Get a life, guys

Someone with a smiling face approached me at a grocery store when I was busily hunting for a three way lamp. It was a desi. That was unusual. For a desi to smile at you in US, it should comply with these rules, either he knows you or he needs something done by you. I don’t know him. My 7 to the power 12th sense alerted me.

“Hey howyodo?”, says he.
“Doing good, You ?”, reading seriously the carton of GE’s three-way lamp.
“So you work here ?”
“You mean this grocery store, No !!”. I thought he believed me to a cart push-boy there.
“That was funny…. I meant in Seattle”, says he with an instant laugh.
“Yeah”, answering and reading the same lamp carton again. Get lost, dude.
“Want to work on free time ?. I’ve got couple-a guys workin on part-time for me “.
I took three bulbs and said,”My hands are already full, like this”. Was curious on what area where those couple-a guys were working.
He continues without listening, “Its an e-commerce business that they are working on. Good Money”.
I googled my brain and sensed what he was upto. Asked,”And whats it called ?”
He said,”It’s called q……………”

I know. I know I know. Vudu Joot. BTW, goto pickup those three-way lamps tomorrow.

P:S – It’s only after this post, I realized I am so bad at writing direct speech. Punctuation sucks big time. Dialogue writing is a great art and not my cup of tea, atleast now. But don’t worry Mani Ratnam, I can improve πŸ˜‰

21 thoughts on “Get a life, guys

  1. yep. for the last 3-4 years they have been on a rise in the northwest area! i had to be rude couple of times to get rid of these RASCALS!

  2. Dont even remind me of this. This has exponentially increased over the last month or so in Bellevue. I have been here for close to 2 years and I have been approached 4 times in last 1 month.

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………..

  3. Maavu, Man its so embarassing to write your name. I’m worried that you shouldn’t mistake me. Anyway, the next time I’m going to pickup those bulbs and only come back. Not to mention being rude.

    Eswar, Hmmm..So I’m not the first blinker for this kind of ‘aggressive’ marketing. BTW, did you check the email that I sent about the CM and MX movies.

    Uma, Haven’t become such a celebrity. I’m not sure if I can handle it, anyway. But thining again, why not πŸ˜‰

  4. I keep getting victimized around the redmond area as well. Wait till you get proselytized (at YOUR home!).

  5. These Quickstar, Amway bozos are now targetting desi customers who come to WalMart, Costco, Target, etc. Heck, some of my friends were confronted when they went to Mount Rushmore.

  6. Lazy
    It happens all the time in the Bay Area. i thot ppl working in the Redmond /Seattle area made enuf to keep them happy- courtesy the Big Microsoft and the Big Amazon…. thatz really surprising

  7. I hate such parasites…faced a similar situation past week end at my Indian groceries store….the gal came walking towards me..and i was like really wondering “why the hell is she stalking me around aisles!?” and when she came and introduced out of nowhere I thot well it mite be another on of these greedy desis wanting to make more money !!!!

    but man! it takes real guts to approach a unfamiliar person and introduce urself and start talking business straight away!!!! πŸ™‚ Aint I rite?

  8. eeekkk….god, i hate these lusers and welcome to america…if u havent met one of these morons your experience isnt complete :)…and oh, this might explain why the dude who sat near you in the bus trip didnt speak to you at all and was busy with his old <strike>brick</strike>cell phone…may be he was afraid you might hawk him something…j/k

  9. Lz, Wait till you meet the “AMWAY” expert.

    My American friend Travis in Minneapolis told this to me about 8 years ago.

    When Travis was 14 years old , he goes to his dad excited about something and asks says to his Dad! “I have a business proposal from a guy in the mall”, “he says it would pay for my school, college and much more, please! can I join them?”

    Dad: “Son, yes if it anything other Amway, you are welcome to go.”

    Travis: Duh it was Amway.Why?

    Dad: If want to stay away from bad things in your life, first thing that comes to my mind is Amway, Son please stay away.

    Posted by sriks at April 8, 2005 09:22 PM

  10. Keerthi, I didn’t. Which issue was that.

    Sudarshan, They now want to make real big money πŸ˜‰

    I hate such parasites…faced a similar situation past week end at my Indian groceries store….the gal came walking towards me..and i was like really wondering “why the hell is she stalking me around aisles!?” and when she came and introduced out of nowhere I thot well it mite be another on of these greedy desis wanting to make more money !!!!

    IBH, Good atleast you had a girl. I would have asked how to make pulikozhambu first before talking about their business πŸ˜‰

    Why o why we desis see smiles with a view like the one you described? I hate that!

    It’s a hard truth, JD.

  11. this might explain why the dude who sat near you in the bus trip didnt speak to you at all

    Good catch Anonymouse!!. I thought the same when this issue happened. BTW, were you the one sitting beside me in the bus.

    Sriks, So they knew it long long ago πŸ˜‰ BTW, haven’t recieved your CDs

  12. Hi,

    I’ve faced this over 5 times in the Bay Area (Walmart, Macys and Target in Fremont). ..morons with the con smile..

    The worst is when you have a friend or a relative into this and trying to take advantage of the relationship…its too embarassing…many including me have kept away from these morons cos of this…no regrets.

    sapphany

  13. It’s only after this post, I realized I am so bad at writing direct speech. Punctuation sucks big time.

    So you think you have “indirect speech down! Good for you. I am still working on it :-))

  14. Gawd! I so hate those guys who think they can recruit u with their well-rehearsed talks!

    No wonder ur 7 to the power 12th sense alerted you..the guy must have had MLM written all over his face!

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