Probably because it should be obvious if one is shopping in a furniture, they are shopping for furniture - I think that is what bi-polar was getting at with his sarcasm.
not to beat a dead horse, but if it's obvious one is walking into a furniture store to shop for furniture....why would you ask someone "What brings you in here today"?
If you ask an obvious question, you'll get an obvious answer.
If you obviously know I'm there for furniture, don't ask me what brought me here today..you already know.
Why not ask the real question, like Is there a particular type of furniture can I direct you too.? Or much better yet, let me know you're available, and scram.
Maybe it's just me, but when someone asks an obvious question like that, it's usually when I'm in the middle of thinking of something else. Then, when they ask it, it throws me off my train of thought because I'm suddenly trying to figure out if there's some inside meaning or code in there. Really. I mean, I seriously can't believe someone really wants an answer to a question like that, so I start wondering if there's something I'm missing between the lines.
Then, when I realize it WAS just a question that doesn't even deserve an answer, I realize I'm going to have to field more silly questions....which makes me want to turn around and leave the store.
It's not hard to make me a happy customer and take my money, just don't treat me like I'm dense.
Next time someone asks me what brought me somewhere, I'll lean in close and whisper "Code NR 42, sector 5.....ETA 1.37 minutes"