First off, how great is that pic? Wish I could say I took it, but I didn't.
A couple of days ago, I found myself at the Bay in Yorkdale to purchase a gift for a bridal shower that I was going to attend later that day. Since my days are pretty scheduled now that I'm a mom, I made sure to call in advance, and put the items on hold so that they wouldn't be snatched up by someone else before I got there. I had everything figured out to minimize the amount of time I would need to spend in the store with my almost-one-year-old, who was having a bad day. What I failed to take into consideration was the complete and utter ineptitude of each and every single staff member working there. "Working," is rather an exaggeration, really. More like "staring vacantly into space while striving to answer my questions using vaguely comprehensible speech". If that's working, then they were working really, really hard. My friend pointed out that The Bay seems to be trying to spruce up its image lately, what with "The Room" downtown and the coolification of "the blanket" that everyone can identify, but nobody actually owns... and yet walking through the Yorkdale store is like walking around in "Today's Special". In fact, Jeff would have definitely been more helpful, and he's a mannequin. Speaking of mannequins, I could have propped one up at the checkout counter and ventriloquized the entire (absurdly long and slow) interaction, and it might just have worked out. It would have made it a lot more enjoyable for me, so maybe next time! No. Never again, the Bay. Never again.