Last week, I went to a cycling shop very close to my house. I had never been there before, but I was looking to pick up a couple Gus to try out before purchasing a whole case. I found exactly what I needed and took my purchases to the cashier. The gentleman working was very nice and asked if I found everything I needed. I had.
"Have you shopped here before?"
"No," I said.
"Okay, then let me get you in our system. What is your name?"
Innocent question, right? Little did this guy know that I am so sick of being asked my name, phone number, email address, and most recent pap smear results when I shop at a store. Last year I got in a HUGE confrontation when I wouldn't give Hair Cuttery my phone number when I went in to get my eyebrows waxed.
"Um... do I have to give you my name to buy the Gus?" I asked him.
"Well, no," he said, clearly miffed.
"Okay, then I won't," I said pleasantly and paid for my items with cash.
The gentleman's demeanor changed after I declined to give him my name for his computer records. He wasn't as friendly or smiley, but I stayed friendly and smiley.
Is it too much to ask to be able to just freaking BUY something without needing to have your name in a "system"? I was buying Gu, not a gun! And even though it's annoying when they ask, it's even more annoying when they aren't nice to you anymore just because you don't want to give them your name!