I used to enjoy taking a stroll around the department store, when it was all about free air-conditioning, window shopping and walking aimlessly. All that had to stop when I had a baby because it just wasn't convenient _ what with diapers changing and uncontrollable wailing (my son's, not mine). Now that he is in school, I have some (albeit limited) free time to spend walking around my favourite neighbourhood department store.
I was unpleasantly surprised to find that over the years, some of my favourite shops have disappeared _ those gorgeous, expensive furnishings perhaps do not sell so well _ and are now replaced by one skin clinic after another, with a lot of slimming centres joining the strip.
Personally, I have nothing against these beauty businesses, although I am not currently a client. Who knows? I might need their services one day in the future. What I don't like is the fact that most of them seem to have this strange idea that they can circle around someone, shove a bunch of leaflets into that poor person's hands, say he or she is not good enough as is, and expect to squeeze money out of his or her pocket. Does any business really ever become successful that way?
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