stupid mall

So I went to the mall yesterday to pick up some last minute gifts. I'm walking around and this girl working at one of those booth things in the center of the walkway, steps in front of me and asks if she can ask me a question. I say sure sure, and she asks me if i ever straighten my hair. I look at the booth and it's full of flat irons! Now I was having a really good hair day and I said no, I never do. She looked a little surprised and said well can I show you something? I didn't mean to be rude but I think it came out that way but i just said, NO, I like it just the way it is and walked off.

It made a little mad after I thought about it, trying to straighten all the curly haired folk that happened by, Nooooo thank you.
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lmao, they are just doing their job. It is pretty annoying though. It feels mean to ignore people.
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Ugh. Maybe it comes from my natural wariness of strangers here in the big city (!), but any time somebody comes up to me and asks if they can ask me a question, I've gotten in to the habit of saying, "No, you can't." It really throws them off! (If a tourist needs directions or something, I'm happy to help -- and they don't usually begin their inquiries with "May I ask you a question?") The "May I ask you a question?" is a favorite tactic of people who are hawking anything from religion to cults to hand cream to hair straighteners. Drives me nuts.

But back to the curly/straight assumption....! We're among the few who like our curly locks. But I can recall a time not so very long ago, when straightening my hair would not have been an unwelcome thought. I guess that chick at the mall will find takers among the unenlightened curlies who roam the world thinking that their hair is unmanageable and needs to be "tamed." Poor dears. Maybe someday there will be booths at the mall with devices to curl straighties!
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It is their job to sell the irons. However, it is kind of telling about the anti-curl bias in our culture that she seemed "surprised" that you don't have the desire to straighten your hair. Pff...

But back to the curly/straight assumption....! We're among the few who like our curly locks. But I can recall a time not so very long ago, when straightening my hair would not have been an unwelcome thought. I guess that chick at the mall will find takers among the unenlightened curlies who roam the world thinking that their hair is unmanageable and needs to be "tamed." Poor dears. Maybe someday there will be booths at the mall with devices to curl straighties!
Originally Posted by jillipoo
This is exactly true! I like the idea that I can straighten my hair if I have the desire (even though I never do), but I can't imagine my life not being a curly! I love it so much!!

Yesterday I was having a great curl day! I sat across from a lady on the train that I noticed kept stealing quick glances at my hair. She had a beautiful strawberry blond hair color, and on further inspection of her locks, I got the impression she is a curly, too. There could be dozens of reasons she was wearing her hair straight, but I really hope that she loves her curls as much as me, rather than viewing them as something ugly she has to straighten.

At any rate, I wish that I could speak more Swedish, so that I could have told her how awesome her color is, and maybe pointed her to a Swedish site about curly hair care.
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She's choosing her prospects wrong. She should be stopping the bone straight gals, or the ones who are trying for straight hair. She'd clean up.
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Ugh. Maybe it comes from my natural wariness of strangers here in the big city (!), but any time somebody comes up to me and asks if they can ask me a question, I've gotten in to the habit of saying, "No, you can't." It really throws them off! !
Originally Posted by jillipoo
or you can say "nope" and "i just answered your question"
like the lawyer joke:
A new client had just come in to see a famous lawyer.
"Can you tell me how much you charge?", said the client.
"Of course", the lawyer replied, "I charge $200 to answer three questions!"
"Well that's a bit steep, isn't it?"
"Yes it is", said the lawyer, "And what's your third question?"
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I know what you're talking about! The people selling flat irons always come after me, too. One time the girl stepped in front of me and said "May I ask you what products you use to straighten your hair?" and I said "I don't straighten my hair" and kept walking.

The people who work at the booths at the malls here get WAY too aggressive sometimes. They try everything in the book to get you to buy whatever they are selling. If you say "Not today" they keep hounding you and then when you walk away or ignore them altogether, they get mad. I know they are probably trying to meet a quota, but when I am at the mall, I don't want to take 10-20 minutes listening to someone give me a speech about something I have no interest in buying. It is annoying!!! If I am interested in what you are selling, I will approach YOU.

One time my husband and I were walking through the mall, and we passed by some people that had massage chairs set up. One of them came up behind my husband and started rubbing his shoulders, and tried to coax him into buying a massage. To me, it is NOT okay go up and start touching people. (Some creep at the bus stop did that to me when I was in college and he got pepper sprayed, LOL).
the thing is they ask " can I show you something" all they're going to do is straighten one piece of hair.
They are not going to spend the 2hrs it takes me to straightening my hair ( If I do it which is about once a year if that) and I refuse to walk around with one lock of straight hair.
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