Alright alright, I had two long drawn out paragraphs, but I just erased them. Basically all I want to say is some people are really dumb. We got another estimate for our attic windows on Saturday. Mr. Rob arrives ten minutes early, doesn’t remove his shoes, yet actually takes window measurements, and had me on the fence… that was until he made some lovely racist remarks.
Mr. Rob and I strike up some idle chit chat while he’s computing the estimate. He shares a story about the historic Pike Place Market here in Seattle.
"I’m not sure what’s in their DNA, but they just don’t move while walking."
There you have it. Mr. Rob was referring to Asians. My jaw dropped mentally and he continued to talk about how Asians don’t make way for others as they shop in Pike Place Market. If any of you have ever been there, it can be quite crowded. You end up rubbing elbows with many tourists. "I suppose it’s most likely a cultural difference Mr. Rob". I had to say something after he killed the conversation and any chance of winning the window estimate he was proposing.
Honestly salespeople should know better than to discuss certain topics with customers. Although, I’m happy he did since it made my decision much easier. The laundry list of items not to chat about: religion, politics, sweeping generalizations about ethnic groups, and overall satisfaction with your employer. Mr. Rob couldn’t stop complaining about how he had to show up at our house during the ice and snow in his new Acura. How did he get the shiny Acura? Customers, customers are the reason you have a roof over your head Mr. Rob, now keep this in mind next time you open your trap and launch in to a stupid racist rant.
Thankfully we meet with the company who installed our windows in 2005 later today and we have Mr. Jay from last week as a solid backup. The interview process is almost complete and yes, I do enjoy it since it’s fun to learn what makes people tick.