I should have realised my tour of DIY stores this afternoon would not go as planned when a woman in Wickes mistook me for a member of staff. As the store didn’t have what I wanted, I moved on to the nearby B&Q. There I am loading up my trolley with timber when some bloke walks over to me and asks where the “T&G” was. I politely explained I didn’t know. By the time customer number three approached me to ask where something was, I was starting to lose my temper – she got a terse reply stating I was a customer and was not able to help. It was as I turned away from the woman that I came face-to-face with a man leaning over some wood. He came out with the line “Excuse me, do you know…”. I’m afraid I snapped at that point. He looked stunned when I had finished but managed the line “I’m sorry, it’s just that you’re wearing orange so I thought…”. It then clicked, under my jumper I was wearing an orange t-shirt which wasn’t tucked in at the bottom. It must have only been 3″ in length visible, I pulled my jumper over it and replied “there, it’s gone. Happy?”.
The moral of this story – Never go to B&Q whilst you are wearing orange because it just causes all sorts of hassles. I never did work out why the woman in Wickes mistook me for a member of staff however… their corporate colour is blue. I was glad to get home.