Is It OK If A Sales Man Constantly Follow You In A Mall Or Departmental Store?

@AKRao24 (4248)
India
August 31, 2011 9:58am CST
Hello Dear Friends! I like shopping and for that I choose a mall or a big departmental store as I can thoroughly examine the things I want and it also help me in locating some thing new for me!!!! While doing so I want complete privacy and I don't like anyone disturbing me! Some times in some Malls and departmental stores, some Salesmen are employed to help the customers or to guide them! This is OK! But these people can become headache when they follow us every where we go and try to explain about the commodity which we are examining including its price! I really feel irritated with this over zealous behaviour of these people! !!! May be they are thinking that they are helping the customer, but what they are forgetting is that the details given by them are already there on the label and they are disturbing or distracting the customer and causing inconvenience to them! Normally under such circumstance's I simply walk away from that palce after thanking him for the help to another place where I am not disturbed by any one else! Have you experience this type of situation and What do you do under such circumstances? Please respond! Your views will be highly appreciated! Thanks !!!!
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43 responses
• United States
31 Aug 11
I tell them that I don't need any help and thank them. I will leave the store if it keeps happening to me as well. I know my mother has told them off a few times for following her through the store. once this man was following my mother while she saw a lady stealing their bed sheets. after the lady left the store she told them you had the nerve to follow me through the store while that lady took all your bed sheets. he ran to the door screaming who,where is she and my mother just left the store. Never to return and shop there again.
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
31 Aug 11
Hello Dear Giftsandbagscom! I am really amazed to know about the incident! Can there be any one still in this age of electronic advancement managed to escape with some stolen goods? You mean to say that the sales man was following your mother thinking that she may steal some thing in his absence? Oh no...this is too much and it is a bad way of thinking and approaching a customer who is a VIP in a Shop! That is really a good thing that she has done that she never gone back to that shop for shopping again!I too would have done the same thing, if I were in her place! May be the incidence of stealing are more in that shop and because of this they might have asked these people to play the role watchman in the disguise of salesmen? Who knows? !!! Hi dear Stowyk, your incidence is something very disturbing to me,as the cashier was knowing that the children were putting all kinds of small things in their pocket but was indifferent as she felt that she was not paid enough o do those type of jobs! I think this is against the Loyalty, she can ask these kids not to do so at least fr the sake of kids, who otherwise could develop a wrong habit of stealing the things! Prevention is better than cure! The children should be taught at the beginning itself that such things re not good and they should be strongly and strictly explained about the future repercussions! I really feel bad about the entire thing and I feel bad about the attitude of the cahier who behaved in such irresponsible manner! !!! Thanks to both of you dear friends for the different incidents quoted which were quite interesting and informative too! All the best!!!!
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@dev1506 (167)
• India
31 Aug 11
thats why I hate salesman......
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
31 Aug 11
Hello Dear Dev! I think most of us get irritated or annoyed because of these sales men who unnecessarily interfere and indulge themselves in our shopping activity thus paying a spoiling game!!!! May be this cab be their job or they are supposed to attend the customers,but they are not suppose to spoil the shopping mood of the customer!!!! I think , the management should understand this and these sales men should be trained and told not to poke their noses where it is not needed! In fact they should be told to attend a customer who in fact is in actual need! Thanks for the response dear friend!!!!
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@dev1506 (167)
• India
31 Aug 11
Actually these sales men have their target to complete, then only they get the proper salary. thats why they do so, like following customer and all things. I should improve my words. I dont hate salesmen but I hate the Sales man job.....
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Yes Dear Dev! It sounds logical! Possibly they must be having some targets to be achieved per month and to complete this these sales men must be after the customer and trying convince them about the products which they are suppose to promote! It is their duty they are doing , but then there has to be some thing called mannerisms and they should follow it! I appreciate your views and your amendment when you said you don't hate salesmen but you hate their job! Well said ! I too do agree with you! Thanks !!!!
