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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Humiliation and Ridicule

Have u ever felt humiliated and ridiculed when purchasing something?

The item in question is the book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" (yes, i know that the whole craze and hype is so over by now, but it really look me that long to justify the purchase of another book. But i figured that we are in another year now - being 2005 - and so, the Da Vinci code, therefore, is a book i purchased last year).

Ridicule was played by a tall, lanky, pimply guy in his 20s. Humiliation was represented by a fatter counterpart who wore glasses. I like to stereotype them as the skinny teenage pimple kid who works at Krusty Burgers from the Simpsons and the comic book guy. They were, in my opinion, pretty much ur typical town geek. They seemed to love their jobs at sales clerks at Borders - if their job descriptions include making remarks as their customers approach, and kinda chuckling in that 'i will tell my colleage something funny about you after u leave' kinda way.

They seemed to find it funny that i was actually paying for something from Borders. Well, i guess Borders does charge a markup compared to ur local Dymocks or Kmart to cover for the free riding magazine readers who mistaken Borders for a personal library. But once in a while, idiots like me have to make an overpriced purchase to keep the whole free-riding situation going - its for the good of all mankind... Anyway... as i approached riducule and humiliation, they continued smirking at me... and as i presented my "rich dad poor dad' book onto the counter, i could almost hear them burst out in laughter.

And the voice over of their thoughts would have went something like this:

Ridicule: prahahahaha...
Humiliation: What is she thinking?!
Ridicule: i mean, does this idiot actually beleive that buying a self-help financial book will really make her rich>?
Humiliation: the only person who gets rich from that book is the author...
Ridicule: it is clear that this chick has no idea about finances, but feels immense pangs of guilt from overspending of makeup from some cheap asian country that she has just visited and so thinks that her problems will be solved by that book! haha...
Humiliation: i mean, her $21.95 would be much better spent just paying off her credit card bill...
Ridicule: if i get $1 for everytime i see a desperate idiot willing to beleive in anything for the hope of a life-changing miracle...
Humiliation: you wouldnt have to work here anymore...
Ridicule: though her make up looks very radiant....

And then i had a thought - maybe they werent laughing at me. I mean, i am but one of the zillions of idiots who buy financial self help books... if they had that 'voice over' conversation everytime someone like me bought something, then they would never finish their conversation about Star Trek or David Edding books or molecular science or whatever they talk about.... Maybe the 'ridicule and humiliation' was just all in my head... simple a projection of how i felt about my desperation in buying that stupid book. Maybe i just realised what a gullible consumer i had been, and that i would have been better off with buying vogue.

Having said that, i read the first two chapters last night.... its not so bad. i guess it is good motivation for me not to blow my future wages on shoes...

ETA: today i bought my first colourful piece of under. They are hot pink Bonds cotton hipster. If that is too much information. I suggest you read someone else's blog. Try some of my links for starters.

3 Comments:

At 2:52 AM, Blogger lightning said...

Ok, now I understand the inspiration for you not wanting to blow your $$$ on nosh, shoes and clothes, and I thought it was an actual sign of maturity on your behalf!

Also, you sure the boys from Borders hadn't caught sight of your pink undies, and were giggling and/or smirking like little snots?

 
At 2:55 AM, Blogger Sevenchild said...

Hot Pink??

How many colours they come in? Your b'day's around the corner, rt? =)

Is it anything like that lingerie set I fell in love with at QV. Oooooh, it has sexy written aaaall over it.

 
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