Since we are reviving this thread anyway...
Toawa wrote:When I first read the topic, though, I thought you were perhaps talking about the overly-pushy kiosk minders you occasionally run across. One time, a while back, I was walking through the mall, passing all the kiosks with nary a glance, when one of them said, "Sir! Can I interest you in this cell phone." (or something to that effect.) As per usual, I ignored him with skills honed by two years of walking through UIUC's quad. (Anyone who has done so at any large college or university should know exactly what I'm talking about.) But he is undetered: "Sir!" I continue walking. "Sir!!" By this point, some other passerby veers toward me and says (with a non-malicious, informational aire), "Hey, that guy's trying to get your attention..."
"I know. He's trying to sell me a cell phone."
Something similar happened to me once. Around here, the fuel chains have cards, like credit cards, except that you can only use them to pay at fuel stations operated by that particular chain. All the chains do that, even though you can also use regular credit cards or debit cards, and around here like everyone has a debit card, so I don't really see why. The local supermarket also sells fuel, and that day, they had some people trying to get people to sign up for the cards just inside the entrance. As always, I ignored them, but when I was leaving, one of them followed me. Now, I walk pretty fast, so he didn't get close enough to get my attention, but he kept following me, even when I left the shop.
He followed me all the way to my bicycle, where he finally caught up (I needed to stop to unlock my bicycle), and said "I guess I won't be selling you a fuel card for that one"