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"There was nothing to misunderstand."
Quick WTF. I started work in a bookstore last month that sells all sorts of other things like greeting cards, journals/stationary, bookmarks, games, headphones, e-readers etc.

Today I had a woman come up to me in a lull of customers and the following exchange happened:

NW- Nasty Woman
Me- :D

NW: Hi, where do you keep your angel cards?
Me: What do you mean? Like greeting cards orrr? (I immediately thought of several things. Greeting cards, prayer cards, something CALLED angel cards in our religious section that I wasn't aware of yet since I'm still newish.. etc.)
NW: *looks at me like I'm an idiot* Nooo, ANGEL CARDS.
Me: *looking confused* Um..
NW: *cuts me off with a sigh* Angel cards are usually with tarot cards.
Me: Oh! I will show you them. Please follow me. *as we're reaching the aisle I offhandedly remark in a chipper tone* Sorry about that, I just misunderstood you. :D
NW: *scoffs and says in a nasty tone* There was nothing to misunderstand.
Me: O.o *thinks "fuck this shit." (I'm normally supposed to try to hand whatever the item is to the customer but, yeah nooo) points to the bottom row of the shelf* All the tarot cards are there. *walks away*

WTF lady?! I told my manager about it because we were talking about all the ridiculous customers today (including one lady that I had to do like three transactions/returns for because she couldn't listen or read prices until she was already charged) and my manager was like "I would have had to walk away too. What a bitch."


2012-12-22 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

I get the impression that she's so arrogant, she thinks that whatever's obvious to her is obvious to everyone else as well.


2012-12-23 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)

right? MTE


2012-12-22 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm vaguely into tarot cards/reading and I had no idea what she was talking about. :X


2012-12-22 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

I figure she was talking about these, but just 'angel cards' is terribly confusing. If the OP worked at a new age-y type store it would have been more clearer what she meant, but in a place that sells stationary and greeting cards and the like? Yeah, no - clarity is best.


2012-12-23 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Man, I actually own those cards and I thought she meant some kind of Xmas or greeting card! It's not obvious at all what she meant.


2012-12-22 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

^ This. >> I am an avid tarot deck collector and also had NO clue what she meant. The attitude on top of that? Yuck.


2012-12-22 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

This. I collect decks and I wouldn't have thought tarot off the top of my head. After I read the whole thing and thought about it I remembered seeing something similar called angel cards before, but it never would have been something I'd thought of. I literally had to sit and think to remember the things.


2012-12-22 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Adding myself to this list. My partner and I have all manner of tarot, oracle and inspiration decks. Yet in the context you mentioned, I still would have thought of "Christmas cards with angels," first, and those "angel in your pocket" cards I've seen in religious and card stores next.

So no, NW, I think it's obvious that it wasn't obvious at all!


2012-12-22 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ditto. I've never heard of them, and I...well, I used to read tarot cards for fun for friends until I started being a little too accurate in my readings.


2012-12-23 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh man that's the same reason I quit reading too!


2012-12-22 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah I have no idea what those are at least in regards to related to tarot

I would have assumed she meant like the angel tree some stores and such do, where there's little coloured angels with a needy child's Christmas gift wish.

which has zero to do with tarot.


2012-12-22 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

i would have thought the same as you, greeting cards with a angel motive, never heard of anything related to tarot cards called angel cards


2012-12-22 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

if your boss is in a good mood, inform them him that along with your timecard, they obviously forgot to issue you your customer mind reading ability. *BEG*

yeah, I was thinking of the angel tree with names of kids wishing for a present...


2012-12-22 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

I knew what they were only because I've seen them, but I would have assumed greeting cards at first, too!

Sounds like that woman is in desperate need of some angel cards, for sure.


2012-12-22 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seriously. I knew what she was looking for, but I've seen new age angel greeting cards, too.

It seems whenever I've seen people in stores wanting anything with new age angel stuff, they are the most self centered people.


2012-12-22 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

In our shop, the Angel cards are separated from the Tarot decks. There's also an actual Angel Tarot as well. Doreen Virtue has developed something called " Angel Therapy" and it's big business. I think of it as tarot for people who want " safer" cards. Usually the Angel cards are more like oracle cards; they don't have suits or the arcanas. And people freaking *love* them. I don't get it. They also tend to be our biggest shrink too, which furthers baffles me. I mean, if you're getting your daily affirmations with angels is stealing the deck really the way to go?


2012-12-22 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bibles are stolen more than any other book worldwide. The kind of people who think branding makes the difference of how much virtue or evil there is in a deck of cards (or any other inanimate thing meant to be used in the exact same way in either Original or Christian flavor) don't think they need to do good because they already just are good.

Edited at 2012-12-22 10:17 pm (UTC)


2012-12-24 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

As someone who used to hang out with potheads- bibles also have the best kind of paper to sub as rolling paper in a pinch.


2012-12-22 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, that sounds like it would lead to bad Karma...


2012-12-22 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Boy,she really needs them methinks.


2012-12-23 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Reminds me of a woman I once had who asked about some title or other, and when I asked if it was fiction or non, she responded, in this super snotty tone, "Does it *sound* like a fiction title?"

If she'd been asking about "Basic Principles of Algebra" or something like that, then maybe I could see where she was coming from. But it was more like "Injustice Served" or something, that yes, actually, sounds very much like it could be a book by say, David Baldacci. Or Vince Flynn. Or any number of other people who write novels.


2012-12-23 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

*rolls eyes* people like that are ridiculous.


2012-12-23 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

At least she didn't spend half an hour lecturing you on putting the "holy" tarot cards in the same section as the "satanic" ones. /formerbookstoreslave


2012-12-23 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

HAH. We actually had a lady today asking my co-worker for Joel Osteen books and my co-worker had no idea who he is and while I stepped in to assist (because we all stand next to each other and there was no line), the lady's like, "Are you atheist?!" My co-worker was not-suprisingly like O.o and stuttered, "Um, no, I believe in God, I just don't actively practice my faith." *Flees* SOME PEOPLE.


2012-12-23 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm Christian, and I just had to look up who the hell he was.


2012-12-24 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm actually non-religious, but I have a friend that posts quotes from him/stuff from him on FB. I've also had a couple people ask for his books but she's about a week newer than me and I've only been there about a month.


2012-12-24 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Right, of course you should know what they are. Because she knows what they are and since she is the center of the universe you ought to get right on that. I would have given her a look that clearly translated "step off, bitch". I used to work with the snottiest people, I got the derogatory, raised eyebrow look down. Practice it. If they're being really bad you can raise your eyebrow and do a head to toe sweep as if to say "your crown- I don't see it..." Because if anyone complains to the manager and they say you were rude and the manager asks what you said they're forced to say "they looked at me funny." and that makes them sound like a moron.


2012-12-26 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Thankfully, so far I've only had 2 rude customers, but I like your idea haha


2012-12-28 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

I would have said the same thing as your manager. Hah!