feel when you have to reject it to their face because it’s not up to your own high standards? How long can you gabble away making up apologetic excuses as to why it’s not quite right? 

    Or are you going to feel so embarrassed it’ll be easier just to buy it?

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    Reader Comments (3)

    This is exactly why I shop at super markets it's just to intimate for me and I don't feel like I want to commit.

    May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchie


    1. It's HOW much? [I don't care if you're an independent retailer, it's a third the price in Tesco.]
    2. I can order it in for you if you like.

    May 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentereurophile

    Interesting post, super markets all day, everyday!


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    July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRegan

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