Happy Tuesday friends! This week is a short 4 day work week because yesterday was Victoria Day and for all my American and international readers who don’t know, Victoria Day marks the unofficial start of summer for Canadians.
Summer means open-toe sandal season so of course on my one extra day off, my friend and I planned a fun, girly afternoon of manicures and pedicures. I was really looking forward to being pampered at the nail salon because since I’ve become serious about paying off my debt, little luxuries like pretty fingers and toes were the first to go.
Every women knows that when you go to the nail salon, you expect to feel relaxed and treated like a princess for a few hours. What you don’t expect is upsell overkill which would spoil that mood very quickly. I couldn’t help but feel like the minute I sat down in my massage chair, my nail technician had dollar signs flashing in her pushy sales commissioned eyes. Let me recount the ways which led me to this conclusion.
First, she already knew when I called in earlier to booked an appointment that I just wanted the “regular” manicure and pedicure for $45 yet when I sat down in her chair, she immediately offered me the “deluxe” mani and pedi for $75. I politely declined.
Second, she then tried to convinced me to get a special sugar scrub for “only” $5 extra. Once again I graciously declined.
Third, she offered to draw some fancy nail art for a special of $6. I told her no thanks but by now I am starting to get slightly annoyed and not feeling relaxed anymore.
I think she could sense my irritation because she tried making some causal conversation and asked me where in the city I lived. When I told her I only lived a few blocks away from the nail salon she immediately told me that if I bought their nail buffer kit for $3, and went to the salon more than 10 times a calendar year, on my 11th visit, I could save $20.
Wow. 4 strikes and you’re out lady!!!
The irony in all this was my friend and I were talking about how we wished we could afford more trips to the nail salon but being “broke” made that hard to do. The nail technician knew neither my friend or I were “wealthy” but she still tried to suck every dollar out of us and not doing a good job of hiding her greedy intentions.
My finger and toe nails looked nice so I still tipped her the “mandatory” 15% but I am so disappointed that my once in a while luxury of rest and relaxation that I allow myself was ruined by an over eager sales beaver.
Has anyone else ever had a suppose to be pleasant experience ruined by an over eager sales beaver?