Five Routine Minutes: Mall Kiosk GuyPosted: February 8, 2013
In the past few years, what was a really nice mall added little kiosks down the center of all its walkways. After realizing that I could no longer go to this mall without being accosted by the merchants that operate these kiosks…
…I emailed the mall twice to express my dislike of this sort of marketing.
After I got no response, I opted to shop elsewhere. My money is too hard-earned to be spent in a place too good to acknowledge my existence. I’ve stuck to that, except for a recent occasion when that mall was the only source for something I needed. Because I went back on my vow, I got reminded me why I no longer go to SouthPark Mall in Charlotte.
My plan was simple: go in, make the purchase, get out. I walked like a man with a purpose.
I zipped by the hair straightener woman, and several other people who were staffing these free-standing shops. Looking ahead, I saw the guy at the electronic cigarette kiosk lock onto me like he was Top Gun. I took evasive action by moving farther away. When he called out “my friend”, I did not look over at him. So he stepped in front of me. As tempting as it was to walk through him, I stopped.
My answer was simple, truthful, and designed to end the encounter in the nicest way possible.
Some people do not take hints.
I smiled. I shared a few thoughts that I will not depict here. He moved.