Shopping in Seattle

In the current issue of Seattle Met, Kathryn Robinson writes about three of the most common salespeople she comes across while living in the Pacific Northwest:

• The Browbeater: a salesperson who uses liberal guilt as a sales strategy. (When Robinson mentions that she got her dress at Ross, the salesperson reacts thusly: “‘Ross!’ she exhaled, eyes rolling heavenward—then unleashed a screed on the tragedy of sweatshop labor, the durability of quality, and the importance of supporting small local retailers.”)

• The Conclusion Jumper: a salesperson who tries to determine your class to figure out how much you’re willing to spend.

• The Cheerful Friend: a salesperson who is so cheerful it’s almost aggravating. You know this person. Perhaps you are this person! It’s not actually bad to be this person.

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