I am becoming progressively ruder to shop assistants who ask me this question.
I just don't understand why this is any of their business.
I know it is just supposed to be an ice-breaker. I was once a faceless retail wench myself so I understand.
However, I settled for the "how are you today?" or, even more outrageously "can I help you with anything?"
I am aware that I am probably coming across as needlessly grizzled and misanthropic, but next time a retail flunkey asks me whether I'm "up to much" this weekend I'm thinking of replying with one or more of the following:
- "Why? Will that determine whether or not you help me out today?"
- "Well, since you asked, I'm going in for a colonoscopy. Seeing you're so interested, would you like to come?"
- "Here, I printed off my itinerary for you as I knew you'd ask."
- "What do you mean, 'what am I doing this weekend'?! Have you forgotten our date?" (I expect this to work doubly well with the lay-deeez).