Pen^2's experience reminded me of a similar, but not nearly as egregious, experience that I had at local clothier. This was a higher end store, though not necessarily any nicer than some of the brands that I routinely buy at the outlet stores. On this particular day I was on a quest for my "wedding dress", which was not going to be a traditional wedding dress at all but rather a long white sundress, and it seemed like this store might have something suitable. Alas, I was not wearing one of my nicer Banana Republic or Anne Taylor suits, but a lesser quality My Michelle set (albeit with a $100+ handbag and Calvin Klein shoes, FWIW).
I went in and noticed that the clerks were all being exceedingly attentive to the the other patrons in the store, but the 2 clerks engaged in nothing other than conversing with each other couldn't give me the time of day. No mind though, I was certainly capable of browsing on my own, and so I did. It didn't take me particularly long, because it's fairly easy to note any long white dresses in the store at a glance, and so I went from dress to dress, determining that none of them were exactly what I was looking for.
Finally, as I finished checking the last dress and was taking one more quick look around one of the clerks approached me, and with a sneer to her voice asked, "May I help you?" (I wish I could properly convey the tone.) I politely explained that I was looking for a long white dress and her response to that was to tell me, "Well, you've already touched all of them that we have."
Just to be clear, my hands were clean, and this were everyday dresses, albeit white dresses, so the oils from handling should not have been an issue like they would be with a traditional wedding dress. My thought was that if the store didn't want patrons, *gasp*, touching the merchandise they should maybe pay attention to the patrons when they came in and offer some assistance.
Even though they didn't have the right dress for me, we might have bought my groom's outfit there, if they hadn't had such a snotty attitude with me.