So yesterday I was at one of the self service car washes. I was on my way to the change machine when a gentleman kept looking at me. He approached me and asked, “Do you work here?”. I politely said, “Sorry, no.”.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I got to thinking about it and I’ve probably been asked that question hundreds of times over the years. Generally in places I frequent. Such as Best Buy, Food Lion, Walmart, K-Mart, Roses, Big Lots, Auto Parts Plus and many more.
Now the local car wash. I find that I generally do try to help in most cases. If I’m at a tech store, I offer up advice and answers. When I’m at the grocery store or department store, I offer to hold open, get from the top shelf and sometimes carry out to the car. I don’t work at these places, but I’ve offered up some free labor and help.
The only reason I find it odd is that I don’t have a name tag on that would identify me as an employee. Nor do I wear any kind of uniform that would match the employees working at these places. I generally wear t-shirts and jeans or shorts. Sure I wear a lot of blue or black shirts. Even so, many have designs on them like swords, shields, dragons, TARDIS designs, my own design or something geek flavored.
I don’t get offended or even mind when folks ask me this. I just sometimes chuckle to myself and wonder how they even got the impression that I work at these various places. Though it does feel sort of good that they decided to seek my help and even better when I can help.
Although I think Best Buy owes me some vacation days for the time I’ve donated to their customers 😉