Monday, May 14, 2012

The Right Side?

Starting shortly after noon today there was an influx of teenagers walking past my mall Customer Service desk, so I assumed that one of the nearby schools had an early dismissal day.

One of the teens, a beautiful willowy brunette who looked to be about 16, came up to me talking on her phone. Her shirt had an expensive-brand logo on the chest, and I bet her purse cost more than what I make in a week. I heard her say that she was at the mall, and then she thrust her phone at me, asking me to talk to her dad.

I started the conversation with my normal phone greeting…[Name of Mall] Customer Service and my name. The gentleman on the other end had a distinguished-sounding voice. He asked if his daughter was, indeed, at the mall. I answered that she was. He then proceeded to ask me my name (first AND last), and my job title. I felt like I was being grilled.

After he’d gotten all the information he needed, he thanked me and ended the call. I handed the phone back to the girl, who gave me a smile as she walked away.  I didn't know if I should feel sorry for the girl or her father. Was he completely overbearing, or had she given him a reason not to trust her?


  1. I guess I wouldn't want to know the answer to your question.

  2. Kathy, I've been going through something similar with my own son lately due to a troublesome new girlfriend, sympathies with the parent and I'll have to remember this one, thanks! It's a tough age to deal with sometimes.

  3. Hmmmm, that is something. Now, she could have asked anyone on the street to verify where she was...maybe even slipped them some cash for incentive should she want to lie...

    Daddy checking up on his little girl is good and I am glad he did but it seems a bit strange too.

  4. Wonder if he called mall management and asked if they had an employee with your name and position? If I was a real sleuth parent, that's why I would have done.

  5. Wow! I've never heard of that happening. I wonder what she has done to lose that must trust from her father.

  6. he doesn't trust her and wants her to know it. i don't envy parents, or kids.