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
31 Aug 11
Wow, I really hate it when the sales person follows me everywhere. I get so annoyed really. I like to shop by myself too and the salesperson is not helping me by blabbering about the product and following me around! And there are some ssales person who pleads you to come to their store and buy this buy that! That is what annoys me the worst. I never even go to their store if they do that
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• United States
1 Sep 11
Wow I don't know where you guys shop but it sounds like they are very into harrassing you. LOL
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Hello Dear Thatgirl! Yes, I can understand that! In fact everybody of us like to shop by ourselves only! we get a satisfaction of getting the things of our choice at the competitive rates if we shop all by ourselves, that is without the interference of the sales men! It is really funny thing that the salesman want to tell you about the qualities of a product about which we already know and he constantly keep on telling the price of the product when t is clearly labelled there!!!! Yes, the sales persons who are standing on the roads to guide the customers into their shops are generally seen at busy Markets where each shopkeeper employ such agents to draw the crowd int their shops! I too never get prey of such touts and I always stay away from such shops, because of loosing my privacy there!!!! Dear walking, I think this phenomenon varies from place to place and I think this sort of things are generally seen in the countries where we get the labour at cheaper rate as this job doesn't require any technical qualifications! So I think since the country like US the labour cost is very expensive you may not have such sales men at the Malls! I am not really sure about it , it is just my guess! Do you have Sales men there in malls or Departmental stores there in US? Please respond! Thanks for participating and responding! !!!
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• South Korea
1 Sep 11
@walking2010: LOL right?? I know they don't do that in your place often coz I can hear my friends from the States complaining about that at times LOL
@Hatley (162112)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 11
hi AkRao love your horsie yet lol lol In some big dept stores in some mall the salespeople are actually following you around just 'in case you are a thief or a kleptomaniac which infuriates me. I once told one salesman that I am an honest person and would like to be left alone to look for the exact top I wish to buy and I will gladly take it to his register if he will allow me to look by myself. he turned red but he left me and I did take the top I wanted to buy to him. a clerk was the one who told me some salespeople are told to watch people and just to assume all are possible thieves.this really angered me too . where has the trust gone in people any more?I hate being followed around as I have eyes and I can see and know what I want so do not follow me around.
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Hello Dear madam Hatley! How are You? !!! Oh my horse is now all yours!LOL!!!! Now coming to the discussion,believe me this point was never there in my mind that these people are following us thinking that we are the possible shoplifters or thieves, till I have initiated this deduction! Till now I have had an idea that people have this notion, but now after going through your response, I am really shocked to know that the persons following us are actually their detectives in the disguise of salesmen ! I am really felt bad when the clerk told you that he knew about it and these people were instructed that way by the management to keep an eye on every one as all of the customers can be possible thieves! This means it is a gross insult to every one visisting the shop or the Mall! I wouldn't have entered such shops if I was told like that! That is too much! In spite of having CCTV cameras fixed at every nook and corner of the Malls and departmental stores and having a professional team of professional security persons, these people don't trust their customers! I wonder where the mutual faith in the people got vanished to? Under such circumstances the management should shut down such malls or departmental stores instead they should open a traditional counter type shops to cater their clients or customers! I am really displeased at the end to know that how a respectable lady of your age was treated at the shop! It was really too bad for the people to be like that! Well life is like that, with the changing times,everything is getting changed in the name of evolution and vanishing faith seems to be a part of it! !!! Thanks dear for responding! All the best!
@biach17 (196)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
i do hate it sometimes. it feels like you will do something bad...when you are constantly followed by the salesman. for salesmen: just stay with distance and wait for a customer to ask for some help if not just stay quiet. following is like disturbing your customers. we have the same problems when deciding what to buy... all we need to do is to exhale and inhale..and go out from that store.... and look at them with unsatisfied face.
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Hello Dear Biach! First of all Warm Welcome to Mylot! You are absolutely right! This type of behaviour by the salesmen is very annoying and naturally anybody would hate such behaviour! Yes, it gives a bad feeling that the person is following you because you are up to doing something wrong like stealing some goods or shop lifting! This really irritates one! Yes, in fact, these people are suppose to stand at a distance without disturbing the customers as the customers require privacy of their own while shopping!!!! Yes, in the event of deciding upon some thing such behaviour fro these people really make us more confused and instead of narrowing our choice to one we prefer to leave the Mall with an unsatisfied souls!!!! Thanks for the response and liked your efforts in the form of your interesting inputs! All the best!!!!
