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The Unsung Hero
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Has anyone heard of "Disney Dash"? Supposedly it is a commonly-known practice among employees at Disney Stores, and they can even "lose their job" by allowing people to do it. In case it isn't common knowledge among EVERYONE like the lady at the Disney Store implied, Disney Dashing is when you try to go straight through the store, touch the back wall, and go out the store again without having an employee approach you. Today my friend's younger sister was having her thirteenth birthday, and they were doing a scavenger hunt around town. They got to the mall and had to Disney Dash, but an employee there approached them as they neared the back wall. She was apparently somewhat rude, and acted as if everyone already knew about Disney Dashing. I know I didn't! Anyone have any info?

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I can promise you not EVERYONE knows about "Disney Dash". This is the first I've ever heard of it at all. When I had the great misfortune of working in a mall, I somehow ended up becoming best friends with the manager at our local Disney Store. When we would sit outside on our lunch break, she would tell me all the weird Disney Store games (at least ones commonly practiced in our area) that teenagers pulled (example: Climbing the gigantic mountain of stuffed toys at the back of the store without being kicked out.) She never once mentioned anything along the lines of "Disney Dashing." Though I can pretty much garuntee you that employees would not "lose their job" for allowing it. Disney Store employees are encouraged to greet/approach every customer that walks in, but it isn't required. Frankly, sometimes it's not even possible.

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I've never heard of it either. I don't understand why this is supposed to be fun.

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qualli
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We have something similar with the local best buys. Any place where the salespeople get commisioned. Upon entering the store, split up and see who lasts the longests before getting offered assistance.

I've found the most sucessful method of scaring off the salespeople is to go to the cheaper products and look really confused.

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quote:
Originally posted by qualli:
We have something similar with the local best buys. Any place where the salespeople get commisioned. Upon entering the store, split up and see who lasts the longests before getting offered assistance.

I've found the most sucessful method of scaring off the salespeople is to go to the cheaper products and look really confused.

Best Buy doesn't commision sales people.

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qualli
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quote:
Originally posted by BeachLife:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by qualli:
[qb] Best Buy doesn't commision sales people.

hunh.

...maybe they're just eager then. It's still fun

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Chimera
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You found a sales associate in Best Buy?!? That's amazing! The last time I was in one I had money my family gave me to buy a TV (because every civilized person has to own a TV). I stood by the TV I wanted for about 20 minutes, then I ran down several employees from other departments that were un able to assist me and also visted the customer servicedesk who called for someone to assit me multiple times (each time nobody showed up) before I gave up. I then went to Circuit City (I'm assuming they are commisioned... if they aren't they are just damned good employees on their own), I waved the money in the air and said I wanted to buy a TV. I was in an out of their in just a few minutes with the thing loaded in my car by store employees (of course I had to decline the extended warrentee policy but not a biggie). I used to hate commission and pushy sales men until that incident... now I realize that they can be rather helpful at times. Well, actualy I realized that early when I was on company rembersement for clothing. I went to a commision store. I went up to the sales person and gave them a list of my size and needs (things like three white oxford shirts sized medium, 2 pair kacky (sp) slacks size 6, a tie or ascot (yes, I'm female but that job required everyone to wear a jacket and neckware), ect. with no price range cause I wasn't paying the bill) and they went and found everything for me within a couple minutes. It was painless [ETA: That particular store was known for convience shopping. You could phone in the type of thing you were looking for, your size, the price range and they'd have a few garments waiting for you to try on when you got there). I've never found any such service at any Best Buy ever... not only is it not as great as some I don't think I've ever found any worse.


As far as the OP goes I've wandered around a Disney Store for a while without being asked for assistance... even when trying to seek assistance (because I wanted to buy a locked up watch). Although I don't think the employees were at fault. They seemed to just be running damage control. It seems too many parents drop their kids off their to roam wild. I don't know if commision had anything to do with it. However I'll admit this was several years ago... times might have changed.

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Never heard of "Disney Dash", but I plan on asking my teenage kids. It does sound like something they and their friends might do.

Mac "yes, they have been kicked out of the mall" Lloyd

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Perhaps a “Victoria’s Secret” dash would be more of a challenge. When I was last in New York with my sister we decided to have a look in Victoria’s Secret. Big Mistake- we were the only customers there and within the first minute we had at least 5 salespeople asking us if what we were looking for and going through their special offer spiel- every time we made our excuses to get away another one seemed to surface so we had to spend time fobbing them off instead of actually looking around and seeing what kind of undies they had in. My sis is not usually the type to be put off by over assertive shop assistants but we just gave up and went before we were submerged beneath a heap of pushy sales people waving tape measures at us.

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This thread made me think of this:

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"Start climbing on the shelves."
(the best way to get some customer assistance in Home Depot)

~Michael J. Nelson

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Nion
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Hell, I used to do that to help customers and I was an associate! (This was at STAPLES though) lol

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Kev
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quote:
Originally posted by BeachLife:
Best Buy doesn't commision sales people.

