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Ray Sola
Volition.com Staff

Prescott, AZ
USA
3071 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2003 :  10:08:21 PM  Visit Ray Sola's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you have 49 little bags of french fries in your freezer...
you might be a shopper!

If you have snapshots of dumpsters in your digital cammer...
you might be a shopper!

If you know the decor of every restroom in a 15 mile radius of your house...
you might be a shopper!

If you are paying more attention to the waiter then your date...
you might be a shopper!

If you have floorplans of malls in your car's glove compartment...
you might be a shopper!

If your family thinks everyone uses ketchup from little packets even at home...
you might be a shopper!

If your kids see a TV commercial and ask "Who shops that store?"...
you might be a shopper!

If you have to think about whether or not you have a scenario when your spouse asks "How was your day?"...
you might be a shopper!

Emma
Valued Contributor

Houston, TX
USA
196 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2003 :  10:15:43 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you have memorized the locations of every obscure store or kiosk in your nearest mall...
you might be a shopper!

If your 10 year old automatically memorizes name tags everywhere you go...
you might be a shopper!

If you have a collection of 26 gas station credit card applications in the car...
you might be a shopper!

If you are compelled to visit at least 3 departments and ask open ended questions at every major store...
you might be a shopper!

If you carry a "white chocolate mocha stained" scale, thermometer and stopwatch regularly in your car...
you might be a shopper!
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PamelaS
Valued Contributor

Los Angeles, CA
USA
147 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2003 :  10:18:33 PM  Send PamelaS an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
If your local coffee shop is 17 stores in two states...
you might be a shopper!

If you automatically ask "Want pix with that?" when offered a job...
you might be a shopper!

If "tagging" means capturing identifying information in a photo...
you might be a shopper!

If "upload" is a term you associate with drive-by shootings...
you might be a shopper!

If you accessorize your wardrobe with color-coordinated chronographs...
you might be a shopper!

If you've salvaged a blown cover by revealing that you were a scientist...
you might be a shopper!

If one of your remote keyless entry buttons triggers a camera hidden in your car...
you might be a shopper!
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.HaroldLP
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Syracuse, IN
USA
242 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2003 :  10:21:48 PM  Visit .HaroldLP's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
If your grocery shopping involves 15 stores and 10 departments in each one.
You might be a shopper!

If the kids and dog all run when you come home with FF bags.
you might be a shopper!

If you can't remember who you are after going in the 5th bank of the day.
you might be a shopper!

If your idea of NORMAL is to buy a sink then return it 10 minutes later.
you might be a shopper!
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Kristil
Contributor

Nashville, TN
USA
87 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2003 :  10:22:48 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks Ray for the great big laugh. I've had a really crappy week and really needed that. You described my life in a nutshell. I think having read this forum the last few days and seeing posting tempers starting to flare, we all need to step back, take a deep breath and have a good laugh. Here's hoping that we all have a better week next week filled with good shops!

Kristil Lyle- MSPA Gold Certified Mystery Shopper #t2ax2m
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KSSLorri
Star Contributor

Cincinnati, Ohio
USA
603 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2003 :  10:37:27 PM  Visit KSSLorri's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you not only know which fast food and retail restaurants are in which terminals of every single airport within a 100 mile radius, but you also know their hours and which airline you have to be flying to shop them you might be a shopper!

If you can't go to bed at night without checking Volition.com for the latest humour you might be a shopper!

If you can't enjoy a meal out anymore without critiquing every bit of the service even when you aren't being paid to do so you might be (an obsessed) shopper!

If your kid asks if you are getting paid to buy him shoes and if so, can he please have a $200 pair of Etnies you might be a shopper!

If you have had 3 grandmothers die, 2 transmission blowouts, 4 family emergencies and 6 computer crashes ALL in the last 2 months, you might be a (bad!) shopper! (and probably your scheduler's worst nightmare!)

Lorri (Kern) Hsu
KSS International, Inc.
KSSLorri@kernscheduling.com
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CarolynRosell
Star Contributor

Vineland, NJ
USA
1417 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  05:41:15 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
This is a really fun topic Ray, it not only gives you a laugh, but it gets you thinking!

If you have seen only the first 20 minutes of the same movie 6 times in one day
you might be a shopper

If you are asked if you have lost something by an early patron as you slowly walk in and out of every row of seats in a theater
you might be a shopper

If you are in a casino for 2-3 hours and visit the restroom 12 times
you might be a shopper

If your “receipt” collection at home out numbers the total collected by an entire mall on Black Friday
you might be a shopper

If the pizza you are eating looks like it was delivered upside down
you might be a shopper



I shop Vineland, Deptford, Mays Landing and Atlantic City, NJ
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.ColleenNYC
Inactive

New York City, NY
USA
1700 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  06:27:45 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you have been in an airport terminal for 3 hours and have eaten in 25 places... you might be a shopper!

If you are not hungry,but still go to a restaurant to order 2 apps 2 entrees 2 desserts... you might be a shopper!

If you are in labor and your husband is in the drive thru lane timing your contractions... you might be a shopper!

If your kids teacher asks "What does your Mom do? and they answer by saying "I cant tell you that is a violation of her ICA"... you might be a shopper!
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BarbaraNY
Valued Contributor

Rochester, NY
USA
231 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  07:04:51 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
OMG, after reading all these I realized how BAD I need a vacation!

