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Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #4650 on: September 12, 2013, 12:25:58 PM »
It's pretty common for programming to be outsourced to Eastern Europe - it's a big industry there.  I'm guessing the bulk of the company was in Australia, but their tech/programming/website services were done by someone in Eastern Europe and at least one person in the main Australian office spoke whatever native language their techie used.

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« Reply #4651 on: September 12, 2013, 02:10:51 PM »
Actually in high school I made a vow to never shop at VS, ever. At the time easy, I couldn't afford anything in there and my "white undies are practical cause you can bleach them" mom surely wasn't going to shell out the cash, but still a vow was made!

I was around 16 (maybe 17), and me and a few of my girl friends were at the mall mostly just hanging around and killing time before going to see a movie. We went into VS because one girl wanted some mints they sell (or sold, don't know if they still do) and yeah know looking at fancy undies seemed like fun. Well a sales girl (not much older then us) approaches and asks if we'd like to get free bra fittings to find out our correct size. Sure, free sounds good. She takes us over and is very friendly, tells us she's just started and she needs to get the practice so thank you for letting me practice on you guys. Great girl really. Well another associate joins her to help out (they were dead in there), so while first girl is measuring me, second girl measures one of my friends. Now my friend is not a small girl, she's a bit on the heavy size and well...blessed, very much so. First girl tells me my size and then tells me unfortunately we don't carry that in store (already knew that, I'm also blessed), but it is available on on-line. So far so good. Then second girl says (and I remember this to this day verbatim) "Oh, you're a big girl. Yes, we just don't carry sizes for big girls like you, in store or on line. You'll have to shop elsewhere", it was said in very mean tone. I could tell first girl was surprised at the rudeness of her co-worker and my friend was obviously upset. I have this problem where...I don't keep my mouth shut. I looked her right in the eye and said "You're a rude girl. We just don't like rude girls. We'll all be shopping elsewhere and letting our friends and family members know what a rude girl you are" and out we walked. I did call the store and explain what happened to the manager praising the customer service of the first girl, the manager responded "Well we don't cater to large women, that's not what we're in business to do", I replied, very sweetly "Funny, I assumed you were in business to make money, not alienate people, have a nice day" and hung up.

Then two years ago my friend got married and I temporarily forgot my vow and went into see what they had for lingerie bridal shower gift. First sales associate asks if I need help, I don't, and she tells me about a sale and leaves me be. The second approaches and tells me "I don't think you'll find much here", I just stare she continues "What we have is out of your price range and well dear, we just don't carry your size". Wow, she knew how much money I had and that I was shopping for a bra for myself (everything but bras in there will fit me), considering I said nothing of the sort I was very impressed by her psychic powers. I just looked down at the night gown in my hand I'd picked out for my friend and said "Yeah know, you're right, I was shopping for my friend's bridal shower and was going to pick out a nice little gift set of nighties and maybe some perfume but you're right, I don't belong here, I think I'll go give my money to another store. Be dear and re-hang this, thanks!" and walked out.

And now I really have never been back there.

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« Reply #4652 on: September 12, 2013, 02:21:11 PM »
Glitter, almost exactly the same thing happened to me in a fancy lingerie store.  I, too, am blessed, and the salesclerk pretty much stopped me at the door, saying "We don't carry your size."  To be fair, they probably didn't, but she didn't even know why I was there.  I never went back, and I was nastily pleased when they went out of business a year later.

I used to be a Secret Shopper, and I have to admit that I loved it when stores treated me like garbage.  It all went in my report.   >:D

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« Reply #4653 on: September 12, 2013, 02:26:13 PM »
Glitter, almost exactly the same thing happened to me in a fancy lingerie store.  I, too, am blessed, and the salesclerk pretty much stopped me at the door, saying "We don't carry your size."  To be fair, they probably didn't, but she didn't even know why I was there.  I never went back, and I was nastily pleased when they went out of business a year later.

I used to be a Secret Shopper, and I have to admit that I loved it when stores treated me like garbage.  It all went in my report.   >:D

Oh..I would like that very much. I was very tempted to head back in with the bags from the other stores I picked out the gifts from a pull a Pretty Woman "big mistake, huge" type scene. I resisted...barley.

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« Reply #4654 on: September 12, 2013, 02:38:39 PM »
Wow, is it all lingerie shops?

I had a similar experience in Ann Summers. I was with a couple of friends, and we were looking for a present for another friend who had just got engaged. None of us had really been in there before. I'm... blessed, as Glitter puts it. Very. The gods looked very kindly on me. My 2 friends, on the other hand, are of the stick-figure design.

As soon as we entered the shop, a sales assistant descended, gushing over my friends and how gorgeous they would look in this or that. Then she saw me, and said, in a sickly sweet and patronising tone that I have never forgotten, "Oh honey, we don't have anything big enough for you."

If I remember correctly, we bought some pretty wine glasses for our friend. ;D

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« Reply #4655 on: September 12, 2013, 02:42:41 PM »
I was at an open-air market a few years ago and spotted a women selling hand-painted t-shirts.  They were beautiful, with pictures of peacocks and the like.  I went to have a closer look, and she said "Oh, honey.  My shirts can't handle your ba-zooms."    I was actually more amused than anything by that one.  :)

On the flip side, I was once visiting a consignment store, and the clerk told me - several times - that the plus-size section was over there.  Considering that I was a size 12 (maybe a 14) at the time, I was a bit bemused. 

