When did the mall get so freaking noisy?
I headed over to the mall at lunch yesterday because Tiven needs some new clothes. The mall itself wasn't too bad, but the music inside each store was so loud, it was absolutely intolerable. When I walked into Old Navy, my head just about exploded from the noise. They were doing some construction work and it seemed they had the music turned up in an attempt to drown it out. I didn't even try to find the kids department, I just turned around and left. I went into H&M and the music was just as loud. A worker asked if she could help me, and I said, "Yes, you can. You can turn down the music." She tipped her head to the side, listening, and then said, "I don't think it's any louder than it usually is." I said, "It's too loud. I can't shop here." And it was the same thing at Gymboree. Gymboree! A place where people bring tiny little newborns, sounded like a nightclub; I didn't even go in. JCrew was the only store where I actually shopped. The music was not only at a decent level, but it was also calming & serene. I could feel my body relax, I wanted to be in there, I wanted to give them my money. I've emailed all the corporate headquarters of these stores with my observations. Old Navy replied, surprisingly fast, with the suggestion that I shop their online store. I'm not sure I really want to. Why should I give them my money when they made shopping at their store such an unpleasant experience?
I guess this is more of a rant than a debate, LOL. Anyone else have this experience? Did you just switch to shopping online, or did you switch to different stores? I love the mall, I could spend hours at the mall, or at least I used to. I love taking Tiven to the mall & shopping together; shopping online just isn't the same.