In a previous post, I detailed how I bought new shoes for my trip to San Diego. What I didn’t write about was a funny little anecdote that happened while I was in the process of buying those shoes.
When I went to the store to look at shoes, I actually tried on a few pairs of shoes before settling on the running shoes. The sales dude who helped me was non-Asian which is an important detail to keep in mind. The first pair of shoes I decided to try on were a pair of Nike cross trainers. I also didn’t tell the dude specifically what I was going to use these shoes for. Combine that with the fact I wanted to test out a pair of cross trainers meant he had no clue what I had in store for them. When he came back out from the back, he said to me:
“These shoes are really good for badminton.”
I almost laughed aloud when I heard that. Come on! I know he was just playing odds of what sport I possibly could have been interested in but still. He went for something so stereotypical, even he should have paused and thought about it before saying it. I think I muttered, “that’s great” and just continued on lacing the cross trainers up.