OK, let me finish the sentence for you.
WHEN IN ROME, you get.............
- Shouted At
- Bumped Into
- Sweaty (from yourself - and from other people)
- Things Thrown At You (yes, seriously)
- Nauseated from all of 'THE STINK'
AWKWARD SHOPPING MOMENT (the story):
- I'm trying a bargain priced cotton skirt on over my leggings. The salesclerk tells me (in broken English), "ON SALE. YOU....YOU-NO-TRY-ON" (not a typo, that is really how she said it)
I shrug my shoulders, look at her like she's crazy, and simply say... "NO".
She looks shocked and says, "YOU MUST TAKE OFF. YOU TAKE OFF NOW. ON SALE, NO TRY ON"
Now I'm irritated. Who can't do a quick try-on in a clothing store? It's not like I'm even using a dressing room.
I decide to be fiesty and say 'NOoooo, I WANT TO SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE." (I then ignore her and continue to adjust the skirt and look in the mirror. I already know I'm going to buy the skirt, but now I'm curious how far she's going to take this. Seriously, what is she going to do about it?).
She says, "PLEASE (with an irritating/pleading tone)." I still ignore her.
Realizing it's not happening she says, "YOU TAKE OFF NOW OR I CALL POLIZI"
(Geez, settle down).
I say, "I'LL TAKE IT!" She looks relieved and I take off the skirt.
WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?? I just entered crazy-land. THE QUESTION IS..... is this normal for Italy? If something is on sale, do you loose 'try-on' privileges? Or did I simply get the crazy sales clerk?
I wasn't even using a dressing room. I was doing the 'TRY ON OVER THE CLOTHES' technique. Which is similar to the 'HOLD IN FRONT OF YOU WHILE LOOKING IN THE MIRROR' move, but obviously... more involved.
This story would make for a good VLOG!
The 'THINGS THROWN AT YOU' comment above is another good story, and involves chasing my own money down the street. Joy!
*Sorry for the crap stock photos. My camera card reader decided to stop working - so I will buy another one tomorrow and have fresh photos for this week.
** Aren't the skirts are super cute in the photo? GREAT NEWS - if you have a pillowcase, you can make your own. How clever. You can find the instructions/details HERE. Thanks Greenista for letting me borrow your photo.