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Etiquette School is in session! => "I'm afraid that won't be possible." => Topic started by: Nikko-chan on November 15, 2013, 07:09:32 PM

Title: Weird happenings at the checkout.
Post by: Nikko-chan on November 15, 2013, 07:09:32 PM
Went to buy dinner today, and got into line, deposited my things on the belt as usual. The guy behind me suddenly says something. I can't make it out, but I turn to him, and the following exchange occurred:

Him: You're going to buy these for me. *as he is shoving his groceries in with my order*
Me: *firmly* No. I am not.

I thought maybe he was joking at first but then he went back to wherever to return the groceries he wanted me to buy.

I didn't even know this guy. It was one of the strangest encounters I have ever been a part of. But I was able to stand my ground thanks to my ehell training.
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Post by: aussie_chick on November 15, 2013, 07:29:35 PM
That is bizarre! Good on you for not engaging with him and just saying no!
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Post by: Runningstar on November 16, 2013, 06:43:50 AM
Handled perfectly!  Maybe he thinks that he has Vulcan mind control? 
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on November 16, 2013, 07:13:51 AM
Wow.  That's odd.  Wonder if that's worked for him in the past?
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Post by: Pen^2 on November 16, 2013, 08:56:49 AM
Wow. That's weird. Nicely handled, though. I wonder if the person working at the check-out noticed? It's possible he went and tried it on someone else afterwards. People whose intentions are not to buy anything, but instead to harass shoppers, have no business in a shop.

I love how he just stated, "You're going to do X for me," instead of asking like someone with an atom of social sense. I hope that it hasn't worked for him in the past--if he's truly in need, then bossing people around and behaving as though their money is there to be spent on him is absolutely not the way to go. A speck of politeness goes a long way when you truly are in a state of relying on others.
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Post by: Elisabunny on November 16, 2013, 09:03:53 AM
Handled perfectly!  Maybe he thinks that he has Vulcan mind control?

No, the Force.
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Post by: kherbert05 on November 16, 2013, 09:19:39 AM
I saw this just after reading this thread

http://notalwaysright.com/this-is-soda-pressing-part-2/33142 (http://notalwaysright.com/this-is-soda-pressing-part-2/33142)

When 18 was legal I had some want to be thugs* from my HS try to tell me I was going to purchase beer for them. I just told the manager what they were doing. He banned them and threatened to call the village cops on them. After I finished shopping the manager walked me to my car.

*Kind of humorous with them in their polo shirts and khakis doing their version of a street tough guy.
Title: Re: Weird happenings at the checkout.
Post by: Need to Change on November 17, 2013, 01:00:22 AM
Many years ago, as I'd entered a supermarket not so far away, a woman approached me, called me "cousin," and asked me to tell the nice security guard that she was with me (and, a few spare dollars would be nice).   :o  Seems said guard had been trying to persuade her to leave the store.

(Thing is, we did look like we we could be related ... but all of my relatives are at least a thousand miles away.)

Of course, I told the nice security guard that I was not her cousin and, in fact, she was a complete stranger.  She was escorted from the store.
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Post by: BeagleMommy on November 18, 2013, 09:28:06 AM
Wow.  Definitely one of the weirder things I've heard here.  Good for you for firmly and politely stating that you wouldn't do what he demanded.

I wonder if he believes people will just do this if he demands it.  Maybe he thinks they will be too nonplussed to refuse.
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Post by: veronaz on November 18, 2013, 10:40:33 AM
???  What the..?

I'm baffled.  But you handled it well, OP.  Just "No".

I'm guessing he gets away with that enough to keep trying.  There are people like that and also others who are intimidated enough to do whatever someone else demands.
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Post by: amylouky on November 18, 2013, 10:50:39 AM
Did you tell him that you're a Toydarian, and Jedi mind tricks don't work on you?

Seriously, that's just.. odd.
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Post by: Twik on November 18, 2013, 02:07:13 PM
Did you tell him that you're a Toydarian, and Jedi mind tricks don't work on you?

Yes, that's what I thought of first!

I wonder if he gets away with it a lot when people are too surprised (or shy) to say "no, of course I won't!"
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Post by: Danika on November 18, 2013, 07:55:41 PM
Good for you for your reply.

How ODD he was! What a weird situation!
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on November 18, 2013, 08:19:06 PM
I'd be tempted to do the Jedi wave and say "This is not the sucker you've been looking for"
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Post by: Nikko-chan on November 18, 2013, 08:23:20 PM
Okay.... all of the starwars references... FTW... and Piratelvr you are lucky I wasn't drinking anything.... your comment about broke me! I laughed so hard I am sure water would have come out of my nose...
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Post by: Piratelvr1121 on November 18, 2013, 08:56:56 PM
Heehee! I love any opportunity I get to use any variation of that line! :)
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Post by: TeraNova15 on November 20, 2013, 09:39:06 AM
Star Wars FTW!

I do wonder if this has worked for him in the past. There probably are people who would be non-confrontational and intimidated enough to add "just a few things" to make a seemingly wacko person go away.