There's an assignment where the guidelines repeat several times that if you do not get all names (greeter, dressing room, cashier) you WILL NOT GET PAID. The first time I shopped this one, the employees were brilliant and all volunteered the info. The next time, at a different location, not a single employee gave me their name, so I had to go to all sorts of ridiculous lengths to get the names. I think the employees figured it out based on their behavior, although nothing was said. So I wrote all this up. The editor gave me a 10 but said "next time, just use a description." Then why do the guidelines say at least 3 times that you WILL NOT GET PAID without the names?
Did I make a mistake being so upfront about believing the employees figured me out?
That's a good technique! I did manage to get one when the cashier asked who had assisted me. I said "Oh, she did. What was her name again?" And I got the cashier's name at the end just by asking -- which is something I do in real life occasionally when I've chatted with a salesperson. But just from that, they seemed to figure it out!
Then why do the guidelines say at least 3 times that you WILL NOT GET PAID without the names?
So that shoppers will go to greater lengths to get names. Just like they say reports are due in 12 hours so that shoppers will make a point of getting it in as quickly as possible even though they won't edit it for another 3 days.
Also making up convoluted stories will out you significantly more often then just saying "thanks for the help, what's your name?" Which almost never sounds weird.
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I have to more than "like" Jamie's answer. But, the downside of that is that sometimes the editors do not even see the newest guideline and deduct points for shoppers doing what the new ones say they should do.
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