Monday, May 17, 2010

250 Words: Smokey Salesman

Why would anyone hire a salesman who smokes?  I was in the pet store today and there was a guy selling some sort of fancy dog food.  I had Ruthie with me and he asked if I had ever heard of Bill Ass Dog Food (or something like that).  I started to tell him that I had not and that we already had a very specific dog food that we have to buy for our highly allergic dog when I took in a breath so that I could speak at length and shut him down.  At that point I began choking on his aura of cigarette smoke.  It didn’t appear that he was actively smoking at that moment but I looked around to see if he had a lit cigarette anywhere on his person.  He did not.  The smell was so strong that all I wanted to do was get as far away from him as I possibly could.  That’s a terrible feature to have in a salesman.  In fact, I can’t think of a worse feature for a salesman to have.  You want your salespeople to draw people to them not make them want to run away.  If your salesman reeks of stale cigarette smoke, people are going to want to run away from him and you’re not going to sell any of your Bill Ass Dog Food.  How does he live with himself?  Did he lose his sense of smell in the Gulf War?  He made my eyes

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