my local mall has, as most malls do, various stands and kiosks that line the center of the aisle between the larger stores. there's one for proactiv, one for verizon wireless, one for airbrushing tee shirts, various things. one of them is for those metal things that you hang in trees that "change shape" as the wind blows and you view them from different angles (is there a name for those things?), and i was walking by that one when this exchange took place.
young man working at hanging thing stand - "hey! how are you today?"
me - "i'm well, and you?"
ymwahts - "good! have you seen these things??" *points to hanging things on display*
all right, i get it, i work in retail too. there are things that your company forces you to upsell and you have to ask unsuspecting people to buy regardless of whether or not they are evidently disinterested and are staring at you as though you've asked for the head of their firstborn. it's uncomfortable for everyone, but it's not this gentleman's fault.
me - "yeah! i've seen those before, they're pretty cool." *smile smile, is still walking away from him to display how little she cares for a hanging thing tutorial*
ymwahts - "you have?? where have you seen them before??"
by now i'm damn near shouting distance away from this guy, so i just smile once more and turn my back. maybe it was rude, but i wanted to get on with my shopping.
ymwahts - "HEY WAIT! I ASKED WHERE YOU HAD SEEN THESE BEFORE!"
i turn my head and see this dude jogging after me. he was literally CHASING me in a mall full of people, dodging them and trying to catch up to me. i was a little shocked and totally weirded out, so i turned around and began walking faster.
ymwahts - "WAAAIIT!"
i saw people turning their heads to look at him and, completely mortified, i hauled ass into jc penney and from there i walked around the outside of the mall so as to avoid going down that wing again.
retailers, please do not chase potential customers around.