After reading some other posts under this sub, I remembered my first time experiencing someone mistaking me for an employee.
It all started on a hot and sweltering day, as it was everyday in the armpit state that is Florida, where I worked morning to mid-afternoon at a women’s clothing store. At the time, I was three months into the job. It was Friday (payday, yo!) and my mother wanted to go shopping with me at the mall down the street. I was in a good mood that day and was feeling myself in my favorite black ankle boots (it was freezing in our store) and agreed for her to pick me up after work to go.
We went into a clothing store with a fruity name that sold fairly cheaply made clothes at fairly cheap prices, but they had a few nice things once in a while. However, I have a hard time shopping there (I’m a petite five-foot-three pear with boobs you could drown in and big pillowy thighs you could dream on) because their sizes were way different from my store’s sizes, as it is at any store. And people wonder why American women have self-image issues when a size 4 in one store is like a size 12 in another.
Sorry for digressing. Spent more than half my life hating the girl in the mirror but now we have a healthy relationship. Embrace your squishy bits, ladies! Winter is coming! 😀
Anywho, my mother went to try on some things while I waited outside the fitting room for her. I was lost in thought for a minute or two when an adult couple came up to me with a longwinded question about something they were looking for. If I knew, I would have told them out of kindness, but I didn’t since I barely shopped there. I politely told them that I didn’t work there.
They laughed and were actually a little embarrassed as they apologized and said that I looked so professional and like a manager (I’m very conscious about my posture). I remember I wore a lightweight black bolero (like a short cardigan), a colorful tee under it and navy blue trousers. All of which I bought from my store with my BANGIN’ 40% off employee discount. So I can see how they mistook me for an employee, and I felt pretty humble that I gave off a boss lady vibe.
I did thank them for the compliment and obtained the 500xp boost for my self-confidence.