ishtar_626 (ishtar_626) wrote in bad_service,
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Poor Mom

I go through this every once in a while. I'm a 22 year old single parent to two beautiful children. Well, I also look 16. I'm getting ready to finish up christmas shopping this morning. I do have a tendency to spoil both of the children around this year since both of their birthdays fall withing a month of christmas.

Thinking about what I was getting this morning, I thought about this. And while it's not really bad service, it is insulting, and annoying.

I was in Toys R Us looking for a couple of "R" exclusives. The Star Wars trivial pursuit game (for me), and the pink Nitro Notebook Laptop (it was the one thing my daughter asked santa for this year) Now, before I made my way to the laptop toys I had picked out a 30 dollar roaring dinosaur for my son and picked up the Star wars game which was like 25, I think, so obviously price hasn't been much of an issue. I'm not saying I'm rich, because I'm not, but I also came in with a budget and I save money all year for their christmases and birthdays. I find an associate and ask them to help me find the PINK NITRO NOTEBOOK.

Me: Duh
ASS: customer associate

Me: Hi there, I'm looking for the pink nitro notebook.
ass: Of course, right this way. Who are you buying it for?
me: My daughter, she specifically requested it for christmas from Santa after seeing it in the big toy book.
ass: You have kids?
me: Yep 2 of them, a son who will be 1 on december 27th and a daughter who will be 4 on January 18th.
ass: You look too young to have kids.
me: well I started early. I got married at 17, had my daughter a little over a year later, and my son 3 years after that. (this is always the same I say it so much)
ass: Wheres your husband at?
me: Oh, we divorced while I was pregnant with our son.
ass: It's gotta be so hard to be a single parent.
me: It has its ups and downs but my kiddos are worth it.
ass: That's sweet. Does your mom keep the kids while your working?
me: Yeah, she loves it.
ass: well here we are, this is the pink Nitro Notebook.

I PICK THE DAMN THING UP, ALREADY KNOWING THAT IT'S A 60 DOLLAR TOY. And put it in the cart. There isn't another pink laptop out there. And I asked my kid and she said it HAD to be pink.

ASS: We have a cheaper laptop toy over here you're probably interested in, seeing as how you are a single mom.


WHAT THE HELL GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO ASSUME I CANNOT AFFORD THIS? I CAME IN WITH THE TOY NAME, WHERE I HAD SEEN IT, AND SUCH, MEANING I HAD DONE RESEARCH.

Really annoying. Really. And I'm sure she's trying to be helpful, but I can't help but think if I had a ring on, it would have been different.
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