Laura (sangosama) wrote in bad_service,
Laura
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A shopping surprise...

I went out and ran some errands today, and decided to make a stop in Landmark Mall in Alexandria, VA. It is an older mall, but reminds me a lot of the one I frequented while growing up.

I went straight in to the Waldenbooks/Borders Express there. While I was in there perusing, something on the floor caught my eye. I turned my head and looked to see a rat scurrying on the floor not 5-6 feet from me. My eyes widened and I kinda froze for a second. I wasn't the only one who spotted it; this guy who was perusing magazines saw as well. I went looking for a store clerk to let them know before I bailed, but only one guy was working with a whole line of customers. While I waited to let him know (because everyone in the line was female, and I wasn't sure how much the announcement of a rat would induce stereotypical panic), another two ladies in the back of the shop also saw a rat (possibly the same one), and then left rather quickly. Finally, the line cleared enough to let the clerk know.

The clerk didn't really bother to acknowledge me, even though I had been anxiously pacing in plain sight and obviously trying to get his attention. He was kinda sarcastic with me when I told him...saying they couldn't really call Mall Security on it. (Too bad as it would have been an amusing sight to see.) As far as I know when I left out some 10-15 minutes later, although he had only told the other worker, and neither of them did about it at all.

Hopefully, they will fix this problem, because that's one of the best bookstores around to carry the new releases. I just know I won't be eating a thing that comes from that mall. If rats are in the bookstore, which would seem to not have much in the way of food, and are bold enough to come out in daylight...that sounds like a rather large-scale problem.
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