BARBARA
MSPA Silver Certified
Happily Shopping Rochester, NY
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Shasha
Valued Contributor

MS Gulf Coast
USA
241 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  07:37:29 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
This is too funny Thanks for the laugh.

mystery shopping along the mississippi gulf coast & mobile, al
mspa silver certified
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Sandy1920J
Member

Johnston, RI
USA
49 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  08:24:59 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If your in the drive-thru lane and your timeing how long it takes to get your food rather then your contractions--you might be a shopper

If your 4 year old asks for some fast food, and you say not unless I can get paid to go there--You might be a shopper
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Rhonda in Michigan
Member

Shelby Township, MI
USA
37 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  08:30:51 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Lorri:

I will assure you that I was not the one who called, trying to find where a shop was, then call back 10 minutes later to say that my transmission blew as I was pulling out of the parking lot!




MSPA Silver Certification
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Christina B
Member

Greensboro, NC
USA
22 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  09:07:32 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ray, this is a very cool post! Thanks for the laughs.

If you come home with 32 differrent pizzas from 8 different store locations......
You might be a shopper

If you buy so many pizzas that you finally stop shopping because you can not fit them all in the car (Yes, this has happened to me)...
You might be a shopper

If you fill your grocery list by going to ten stores in one day...
You might be a shopper

If you feed ten families with all of your pizzas......
You might be a shopper

If you panic every time you go into ANY store and think "What am I supposed to ask?" (even when it is not a job).....
Then you might be a shopper

If you plan your vacations and even your honeymoon (Yes I did this too!) around what mystery shops are open...
You may be a shopper (in need of help)

Christina
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.Dawn DE
Inactive

DE
USA
518 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  09:09:01 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If , at Thanksgiving, you check your watch when Aunt Margaret puts the turkey on the table......you might be a shopper

If you're in the habit of putting "something to return" on your grocery list.......you might be a shopper

If your car always smells like french fries and coffee......you might be a shopper

If you've ever stolen your kids crayons to jot down a few notes in the stall of a public restroom........you might be a shopper

If your friends call you for directions because "you always seem to know where everything is"..........you might be a shopper

If you can make out a nametag pinned on upside down from 15 feet away without obviously staring........you might be a shopper

If your kids complain that they never get to pick the restaurant......you might be a shopper

Dawn
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BarbaraNY
Valued Contributor

Rochester, NY
USA
231 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  09:15:36 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ok, ok, I think we need to start an obsessed shopper support group...scheduling your shopping around your honeymoon?!?! Oy! [:p] How about MSA....Mystery Shoppers Anonymous? Repeat after me: "I am NOT an obsessed mystery shopper. I CAN go to dinner without a stopwatch. I CAN go to a retail store without a scenario. I CAN eat a pizza without taking a picture of it first"

BARBARA
MSPA Silver Certified
Happily Shopping Rochester, NY
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Christina B
Member

Greensboro, NC
USA
22 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  09:47:40 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Barbara...It just feels so wrong to eat it without taking a picture first! So, so wrong!

Christina
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JulieACE
Star Contributor

Centerview, MO
USA
250 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  09:49:29 AM  Visit JulieACE's Homepage  Send JulieACE an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ray, that was a great topic! I have to throw some "you might be a scheduler if..." in.

If you offer your spouse a bonus to take out the trash because it hasn't been done for a week and the deadline is today (deadline = trash day) You might be a scheduler

When the trash didn't get taken out, even after a bonus was offered, the kids say, "Mom, did Dad flake on you AGAIN?" You might be a scheduler

Every one around you seems to have computer crashes, car trouble, deaths and illnesses. You might be a scheduler.

You seem to have lots of friends at the beginning of the month, but none at the end of the month. You might be a scheduler.

Sleep becomes the hobby that we just don't have time for any more. You could be either a scheduler or a shopper! We all seem to keep late hours!

If you beg on a regular basis.You might be a scheduler.

If you can recite every zip code, area code, & prefix in several major cities. (no, I can't do that yet, but have met schedulers who can) You might be a scheduler

You read Volition to see who is breaking ICA's. You might be a scheduler

You know the hours of operation for 42 restaurants in states you have never even been to. You might be a scheduler.

You watch the weather channel and pay attention to states you never plan on visiting. You might be a scheduler.




Julie Simbro
ACE Mystery Shopping
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DanInSK
Star Contributor

Canada
484 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  10:01:11 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you have no sense of humor, take yourself too seriously and enjoy critiquing the views of fellow shoppers: You might be a shopper!!!
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Ginger
Member

Reading, PA
USA
29 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  10:32:36 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If you fall asleep at the computer because you know that shop you want is going to post in the middle of the night...
you might be a shopper!
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.Nicole
Inactive

Burnsville, MN
USA
144 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  12:46:03 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Alright I thought of one:

If you go to a public place and know the places people work and their names....You might be a shopper!

Shopping Minnesota
Gold Certified lmfgsr
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Mary Alice G
Member

Richardson, TX
USA
16 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2003 :  1:36:07 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
OK. I am usually only an observer but could not resist this one!

If you know the rate plans and coverage areas of all cell phone companies, You might be a shopper!

If you can enter an online report while cooking dinner and nursing a newborn, you might be a shopper!

Mary Alice
Shopping Dallas and the northern suburbs
MSPA Gold Certified kmfks8
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