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Ed W
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Petaluma, California
USA
52 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2010 :  09:14:21 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You might be a shopper if you have committed to memory which highway exits lead directly to combination Starbucks,Gas Food Marts and McDonalds. Also, when you fully retire you're going to write a book entitled "New Lows in Nutrition".
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LynneB
Member

Louisville, KY
USA
47 Posts

Posted - 04/09/2010 :  3:38:52 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You get pulled over for speeding, (on your way to a series of shops of course) and you make mental notes about the state trooper. He was 22 years old, 6'0 tall, wore the big tall hat and a clean pressed uniform. He was courteous and patient while I looked for my registration. He smiled and talked to my kids about the kids who were excited about the 50 cows that had lined up to watch.

However, he did not take proper safety precautions. He came to my drivers window, near the flow of traffic, he did not carefully approach my vehicle, rather just strolled up and asked for my license and registration.

He was not careful in hiding his speed trap because I was able to see him before his radar gun saw me and slow down.
He did smile and remind me to slow down as he handed me my written warning and tell my kids to remember to put their seat belts back on before we started moving.

The kids wanted to know if I had to put my "ticket" in my reports......

Lynne
Happily shopping in Greater Louisville Area
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TinaMarie
Star Contributor

USA
1811 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2010 :  6:52:27 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the laugh, Lynn. Happy that you only got a warning, instead of a ticket.

~*~TinaMarie~*~
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Laura_In_Az
Star Contributor

Tucson, AZ
USA
307 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2010 :  7:23:29 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am completing a mystery shop and, while waiting on line I automatically start checking dates on candy at the register. (One of my tasks while merchandising for one company.) I find some and hand it to the cashier. SMALL WORLD. She knows me as a merchandiser in the store she used to work in-where I currently still check out of dates. We said hello. The MS was not compromised since our transaction wasn't timed, etc. You can't take the audit/merchandiser out of the mystery shopper, I guess...LOL
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Wendy K
Apprentice

WI
USA
1 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2010 :  4:02:57 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You might be a shopper if....

You take your husband's bank card for the multiple gas station shops. At the first shop, at daybreak, (need pics) you swipe the card 4 times in the same pump trying to figure out how the stupid pump works. The bank calls your husband at home and asks him if he knows where his card is. He says no, because he works the graveyard shift, and will answer the phone, but never remember what he says. At the next shop (Number 2 of 8 that day) 45 miles away from home, the card no longer works. Done.

Wendy
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JonK
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AL
USA
87 Posts

Posted - 04/13/2010 :  06:46:12 AM  Visit JonK's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
You just might be a shopper if, when signing your credit card slip, you inadvertently sign the name of the cashier. Has happened to me more than once.

My first post on Volition.

Jon
Shopping all of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida panhandle, most of Tennessee, western Georgia and anywhere else where there's opportunity!
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JonK
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AL
USA
87 Posts

Posted - 04/24/2010 :  06:24:37 AM  Visit JonK's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Okay, so I'm sitting in a restaurant, just getting ready for my day, and the manager is congratulating an employee for getting a high score last week on her mystery shop. Now they are talking about ways to spot mystery shoppers via the drive-thru and the criteria that are evaluated.

Little do they know a mystery shop is taking place as they speak. Hahaha!


Jon
Shopping all of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida panhandle, most of Tennessee, western Georgia and anywhere else where there's opportunity!
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TinaMarie
Star Contributor

USA
1811 Posts

Posted - 04/24/2010 :  7:55:56 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I shopped a teller without a nametag or name plate. I had to get a name, so I waited until I was leaving before I asked her. After five years of ms'ing, I thought I was pretty smooth about it. Before I got a chance to walk out of the bank, the teller loudly said to her co-worker, "I'm sure I've been shopped."

~*~TinaMarie~*~
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Cilla
Star Contributor

MD
USA
1433 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  07:46:46 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You get a speeding ticket in the mail and look at the photos of your car and wonder which shop you were on when that was taken.

As a video shopper, it is ironic that my first speeding ticket in 32 years was due to video cameras mounted on local roads.

Cilla
MSPA Gold Certified 2005
IMSC Certified 2009
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Jody B
Valued Contributor

Mankato, MN
USA
178 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  2:27:54 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You walk past a marquee for a theater and notice how many bulbs are NOT lit up.

Jody
Shopper in Southern Minnesota-the Little Twin Cities-A Lot Minnesota (Mankato) and beyond
Now Silver Certified!
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Ed W
Contributor

Petaluma, California
USA
52 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  8:51:19 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You might be a shopper- if you are at your wife's 50th anniversary grammar school reunion and at the religious service you are gazing at the sanctuary during the sermon and making note of any lightbulbs not working.
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Jonathan B.
Star Contributor

Smyrna, Tennessee
USA
469 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2011 :  03:33:15 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You might be a shopper if you dream about having to do a series of shops (and I mean detail in the dream. . .form, reporting, location, everything!)

Also, you might be a shopper if you see a gas station with its lights on in the daytime and wonder who is auditing the location. Or, if you drive to a place to get gas and start marking in your mind what is wrong. (I do this every time I get gas now, even when not on a shop!)

Jonathan B.
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Karan
Star Contributor

Lugoff, SC
USA
2507 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2014 :  09:30:16 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You might be a mystery shopper when your husband takes you out to dinner for a special occasion. The engaging conversation was about what the restaurant was doing right or wrong, what the waitress was doing right or wrong, what the greeter was doing right or wrong and what the bus boy was doing right or wrong.

Both of us are mystery shoppers. A marriage sure to last.....

Karan now residing in the Palmetto State
MSPA GOLD CERTIFIED
UNDERCOVER VIDEO SPECIALIST
{Shopping Columbia and surrounding Richland and Kershaw Counties}
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LAlao
Star Contributor

LA
USA
317 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2017 :  08:46:03 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
If your friend in postal zones 5-8 receives a box from you with rocks/dirt inside and does not even ask why.
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Julie_WA_Writer
Star Contributor

Western, Washington
USA
1883 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2017 :  12:25:01 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by LAlao

If your friend in postal zones 5-8 receives a box from you with rocks/dirt inside and does not even ask why.


That's so funny because it's true. My daughter's dorm mates want to know why her mom sends chocolate and rocks. I keep a few in the car just in case.


“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” Tacitus
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