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@salonga (28072)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
That is one situation I do hate as well. I don't want any salesman to keep following me while I am doing my shopping. I believe I know what I am doing and I know how to help myself. If I need help from them then I'd ask them. In many cases I also do the same walk-out when I noticed a salesman keeps following me. It's annoying. It is not helping me but rather making me feel as if I'd steal something so that he has to follow my every move. In some cases, when I can not control myself, I would even tell the salesman to stop following me because I don't need his help and if I need then he just have to wait till I call for help.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Yes Dear Salonga! This is a really annoying thing that a person is following us , thinking that we may steal something from the mall or departmental store! This idea never struck me before posting this discussion as I always used to think that because of CCTV cameras and the security arrangements they have in big malls and departmental stores I thought possibly the problem of stealing or shoplifting is almost solved! But having gone through few of the discussions till now I think still some people running such Malls or departmental stores still don't have faith their customers and they keep the people to guard us in the disguise of salesmen!!!! Otherwise also, even a genuine sales man tries to follow us every time ,it is too annoying and irritating! They would be similar to unwanted or uninvited guests and they may spoil all our shopping mood, as we loose the freedom and privacy! There are many things like comparing the prices, looking at the quantity and quality, searching for any good substitutes etc., which is the privilege of a customer and for doing all these things we need privacy and these sales people really gate crash our privacy!!!! Yes, in spite of telling a sales man not to follow us , if he till follows here would be no option other than leaving the Mall or the departmental store! Thanks for the response! !!!
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@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
31 Aug 11
In a retail shopping environment,there's a line between a helpful assistant being nearby if you need one,and them shadowing you around the place just in case you might be a shoplifter.. If you might need help with sizing or alternative styles,having someone around can be helpful..but if everything is sized,labelled,priced,and on display for easy browsing,you don't need someone at your elbow while you're in there,and it can indeed be offputting...Personally,I like being greeted and acknowledged when I enter a place and asked if I need assistance,but if I don't and tell them so, I like to go ahead and browse at my own speed-If I see what I need at a price that suits Me,I'll buy it..If I feel pressured ,it detracts from the experience and might well result in me leaving earlier,and possibly without having decided to buy..
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Yes, dear shepherdSpy! You are absolutely right! I think for shoplifters the authorities are having their own security personals on duty with different uniforms and moreover today with CCTV every thing is under observation and strict vigilance of professional people! I am talking about the sales men who try to poke their noses when it is not needed! Like you said in Departmental stores and malls we have things arranged in a systematic manner with price tags and in fact we don't require any assistance at all! But this over indulgence of sales men, really irritates us!!!! yes, in fact, it is the normal mannerism that the ales men should having wished us should ask if we would like to have their help or not! If denied then they should leave us alone to have our own shopping at our leisurely pace to have the fun and enjoyment of shopping!!!! Yes, it happens some times because of unwanted interference we may leave the shop in fit of irritation with some bitter experience to recall later on! Thanks for responding!!!!
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• United States
31 Aug 11
Hi AKRao! I am the same as you as it really annoys me to have someone follow me around the store. I like to browse and feel like I am being rushed if a salesperson approaches asking all sorts of questions. I feel that if I have questions I will get the salesperson to help. But in the meantime I don't like them hovering over me. Like you I too have to leave. I don't like to be asked questions, because most times I like to see and compare and feel like I am not being allowed the time I need to do so. I am happy to hear that you like shopping a rarity amongst some of the men I know.
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@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
I admit sometimes those sales representative do annoys. They keep following, but when we need someone to assist, no one is around. I simply told anyone that I can manage, and I will asks help when I needed. They are just doing their job,as per instruction. Have a good day jaiho®
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Hello Dear Jaiho! Yes, these annoying sales men are not found when we require them most! When we want to know about a product and want to have a demonstration of it , we don't get these people around to help us! Other wise these people are seen hovering all around us for no apparent reason!!!! I think ,this is one of the practical way of keeping these people away from us just by telling them that we will call them if required till that time not to disturb us! !!! Yes, it is understood that they are doing their job,but while doing so they should not annoy the customers or irritate the customers! they should take care of the mood of he customer! a happy customer can buy many more things than he/she actually require in the enjoyable hopping mood! I recall cancelling some good things because of such irritating behavior from ales person which I definitely would have bought! Thanks for the response!!!!
