what are sports

Even though I work at a sporting goods store, I don’t watch or participate in any sports. You literally don’t need to though because most people know what they want and it’s function, they just need to know where it is on the floor. And since I’ve been here for 6 years, if a customer can tell me the function, brand, material, or cut, I can usually find whatever people want. What trips me up is the people who refuse to describe what they want and just repeat the item name.

So this woman comes in with her daughter, and they need basketball sweats. I showed her what I thought basketball sweats were, and I was wrong, but no big deal, just tell me what basketball sweats are.
“You know, they wear them when they’re on the bench during games.”
“Uh, I don’t really watch sports. What are they made out of?”
“They’re basketball sweats.”
“So like cotton material?” as I show her other sweatpants.
“No, they’re lighter. Like basketball sweats.”

And everything I showed her was wrong. Eventually I showed her every pair of pants we had, and none was a basketball sweat, so I told her I was sorry, but I didn’t think we had what she was looking for.

“The guy said you had them!”
“Um, what guy?”
“The guy at the door! He said you had them, and someone in the department would help me find them!”

She asked the first person she saw when she walked in, who happened to be a hunting and fishing associate with no knowledge of what was or wasn’t sold in the apparel department. He heard she was looking for pants so he told her apparel. I had to track the guy down and have him tell her he didn’t know what he was talking about because he didn’t work in the department, and she still wanted to talk to a manager, who also told her that I’ve worked here forever so if I couldn’t find it, no one could.

I googled basketball sweats later, and they just look like sweatpants to me, idk what she wanted.

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“SPORTS Explained by Non-Athletes!” My good friend, @jonerstrokes, and I decided to take some of your burning questions about all things sports! What are sports? HOW do you sports? Well, we (do not) have the answers!!

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