My friend and I needed to go to the local big box electronic store to check out some cable adapters. I had just gotten out of work and my uniform is a blue polo with embroidered company logo and khakis…the same exact colors as the big box store. Having had IDWHL happen to me before while wearing my uniform there, I jokingly said to my friend when I picked him up “I should wear my jacket in there so I don’t get mistaken for an employee.”
Well, when we got there I hopped right out of my truck and guess what…forgot the jacket. Since the store was closing in 5 minutes, I power walked toward the back on a mission. I side eyed someone in an aisle walking toward me and heard “Excuse me…” with no one else around. This didn’t deter me from my mission, so I kept power waking without hesitating toward the back. Best of luck to that dude. I’m sure he got someone else to help. While standing in the cable aisle looking for cables, an employees walks by, stops and looks at my for several seconds, then kept going. Maybe he thought I worked there and didn’t recognize me? Not sure, but awkward enough for a mention here.
Fast forward 20 minutes and we go to another nearby big box store with the red bullseye.
Again, in the electronic section. I’m talking to my friend while we look for an RCA to HDMI adapter (website shows it was cheaper there than the other store) and a young couple comes up to me.
The young lady says “Do you know where the LED…”
I cut her off there and say “I’m sorry, I don’t work here.” She sees my shirt logo and then began profusely apologizing. I tell her it happens a lot no big deal and they walk away. She comes right back and keeps apologizing. I decide to joke and say, “well, this store wears red, and I’m wearing blue….sooooo….”
I think it ended up making her feel more dumb because she immediately just turned around and left her boyfriend there who was laughing uncontrollably.
Totally understand the mistake at the first store…but the second store? Hmmm. My friend agrees that I’m not allowed to wear my work shirt outside of work anymore.