I am a Child Care Food program Monitor Contracted with the State Department of education.
I arrived at Zen Zel store located at Pine and Cincinnati parking lot at 845am. I parked my car so that I can make a phone call and wait for a few minute before proceeding to my 9:00am orientation meeting for a new child care provider. While talking on the phone I noticed a guy looking at me through the store window.
He then walked out of the store and come over to my vehicle, I asked could I help him, and very rudely, he told me he wanted me to leave his parking lot. I was totally confused as this was the first time I had every visited the store, let alone purchase anything from this particular merchant!
I asked why and tried to explain why I was waiting, and that I was going to purchase coffee when I finished my phone call, he mumbled something to someone on the his cell phone and walked off yelling that he was going to call the police!
I subsequently went into the store in the direction of getting his and/or his managers name, once in the store I was greeted with harassing yells, which included: Im calling the police and whats your name, all the while trying to get his name. Not only do I not deserve this type of treatment, but no customer one does, I would understand if I was loitering or blasting loud music or hanging out with a group of unruly people, but I was simply a young business professional having a conversation within my vehicle; Furthermore by pulling over to talk on the phone was for safety reasons and clarification of the address location of my appointment. I did not know there was a time limit for sitting in ones car before going into the store to make a purchase.
Embarrassed, humiliated and fueled with utterly frustration, I wanted to wait for the police to arrive and file and a harassment complaint toward this person, but my job duties waited. I am writing this in hopes it will fall in the right hands and someone will have to be responsible for treating a customer in this fashion, in anticipation that my words will spread a long ways and being the best and or worst type of advertisement to make or destroy business.
I am a respectable woman and refuse to take such treatment for no apparent reasoning! I will see to it that I inform everyone I know about this ordeal, a business should not be conducted as such.
Very disappointed would be potential customer