This weekend, I broke my yarn diet and went to a local yarn store. (I bought a cute hat kit with squishy yarn that was decently priced). When I walked in, an employee walked up, greeted me, and asked if I had been there before.
About thirty seconds later, another employee walked up, greeted me, and asked if I had been there before.
Now granted, these are kind gestures and also a good idea from a business perspective to, you know, greet your customers. But I really want to be left alone when I enter a store. Just say hello and tell me that you’re there if I have any questions. That’s all I really want and need.
Was this the end of the interactions? Haha, no. About ten seconds later, the owner came out, shook my hand, and asked if I had been there before.
By this point, my introverted brain was screaming, “OH MY GOD. LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME BROWSE.”
I spent about 15 minutes browsing and found the small hat kit. I brought it to the register to purchase, and asked the owner if it was an easy knit. She said yes, and then said, “Let’s open up your kit,” and started opening up my kit without asking. A whole bunch of personal pet peeves were being checked off. Then she started blabbering on about the pattern and giving unsolicited advice, ALL I WANTED TO KNOW IS IF IT WAS AN EASY KNIT.
I understand that these people did absolutely nothing wrong, and were perfectly nice, but when you want to shop anonymously and keep to yourself, it was all a bit much.