The following is a True Story. Names have not been changed because the innocent don’t need to be protected, and the guilty weren’t wearing name tags. These events took place over the course of 15 minutes. Please excuse the crummy cell phone pictures.
Dave and I made the trip out to Mohegan Sun Casino tonight. We don’t gamble, or chain smoke, but we enjoy people watching and having dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (Try the Shrimp and Broccoli pasta, it is to die for and LOADED with shrimp!)
After dinner we decided to spend a few minutes browsing some of the shops the casino has to offer. One of them is The Old Farmers Almanac General Store. We’ve been in this store before and they have some cute gifts, candles, seasonings and jams, aprons, and countless country style chotckies. Our experience was the opposite of positive.
About 15 seconds after we walked in we were approached by an employee asking if we needed any help. We said “No, just looking, thanks” and she was on her way. No problem. We continued our browsing. A minute later we were approached again by a different employee. Again we informed her we didn’t need help, and that we were just looking around. It started to get annoying, but we wanted to continue browsing. After the third employee approached we started to get REALLY annoyed.
I worked retail for many years while in college and beyond. I know what to look for in a shoplifter. Baggy shirts and pants. Unseasonable attire (like a giant puffy coat in July) Bags. Strollers. Ski Masks. I was basically dressed like a pregnant librarian. Plain. No jacket. I don’t even carry a purse. Dave had on a light North Face jacket. Dave also does not carry a purse (or a “murse” if you prefer).
Let me show you how I was dressed:
Now, I’m not sure what part of this outfit, or just my “look” in general made me look so suspicious, but apparently this is how a Farmers Almanac General Store shoplifter looks. Slow moving pregnant women in tight maternity shirts and yellow Chuck Taylors. Where exactly was I going to conceal the box of cookie mix I was supposedly stealing?
We’re on our way out when yet ANOTHER employee approaches. We say that we’re fine, but he refuses to leave and instead, stands 4 feet away from us watching our every move!
This is when I notice “The Sign” The one that almost got me kicked out of Mohegan Sun for life (ok, maybe it wasn’t THAT dramatic) I needed to take a picture. couldn’t leave without documenting it. So I waited for our friendly stalker to move it along and I discreetly snapped this picture.
I have a few (ok, many) pet peeves. People saying “Wolfs” instead of “Wolves” is one of them. It makes my skin crawl. I can’t help it, I just want to punch the person in the teeth when I hear it.
I slid my phone back in my pocket and turned around, only to be “greeted” by 4 employees staring at me with disdain. The tall one approached me “Can I elp you ma’am? What is the picture? Why are you taking pictures in our store?” I’d been caught. My heart was pounding, Avery was kicking, I was sweating and I KNOW my face turned every shade of red in the Crayola Big Box. What was I supposed to say? While I wanted to whip out my “Grammar Police” badge, tell the guy that he was a complete MORON, and ask if he was raised by “wolfs” I am not the kind of person who enjoys humiliating people in public. So after a few “uhms” and “uhhhs” I said “well, let me show you…there is a mistake on your sign….I have a friend who is an English teacher and seeing this stuff makes her skin crawl so I just wanted to take a picture of it. See, you guys wrote WOLFS….it’s supposed to be WOLVES…plural….” He stared blankly, mouth wide open, catching flies then said “Oh.” I turned, grabbed Dave and we high tailed it out of there. We exchanged looks of “Did that just happen? I mean REALLY?!” Then headed over to The Toy Shop where the two female employees greeted us and then left us alone.
I have to say, as funny as the story is, we wont be going back to The Farmers Almanac Country Store ever again, and probably wont be heading to Mohegan Sun any time soon (as gorgeous as it is) It’s sad that some overzealous employees of one little store can completely ruin the entire Mohegan Sun experience.
Sorry Mohegan, but we might be visiting the Fox People down the street next time. As for Jimmy Buffet’s, I guess we’ll have to see you again at one of your other locations. One that is a bit less smokey and accusatory.
UPDATE!! I got a response from Mohegan Sun via their facebook page:
While we were disappointed to hear that your experience was “not so shining” this weekend, we do thank you for your feedback. AND, we can report that a new sign is now posted near the WOLVES. Correctly spelled. Best wishes for the upcoming arrival of your baby. (A Jimmy Buffett fan in training?!)
I was really impressed with the quality response! Great sense of humor from the Mohegan Sun Social Media people!!