Sabo-chan! (cactuar_tamer) wrote in bad_service,
Sabo-chan!
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Hi. My first time posting here.

The owner of a local embroidery shop was quite rude to me the other day. Maybe not overtly rude, but pretty damn inconsiderate.

I'm making cosplay for AWA in September. I came to the embroidery shop on referral from the quilt shop for the purpose of getting some advice. I walked up to the counter, and started to explain my dilema, but before I had gotten very far, two women walked in with large rolls of fabric. I thought I'd be a while so I stepped aside to let them speak to her about their order. They talked for a LONG time about the specifications for the curtains they wanted. The conversation when back and forth and in circles, and finally ended up... nowhere. They finished, apparently, with the business talk and started to chat. I waited quietly the whole time and smiled and said goodbye when they left, thouroughly annoyed though I was.

Then, when I finally get to talk to her, this woman is condencending as all hell.

Every time I tried to outline what I was trying to do with this design, she told me "No no, that won't work" or "You shouldn't do that"

All of her suggestions were supremely unhelpful, and, quite frankly, either conceptually flawed for my purposes, or condencending tripe.

Me: ...and so I was worried about how to make the edges join nicely...
Her: Cut the pieces the same size.
Me: *internally* No shit sherlock! And maybe I should make them the same shape, too!

That's just an excerpt

I've been designing and making clothing since middle school I don't need the I-can't-even-make-a-pillowcase-idiot-level advice. True she has no way of knowing this, but the fact that I mentioned I had design experience should have at least clued her in to the fact that yes, I can, in fact, sew my way out of a paper bag.

This lovely conversation was interrupted by the phone. I once again, politely deferred to let her speak with this person. Once again she started out taking an order, and once again, she went straight into witty banter afterwards. With me standing right in front of her at the counter, she goes on and on ".. Oh, and did I tell you about this book I read? ... blah-di-blah-di-blah" I had just about had it at this point, but damn it I still didn't want to be rude to her, so I waited and waited for a chance to thank her for lording her ego over me her help. More minutes came and went. She still failed to notice that I was, in fact, still standing there in front of her, waiting.

At this point I really had to leave or something was going to get broken. I exited with a nod and a slightly curt "thanks for your time"


The one good thing that came out of this experience is that now I'm even more motivated to finish the costume in a kick-ass manner.
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