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@thesids (22453)
• Bhubaneswar, India
31 Aug 11
Hi AKRao Oh, it seems that you got it wrong. They are not trying to help you. Instead they are keeping an eye on you - whether you are there to really buy something or it is just the AC that has caught your attention Or worse... Are you trying to steal anything Okay, seriously, there was one such instance when I was followed by a sales guy. Anything that I picked up, he started prying and I thought he wanted to tell me the benefits of this product or a competitive product. I did my selections and then I felt irritated by his constant following me... I left that entire trolley right at the counter and politely asked him to put back the things from where I picked them. This shocked him and he did ask me why? I said you have already wasted my shopping mood and now, I am on no mood to pay for these. In case you pay for them I would be happy to take them home as a gift from a caring friend. While returning from that mall, I posted this as a complaint without naming him or anyone. Never been to that mall again.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Hello Dear thesids!!!! This idea never struck me! Who would like to waste this much of time in a Mall or departmental stores just for sake of the AC facilities, especially people like me who hardly get a chance to escape out of our Golden jail,which normally do once n a month! LOL ! Regarding the second aspect of the discussion, I think today even a small shop is having CCTV cameras fixed at various points! So there is no way that any mall or Departmental store will be left without fixing CCTV cameras! They have CCTV cameras in each and every nook and corner of their Malls and departmental stores and they also have footage of the recordings at least for a month or so! Apart from that they are having some electronic chips fixed in costly items which helps in giving out signals/alarm at the gate if they are not removed by the person at the cash counter, so these things can't be stolen any way! Lastly they have a full time security check up personal who checks the bill and tally the bags which we are carrying in the trolley while leaving the store! So with so many strict precautions I think it would be very difficult situation for any person to steal from such places!!!! Regarding the incidence occured with you, I find it too funny and intelligent punch you have given to that poor person who was acting as your body guard through out the shopping! I wanted to know about the expressions what he had on his face? It is good that you have made a complaint without mentioning any one's name! This I appreciate because by doing this we can get the facts to the management and at the same time we are not axing the career prospects of a person who , may be diligently performing his duties! It is a different thing that while ding so he has forgotten the minimum mannerisms and etiquette! Thanks for the response with a nice experience of yours , you encountered at the Mall! All the best!!!!
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• United States
31 Aug 11
I cant stand when people follow me around usually. If they keep doing it i usually walk out of the store and dont return to a later day and time because i just cant stand having something attached to me following me around while i shop for something in particular. If i need help getting something off the top shelf that i cant reach or that is up high then ok i will ask for help but most of the time i can get things myself and dont need help from someone else. If i am trying on clothes for something in particular going on then i will bring my mom or someone with me to help me pick out things and try them on too.
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
1 Sep 11
Hello Dear Logogirl! It is true, we generally can't stand when some is following us throughout the Departmental stores in the name of helping! It irritates me a lot! Well since I go for shopping once in a month and I have to travel a long distance o reach the Mall or Departmental stores, I can't leave the place like to to come back on later date and time! It is understood that in case some help is needed like fetching some thing from the top racks or lifting some heavy things we may require some help and during that time we can take the help of these people! Well for having clothing material or dress it is always better to take some one along so that they can be help for us, like our relatives or friends! I appreciate that you take your mo for that purpose! Thus it is naturally anticipated that the persons in the Malls or Departmental stores are meant for our convenience and not to disturb us or to spoil our moods! Thanks for the response!!!!
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@pahak627 (4200)
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
That happened to me too. It's really annoying. I just walk away from the salesman and go to another section where no one can disturb me.
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
31 Aug 11
Hi Pahak! Normally I also do the same thing like you! I simply walk way from that section to come back there later on! But what is he guarantee that there in the new section we are not spared? I think because of unemployment or underemployment people want to join such services at cheaper wages and they are perhaps asked to so by their management so that they will get maximum sales! But in that attempt they are not realising the fact that they are basically attacking the freedom of a customer and putting him/her in a embarrassing position! Thanks for the response!!!!
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@ur4mae (217)
• Philippines
31 Aug 11
That really irritates me too. Every time an attendant starts to tail me, I walk out. There are also times I'd tell them (as politely as I could) that they don't need to follow me around and that I would just call them if I need help but if they still hover, then I'd leave.
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@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
31 Aug 11
Hello Dear Ur4mae! Sometimes I think it is the pressure of the management on them that is making them to act so! Otherwise, can't these people understand from our body languages that we are not wanting them around us when we are picking up our things!!!! We have been provided with comfortable trolleys all we need is to pick up a product and having seen the price we need to decide if this is to be dropped in the trolley or to be placed back in the respective rack where from it is removed! We in fact don't require any help at such places! But unfortunately the story is different and invariably we encounter one or other sales person who may be over enthusiastic and come forward to extend his helping hand, without realising or having realised ignoring the fact, that he is becoming a head ache for us! This is really annoying!!!! Yes if these things are repeated in a particular Mall I too would like to change my shopping Mall as we have plenty of them in a row on a single street! Thanks for responding!!!!
