Monday, April 28, 2014


I see some crazy things from my perch at the mall Customer Service desk...

The other day I noticed three distinguished-looking middle aged men sitting in the armchairs closest to the desk.  They were all wearing nice business clothes--dress pants, ties, and blue blazers. I was too far away to hear, but I could tell they weren't speaking in English.

Each man had a suitcase in front of him, which didn't surprise me; there are several large office buildings in the area, and we often have people in the mall going to/coming from the airport. The men were taking items out of mall store bags and packing them into their cases.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw one of the men slip off his dress shoes and take some tennis shoes and a pair of jeans out of his suitcase. I didn't think anything of it; I assumed he had to repack to make his purchases fit.

When I saw him take his belt off his dress pants, though, I started to wonder, and when he lifted his hips enough to slide his dress pants off I was completely floored! The arms of the chair and his blazer hid his body for the pants removal, but when he stepped into his jeans and briefly stood to pull them up there was a flash of his dark-blue underwear. He tucked his shirt in, then sat down to put on his tennis shoes.

It only took about 30 seconds for a Security officer to arrive. He tried to talk to the man, who shrugged his shoulders and acted like he didn't understand. With a 'don't do that again' the officer left. The men were laughing until they left five minutes later.

Five years ago today: Shake Your Moneymaker


  1. Actually, this isn't so strange…I've seen people doing this in malls and airports. My students used to pull this off in the classroom even though I asked them not to.

    1. Really?!? Am I that sheltered, or are people in California much more open?

    2. We are pretty lose out here. Decorum isn't one of our traits.

  2. OK, that's really pretty darn weird. I've never seen anything like that happen. Wow!