They sure bug the hell out of you though, in certain sections at least. Cell phones and electronics being the ones I've noticed it most. When I bought my surround sound system I had to carefully avoid a pack of them so I could throw it on a cart and run to the checkout stand so I wouldn't be harrassed about buying a service plan or try to be up-sold or something.

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quote:
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Perhaps a “Victoria’s Secret” dash would be more of a challenge.

Frederick's of Hollywood is even worse (if you can imagine). As soon as I walked in the saleswoman asked if I needed her to find my bra size. I politely declined, as I was looking for panties, not a bra. She asked me several more times so I finally said "Well alright. What time do you get off work?" in a flirtatious way. She stopped asking.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kev:
quote:
Originally posted by BeachLife:
Best Buy doesn't commision sales people.

They sure bug the hell out of you though, in certain sections at least. Cell phones and electronics being the ones I've noticed it most. When I bought my surround sound system I had to carefully avoid a pack of them so I could throw it on a cart and run to the checkout stand so I wouldn't be harrassed about buying a service plan or try to be up-sold or something.
They aren't commissioned, per se, but they do get perks for selling service plans, or certain brands of products (usually free CD's or something like that), so there is a pressure to sell those things.

(slight hijack)

A while back, I had a few DVDs of our wedding recorded by one of those new Sony DVD handicams. Upon receiving them, we found that they wouldn't play, after a while searching for the problem we found out the disk had to be "finalized". Our solution? Head down to the local Best Buy and find the model of camera her aunt used.

We were approached by a couple associates, given a few funny looks, while we were putting disks in the camera pushing buttons and waiting. One even asked if there was anything he could help us with, and I explained what we were doing. He just simply said, "Oh, okay, people come in here all the time to do that" ... [Confused]

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working in retail you would be surprised on the ammount of negitive feedback from people that we dont provide guest service (and this is at Target mind you). The reason we ask is actually two fold. Drive sales, and actually acknowlege that they are there and are willing to help them. Of course we generally are supposed to ask once and if they say no, oh well. But everybody is supposed to ask everyone.

We have a liitle flyer at our store that says "one more item in each cart is 2 million in sales per year" Thats why we ask.

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Regarding BestBuy, one opened nearby a few months ago. We went there twice and both times, we were not bugged at all and had no problems finding a clerk to assist us. *shrug*

Regarding Disney Dash, well, in a way, put yourself in the place of an employee. Someone rushes in, gets to the end of the store, then rushes back out. Wouldn't your first thought be "shoplifter"?

(edited for verb tense and such)

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I wonder if someone at Disney came up with this to get bodies in the store. How often do the dashers get distracted by something they decide they want?
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Apart from the "shoplifter" thought - but usually you get them on camera and then know, don't you? - I'm a little at a loss why this should be fun or risky or whatever. Okay, when kids don't kill themselves with their rites, just the better, but a guy going into a store, harming and disturbing no one, and getting out again without having made a purchase - that's hardly a thing worth talking about, is it? Therefore I don't see this "Gee, I've done it" to justify doing it.

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quote:
Originally posted by qualli:
We have something similar with the local best buys. Any place where the salespeople get commisioned. Upon entering the store, split up and see who lasts the longests before getting offered assistance.

I've found the most sucessful method of scaring off the salespeople is to go to the cheaper products and look really confused.

Ooh, ooh, I know how to win this one!

Be female.

I swear, any time I enter an electronics store on my own, salespeople treat me like I have open sores on my face, but if I go in with DH, we can't beat 'em off with a stick.

Or maybe it's because I'm usually standing in front of the cheapter products, looking really confused [Big Grin]

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Which reminds me of another story: my last computer was built by a friend of mine. She's got a degree in Applied Computer Science and she liked it, so we went ahead to some shop, considered what I needed, I bought it and gave it to her to build. Next saturday, she came round, and we found that one wire was not long enough to connect everything, so we went to the local computer store to get some fitting wire. I absolutely had no idea what we needed (I'm an absolute moron when it comes to any kind of manual work), but then I just needed to pay. So, we went in.

The owner came to me and asked me what we needed. My friend chimed in and told me. He actually didn't even notice, but asked me again. I told him that I was only there to pay and accompany and that my friend was in the know. "A girl???" was the response (said "girl" was 25 or 26 at that time... you may use "woman". Better yet: you learn that sometimes women are the ones in the know technically. Especially when it is said directly to you).

But okay, a different story. I just got reminded.

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I've had the experience of being ignored while standing in an electronics store practically waving my money around, and I've wondered if it's because I'm female.

However, I've been pleasantly surprised several times at stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. For example, when I was replacing the light fixture over my medicine cabinet, I discovered that there was no electrical box behind it. The wires just came out of a hole in the wall. I conferred with the Home Depot employee, who said I should definitely fix that. I mumbled something about an electrician, and he said, "You don't need an electrician. You can do this." He then explained the repair and helped me find everything I needed to complete it.

And he was right. I did it. I muffed cutting the hole for the box, and there's a little gap between it and drywall in one place, but