Please tell me... is it just our mall here or do you have this problem too?
In our mall there is one particular kiosk where someone walks up to you as you're passing by and asks - "Sir, can I ask you a question?"
IF you're dumb enough to humor them by stopping, they will then dump a lousy sales pitch on you about how great their hand lotions are blah blah blah.
But the worst part is, they do it EVERY TIME you walk by - even if you walk past them, turn around and immediately walk by them again. They're like those little yappy dogs tied up on someone's porch who bark at you every time you walk by the house. They don't care that they just saw you 5 seconds before - they just keep doing it.
I don't know about you, but I don't like to have to decline to answer a question when I'm walking through the mall. It's gotten to the point now where I'll even take an alternate route just so I don't have to walk by them. Is that what all the stores around them really want?
I'm thinking that maybe the next time someone from there asks me - "Can I ask you a question?" I'll just reply with - "Well, I think you just did!" and keep walking.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind kiosks in general. Most of them are pretty harmless - although I get a little tired of the guy who acts like his remote controlled flip-over car is the invention of the century.
And this one just strikes me as odd.
I mean when was the last time you needed to pick up a samurai sword or saber? I just think it's bizarre that someone sits at this thing 7 days a week and is able to make enough to money to pay the rent, let alone make a living at it. But hey - at least he leaves you alone.
To me however, the very best kind of kiosk is the kind that just sits there and waits for you to come to it on your own terms, and then rewards you with something that puts a smile on your face for a good price.