Cult bookstore Kinokuniya in Sydney issued an open letter to customers after a “dating coaching company” was found using the store to give customers “hands-on experience” with their pickup techniques.
“It has come to our attention that a dating coaching company is using our store to provide their customers with a hands-on experience, much to our dismay,” the apology began.
“We apologize to all of our customers who have been approached in the store or who have had the negative experience of someone trying ‘pick up’ techniques with them. “
Kinokuniya confirmed that he contacted the artist pickup company in question and asked them not to return to the premises, making it clear to one of these “coaching” companies that they were not welcome in the room. store.
The management team also assured customers that staff and security at the Sydney store in The Galeries mall have been made aware of the issue and are on high alert for such behavior.
“We became aware of it in increments. Sometimes a staff member would notice something that looked a lot like an aggressive ‘hit’ in progress and would hide to see if their instincts were correct, ”one employee named Bonita (whose name has been changed for confidentiality reasons) said Pedestrian.TV. “Every once in a while a client would complain on Twitter or (less frequently) to staff in person. (I’m happy to say that no one held us accountable, they just wanted to make us aware.) ”
Bonita also spoke about how staff eventually found out about the existence of coaching sessions after one of the alleged trainers blurted out that he was using the store for his hands-on workshops.
“[He] said “I have to go, I’m actually here to coach someone” and after he left that staff member and I looked at myself and said “what the hell are you doing COACHING here? ” I followed it a bit and, of course.
Victims of this inappropriate and downright disgusting behavior have voiced their complaints about men attempting to use conventional “pickup” lines on them as they go about their own business, browsing the shelves of the cult bookstore.
“It was really disgusting. I was in the literary section and been there for a while, and I saw this guy approaching different women, ”a woman from Sydney Chloe told Pedestrian.TV. “He finally came up to me and said, ‘Sorry to bother you, but I really need a book recommendation, I tried to get back to reading. “”
Fortunately, Chloe was already aware of this sort of bookstore pickup tactic, made popular in Neil Strass’ delivered The game. Sensing immediately that something was wrong during the meeting, Chloe was able to quickly deflect unwanted and totally unwarranted attention by recommending particularly feminist titles.
“I was like, okay, I’m going to throw a curve ball at him. I was like, oh the best book I read last year was Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl, ”Chloe said.
today a guy tried a few lines of classic artists “the game” on me in a bookstore, and started with “can you help me with a recommendation, what was your favorite book of 2019”. so i said @clementine_fordfights like a girl. he looked a little pissed off but persevered
– chloe sergeant (@chlosarge) January 18, 2020
Chloe, who claims that she is “actually here to [her] own purposes, not to recommend books to random people, ”says she saw the man attempt the same tactic on other women in the store before finally quitting half an hour later.
“We watched him for a really long time, he just circled around the women, and then about half an hour later he left. I didn’t say it to the bookstore at the time because I didn’t know he was a model.
Although she did not report the incident to the bookstore at the time, a Kinokuniya employee later contacted her after sharing her story on Twitter. Fortunately, the employee was “really professional, making sure [Chloe] was good.
The anonymous employee who spoke to Chloe also claimed the “pickers” in question had been using the store for some time, saying the staff “had been trying to get them out for ages.”
A similar sentiment was shared by Bonita, who says the incidents regularly occurred during Saturday shifts.
“We thought these were isolated incidents, sort of random choices of location made on the spur of the moment by various fuckboys. But the people who worked on Saturdays started noticing suspicious behavior every week and eventually started to recognize the same key group of people – many of whom, I revolt to say, were women.
After condemning the horrific behavior in their lengthy apologies, Kinokuniya Sydney reminded customers that the store is a place of “talking” and that they “don’t want to discourage organic communications from taking place.”
However, there is a big difference between organically meeting your new best friend or sweetheart while you’re on the hunt for your next great read, and being specifically targeted by those “pickers” who literally needed to pay someone for theirs. learn to talk to women.
Fortunately, Kinokuniya acted quickly and professionally to resolve the issue and keep the store as a safe space for book lovers.
The only thing anyone should try to buy from a bookstore is a good read. Don’t be rude.
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