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Reasons why I hate the mall

1.) I did my shopping a while ago--but Rich, of course, has done none. He asked me to go with him all over the town today to help him pick out gifts. He got nothing. So we went to the mall. Parking was non-existant.

2.) Rich asked me what I wanted. I mentioned two things: A Coach purse of a certain design (all sold out) and a new pair of Ugg boots (also all sold out). So we also left the mall empty-handed.

3.) There were a father and son pan-handling by the road at the exit of the mall. Both were dressed in spiffy jeans, and nice coats. The dad was holing a sign that read "Unemployed for Christmas," and the kid was running from car to car in traffic to get money. I judged so much that I now dislike malls at this time of year even more.

4.) Douchey kid running. Running. In zig-zag form through the mall. He nearly knocked me over twice. And this was all for Rich, who got nothing.

Anyone else hate malls? Or wait to the last damned minute to shop and are now thinking that wasn't the best idea?
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    I am so, so glad we did all our shopping online.

    I have to go to Best Buy to pick up my repaired laptop tonight after work and I think that will be bad enough.
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    This is why I did almost all my holiday shopping online.

    If you ever see a 5'10" brunette in a pink coat just looking generally disgusted with her fellow shoppers, say hi! It's probably me.
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    i hate the mall because they are always soooo crowded this time of year and then when it's not in a prime season all the high schoolers hang out and walk like snails in front of me when i'm trying to run in and out of macys
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    Online shopping!! Why didn't Rich think of this novel idea?! (although I have a feeling it may be a bit too late for even online shopping.)
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    Ugh, I tried to get all my mall shopping done as early as possible to avoid situations like this. The people who come up to your window with their buckets while you're trapped at a stoplight make me cranky. I feel like such an asshole for not contributing and also that I can't get away. People would never get in your face for money like that if there wasn't glass between you two.

    Also, was the zigzagging running kid one of those kiosk vendors? Kidding, but man those people are aggressive. They don't leave you alone and yell after you after you've said no thanks. I try to stay away from the whole bottom level of the mall so I don't have to deal with them, but that sucks because that's where a lot of good stores are.

    Rach, what will you be getting for Christmas then?



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    Online shopping is awesome.  I got every single gift on Amazon and just had them shipped to my aunt's house so we don't have to fly with them. 

    Granted, now I will spend a ton of time wrapping at the last minute anyway, but people usually con me into doing theirs for them anyway so it's not really different.
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    I've cursed the two times we've had to drive to Target/Best Buy in the past few weeks (we usually walk). Once was because it was raining, once because we had to get FI's new car stereo installed. Which is my fault, since I bought him the stereo. I guess I'm my father's daughter - I hate crowds more and more all the time.

    And my biggest annoyance is when people don't pay attention to traffic control signs/devices in parking garages. Because they aren't there to keep you safe, or anything, like the regular street signs. *eyeroll* Ditto people who meander throughout the mall. Walk briskly and in a straight line!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_reasons-hate-mall?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:9fa03962-e76a-46a1-9c15-bb68ca5e4e1fPost:50f1bf6c-7552-4201-9f0f-48f8ec1f50b5">Re: Reasons why I hate the mall</a>:
    [QUOTE] Rach, what will you be getting for Christmas then?
    Posted by beatlesgirl25[/QUOTE]

    I hate to sound like an ungreatful asshole--but (and pinkpinot's confession made me think of this) I kind of think Rich will get something totally random and unthoughtful. All of his gifts to me have been like that---so, at least he's predictable.
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    Rich just asked what my energy level was---as in "What's your energy level? Do you want to go somewhere else?"

    Um, no. We've made trips to four different places today--all for nothing. He now wants to go to a candy store--a retro candy store, because he wants to make sure he "gets the right candy" for me for Christmas. WTF? I do not want candy for Christmas!!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_reasons-hate-mall?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:9fa03962-e76a-46a1-9c15-bb68ca5e4e1fPost:50f1bf6c-7552-4201-9f0f-48f8ec1f50b5">Re: Reasons why I hate the mall</a>:
    [QUOTE]I feel like such an asshole for not contributing and also that I can't get away. People would never get in your face for money like that if there wasn't glass between you two.
    Posted by beatlesgirl25[/QUOTE]

    I had a guy tap on my window so I could roll it down and he could beg me for money once. I was in a drive thru. I rolled UP my window when I saw him going from car to car. No way did I roll it down.
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    After working in retail management for 4 years, I can honestly say that if I go into a mall anytime between Thanksgiving and New Years, it's not of my own volition.
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    Aw rach, I'm sorry. Maybe next year you can help motivate him to (online) shop earlier. Is there anything non-tangible that he can gift to you? I don't mean like "love coupons" (haha) but like doing something out of the ordinary that would really help you out or make you feel better?

    Msmery, that's exactly what I'm talking about. I totally roll my window up too, turn up the music, and look the other way. That way I don't even have to make eye contact and let them know I feel bad. I think it's wrong to corner people like that for money.



