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Sunday, June 02, 2002


True story:
Yesterday, I found myself wandering through Waldenbooks in the Columbia Mall when I came upon a great find: all three Calvin & Hobbes Treasuries (The aptly titled Essential, the Indispensable, and the Authoritative C&H) and The Prehistory of The Far Side on a super-cheap sale- only about 6 or 7 bucks a pop. So as I was checking out, the cashier girl caught me off guard with one of those "preferred reader" annual membership things.

Before I could get a word in edgewise (I tried to tell her that I don't really buy books that often and I had just checked out a huge load of books from the library, to no avail...), she starts coming onto me, right then and there. I should have resisted, but her feminine wiles were too strong for me. She's like, "Oh, I need to sell 6 of these today, and I've only sold 1 so far." [note: it was about 11:00 o'clock btw] "Pleeeeeeeeeeease, you don't want to say no to a cutie *blush* like me." [almost an exact quote] Meanwhile, my bud, the natural ladykiller GWPSW*, is snickering, egging her on. With friends like these... :-)
*AKA The Engineer formerly known as Willy Schott

I was a deer caught in the headlights, with no place to run. And she was right: I didn't want to say no, not to her at least. "It will only be $7, instead of the normal $10." *Sigh* ... This always happens to me. Some pretty girl gives me the hard sell, somehow knowing that I would pay up and she'd get the bonus. It seems I'm walking around with a sign that says, "Saleswomen: hit on me and reap the benefit$." I like to imagine if I had used similar tactics while working at The Tag...

Me: "Excuse me, miss. Has anyone talked to you about the benefits of getting our Performance Service Plan with that Playstation2? We really recommend it because...
She: "I don't really have a lot of extra money to spend, so..."
Me: [pout lips, wink a few times] "C'mon, baby. You think I'm hot, don'cha? So why don'cha help me out here a little... You're not gonna say no to a stud like me, are you honey?"...
I lose my job and get hit with a sexual harrassment suit. (Not necessarily in that order.)
Now isn't that a sexist double-standard? You be the judge. :-)



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