So this kid, who’s maybe 13 or 14, comes up to Naomi and me at Vivo City and mumbles ‘can you do a shopping survey for me?’
Since we have a bit of time before our movie, she gamely says yes, and proceeds to try to fill out a form, watched very, very closely by the surly kid who brusquely directs her to complete the form, even though we know better than to give out our full details on these things. (Actually, Naomi knows better while I don’t and I regularly give marketers the foot in the proverbial door to try to sell us more things).
The amazing thing was that through the course of obtaining information about our shopping habits, not once did this kid smile or say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’.
Not even after I told him ‘saying please or thank you would be good you know?’
Maybe he thinks that the Champs Shoppers voucher he tore off for us, containing a chance to win several wonderful items such as a ‘branded watch’ (has anyone ever seen an unbranded one?), an MP4 player (going one up), complimentary spa sessions at JA’ZZ SPA (owned by Apostrophe Man and Associate’s), discount off dinner at ORCHARD GOLD COAST SEAFOOD and holidays in Perth, Disneyland HK or Bangkok, would have made up for his lack of manners.
I’d have chucked the kid into the Flooding Disaster Simulator at level 3, if not for Naomi telling me that it isn’t a very nice thing to do to a kid, whether he’s rude or not.
If you’re one of those infernal marketers, please, next time, add an option for us to check off that reads “I hate being bugged by survey takers when shopping, especially those who are rude and don’t smile”.