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
31 Aug 11
I would say that a salesperson should have a very confident reason to follow you through a store while you are shopping. if they don't have a good reason, it can be intimidating to your shopping experience. it would be no way to keep satisfied customers returning to your store. everyone has a job to do. Still common courtesy should be taken on all sides.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
31 Aug 11
That is true dear Sender! It may be intimidating also some times, especially to female customers in big malls and departmental stores, if a sales man is following her for no apparent reason! Basically every customer or client needs to have a freedom while shopping and this is disturbed by any one the entire joy of shopping gets spoiled, so it is natural if such things happen repeatedly then the customer will bound to search for another Mall or shop where he/she can feel better or have a better ambiance and does the shopping! I think because of the pressure from the management side these sales men should be behaving like this! It would be too inhumane to ask them to mind their own business as these people are not really well paid staff and they can be reprimanded for any silly reason by the management! So it is a difficult situation, and the best thing I feel is to tell these people politely that we may call him if needed till that time he may not disturb us! Thanks !!!!
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 11
I would say to them that I would not steal anything and that I need some times to decide what I want to buy so just leave me alone.... It happened anywhere. Some of them are genuinely trying to be helpful but some others are looking down on us and afraid that we are going to get away with stealing...
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
22 Sep 11
Hello Dear Jennyze! Yes, may be by saying so you can have some escape from this people! But in spite of that I doubt if these people will spare you! in fact every one knows that we require privacy and some tome to decide on , before making any purchase, but this is the typical way sales people they act to annoy us!!!! Yes, some may be really trying to help us and they may be after us to help in the case we need any and i appreciate this type of attitude and approach!!!! But the other feeling with which they are following us makes me gt irritated! For the mall owner or shop keepers every customer is a prospective shop lifter and he want his sales persons to keep an eye on them! This is ridiculous and I hate such thought! I would prefer to walk out the shop to have my shopping some where else whee I will get my freedom and peace of mind! Thanks for responding! !!!
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
23 Sep 11
and many of the shop attendance just got bored waiting for us to decide and followed us to get us irritated and leave the shop quickly so they could get back to whatever they did before we got in,,, and the most probably thing is chatting and FB-ing...
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
23 Sep 11
Yes Dear Jennyze! You are right! This thing never occured to my mind! Possibly by irritating us and harassing us they want to get of us and they may go back to their favorite pastime of chatting or FB-ing! I must appreciate your thoughtful imagination and capability of analysing a thing very critically! Keep it up! Thanks !
@allknowing (56823)
• India
1 Sep 11
When that happens I politely tell them to leave me alone. It could be that they are employed specifically for that purpose and some customers feel important when these salesmen are at their beck and call.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
2 Sep 11
Hello Dear Allknowing! May be these people are employed for this purpose only, or even some people may want them to be at their backs to have the feeling of being attended to! That is absolutely fine at such circumstances! But the situation becomes annoying when these people start chasing you all the places and and indirectly making you over conscious to browse the things you require and to compare the process you wanted to with other similar items!!!! I personally feel that i should be left alone so that I can spend sufficient time and have a thorough look and check of the goods I want o purchase and having satisfied with the quality of the goods, then I would check the price if it suits my budget or not! These things can't be done in presence of some stranger! Sometimes I politely ask them to leave us alone so that we can mange our shopping and I further tell them they would be called if required!!!! But now having started this discussion I have come to know that some shop keepers are employing these people to keep a watch on the customers who could be possible shop lifters and they are keeping an eye on the customers in the disguise of a salesman! This is too much, I must say is ridiculous! I hate this thinking of the shopkeepers! When they can't trust their customers then they shouldn't have opened a shop like this in first place! What do you say dear friend? Thanks for responding!!!!
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@allknowing (56823)
• India
3 Sep 11
I have shopped at several places abroad and it is worse there. They have CCTVs everywhere. Even if you scratch your head or elsewhere it is recorded!. As for me I am quite odd I like these people helping me get what I want. I will say for example specilly when I do not know what that texture is called "Can I have something that shines and has fine lines" and they will add "you mean velvet?"!
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
23 Sep 11
Hi all Knowing! Yes, many a times we feel these CCTV equipment a frustrating one as they are using these things to record every movement of ours in the shop! It is very annoying experience!!!! I agree if you really need some one to help you to claer your doubts if you have any genuine problems as these people are actually meant for this purpose only! !!! I am happy to know that you have a pleasant experience with this sales person and you draw pleasure in your shopping spree because of these people! Thant is a good thing to know! All the best! Thanks for your comment!!!!