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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_reasons-hate-mall?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:9fa03962-e76a-46a1-9c15-bb68ca5e4e1fPost:a9818134-2844-49cf-b05c-cf9e0450b8c0">Reasons why I hate the mall</a>:
    [QUOTE] 2.) Rich asked me what I wanted. I mentioned two things: A Coach purse of a certain design (all sold out) and a new pair of Ugg boots (also all sold out). So we also left the mall empty-handed.
    Posted by RachNRich[/QUOTE]

    Forgive me, but I don't think it's a bad thing you didn't get those items. heh.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_reasons-hate-mall?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:9fa03962-e76a-46a1-9c15-bb68ca5e4e1fPost:a74c60e0-14d6-4f39-adb7-b96187a7b56c">Re: Reasons why I hate the mall</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Reasons why I hate the mall : Forgive me, but I don't think it's a bad thing you didn't get those items. heh.
    Posted by AmoroAgain[/QUOTE]

    You are forgiven, my dear. I really hate when promted for possible gift ideas---so I listed the only two things that came to mind. A purse (in a pretty color), and a new pair of boots (I deserve a slap for the Uggs, but man those things are comfortable. My first pair was pink--on sale for $25 at TJ Maxx...and they look like pooped-on bubble gum now).

    Had I thought longer and harder, I could have come up with something better. But prompted for gift ideas 3-days before Christmas doesn't help much.
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    Yeah, I can imagine.  He apparently hasn't learned the boy trick that jewelry is always the best option. haha!
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    I hate the mall all year, but I big huge raging maniac hate the mall this time of year.

    I've been thinking about getting a pair of boyfriend jeans for the past couple of months. NY&Co is running theirs for $19.95, and yesterday was the last day to get them at that price.  So I mustered up some courage and went to the mall. 

    Even my super-secret parking deck was almost full.  I came close to getting an awesome parking spot, and some jerk threw his car in reverse and took it from me after he saw me signal.  Joke's on him since in the time it took me to park elsewhere and walk, he was still backing out and pulling in trying to squeeze his urban assault vehicle into the compact spot. 

    As I entered the mall, guy in front of me let the door close on my face.  Merry FuckingChristmas to you, too, buddy. 

    I had to walk through the sit-on-Santa's-lap line to get to NY&Co.  You'd be amazed at how many kids still haven't talked to Santa. 

    Some WT teenager comes out as I'm entering--she has a teacup Chihuahua zipped in her jacket.  I wanted to punch her just for being so lame, but in the name of Jesus's birthday, I resisted. 

    They had 4 pairs of boyfriend jeans left, and one of them was in my size!  Great success!  Tried them on, fit great, even better success. 

    Get in my car to find out that some asshole in an enormous pickup truck had parked next to me sideways, taking up a good portion of my parking spot.  So I got to back up, pull in, back up, pull in, back up extra super granny slowly just in case a car was coming, because I sure as hell couldn't see them.  sure enough, some teenage girl (probably the Chihuahua girl since that would just be my luck) comes flying through, laying on the horn, with her dad in the car with her.  WTF. 

    The entrance where I came in was so backed up that I by-passed it and left through the next exit, meaning I had to drive past the food court entrance.  Still not sure why that entrance is so popular, but of course I had to stop 20 times to let people cross in front of me.  Someone rolled through a stop sign and almost hit me, so I beeped the horn and totally got the stink eye from this couple and their kids.  Oh, I'm sorry, does beeping my horn offend you?  Next time I'll just let someone hit my car so I don't offend your tender ears. 
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    Some WT teenager comes out as I'm entering--she has a teacup Chihuahua zipped in her jacket.  I wanted to punch her just for being so lame, but in the name of Jesus's birthday, I resisted.

    This made me lol. That whole trip sounded horrible and all too familiar. At least you got your jeans! I was expecting chihuahua bitch to step in front of you and steal the last pair in your size.



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    Ahhhh hell naw.  Just the thought makes my blood boil.  I would have poored my 2-pump sugar free Caramel Mach on it before letting her get my jeans.
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    Hmmm all I can say after reading rach and heels' mall experiences is I would have not felt bad tripping zigzag boy, and I would have left a strongly worded note on assholes truck (learn to park, fuckhead), and then flipped off atleast 15 people.
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    Oh damn, Heels! You totally have me beat on this...wow. The girl with the dog seemed like such a treat!
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    If it makes anyone feel any better Mr Stack REALLY wants a pair of shoes that comes out tomorrow at the mall.  The store opens at 7am and for fear of not getting them he is going to the mall to wait outside in the cold at 4am.

    It was going to be a Christmas present from me to him, but I had NO intentions of being that dedicated to the mission so I decided on something else. 
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    We did all our shopping yesterday. I was in a pretty shitty mood by the time we left. No one was rude. People were actually quite nice, but I hate crowds and I hate that we last min. shop each year.
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    Yeah, I don't go to the mall unless absolutely necessary. DH and I went when I took some time off a couple of weeks ago, and it was torture. I hate people too much to be around that many of them this time of year. It's like they crawl out from under rocks, fire up the pick-up truck, and head to the big ole mall. Ugh.

    Heels, I have to go in that direction today to pick up a canvas at A.C. Moore. I'm dreading it like the dentist. Wanna come with and maybe we can laugh at the idiots who are shopping for last minute things like canvases for their daughter's best friend? Oh wait...
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    Thanks for the wonderful story, Heels. I have to go out today shopping with my father. The original mall hater. 2 days before Christmas. In Dallas. Sweet Baby Jesus, give me patience and give it to me RIGHT NOW, because if I pray for strength, I will surely use it to beat the everlivingshit out of some Dallas suburbanite biotch hauling a yap-dog in her purse.
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