This is the question my husband asked me while we were sitting at this 2nd year anniversary party for Twig & Willow.
Recap: A local store I came accross on Facebook was having a contest for a logo design. I won it.
Word of The Day: Awkward.
I’m awkward. Most people know that, some people don’t. It really depends on the environment and the people. I’m a very easy-going person. Nice, I think. Quiet sometimes, yes.
I am not a spotlight kind of person. By the communication and information I got via Facebook I did not get the feeling that I would be put in any spotlight at all. Great, perfect! I thought. But let me tell you, I wasn’t even a flower on the wallpaper that that spotlight was shining on.
On the way, I was very nervous. I hardly go out to do anything, and I was very much ready to back out of this but since it showcased my work I figured this is something I HAVE to do. I walked into the crowded little store and immediatly introduced myself to someone, as I didn’t get any instruction as to whom I should introduce myself at all or if that was even neccassary. I said I’m the girl that designed the logo. She smiled politley and said “Oh that’s great.” I went on to say that I should be getting a gift certificate. She said “Go ahead and shop and then just tell them at the front, but I’m not even sure if you can use it today with the sales that we are having.”
Really? I won this money and now your telling me that there is a possiblty I can’t even use it?
So I decide to forge ahead even though I feel like a fish out of water. This is, I guess, a high end boutique as everything is expense. I’m not a boutique kind of broad, more like a coupon-loving, wal-mart scavenger, overage, discount diva. So to drop $40.oo on a top for once was exciting.
Side note: I didn’t even enter this contest for that money, I entered this because I was inspired to draw from my heart.
I’m looking around, checking out the jewelry, the clothes, etc. etc. I find a couple of items and try them on. Great, they fit and I stand in line for my purchase.
Earlier today, I checked out there Facebook page again to see what they were saying. They advertise that if you spend $40 you get a free gift basket with some beauty goodies, awesome! Then they had another post saying if you spend $150 you get a free hair cut and facial at a local spa, even better! My gift certificate is $150, I get a lot of good stuff. Come to find out, winners of contests and gift certificate holders are null and void of these bonuses.
Back to my purchase, they ring up my 3 items and I had to pay $15. When they tried to ring it up my card was declined. (Sorry, forgot about some bills). While this was happening I hear somebody talk about having to pay for the print screening of the logo I designed.
So I asked the lady if I had to pay for that and she said yes $10 a piece. So since my card was declined, I had her take off one shirt and ring me up 3 times for a logo print: One for me and one for my daughter and son. I had to pay $5, but at least that charge cleared. At the same time while I was up there I did meet one of the owners who smiled nice, said hello and moved about her business.
Awkward. I’ve won things before, I’ve seen people win things before. But this situation was just awkward.
So I get my stuff, go outside to get my tops printed on. The owner comes outside and sees that I got a baby onesie printed on and thought it was so cute so she hurries to get some photographer to take a picture. Meanwhile, I’m sitting there with my husband and baby and she is kind of looking at me but not really and doesn’t even say two words to me, I guess I didn’t impress her much in our initial meeting. Not one “Oh I really like your picture.” or “Oh, is this your baby that this onesie is for.”
Again, I’m not a spotlight kind of person. I don’t need some announcement that I am the person that designed this. But a nice friendly conversation and a thank you, would have been lovely. Hey, how about you toss me a free shirt with my logo on it in the bag for me (which by the way they are charging $32 for).
“Do you think your cool enough for this crowd?” “No.” I shake me head. “No, I am not.”
What exactly was the reason for such a “diss”, I’m not sure. Could it be race? Was I a little too “ghetto” for this crowd?
I was snubbed.
I was completely ignored.
My utter disgust and disappointment of this party and company has nothing to do with money or getting “free” stuff. This has to do with how you treat people.
Benefit of the doubt: This was their first time doing something like this, blah blah blah. But your a human how do you overlook humanity? How do you not stop to think, hey maybe I should say hello to this girl. Maybe we can tell her thanks. Hey look at how we did the t-shirts. Let’s take a picture of you. Something? Nothing!
So if your white, rich, and snobby you’ll love this place! They will welcome you with wonderfully pale skinny cold arms and embrace your credit card like it was their first born. Enjoy the laughter as they ignore minorties that pass by their shop because their debit cards will get declined. And bach together at the ignorant immigrants who don’t know any better. Bah, let’s enjoy our gorment food truck food.
Enjoy your lobsta truck lady, I hope that crab-cake you swallow is delicious!