The last few months, I've been away from my store, working on different projects around our district. The biggie was opening a new store. It was a lot of fun, because I was not in my store and hearing my customers, but still, it had its annoyances. Like, before the store could even get shelving in, we were shooing away customers. The lack of anything in the store didn't clue you in that it might not be open yet?
It only got worse as time passed. People were in our parking lot, so that means the store is open, despite the big "Store Close" on the door, right? (one of the SM typed the sign, and then handwrote a 'D' next to "Close". Stay classy.) Eventually all of us helping set up had a 'turned away a yahoo' story to tell. I especially loved the woman that asked me how did I get in if the store wasn't open yet. It couldn't possibly be the fact that I work for the company. One guy managed to get past the workers, open the doors that weren't automatic yet and started shopping before someone saw him taking stuff of the shelves instead of putting stuff on.
It was nice, though, seeing people that had shopped at the store's location back when it was our local chain pharmacy in a strip mall to it's huge freestanding incarnation. I love being in the Midwest.
Now I'm back at my store, where someone actually got mad at me for getting a hair cut. Because I always consult the customers in matters of beauty.