Sunday, March 10, 2013
'Sorry, We're Out of Smelling Strips'
Twice last week, I walked into different stores, excited for a sniff fest, and found there were no smelling strips to test the perfumes. Of course, I know what this means (poor management, lack of attention to detail...general cluelessness), but I ask where they are anyway, just to raise the discomfort level and emphasize the absurdity of no smelling strips in a perfume department. I get a variety of responses:
'We ran out - here are some Q-tips.'
'You can either use Q-tips or use space on my arm.'
'We keep ordering them, but they never send any.'
What I want to say:
Are you f-ing kidding me?
What I actually say:
'You're out of smelling strips, really?'
'Q-tips, are you serious?'
'Wow, that sucks.'
They apologize and I take the Q-tips and look at them for a moment before sighing my specially reserved 'disappointed that there are no smelling strips' sigh. Then I lay them on the shelf and walk away. To date, I have not offered up my suggestion of where they might actually place the Q-tips.
Pet peeve squared.
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