Go Mum! This woman’s response to a sales assistant’s nasty remark to her daughter is awesome

Every girl wants to feel like a princess at their high school ball/formal/prom so what happened to this young girl
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Every girl wants to feel like a princess at their high school ball/formal/prom so what happened to this young girl is quite upsetting.

If you’ve ever accompanied your daughter or granddaughter clothes shopping, you’ll know how important feedback is about an outfit, and how upset they can get if the wrong thing is said.

Megan Naramore Harris was doing just that: helping her daughter find a beautiful dress for her US prom.

After trying on a red dress her mum had picked out, a salesperson entered and told her teenager she needed to wear Spanx with the dress. Megan immediately sent her daughter into the dressing room and gave the salesperson a piece of her mind.

She was clearly still shaken by the experience, and took to Facebook to let the store know how traumatic it had been.

The post has now had over 40,000 shares and highlights the issues many women face when they go shopping. It doesn’t always have to be verbal either, and many women know the sniggers or stares they can get from nasty sales assistants. They should be there to help and not to judge, shouldn’t they?

Here’s Megan’s post in full:

Dear sales lady at Dillard’s Towne East Mall,
This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming formal. I found this dress and asked her to try it on. She told me this was not her style, but tried it on for me. I told her how grown up it made her look and she smiled, and told me this made her look too old but still, she let me take a picture. Right after that, you entered and told my daughter she needed to wear SPANX if she wanted to wear this dress. I told my daughter to go change. I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me. We left soon after. I wish I had told you how many girls suffer from poor self image and telling them they need something to make them perfect can be very damaging. Girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are perfect because that is how God made them. If they feel good in a dress, that is all that should matter. My daughter is tall, she swims, runs, dances and does yoga. She’s fit. She’s beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect. I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again. You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.
Sincerely,
Mother of a beautiful girl

Tell us, have you ever had to tell a sales assistant to be more respectful? What experiences have you had like this?

 

Dear sales lady at Dillard’s Towne East Mall, This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming…

Posted by Megan Naramore Harris on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

  1. I hate being talked down to by sales staff. Especially when you know you are more knowledgeable than they are. As an IT person and one time computer builder this has happened to me so many times in computer stores.
    But in the case mentioned in the article the sales assistant was just plain rude.

  2. I’m glad the girl was shopping with her mother, and not some of her friends. Her mum was able to speak up on behalf of her daughter, but a group of teenagers would not have known how to handle the situation, and she would have been further humiliated with her friends witnessing the salesperson’s rudeness. I think it would have been in order to make a formal complaint to management too, as the salesperson needs serious retraining

  3. The sales assistants in clothing stores are are really bad at this commenting on your body all the time😠

  4. I think many shop assistants think that their customers are deaf, the things they say sometimes when one is Only a few feet away!!

  5. not my a shop assistant but by my mother in a shop; I had just had my third child; my daughter was just a couple of weeksold. My mother was still up visiting as she had been before I had given birth. Before she was due to go home she offered to buy me a few clothes (my husband and I had 3 children, 2 mortgages etc) so we went out for a few hours. I picked a couple of items off the rack and went into the changing room to try them on; only to overhear my mother tell the shop assistant “I’m so sorry she had to choose a larger size; she’s just had a baby and hasn’t got her figure back; its very embarassing.” I walked out and hung up the garmetns, took the pram and I left. I was a size 16, a two week old baby and I had gone up from my usual size 14.

  6. not by a shop assistant but by my mother in a shop; I had just had my third child; my daughter was just a couple of weeks old. My mother was still up visiting as she had been before I had given birth. Before she was due to go home she offered to buy me a few clothes (my husband and I had 3 children, 2 mortgages etc) so we went out for a few hours. I picked a couple of items off the rack and went into the changing room to try them on; only to overhear my mother tell the shop assistant “I’m so sorry she had to choose a larger size; she’s just had a baby and hasn’t got her figure back; its very embarassing.” I walked out and hung up the garmetns, took the pram and I left. I was a size 16, a two week old baby and I had gone up from my usual size 14.

  7. At the end of the day they are just a sales assistant and if they had no customers they would have no job. Some are so snooty and think they are well above everyone, I have taken a few down several pegs and in one case went to the CEO and she was well and truly sorted out.

  8. At the end of the day they are just a sales assistant and if they had no customers they would have no job. Some are so snooty and think they are well above everyone, I have taken a few down several pegs and in one case went to the CEO and she was well and truly sorted out.

  9. I am sure that a lot of sales assistants get talked down to by a lot of pompous snooty customers also.

    • When I was a shop assistant the customer was always right – never did me any harm and occassionally got me accolades from my employer when pleased with sales. That said, bad manners are never acceptable, wether from customers or sales assistants.

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