What’s your phone number? Go ahead, type it out in a comment. No? Why not? What’s that, you say? You don’t want strangers in a public internet forum knowing your number?
Of course, I’ve asked these rhetorical questions to make a point, because I have something on my mind, and this may turn into a rant.
Why do I have to give my phone number out to everyone and their brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandmother and every ancestor beyond?
Okay, let me explain. I’ve only been to the cosmetics store Ulta Beauty twice, and one of them was just to buy a gift card for someone. The second was last Saturday to get a product I couldn’t find anywhere else. When I checked out, the woman there asked me for my phone number. I said that I don’t usually shop at Ulta so they didn’t have it in their system. She then wanted to set up an account for me, and I told her no, because I don’t shop there often. She sighed and said, “Well, if you want to return this item you’re going to HAVE to give it to us.”
She wasn’t the only rude one at the store either. The sales woman that I asked to help me find the product was extremely snobby. I wasn’t exactly sure of the product name and she looked down her nose at me. Not to mention the rude young woman the first time I went just to get a gift card.
But, I digress.
It’s not only the high falutin’ stores that ask for phone numbers. They wanted my phone number at Big Lots, too. Except they were polite about it and told me to make sure I had my receipt if I needed to return my product.
I’ve been asked for my phone number at Kohl’s, Fruitful Yield (local health food chain), JC Penney, Petsmart, Walgreens, grocery store and more. To me, giving my phone number out to all of these places is no different than putting it in the comment sections of all of the bloggers I follow. Some of the checkout clerks seemed to get insulted when I say I won’t give it to them. PetSmart even said they won’t sell me stuff anymore if I don’t have either my phone number or their buyer card. I do have their buyer card, which has my old phone number from Florida attached, but I haven’t shopped at PetSmart since. There are other pet stores.
I stopped in for a blog post to get this off my chest today. I’m still busy with classes and moving slowly on my WIP. I’ll be popping in and out of the blogging world.
Quick note: The Ulta Beauty product I bought is terrible. Should I try to return it?
How many places have your phone number?