This weekend I went to the local Apple store and while I waited at the counter for assistance someone tapped me on the shoulder. When I turned around a mom with a stroller asked me to help her find a cord so that she could watch videos from her iPhone/iPad on a TV. Looking a little confused I told her that I wasn’t an Apple employee, but I pointed her to the section where the composite AV cable was located.
When I turned around and faced the Apple employee helping me out I realized what confused the lady. I was wearing a blue shirt with a white logo and jeans almost identical to the Apple store “uniform”, sans the nifty lanyard name tag of course. I told the Apple employee what happened and we both had a good laugh at my expense.
As I left the store I realized the mom hadn’t found the cord so I grabbed it and brought it over to her. She was relieved to have some help and apologized for mistaking me for an Apple employee. I told her no apology was necessary.
Even though I couldn’t support my family on a hourly retail job, I was actually honored to be thought an Apple employee, if only for a few minutes. Plus the discount would be pretty awesome.
Has someone ever mistaken you for an employee? Would you work at an Apple store?