when I worked in the Brookstone in the DFW International Airport in terminal D (which is, no shit, one of the most advanced, future-town airport terminals in existence), we had several 70's compilation CD we would sell, and play on our portable stereos to get them sold.
We also had to have different employees carry different "showcase" items to get people to buy them.
No one wanted to carry the effective but extremely overpriced anti-snoring pillow because it was so huge, but on days that I worked, I would volunteer with no major haggling. My only condition was we play the 70's music, so I could play the bass. I naturally got laughs from the other stores around when I was playing the bass on a pillow, but I know the extremely basic mechanics of how a guitar and a bass work to produce notes
BUT, on a decidedly strange note, several old men would approach me and tell me I must have played Bass before because I was doing the right thing, and that they either played Bass or played with a Bassist. Because I would do the lefty-flip twang with two fingers, and would always
perfectly 360-spin the pillow around my arm just after completing the walking baseline in "Car Wash". These weird little things, despite me not actually knowing how to play the real bass, convinced old men musicians to say that I must have played the bass for. I never DIDN'T say I played the bass, but I just evaded and said I was enthusiastic about 70's music's bass spotlights (if not true solos) in that era's songs.
I also learned how to juggle using the large horse-shoe shaped neck pillows that we had by carrying three of them and impromptu showering them when there was no one in the store, and would successfully pull people in using my juggling act.
I was also the best at flying our toy helicopters.
I was never the absolute highest salesperson, but I was the most steady and reliable because my novelty tricks pulled people inexorably to our weird-ass store.
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