In my last entry (Which went largely unanswered. I am dissapointed!), I asked what image came to mind when someone mentioned the word "sweater" and asked for a general physical description of a sweater. Now, I shall explain the reason behind the question:
In case you are out of the loop, I now work in a department store called Dillard's.
I was busy tidying merchandise when I was approached by a customer. She asked if i could help her find a sweater; preferably a white one. I politely informed her that we had no sweaters, but would carry them closer to winter.
She then proceeded to snap at me, sternly telling me that there were sweaters All Over My Department and that I Didn't Know What I Was Talking About. I paused and mentioned that it was my first week, so perhaps I overlooked something, and I would find a more experienced Associate to ask. She replied with an extremely rude "Go do that. Find me someone who knows what they're doing."
I found another Associate and explained the situation. She told her the same thing: we do not have any sweaters currently.
The woman reaches into her pile of clothing and pulls out an item...
"Don't you have anything else that looks like THIS?!?"
It was a button-down cardigan. Not a sweater. Not even a knit cardigan. It was thin and cotton t-shirt material.
When I hear the word "Sweater", i automatically think of something that is long-sleeve, knit, and made of heavy wool or cotton. Something that is worn in winter.
There is a distinct difference between that and a Cardigan.
15 minutes later, i had a woman ask me to help her find something... she pointed to a thin, knit, sleeveless summer top featured in one of our display photos and asked where she could "find that sweater".
Are people in Texas aware of what a Sweater is? I'm confused.