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
1 Sep 11
Hi Akrao! I also get irritated when a store attendant continues to follow me around while I'm shopping. I mean, it's okay to extend assistance to shoppers but not follow them around like some dog or probably suspecting the shopper of shoplifting. It's okay for me if the sales person would tell me about the product. I just don't really like to be followed around. It's not very comfortable. I don't want someone who is constantly looking at me like I'm some shoplifter or anything. Whenever there is someone like that, I also walk away from that store.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
2 Sep 11
Dear Secretbear! That is the whole problem, instead of extending a helping hand these people hover around us, of course o the ground only like military hover crafts! Possibly these people are taking us granted for professional shop lifters! LOL!!!! Yes, if the sales man is there to give some details which are missing on the label or if they have any promotional scheme about any product then t is something different! But apparently for no reason if some one constantly follow us thinking that we are going to steal the good from the shop, then it would be better to leave the shop instead of facing such humiliation!!!! I really fail to understand, can't management realsie the fact that by asking their persons to do so they in fact are loosing their valuable customers! Are they not human beings? can't they understand the human psychology? I really fail understand this point! Thanks for responding!!!!
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
Maybe you can suggest to the management that. The next time you go shopping in that particular place where the sales persons are annoying, you can leave a suggestion to the supervisor.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
23 Sep 11
Hi Dear Secretbear! You are right, we can launch a complaint against this issue with the management! But the fact is that, which I have come to know about it through various responses in this discussion, that the management itself is asking these people to keep an eye on their customers under the disguise of sales persons so that there won't be any shoplifters in the shop or the departmental stores! Thanks for the comment!!!!
13 Sep 11
I find it quite annoying for someone following me around in the store or mall. It makes me feels as if I'm going to steal something and he/she needs to keep an eye on me 24/7. It is worse if the salesman just follow you around without explaining the items or helping you (unless you asked them). However, I don't mind if the salesman puts on a big smile and friendly attitude when following me around, it kinda makes me feel I am with a friend/aquintance instead of a pushy, intimidating irritator..... Cheers.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
23 Sep 11
Hello Dear Theonlyone! Generally it is observed that these sales men they follow us silently without any emotions on their faces, as if we are the shoplifters and they are the agents to nab us! I too feel irritated on this approach! I fail to understand in spite of having so many CCTV cameras fixed at the various locations in the shop or the Mall, still such people are employed by the authorities to keep an eye on customers, which pinches me a lot! Yes,if these people have broad smile on their faces and approach us with a friendly way ti help us then the matter would be a different one! But the way they chase us around the mall as if we are the culprits makes me sick and I prefer to leave the shop or Mall in such circumstances as I want my freedom and privacy when I am on my shopping spree! Thanks for responding!
@UmiNoor (3438)
• Malaysia
11 Sep 11
Certainly AKRao, I hate it when the sales personnel kept following me around the shop but I equally hate it when I'm being ignored when I need help with any items in the shop. I've experienced both and I can understand the predicament the sales personnel may be facing. On the one hand, they try to be helpful but risk being irritating to the customer and on the other hand, they want the customer to have some privacy but risk being accused of being unhelpful. What to do?
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
22 Sep 11
Hello Dear UmiNoor! Yes, that is the whole problem with these sales men! They are not seen around when we need them the most! Instead they are seen loitering around at that time! They other wise constantly follow us to irritate us as if we have entered the shop to shoplift some things! Yes, I see a point in your discussion that they may not wanted themselves to be get accused of not bong helpful to the customers, so they may be after them all the while! What ever may be the thing, these people should understand one thing that customers need privacy and they should be left alone to have their choice and pick and only o be helped if they need any! This will suit both the customers and to the sales persons too! Thanks for responding!
3 Sep 11
i also get irritated because they seem to follow you around.. a friend of mine's comment is that "they are treating us like criminals when they follow us around".. But i guess it's part of their job and i also get the feeling that they also don't want to follow customers around.. Like you i also transfer to other stores and have a peaceful shopping..^^
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
22 Sep 11
Hello Dear Moonlightsong! Yes , I can understand about your irritation! I think your friend is right! Some times I too feel the same thing as if these people are suspecting us as the shoplifters and following us!!!! You may be right, in fact they also don't want to do this annoying job, but they may be asked to do so by the management and that's why they are constantly following us!!!! Yes, under such irritating circumstances and annoying situation it is always better to change the shop and to to the place where we can have a peaceful shopping! I like shopping and I want to enjoy the total event of the shopping , so I can't tolerate any interference! Thanks for responding!!!!