Size Is All Relative

From the How-to-lose-business-without-really-trying Department:

I went into a boutique a while ago and was just browsing when the shop lady came to me and said, in English, “We have big size.” Granted, I’m not a narrow-hipped, skinny-thighed, flat-bellied Asian woman, but I’m not an Amazon either.

I’m surprised, but maybe shouldn’t be, at how often that happens. In shoe stores, they ask my size and I say 23.5, and they say, “They’re in centimeters, you know.” OK, well, I wasn’t expecting inches and can’t really imagine anyone with feet that big anyway, and there’s a pretty good chance that I know my own shoe size, but being tactful, I just smile and say, “Yes. I know.”

Back in the boutique, I looked at the woman and tilted my head. She looked back at me. After a moment, I saw the light dawn in her eyes and could hear her thinking,  “Oh, dear. That is NOT the right thing to say to ANY woman, in ANY language, ANYWHERE, EVER.” I smiled the smile you give to someone you think might be weak in the head and left the store, never to return. I’m not really the boutique type anyway.

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