This past week my spirit took a real hit and was truly tested. It started last Friday, September 30th. I was in Beverly Hills going to some of the trendy boutiques. Try to see if they would carry Wild Beauty’s body oils. I received a whole lot of no’s. Most were pretty olite and some recommended a few stores that I should try. A select few of the salespersons and managers were frosty but it was to be expected since I am what some might consider a solicitor. There were several signs that said no soliciting so I stayed away from those stores.
The last store of the day, I went to drop off a sample to…well that rejection really hurt. As a matter fact, I cried. With my small, green gift bag in hand with samples of Wild Beauty’s body oils walked into the store. The sales woman was in her mid – 20’s, pretty and very stylish. She smiled as I walked up to her and informed her who I was and what I did.
I said, “I would like to leave a sample of my body oils for the manager or store owner to try. If it’s something they are interested in, please give me a call. The saleswoman replied, “Sure.” and then placed the bag behind the counter.
We shook hands and I walked out. About a minute later, I remembered I didn’t put a business card in the bag. I turned around and went back to the store. As I walked in, I noticed the saleswoman I gave the bag to throw my bag in the garbage. I was pissed off. My first thought was an excuse my language I can’t believe that b*tch did that. How dare she? I had to blink back my tears of hurt and anger. Seeing my passion, love and hard work being thrown in the trash without a second thought really hurt my heart. I wasn’t prepared to see that.
I walked inside right up to the sales woman. She was surprised to see me come back and started backing away from me. I guess she thought I was going to hurt her. I
know I looked furious and probably intimidating because I was furious. I stopped about a foot away from her. “You don’t need to be afraid of me.” I said. “I don’t need
my fists to get my point across. If you didn’t want the body oils then all you had to say was thank you but no thank you. You didn’t have to throw them in the trash.”
“I didn’t.” The saleswoman replied. “I placed the bag on the counter and I accidentally knocked it over and landed in the garbage can.”
“I saw you through the window, tossing my bag into the garbage.”
I went into the garbage can to retrieve my bag and a very, nice store patron took it out for me. She told the saleswoman. “I saw you throw her bag into the garbage. What
you did was so wrong. You won’t have to worry about me shopping here anymore. I know the store manager and will tell her about this incident.”
I was really overcome with gratitude and emotion. I could feel myself about to cry again. The woman asked me, “How much is the bag worth?”
I said, “There just samples.”
“Doesn’t matter. How much is the bag worth?”
I had samples of each of the body oils (basil sage and mint, lavender vanilla, chamomile neroli and pink rose bud black tea). I replied, “Forty dollars.”
She gave me sixty. This woman restored my faith in the human spirit, kindness and decency. She smiled and said, “Good luck.” then walked out the door.
I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to turn around and stick my tongue out at the saleswoman but didn’t. I remembered I didn’t get her name. I went after her but she was already gone. I sat down at a nearby bench and this time finally cried hurt and thankful. I’m dedicating this blog to my savior in a sense. Whoever you are, I hope we meet again.
This blog post was really hard for me to write because I was completely embarrassed and humiliated. Even though you don’t hear much about incidents like mine they do happen. My feelings were hurt, I mean that saleswoman took a sledgehammer to my feelings. This incident has made me into a stronger person. Not everyone you meet will be enthusiastic about what you’re selling or your services but you can’t let it deter you. Stay strong and have faith. Don’t let anyone take it from you.
Tuesday, October 11th, I will have finished part two of this post which is about “Trials and Tribulations”
Felecia Scott / Founder Wild Beauty