Wednesday, 27 August 2008

lip service

Dear America,

The service is crap. Yes, it's ingratiating but it's slow and inefficient and frequently borders on obsequious.
It's also often mechanical and insincere. Who is impressed by a sales assistant who pounces on you the moment you walk in the door with a well-rehearsed "Welcome to wherever, it's my pleasure to assist you today. Let me know if I can help you to find anything" delivered in a monotone and without once even looking you in the eye? Ok, I exaggerate, but only slightly.

On the other hand, my favourite lipstick for pretty much half the Australian price. At least I can buy it online.

Sincerely, Amelia

5 comments:

ruby may said...

HELLO Amelia!
I am in Montreal now, just settling in. I am having a beautiful time! I am not sure if I will be able to make it to Seattle in the next 6 months, but I will see how everything goes- I would love to see you guys!
How is it over there right now? It's quite hot at the moment here.
Anyway, gotta dash
xxx Ruby

handmaiden said...

not sure what's worse - in Singapore they are on top of u as soon as u walk in the depart store, but don't say anything, jist get in yr space. Then recently in melb my mother and I were shopping and 2 assistants kept chatting, no help not even when we werein the changing rooms. I think service is good and bad all over.

Maureen said...

All in all, I'd rather be ignored than hovered over. When the latter happens, I usually just leave, and I am NOT a shoplifter!! If I can't browse in peace, I will not ...rpt...be buying.

Judy said...

The poor clerk probably hates her job but has to keep it because the economy is tanking. And she probably has been told by her boss (who is probably an idiot) that she has to recite those very words. And to top it all off, she probably is making minimum wage.
I noticed you liked the service at the library. So there is some good in Seattle. :)

Di said...

Oh lucky you... half price lipsticks. So you can go shopping for them twice as often ;)