I was thinking before about what some people here have said about rude sales people, and the fact they either went to the manager and reported them, then letting them know they were reported. Or the telling them they'll go elsewhere, then coming back with the product and showing them..
I dunno...that just seems sort of....well, "nanny nanny boo boo...I told on you" or "ha ha, look what I got, and not from youuuuu......"
In the case of the grocery girl, for instance.
Yeah, she's probably a part time school kid, but this could be a learning opportunity for her.
If she was complaining about her boss...I more would have said..."you know, I'm not one to go and tell your boss what you're saying about him while you're working.....but you never know what the next person in line will do. You're boss could walk over here any time and ask you why you're complaining about him in front of customers."
Nimh's right...she IS a kid, and pretty much never considered someone would report her. Warning her like that might plant a seed.
As far as her being a kid working as a cashier....I remember a few years ago there was a kid working the register at my local supermarket...not to sound all pollyanna, but this kid was the damned best cashier I'd ever seen. Pleasant, professional for his age, friendly but not overly so....I mean, he was maybe 17 and already knew to anticipate the customers needs. I said to him once something like..."wow, you're really good at your job, you must like it." He just simply said "yes, I really do"
Within a few months I didn't see him behind the register any more...figured he'd moved on. Then, there he was....the shift manager of the store...must have been all of 18 by that time.
**** and I'll tell ya, he had people hustling.
Haven't seen him for a bit, I'm sure he's moved up. Wonder what he'll be doing when he's no longer a kid.
As far as the going back and letting them know you bought something somewhere else, and it was because of THEM...well, I guess they're thinking the same thing Bear had mentioned..."I don't need their crumbs, she's just a stupid "c word", fine with me she went somewhere else.
If you're gonna take your business elsewhere, sure, tell them, but then let it go....as for the "I don't need their crumbs", well, what about the crumbs of anyone I tell about my bad experience?
There's that old adage, I don't know if it's true, something about if you're happy with a sales person you might tell one person, if you're unhappy you'll tell 5 or 10.
Honestly? I try to be the person that tells 5 people about the good experience I had, AND I'm not at all shy about telling the actual sales person, or his boss, how good they are.
We seem to be polarized around "rude sales staff, rude customers" In truth, I don't want to make a sales person think I'm rude....BUT....since part of a sales job is reading people, I believe a really really good sales person can take a look at someone walking in the store, and start to size them up as to how to approach them.
If they say something to them, and the customer does even the most subtle thing indicating they are being approached incorrectly, then the Sales Person needs to figure out what they need to change right then to get the whole thing back on track...and that might very well mean NOT trying to be clever, or sarcastic, funny or pushy.
For as short a time as it may last, it's a relationship that's being developed. I mean, there's 2 of you....The customer obviously isn't going to be the one to try to court the salesman in ordered to be allowed to spend their money there. It's up the the salesman to get on the right side of the customer, if possible.
There are customers out there who do walk in and are immediately rude. I've seen that happen as an innocent bystander, and realized nothing had happened to make them act that way....HOWEVER....That is really not at all common. When a customer turns rude, it's more often that the sales person is trying to force the customer to into his ideal of how a customer should act.
Bears right, sales people shouldn't be treated like **** for no reason, but they are working, and need to have the people skills to treat the customer in such a way that makes customer feel pretty good. Not with false compliments or bouncing off the wall good cheer. Just by making them feel comfortable and at home.