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« Reply #4656 on: September 12, 2013, 03:16:12 PM »
lady_disdain wrote:

" If it weren't an Australian magazine, run by an Australian team (according to a friend who wrote an article for it), I wouldn't have raised an eyebrow. Considering the situation, I am guessing it was deliberate."

It seems like such a weird message, unless your name is Peter or some permutation of it.  I'd still guess that the email wasn't meant for you.  Given your new information I can see a joke getting misdirected (email from you says that the web site looks like Google Translate was used, and so the people involved start joking each other by using Google to translate the discussion into assorted languages) but the content of the message seems tightly directed, relevant to fixing the error you pointed out and not worded like an email you'd send outside the company, so I still have trouble seeing it as a deliberate dig at you.

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I agree - I'm thinking that they meant to forward your email to "Peter" and instead they replied to you or something.  If they were going to do a google translate joke email I would think it would be something more "hilarious" than editing instructions.
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« Reply #4657 on: September 12, 2013, 03:29:48 PM »
I was at an open-air market a few years ago and spotted a women selling hand-painted t-shirts.  They were beautiful, with pictures of peacocks and the like.  I went to have a closer look, and she said "Oh, honey.  My shirts can't handle your ba-zooms."    I was actually more amused than anything by that one.  :)

On the flip side, I was once visiting a consignment store, and the clerk told me - several times - that the plus-size section was over there.  Considering that I was a size 12 (maybe a 14) at the time, I was a bit bemused. 

The fashion industry keeps changing the size number where plus size starts.  It used to be 16, then 14, and I understand that it is now a size 12 (if you're 5' 10" or taller).  When I was a blessed girl at 17 with a 36" bust (size 14 top then - now I think its a size 10) - before VS, so many, many moons ago - I had my mother picking out my bras.  She'd get whatever B cup fit "the girls" and the band would be...loose.  I was so happy to get to college, get a job, get married, and get to pick out bras that fit ME instead of what my mother thought should fit...
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« Reply #4658 on: September 12, 2013, 08:18:23 PM »
The only reason I go to VS is for the semi annual sale.  I can walk in with $50 and walk out with bags of pretty undies.

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« Reply #4659 on: September 12, 2013, 08:44:04 PM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

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« Reply #4660 on: September 12, 2013, 09:47:37 PM »
^^^  It's my size too and I find them to be very hard to find!  :(

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« Reply #4661 on: September 12, 2013, 11:03:01 PM »
Well, I dropped our local cable company for high-speed Internet service a couple of weeks ago.

I do work from home which means I need a reliable connection. For the past few months the service from this local cable company has gone from okay to horrible. Every few weeks the signal to our modem would drop off. It would start out as a drop for a couple of minutes. Then it became 20-30 minutes. Then it would be out for a couple of hours.

Call the cable company and they would check the connection from their end. The typical answer was that they could not see our modem. They will have a technician come out in 7-8 days. Thank you for calling, click. No troubleshooting, no trying to fix the problem over the phone. Wait a week for the technician to come.  >:( That is not acceptable for my business nor my personal needs.

Well, this problem was one that would come and go. We could be down several hours or a couple of days. But, by the time the technician arrived (7-8 days later), the problem had cleared itself. The technician would check the modem, check the lines, and say everything is cleared up. He leaves. Three to four weeks later, this scenario repeats itself.

When it happened the third time, I figured nothing was going to change. After being told the technician would be out in 7-8 days, thank you for calling, click, I decided enough was enough. I called the local phone company and set-up a DSL account. Within two days, I had the DSL service up and running. It is a slower service, but it is at least reliable and they provide good technical support.

I took the modem back to the cable company and closed the high-speed internet account. The ironic thing? The cable company did not cancel the technician visit. So, days after I had canceled the service, the technician arrives to check things out.

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« Reply #4662 on: September 13, 2013, 07:02:06 PM »
Well, good news re: the GameStop debacle.

They never did reply to me, but I checked my bank account today and discovered the charge has been reversed! I didn't even have to go to the bank to straighten it out. Thank goodness.

I just wish I knew whether this was some terribly egregious error or what...
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« Reply #4663 on: September 14, 2013, 07:33:09 AM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

When watching professional bra measurements on TV, many women with good sized chests seem to be DD or above, yet that size seems so rare in the store unless the band size is large.  Most women seem to have too large band coupled with too small cup. 

I have heard from others that in general VS doesn't do a good job with bra measurements.  I would love to get one from a high quality store once I get out of nursing bras. 

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« Reply #4664 on: September 14, 2013, 09:20:23 AM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

When watching professional bra measurements on TV, many women with good sized chests seem to be DD or above, yet that size seems so rare in the store unless the band size is large.  Most women seem to have too large band coupled with too small cup. 

I have heard from others that in general VS doesn't do a good job with bra measurements.  I would love to get one from a high quality store once I get out of nursing bras. 

I've heard a lot of stories about VS "fittings", which mostly seem to involve taking measurements, then ignoring them completely to choose whatever size they have most of in stock at the moment.

I've used a number of online sites and resources for doing my own fitting, and I'm very happy with the results. I don't want to threadjack any further, so if anyone's interested, PM me.