I went to Banana Republic over the weekend with two friends. This is seriously the course of events, in order, and practically word for word:
On the windows, there were HUGE signs talking about how you could get a $25 "Shop Card" when you spent $100. Okay. We walked in. A girl greeted us and said "For every $100 you spend, you will get a $25 shop card good for Nov 2 - 11." We thanked her. We saw a table of ribbed tank tops, you know the kind that look like they are for an infant because they stretch out so much? Always the sarcastic ones, we held up and extra small and joked "oh I don't think this will fit, I'm going to need an XXS". The same girl piped up, in a completely serious voice "We don't have XXS in those, XS is the smallest we have". We were confused, giggled a little and said "Oh, yeah, we were just making fun of how small the top was". The girl was silent. She didn't get it. We tried to stifle the screams of laughter and moved on.
We made it approximately 20 steps when another sales girl (she might have actually been the manager) approached us "For every $100 you spend, you will get a $25 shop card good for Nov 2 - 11." We politely thanked her and were slightly annoyed. There is no way she didn't hear the first girl. We made it about 15 more steps when yet another sales girl stopped us and said....wait for it....."For every $100 you spend, you will get a $25 shop card good for Nov 2 - 11." Bahahaha!! We talked some crap.
Mary liked a jacket and tried on a medium which was surprisingly snug. She then tried on a large which wasn't much better, with really long sleeves. She switched back and forth, spending a good 15 minutes trying them both on. Neither one looked good, they fit weird. A fourth sales girl spots her from across the store and runs over to tell Mary how much she loved the jacket and how well it fit her. Liar. That was a completely false statement.
Disappointed, we turn to leave when we run into the second sales girl/manager. She seemed confused that we weren't buying anything. She told us again about the shop card. We said that we didn't really find anything. She proceeded to tell us that the promotion would be going on for the next several days so we could come back and buy something so that we could get the card and then went on to tell us their store hours for the next three days!!!
If you liked this story, you should ask me about what happened at the Gap after that, and also ask about the Swarovski incident while we were shopping for wedding jewelery. That one's a doozie.