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.