LaGuardia Airport Vultures

Annoying sales people in LaGuardia Airport, New York City.

Just look at those sneaky bastards, over there in their red shirts, with their kiosk set up along the only way to the departure gates.  You just can’t get to your gate, or to the baggage claim, without going past these guys.  As you walk past, they try to rope you in by calling out, “Hi!  Are you flying on Delta today!?”  I took one quick glance and then kept moving, the preferred method of dealing with people trying to sell something.

Later, as I sat at departure gate 1, I saw a few people stop momentarily, probably confused about why they were being asked about their flight carrier.  They quickly moved on, though, once they found out what it was all about.  As you can see from the picture, they were trying to get people to sign up for credit cards with Sky Mile bonuses, but who the hell needs another credit card these days?

What I really want to know is what Delta was thinking.  Flying is stressful enough without being bothered by people who are trying to solicit credit card sign ups.

My overall trip to Georgia on Delta was fairly pleasant.  We got the standard drink and snack, which is all I expected.  There was something on the TV, but we weren’t given headphones, unless they were passed out while I was asleep.  That’s how I spent most of the flight.  Hell, I even slept through take-off.  I didn’t get much sleep the night before.

This trip to Georgia has been interesting so far.  It’s nice to see wide open spaces, blue skies and giant Wal Marts.

‘Shutting Down’ An Annoying Salesman

Last night we were wandering around Liang Court Mall in Clarke Quay and I happened to see the sign for Audio House on the side of one of the escalators.  I’m a sucker for ogling new electronics so I convinced my wife we should go up there.  I was particularly interested in looking at laptops.  My MacBook Pro has been slowly falling apart.  I’ve been complaining about it for almost a year now, and it’s almost time to go ahead and take the plunge and get a new one.  I’ll be needing it for when I start going to school again later this year.

So, we went ahead and walked into the store.  It was nice and cold up there, and while we were walking past the long wall with the flat panel TVs stuck to it, I stopped to comment on how you could feel the heat coming off of all of them.  Then I got distracted by a movie preview that was showing on the TVs.  I knew I’d seen the movie before and was trying to remember where.

Since I’d stopped for more than 5 seconds, a salesman rushed up right away.

Can I help you?” he asked.

No thanks.  I’m just looking.

I continued watching the preview, trying to remember the name of the movie.  I almost had it when the salesman interrupted my thoughts.

This TV is … blah blah blah … special … blah blah blah…

I interrupted him, “I don’t care what the TV is.  I told you I’m not interested in it.  I’m just watching the preview.”  I said it without bothering to even look at him.

Out of the corner of my eye I could see him throw his arms down in disgust and then stomp away.

I almost felt bad for the guy, but not really.  If he had listened to me the first time, he could’ve saved himself the frustration and annoyance of being shut down and rejected.

I really despise aggressive salesmen.  I’m sure that’s a common feeling.  In the US, a lot of people refuse to visit car lots during business hours so they can look at the cars in peace, without being harassed by some jackass that’s trying to pressure them into a sale.

Oh, and I did finally remember what the movie was.  It was a somewhat cheesy flick called Dragon Wars that I saw about a year and a half or two years ago.  It was fun for the special effects but the storyline was horrible.