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Sports Authority Jerkwads

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Last weekend, I thought it might be a good idea to go into my local Sports Authority shop to see if I could get a general idea of fit for some jackets and take a look at some running shoes I was looking at online.

I am always a little leery of going into these types of stores since I worry that I'm going to be looked at as an outsider- after all, I'm still a size 22/24 and what would a fat chick be doing in a sporting goods store?

And wouldn't you know? My worry was completely justified.

I walked through the door and the teenage boy who manned the door as a greeter looked incredibly put-off that he had to speak to me. He asked me if there was anything specific I was looking for, and I just said I wanted to just take a look around. He scoffed and turned to walk away while hiding a little laugh, saying "go ahead then" as he shook his head. I probably should have said something to a manager given how rude that was, but I just didn't want to bother. Besides, everyone in the store looked like they all went to the same high school.

I was surprised somewhat to see that an XL was the largest size they had in any brand in the women's department. They had plus sizes in some items on their website, but not in their store. I checked out all of their jackets, tried on one, and meandered through the store for probably 30 minutes. I also checked out the running shoes, but they pretty much only carried Adidas and Nike.

The whole time I was there, no one asked to help me. I saw them helping out people who showed up after I got there, men and women, but no one would even make eye contact with me.

I know that some of this "retail neglect" is partly because these were kids and they, quite frankly, don't really care. But I am also aware that- since they did help other customers before and after I got there- that a fat person is much more easily ignored, especially in a store whose focus is fitness.

This experience got me fired up about size discrimination again. And my dislike of most teenagers.
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    That's no good :( I am sorry that happened to you, but good for you for moving out of your comfort zone, and facing a situation that is making you nervous.
    3169 days ago
    I, too, have been "looked down" on because of my size in stores. One of my heavy friends went into a clothing store once and was told by one of the store clerks when she entered the store that nothing in the store would fit her. She promptly looked at the clerk and said, "I am shopping for my mom who is smaller than you!"

    Size discrimination, or any discrimination for that matter, stinks.
    3169 days ago
    Sorry for the bad experience. I have honestly had the same type of experience at a sporting goods store when shopping for shoes. Definite size discrimination and it wasn't high school kids working during my experience. Honestly, back then it killed me inside and I went home feeling less of myself as a person. Now, I would certainly say something right then and there and definitely to corporate. If nothing else, at least you have us here to vent to! Idiots.

    3169 days ago
    I am so sorry you had to deal with idiots. My local Sports Authority experience was much better. I did not end up purchasing what I went in for, but the sals staff was attentive and quite helpful.
    3170 days ago
    I'm sorry you had to deal with that, however I would have address that issue right then an there. Plus, I would have made an complain with the corporate office as well. The few times that I've visit Sports Authority, I can say that my visit was okay. The size selected isn't plus size friendly at all. The XL still looks small. I have purchased an nice outside insulted jacket so, I could continue with my outdoors workouts during the winter from Sports Authority and was very pleased with my purchased. The thing is a lot of people feel it's okay to make these comments, because they know that the average person will not say anything. So, when I reply to the comment they have a emoticon on their face, because they weren't expecting a reaction. Don't give up on looking for things you need to continue your journey to a healthier you. I now go to Road Runner for my shoes. The shoes cost more, but they are well worth the cost. They are all about finding the perfect fit for your feet.
    3170 days ago
    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. Ugghh! People are idiots. Okay, not all of them, but a good portion anyway.

    Good for you, being nervous about going, but going anyway. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    3170 days ago
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