This happened to me the other day. I was out and about seeing clients, and decided to stop at a Ralph's grocery store (Kroger to you folks in the East) to grab a bite to eat. I was wearing suit pants, a light blue long sleeve collared shirt with a red tie.
"Excuse me," I hear from right behind me. I only turn enough to look over my shoulder at her, not sure if she was talking to me. "Is there anyone working in the seafood department?"
"I'm sorry Ma'am," I replied, "let me go get someone for you."
Okay, that's not how I responded. "I'm sorry, but I don't work here," was my standard response.
I used to get this a lot. When I worked at the bank, I would often stop by the mall after work still in shirt and tie. I blended right in with the sales folks at J.C. Penney's, Robinson's-May, and Macy's. The combination of attire and age had store employee written all over it. I had some fun once in a while. I would tell them that there's a great sale and to tell Jenny at the register that Jake said to make sure that she takes 40% off. You should never say 50%, it's too obvious.
So, has this ever happened to you? Or, have you ever done this to someone else?
Funny thing is, I can't remember if I have ever mistaken someone else for an employee when they are not. I'm pretty aware of looking for things like a name tag, or knowing what the store attire is. Khakis and a red polo at Target. But look for the name tag. My fiancee loves to wear khakis and a red polo. Everytime, I tell her I'm going to take her to Target and leave her behind! Haha! That's mean. I wouldn't do that.
By the way, I know I haven't posted much in a while. Thanks to my regular readers who have noticed. I thought I would throw out this softball post to get things started again. Expect more housing bubble, stock market timing, technical analysis testing number crunching in future posts. Either that or sappy "how do I throw the wedding of our dreams without sacrificing our financial futures?" posts.