This past weekend, I went to purchase an expensive bottle of champagne for a Christmas gift (parents), and the staff was oddly unhelpful. I wanted a bottle of Dom Perignon, but all I could find were significantly cheaper options. When I asked if the establishment carried additional brands of champagne, I was directed to 3 different areas where I could try. One of those areas was "in the back," so when I asked to see them, I was told that that's just where the wine is stored. Yet, when I asked where the Dom Perignon was kept (I couldn't find it), I was told it was in the back (?!). Anyway, the guy "helping" me finally got a bottle of the Dom Perignon, and since he had spent a good deal of time trying to steer me toward cheaper options, I asked him if it truly tastes any different from Bollinger or Perrier Jouet. The asshole emphatically insisted that Dom Perignon tasted much better, but it made me wonder why he was making the sale so difficult. I'm black and somewhat inclined to assume that this establishment was skeptical that I could just waltz into their store (located in Georgetown, DC) and buy a $150 bottle of champagne. Still, the hoops I had to jump through were pretty embarrassing and I can't shake the feeling that I should have left without making a purchase. Am I overreacting by feeling offended?
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