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Are Tall People Being Discriminated Against in Stores?

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Are Tall People Being Discriminated Against in Stores?

I just got back from a few days in Las Vegas. My husband was attending the "World of Concrete Convention". Another couple from work went with us. I thought I'd be a supportive wife and attend the convention with my husband. After about 2 hours I couldn't take it anymore. I was so bored and so was Debbie, the other wife attending the convention.
So we escaped to the mall. I hate shopping in the mall as there is rarely anything that fits me. However, they did have a few department stores that sometime carry longer length clothing, so shopping had to be better than looking at another concrete display.
Debbie is short and a petite size 4. We determined our best shopping strategy would be to enter a store, split up and shop, then meet up before leaving the store. This worked well for us.
At the end of our shopping trip, Debbie was elated at having found a pair of comfy tennis shoes and a few tops. I was very disappointed as none of the stores carried size 12 shoes or anything that was proportioned correctly for my tall frame.
One thing I did notice is that in the 4 major department stores we visited, none of the sales ladies offered me any help. They had plenty of sales people, but they seemed to ignore that fact that I was standing in front of them. This is not a new phenomenon. I experience this discrimination frequently. I chock it up to the fact, that most "average sized sales people" don't know how to dress a tall woman.
When I questioned Debbie about the sales people in the stores she visited, she said she was asked 2-4 times if she needed help in each store. Clearly there has to be discrimation as we visited the exact same stores.
Tell me what you think by answering the following poll:

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