My husband and I received similar (although less overt) treatment in 1998 at a Saks Fifth Avenue here in San Antonio while shopping for a wedding dress.
Even though we bought it, the saleslady treated my husband quite rudely because he was casually dressed and appeared not to be as “prosperous” or “fashion-forward” as their typical customers. The dress was $165 – very low for a wedding dress – so maybe it was from their “po’ folks” section. Our wedding was the only reason we would have stepped foot into that type of store, so we decided to shut up, buy the dress, and never go there again for any reason. And we haven’t.
Truthfully – most of their clothing was hideous. It’s like rich people are told, “This thing here is the latest thing to wear. Pretend you don’t notice how ugly it is, pay us $4,000 because a famous designer made it, and you’ll be on the bleeding edge of fashion and make all your friends jealous!” Please excuse me for a moment while I BWAAAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Sorry, can’t help myself.
From the GASP area manager’s response to the offended customer:
“ … the customer whom is acclimatised to buying from “clothing for the masses” type retailers, is almost frightened by our range, sometimes we have found that this type of customer, almost finds our dresses funny, and on occasion noted comments such as ‘it looks like a dead flamingo’ [emphasis mine – DMI Wench]. When we receive comments like this, we like to give ourselves and our buyers, a big pat on the back, because we know we are doing our job right, and modus operandi is being upheld.”
Yeah … I really want to wear a dead flamingo BWAAAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Couldn’t type that with a straight face.