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Attention Seeking

"Well how much do you think that one is then?"

"I've no idea. I've looked along those shelves three times, but it's not marked anywhere."

"Can you see a shop assistant anywhere?"

"No, the place seems deserted. Perhaps they’re all on their coffee break."

"Don't worry. I've a foolproof method for getting their attention. Let's go and take a look at the iPads."

Sure enough, we’d been playing with the touch screens on their iPad in the computing section for less than a minute when a sales assistant miraculously appeared to see if they could help us with our purchase.

Although they seemed marginally less enthusiastic when we said yes and dragged them round to where the steam irons were.


Pat said...

Tee Hee! That'll larn'em!

Kim you're never going to start ironing your shirts?
You'll lose all your street cred!

savannah said...

aren't y'all just too clever, sugar! i am so going to remember that trick! xoxoxoxoxo

hope said...

So THAT's how to do that!

I'm thinking you'll earn extra income sharing these tips. :)

Eryl said...


angryparsnip said...

Best idea ever !

cheers, parsnip

Falak said...
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Falak said...

Ingenious! I'm going to try this next time.

mapstew said...

Try walking out the door with said iron, without paying, even faster response! :¬)

Z said...

Yes, I've done a similar thing, on the advice of my daughter. Always works like a charm.

Sandra Large said...

Very crafty! I shall have to remember this, and use this tactic when next in a shop with invisible staff.

allencapoferri said...

Amazing how much certain things are so similar no matter where you are. :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Hahaha, who was the clever one to suggest the Ipad?

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - I nearly always iron my shirts - well, the collar and the front - it seems pointless doing the rest as it's usually under a jacket or cardigan :)

Savannah - :)

Hope - not sure how I'll earn an income when I keep giving these things away for free :)

Eryl - :)

Parsnip - :)

Falak - :)

Mapstew - now there's an idea - have you tried it yourself? :)

Z - good to know others have discovered it too :)

Sandra - or Mapstew's suggestion :)

Allen - the universal experience of being sold to :)

GG - it was me or Maggie :)

Hindsfeet said...


Jaxbee said...

Thank you for the most valuable information :) Next week, how to explain bill confusion to lovely helpline operatives with "conversational" English, please. Thanks in advance!

Kim Ayres said...

Hindsfeet - :)

Jaxbee - you put on a really thick Scottish accent that they can't understand until they have to put you through to someone who's more fluent in English :)

LegalMist said...

Even though you are younger than I am, you remind me of my dear Dad. He was a smoker when I was a kid, but always sat in the non-smoking section at restaurants. Not to protect me from the evils of second-hand smoke (which he believes are non-existent) but because the fastest way to get a waiter to pay attention to you in a restaurant is to light up in the no smoking section.... !

Kim Ayres said...

Legalmist - :)

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