Friday, January 18, 2008

Mystery Shopper?

A funny little story from today I'd like to share:

I went to the post office this morning to mail a letter. Amazingly it was very quiet in there and I went right up to the counter. The friendly postal clerk asked me about 6 questions while we were getting my postage (would you like to buy any stamps? do you need delivery confirmation? etc...) To all of which I politely replied "no thank you". Then he stated he had to ask all of those everytime just in case I was a "mystery shopper" because he said I looked like one.

Looked like a mystery shopper? I had on a sweater with a light jacket over that. Maybe because I look so serious all the time? (people tell me that). Or because I was alone at an off hour at the post office? (got up late because I went to a horrible midnight movie showing of Cloverfield)

He said they would get in trouble if a mystery shopper reported to his boss they didn't get the full executive treatment with all the questions. I smiled and simply said I was not one of those and just said thanks for the excellent service.

It reminded me of another time a few years ago when I was dining at a very nice restaurant in Vegas. I happened to be alone that night and was dressed in a blazer because I was supposed to have gone to see Cirque du Soliel's show "O", but as luck would have it the performance was cancelled due to a technical issue in the pool. Severly bummed out I decided to splurge at one of the restaurants in the Bellagio. So there I was dining alone, dressed well, and was having an excellent meal. A couple of people sitting across from me invited me to their table after for a drink and dessert (nice and social). They asked if I was a restaurant critic because I was well dressed and alone. I just laughed.

Is there a pattern here? I guess if I am with Ty then I look just like a regular Dad. But alone I seem to come across as some authority person or VIP. We will see how that plays out in future postings.

2 comments:

kendalswife said...

Can't relate, never happened to me. People tell ME I looked pissed off all the time.

Kori said...

I look both pissed off AND tired all of the time. Mystery shopper? Not likely. :)