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The Demo Diva Strikes Again, or Beware of freebies?! 
Jan. 18, 2012 4:56 pm 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2012 4:39 am
Ok, so the demo was for "coconut milk beverage". Come on give me a chance to explain before you walk away as many did. It really wasn't that bad. "A shelf stable product that must be refrigerated after opening and used within 7-10 days. It is totally organic, no soy, dairy or gluten. It is wonderful on cereal in the morning or just a glassful. 50% of your B12 for the day in just 1 serving, which is in only 1 cup. There are many satisfying flavors which are designed with a  pre- and probiotics to enhance your sense of well-being. " Now its your turn,  you must  ingest the amount of product I have put into a 3 oz. cup, wait, only about 1/2 of that. Then you, go ahead, do the "gag", the "oh", or the "well, not bad" comment or whatever. I'm just standing here with a smile on my face and saying, "thanks for sampling". Or,,,be the lady that stood there at my table for almost 5 minutes, blocking the aisle because she was "cleaning out her coupon booklet". She actually stood there and went through a coupon holder, cleaning out, all her "bad" coupons. And telling me all about it. She told me that is was better for her to do it there rather than at the register and find out that they weren't any good. She continued to talk as she sorted through and I found out that her friend that took her to the store works at a natural food store and takes something called "kefir", not sure on the spelling and that the friend is looking for something that is "digestible", she has "issues". Then there was the lady that asked me about every question about the product, from where the coconuts were grown, to how long I had chilled the product. Then of course the children that run up, try to grab and go. I must stop them. I tell the little,,um,,,munchkins that I can't give them a sample without an adult present, oh wait they say, my mother, uncle, aunt, grammy is in the store and it is all right. Well, sorry, but your mother, uncle, aunt, grammy has to tell me to my face that is is all right, we wouldn't want you to have a horrible reaction to anything that you might eat. Well, how do I end this tale,,I guess to say this, remember, we aren't twisting your arm to get you to try something, it is just an opportunity to maybe something different than the brand you normally try. Or, just look at that person and say,,,hmmm,,,,is that the "Demo Diva" that I have heard about??
Jan. 18, 2012 7:39 pm
I guess i am not a patient person, If someone would be blocking the Isle I would have said something. I also would not have wanted the sample, But it was good you did not give the kids any who knows what would have happen if they were allergic.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:48 pm
I can not give to anyone that I "feel" is under 12 years old. I am not one to push someone away, but sometimes people make it hard.
Jan. 19, 2012 5:14 am
I've often wondered about those servers trying to demo a product. How do they do it with a smile? I rarely try their wares because I've eaten before arriving at the store. I'm a paranoid mom so my child was always with me if by chance I did see a table with something our family might like. I appreciate those "demo divas" handing out samples all day long, they've helped me with food choices on several occasions.
Jan. 19, 2012 7:52 am
The smile is part of the job. We are advertising a product and hoping people will remember the name when they go to buy it. I'm glad other divas out there are good helpers also.
Jan. 19, 2012 4:58 pm
I politely say no thank you, that should be enough, but quite a few demonstrators argue and push. I hate that.
Jan. 19, 2012 5:30 pm
I am so sorry that you have found demo divas that are that pushy. Tell the store that it happened at and they should do something to take care of the situation, I have heard of divas being banned from stores around me for their inappropriate behavior. I happen to like what I do and it doesn't matter to me if the store sells one or sells out, I get my hourly pay.
Jan. 19, 2012 6:18 pm
Hmmm... I've never encountered a pushy demo-er. But I'm good at ignoring people if I'm not interested, too, maybe? I say, "No, thank you" when appropriate. I must say, sometimes those free samples are the best thing for a product! I never would have bought that Limoncello Cream Torte without that sample at Costco - Wow (=
Jan. 19, 2012 6:26 pm
I love the "demo divas" at my grocery store. They are always friendly and seem to have a ton of patience with all the kids that hang out around their counter :) I rarely take a sample but my kids will try anything and everything. I have seen moms yell at them for having to get their permission to give their kid a sample and it always makes me mad. But they always handle it well. I suppose it must happen often since they don't seem to get upset about it. Or they are just really good at faking calm.
Jan. 19, 2012 8:08 pm
Barb, that is why we are there, to give you a chance to try something that you might not have even thought of to try. Glad you had a good result.
Jan. 19, 2012 8:13 pm
Rae, any diva with any sense knows that it is against the law to give a "child" a sample without the parents permission, in a sense. We have to decide if the child is at least 12 yrs. old and then if under that age, tell them kindly that we cannot give them anything without the adult that they are with giving me permission to my face. The child will swear up and down that it is all right, but I can't give until I see an adult and they tell me that it is all right. I have had parents come and thank me for telling the child no until they come and actually see what it is because that child has allergies that they aren't always aware of.
Jan. 21, 2012 4:39 am
Ibbz ~ its good to hear from you. Although I am afraid to say I am one of those people who never stop for samples (wholefoods excluded ~ I eat enough there not to need dinner :-) but in all honesty I am just not a finger eating person and hate eating on the fly. I am always very polite (of course we all have a job to do) but I always do decline). No worries on my kids fronts at 22 and 16 there is no chance of finding them in the store with me!!!!!!!
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