Ms Bsag writes of a phenomenon that reflects not so much the poor standard of service in British shops, as the complete lack of service in, in particular, electrical retailers.
I have, on occasion, found myself standing in Comet/Currys/Dixons/PowerHouse/wherever, waving a product above my head in a vain attempt to attract attention. Only three weeks ago I found myself shouting down a store ‘Would anybody be interested in selling me a fridge?’ Because obviously, standing in the fridge section staring at the assistants wasn’t good enough: neither was standing on one of the fridges, apparently.
One tactic I’ve not yet tried, but to which I may resort, is to walk out slowly brandishing the display item, saying loudly and clearly ‘I’m going to walk out of the shop now, with this. If anybody would like to stop me I’d be delighted, because then I might be able to pay for it. Otherwise I’m just going to assume you can’t be bothered to take my money, and I’ll consider this a gift. No? I’m at the exit now, about to walk out with something I’d like to pay for, but apparently can’t. Good day to you then.’
If anybody tries this technique, please do keep us informed of the results.