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So this just happened.

Background: I'm in the process of redecorating my accidental house in Manchester, including the yard, and having spotted a roll of astroturf outside one of my local carpet shops, marked with a sign saying 'roll end sale', I measured up the space concerned and then wandered in to the carpet shop to make enquiries about size and cost.

I just happen to have my henchman with me. He's hanging back behind me as I wander in, because it's not his house and the purchase has nothing to do with him. Nothing about his body language is saying 'pay attention to me'. Apparently this doesn't matter.

We step through the door and the manager has clearly stepped out for a minute. There are two ladies there, and one asks me if I mind waiting for the boss to get back. I'm fine with that, and about ten seconds later 'the boss' walks back in. A smart-looking middle aged indian man in a suit. The lady I spoke to indicates that there is someone here to see him, pointing at me, so I step forward, expecting the salesman to say hello.

"Hello Sir!" he says peering over my shoulder, to Henchman No.1, who is standing several steps behind me, goggling.

I take a quick glance down at myself to check I haven't suddenly become invisible (nope, there I am, in full stripey-and-spotty chaosbunnific glory). I take another step towards the salesman. Perhaps he's short sighted or something.

"Hi!" I say, rather pointedly, as though he'd spoken to me in the first place.

At this point he literally steps AROUND me to ask Henchman No.1 what he's looking for.
Henchman No.1 is silently shaking his head and pointing at me, and right now I'm getting kinda pissed off, so I march back in front of the salesman and tell him "ME. You speak to ME, please."

Mr. Sexist Salesman did rather grudgingly then proceed to talk to me, but clearly wasn't actually paying any attention to what I said, because while I was asking him about the astroturf I had seen outside, marked as 'roll end sale', he then starts pointing me at carpets inside the store. Carpets that are clearly not roll ends, either.

Wow, sexist carpet salesman, this is the 21st century. Do you seriously mean to tell me that you've never had to treat a woman as a potential client before?

Eventually it turned out that the astroturf was NOT in fact in the sale, so I got the price and sizing availability from him and we left. Unless it turns out that his price is the cheapest source of astroturf in the entire country, I don't believe I will be going back, except possibly to let Sexist Carpet Saleman know how much money I spent with a competing store, and why.

If anyone else feels like calling Carpets World to explain why you also will be giving your money to other carpet stores, they can be contacted here:

Carpets World
787 Stockport Rd Manchester M19 3DL (Levenshulme)
0161 248 0420

Date: 2014-09-09 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weegoddess.livejournal.com
UNbelievable.

Perhaps in his world and culture at home, the women don't have much say in the Big Decisions. Or perhaps he's just an idiot whose mum let him think that he was a deity.

Date: 2014-09-09 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] softfruit.livejournal.com
They went bust a while ago. Interesting to read about the new owners!

[I live about two streets from there, and one of my better neighbours had paid for carpets from the last owners the day before they went under and never got their stuff, hence my noticing a change of management at a carpet shop]
Edited Date: 2014-09-09 10:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-10 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emanix.livejournal.com
Ahh, in that case hello neighbour! Local knowledge appreciated! :)

Date: 2014-09-10 02:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] softfruit.livejournal.com
Dunno what local knowledge I have! Thanks to my work patterns I'm available for a brew and a bikkit Wednesdays though, if you fancy it.

Date: 2014-09-10 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplecthulhu.livejournal.com
Dreadful. I can't see the new management lasting long with that attitude!

Also congratulations and good luck on the house! Hadn't heard about this. Presumably it's an end to your nomadic life?

Date: 2014-09-10 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emanix.livejournal.com
Heh, I realised after I posted this that I hadn't blogged about how I acquired the accidental house. Perhaps a forthcoming entry!

I'm hoping it's not an end to the nomadic lifestyle, so much as a fairly extended stop en-route. :)

Date: 2014-09-10 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terriaminute.livejournal.com
It would be very interesting to gender-flip on this idiot. Like, a series of times, different men and women, until he is totally unsure of his assumptions. :) For SCIENCE!

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