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Whats the strangest thing you've seen happen in a LEGO store?
This morning I was in my local store and this bloke comes in, acting a little strange, starts chatting to me and tells me he's a boxer, like I said, he was acting a bit odd so I kind of moved along but hung around as there was only 1 female staff member on the shop floor at the time (not that I'd have been much help against a pro/am boxer!). Anyhow, turns out he's a boxer with a fight coming up and wants LEGO to sponsor him. By the time I heard that, a second staff member had come out so I was happy to leave, but it struck me as an odd idea. Given LEGOs audience etc. Fair enough though, he was up and out trying to get sponsorship at about 9am.
Of course then I thought about it and there have now been two boxers in the CMF range, so perhaps he has a chance! As I left he was being given contact details for the marketing dept, so I doubt much chance. got me thinking what other strange things have you seen in a LEGO store?
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My strangest experience was when a very little girl pissed herself after she loudly dropped a chunk of bricks she was building at the PAB. That wasn't the strange thing though; staff just got a dirty mop out and mopped the urine and bricks into a corner and left it. Later I had to stop this OCD little boy who wanted to pick the bricks up and put them back in the drawers.
This event stopped me buying rories from the lowest drawers, but I could never give up PAB for mere health concerns.
Rather than people nicking bricks from there, this is just as bad. Fly tipping your rubbish in there.
In the Lawrenceville, Atlanta store lastyear, they had a really bashed up duplo princess box reduced, from something like $39.99 to $39.98.
If anybody has seen the Only Fools and Horses episode 'The Longest Night' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Longest_Night) the whole scene was very much reminiscent of Lennox Gilbey's shoplifting during the episode :o)
Naturally I have seen a few tantrums, a collapsing Minifigure stand, and hilariously misinformed staff members too.
@Capnrex101 " is e in even or is e in ell, that damned elusive sh- a-dow" :)
Oh wait, I thought you asked for what I wanted to see in a Lego store.
Great fun! This is what I always wanted - labeled cmf bags. But they had no Mr. Gold though. :-)
At least get them a small cup to fill if they wants parts..
It is not strange but I love how people from other countries are always at the LEGO store I go to, it is awesome to hear different accents, and dialects, from those around the world, but sharing the love for the same toy.
Saw a guy buy a whole Box full of 1x1 light gray once, and I'm sure I have seen weirder just cannot think of it right now.
Oh, wait, that was me...
My issue is the more the response that the father gave... 'We don't need that' If you cannot buy a cup for them, then at least grab a couple of parts and shove them in if you can.. To dismiss a kid like that just seems weird to me. I would think it would be better to say something like 'No, we already have those at home' or again add a couple of whatever, but to say to the kid 'We' do not need' that just kinda of seems wrong to me, I mean technically you do not 'need' any LEGO, you want what you are picking from a wall many times.
Disclaimer is I do not have kids, so maybe he was doing that all day, or something, and I can understand how that can wear on a parent, but to me it just seems dismissive.
I find it humorous when people are there figuring out the PaB wall in general literally spelling it out to the person they are with (and not to a child either).
Another day, I watched a small child who was being carried by his father throw up his entire breakfast (eggs, bacon, other unidentified foods) all down the back of the father and all over the floor. Watched the dad walk out of the store like nothing happened, didn't say a word to anyone. Had to stand at the edge of the vomit area to make sure no one walked through it while a couple others swept up the eggs and then mopped the area. Luckily only a couple sets on the lower shelf were hit (they were promptly removed and taken out of stock).
I have seen kids ranging from the ages of 2-7/8 left in the store, unattended, for several hours. Security had to be called on one group as the parents left three small children, the oldest was 7, who did not speak English, at the store for 4 hours while they were shopping at another store across the mall. And it was apparently the third time they had done it that week.
Not a strange thing as such, but last time I was in a store a boy was being encouraged by his dad to choose a set. Unfortunately every set he chose was deemed 'too expensive' and the kid was sent back to get another one. I watched him pick up and return Pet Shop, Horizon Express, Sopworth Camel, Grand Emporium, Fire Brigade, Red Passenger Train and Palace Cinema before they eventually settled for a X-Wing :)
Not to be put off though, one of them picked up #75005 Rancor Pit, went over to their parents and shows them that set. Their parents seemed to approve of this one, but noticing the fact that Jabba's Palace is advertised on the back as fitting together with the Rancor Pit, the dad promptly told them to go and get that set too, not realising that this was the model he had just said no to presumably. So the boys did, and when they arrived back with Jabba's Palace, the parents relented and they got both!
That was probably the funniest thing I have seen in the LEGO store to be honest, those kids have some moves! A couple of future conmen, no doubt about it :o)
They were then asked to leave.
Mine on the other hand wanted the Dolphin cruiser, I said sure how about you pay half and I'll pay the rest and tax, to which she replies "It's arright, I will put it on my Christmas list, both of us can save money".
You don't have to have kids to realize that saying no to a child that just wanted acouple bricks seems petty. I can understand a Death Star, athough I heard @LegoFanTexas is giving them away for free, but a few parts? I know, if I'm bringing my child to a toy store, I expect to hear "Can I have this daddy?" 100's of times and for me to not buy something would be strange.
I do agree that denying the child a couple of bricks does seem petty, but sometimes it's not the price or size of an item that is the issue, sometimes it's just the fact of learning that you can't always get what you want that is the message. Although I don't approve of the way this parent seems to have dismissed his child the way he did, since we weren't privy to this event, we don't know what had been told to the child prior. Maybe the parent was using this as a teaching moment- to help the child realize that he won't always get everything in life that he wants. Or, on a smaller scale, every time we go out to a store, you won't always be taking something home with you. Kids will become better and more responsible adults if they aren't given in to every time they want something. I have heard many parents tell their child that they are shopping for a birthday gift for someone else, that it is not their turn this time. The child may not like it, but believe me, they won't be scarred for life by not giving in to their every demand or even polite request.
Got a few if anyone needs them. :))
Again I understand that a kid has to hear 'No', but it seems like a mixed signal telling a kid 'We' do not need that', all the while filling up a cup for yourself. I understand their are situations too, in which case it may be better to say "No we have that already", or "no, we are getting this for a friend and we will get one at a later time"