It is my time to make a complaint. Normally, I do not do this other than a cynical or sarcastic remark but on a recent shopping trip I had one too many eye rolls at my son and I.
I like many others who can relate love shopping. Not just for baby items on sale, or home improvement projects. I attend Home Depot Workshops! Prior to gaining weight, expanding hips and having my breast size double I was an avid Victoria Secret Shopper.
Still am actually- from college to now I love racking up points on my first credit card ever. A Victoria Secret Credit Card seemed like a great way to buy my wedding undies, and some stuff for afterwards. But it was a way for a newly college grad to build up some credit. The bra sizes have gotten bigger with me and I lived in my yoga pants because they were the only thing that fit after BabyE was born, and let us be honest I still feel sexy when I purchase a Victoria Secret anything. Even pajamas.
Recently I ran into the VS store to pay my credit card- who loves late fees- and Baby E an I were looking through sales rack. Me above him below, he ran up to a couple store associates while I wrote a check, and said “Hi” but other than that he was a dedicated hand holder.
Now this statement goes out to every store associate that uses a mom-young or old, walk in with a baby/child, or little ones. Just because we have kids does not mean we should be make to feel like we are inconveniencing you. Do not get me wrong, I do not think you should allow children to knock over displays or rip tags off of merchandise, I myself was in retail in college. But when someone walks up to the counter to make a payment for merchandise or pay a bill, you should not roll your eyes, pretend I am not standing in front of you, or tell me the wrong information and “humph” because I inform you I have paid with a check prior.
Side note- When did people stop using checks so much- I am getting old….
When did being a store associate at VS become so snotty, or any store for that matter? I was always given the idea when working in retail that customer service was number 1 priority. Holding my squirmy son in my arms so he did not touch anything while I was I was paying, and rummaging through my purse, should give someone a little bit of an idea that I am trying to be considerate of your store and you. If I was not I would have just let him run around causing havoc, which he just started doing, because come on 2 years ‘ol is rough.
For every story associate out there that makes a mom feel like she is not able to control her little being- Just stop! Because we are trying our best, and maybe it was not like me at the en of a busy work ay, but it is the mom with 3 little beings who walks into a Pottery Barn or Target, with her hair looking crazy an unshaven legs. And yes she is wearing shorts! Have a little more compassion world, because believe it or not miss young not-looking-21-year- ol one day you might be in the same situation too, trying today your credit card with a crabby 2 year-old and have a store associate make you feel as though you are not worth your time.
Compassion, charity, and patience can make any moms day go a long way. Especially when we give ourselves everyday to the littlest of people who need it the most.