This article was originally posted on July 11th, 2009….
How many of you out there actually pay attention to the body language of people you converse with? I have to admit, I do immensely. Learning how to read body language has helped me excel in work, school and relationships and it has even helped with my frugality. I just read this lovely list called “the 25 acts of body language to avoid” and was nodding my head in agreement with most of them. I also learned a few more that I will be looking out for in the near future. Here are 2 that stuck out at me:
#8: Touching or scratching parts of the face. I CONSTANTLY see this one with managers and cashiers at stores. They try to tell me that they can’t order a specific item, or give me a raincheck, or accept a certain coupon but all the while the are touching or scratching at their faces! Liars! Fibbers! When I see them do that, I know I got them. My response when they do that? Recite their policies for them. A savvy shopper knows what the policies are at the stores they frequent or they are smart enough to try to find out BEFORE they enter the store again.
#20: Propping up your head with your hands. I do this to cashiers that are hell-bent on giving me a hard time for using coupons. They like to take their time, examining every one, making sure I have EVERY item that goes with each coupon, and once they are done, they do it all again for good measure. I just place my elbows on the little check writing area, put my head in my hands and smile at them like a little kid. They hate it! I’ve done it with every “mean” cashier at my stores and now when I show up with my coupons and HAVE TO get in their line, they leave me alone. I think I get in and out of the store quicker when I go to my “mean” cashiers now then when I go to the nice ones. OK, I know that its not a very mature thing to do, but it keeps me from getting stressed and entertains the patrons behind me.
How about you all? Do you pay attention to body language of the other patrons, the cashiers, or the managers when you are on the hunt for great deals?