Sunday, April 23, 2006

Stuff I haven't quite figured out yet
How come all the young check-out guys at the Safeway have started calling me Miss when up till six or seven months ago they all called me Ma'am?
As much as I would like to believe that all of a sudden I look considerably younger than I used to, I think that's delusional. Here's what I think happened: a policy came down from HQ that all women of a certain age range are to be addressed as Miss by the young male employees to flatter the customer and to cinch the lucrative cougar market.
That's probably the real scenario, but I prefer to believe that it's just that I am so damn hot.
Why does my kid insist upon putting olive pits in her pockets? I always miss a few in the laundry and then I end up finding freshly laundered olive pits in my stuff later.

23 comments:

Jas Bhambra said...

Obviously because, as in your own words "so damn hot". :)

I remeber one time in NJ, I went to the cafeteria with an undergrad student (also of east indian descent)and someone asked her if I was her mother! That was six years ago. Obviously, I was heartbroken! ;)

Maureen said...

You are hot, and I get ma'am all the time, I HATE it!!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ouch, Jas! That had to hurt a whole lot. You should come to my Safeway store; that'll make you feel better.

YOU get ma'am, Maureen? Pffttt, if there's anyone who wasn't a ma'am... Probably you are too young to fall into the "must call them miss" category.

Barbara said...

They call me Madame. Or Miss. I prefer Ms. though. There is no equivalent to Ms. in french. I almost never hear Ma'am in Quebec. If I am addressing a Female customer English or French I call her Madame or skip that part.
Hey, Madame you forgot your 6/49 tickets!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ms is my personal preference as well, Barbara W. I didn't realise there was no French equivalent.

kelly said...

i cringe when i get called sir

Tydes Perdition said...

The wood he's sporting beneath that grocery store apron says it all, Barbara.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah "sir" can be bad too Kelly, but at least it's not a clearly defined age/marital status term, like miss vs ma'am. A man of any age or status can be called sir, although it still infers a certain degree of seniority.

hahaha Jeff, that's not wood, that's a bottle of barbeque sauce, I think.

Tydes Perdition said...

I think that "product placement" is a little too conveniently placed. I'm sure that it's hiding a hard on.

But that would be one hell of a come on, "Is that a bottle of barbeque sauce in your pants or are you just happy to see me?"

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well that's one of the advantages of being a grocery store clerk, Jeff; you can hide your woodie behind the bbq sauce.
That looks like Bulls-eye BBQ Sauce too, doesn't it? How appropriate.

Will said...

Putting stuff in the pocket that dies not actually belong in the pocket ... a problem I still have to this day,

Will said...

does ... not dies. (woops)

Monica said...

Safeway is evil. Sorry, I had to get that out. I worked there for 5 years.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh thank God, Will, I was thinking that something died in your pocket. Does this mean there is no hope for my daughter? Will she never grow out of it?
What was the worst thing you (or your mom) ever found in your pocket?

Monica, you would know then: does Safeway make the young male employees call the old lady customers "miss"?

michelle said...

I don't particularly like "miss" or ma'am, but it sure does beat the way the checkers try to pronounce my last name... ha... "thank you mizz ben-eh.. ben... ben-eh-deh..." at which point I have to mercifully end their humiliation and pronounce it for them. With a laugh + a wink, of course. ;)

And you know, I think I'd prefer "hey sexy" to "miss" anyday. I should write Safeway. Their Customer Care is severely lacking.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle, I will settle for nothing less than "hey sexy' from the Safeway boys from now on! Let's start a letter-writing campaign.
And if they screw up your last name, can you imagine how they handle mine?

Monica said...

No, there are 5 serivce steps that the "dutiful" safeway employee will follow. Let me see if I can remember them
1. Greet
2. Anticipate the need
3. Offer to take to the item
4. Offer a sample
5. Thank by last name.
Wow, how sad is it that I remember that even though my last day was in January. I think more slaveway, I mean safeway employee is getting lazier and not caring to follow the service standards. Plus I was told that a lot of customers don't like to be called by thier last name because cashiers tend to butcher them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

See, Monica, the "miss" thing must fall into the "anticipate the need" category. Once a Safeway employee always a Safeway employee?

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Um, excuse me...but lost in all of this is a major untackled issue, one burning (and as yet unanswered) question. I pose it to you here:

OLIVES? In her POCKETS?

Sorry about that. Sometimes I just have to ask the difficult questions.

GOB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

GOB, I think that shall remain one of the great mysteries of the universe. But if you think her pockets contents are bad, you should see the floor of her room (actually you CAN'T see the floor of her room).

To Those Who Annoy Me said...

I just need to say this....your photo of the 'happy little grocery bagger' is totally misleading. Or maybe I'm just not going to the right grocery store...hmmmm...

I get the pimply-faced, barely-able-to-communicate-with-humans teenager....or, I get the fan of death metal who sounds like a sound bite from Beavis and Butthead.

So, the point is....ma'am, miss, miz...it makes no difference to me...I don't get a greeting where I shop!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No Jamie, you just get hassled by rec centre janitors! (My Safeway boys are only fair to middling).

To Those Who Annoy Me said...

Barb B:

HA HA HA!!! SOOO TRUE!