At lunchtime today I stopped by the Home Depot to buy some mousetraps for a friend. Really! They’re not for me. (I already own a half dozen of them to capture the critters that invade my crawl space each autumn. Let’s just say that retrieving them is not my favourite job.)
As she passed the traps over the scanner, the store clerk said, “evil.”
I just looked at her.
Then she shared her opinion again: “These traps are evil.”
OK, I couldn’t stop myself. I said, “If you’d prefer, we can trap the mice humanely and then deliver them to your house.”
“Don’t you think it would be better to buy the poison?” she asked.
“Um, no, I actually think these are more humane,” I answered as I pocketed my change and left the store, wondering what kind of training this clerk had received. Can you imagine her working at Whole Foods? “Oh my, are you buying chicken? Yes, these are organically raised, handfed and cost $47 a pound, but how COULD you?”
When I was a teen working in retail, I don’t recall expressing any opinions to the customers. What do you think?