Shopping malls have always come as way to do some decent manageable time pass if nothing else was found to be done. So one such day was Saturday when I had relied on shopping mall for some reasonable time pass.
In the mall, marketing personnel try to convince that their brand is the best and going to suit you the most.
“ Madam, some sweet flavour will do?” “Would you like to check the new range we introduced?” “why don’t you just take a look?
So here are few of the funny encounters I had experienced in the past with the last one experienced on Saturday written first.
En 1 (Sat Sept 2008). :
While walking the lobby between the building, from the corner of my eye, I see A lens company has organized some event.. I move on without great interest. My corner eye glimpse also spots a marketing personnel speak something but being in my own thoughts I don’t stop to hear, thinking he’s talking to someone else.
But now few feet apart walking in my own pace.. I feel some one is following me.. and then I stop and turn around to see the same fellow whom I had spotted with the corner of my eye.
Panting he says.. “Madam, A lens company has organized a free camp. We are offering you one day disposable lens pair free,… blah blah” ( No wonder he spotted that I was wearing spects and a potential client ;) )
Since I had all the time in the world and they were giving one day pair lens trial for free ;) Voice in my head said “No harm in trying”
So there was I walking back with the person to where their setup was.
The guy asks me to fill the form. One lady checks the numbers on the spects that I was wearing. And then I was handed the free one day disposable lens to wear.
As soon as I got done I was bombarded with questions and schemes like “ ma’am how do u feel, this scheme is offering you so and so “ma’am you look better … blah blah ..why don’t you buy it’s a nice deal..
Tired of that bombardment I am ready with my tried and tested answer (which I have previously used for other cosmetic and skin care products ;)) “Actually, I have just got my new lenses done, for this I need to consult my ophthalmologist”
To this the lady says “No ma’am this is really safe.. blah blah…”
Her jabbering continues till I give her a big fake smile and excuse myself by thanking them “Thanks, I’ll surely get back to you guys once I need the new pair done” and off I am with the free trial.
(Some day in 2001 or near around, when malls were pretty new concept here. Or rather I was quite new to it)
Ditto to the experience mentioned, I was loitering around the mall round the perfume section. It seemed that the concerned personnel of that section had no other great work and was accompanying me to all possible products they owned. Finally I decide to try few perfumes. And he’s there helping me by asking “Ma’am you like sweet, mild or strong smell” to that I said mild one should be fine.. So he douses the perfume on litmus sort of paper and hands over for me to smell it.. This goes on for 3-4 of such litmus test. After that he says “One minute ma’am, smell some coffee beans” I got confused as the person had said to smell or to eat the coffee beans.
And there he is with his extended hand with a box of coffee beans. Since I could not understand what to do I pick up 2-3 coffee beans and pop them off in my mouth and start chewing ( not knowing how eating would help me in selecting the perfume.. ;) ) (Wondering still how did he know I like coffee beans ;))
And off he’s there in a face trying to hide his laughter. Trying to manage a line or two “ Ma’am please smell the coffee beans so that the previous smells you smelled may not hamper your wanting to smell few new ones”
And there I was a little embarrassed and laughing on my on self.. Happens ( that’s what my mind consoled ;) ) !!