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When I was a kid I thought the huge signs that hung up in stores like John Lewis said "Please play here", as opposed to "Please pay here". As a result I was always askinh my mum to let me go to the play area, and she'd ask where, and I'd point out the sign, and she'd laugh at me and tell me it didn't say that. Sometimes I'd believe her, then we'd walk to a different part of the shop, I'd see another sign, and I'd say "Can I go and play over then there please?"
Even now when I see the signs it makes me laugh.
i use to beilive that the people at the burger king use to sleep and live there. i imagined them sleeping on the tables and sharing the washrooms at night.
When I was a kid I thought all newsagents/sweet shops in the UK were called "Benson & Hedges", because they were such a popular advertiser above such places. I used to ask my mum if we could go to Benson & Hedges to get sweets and she couldn't understand what I was talking about!
I used to believe that all those discounts for seniors were for high school and college seniors. I always wondered what they needed that they got so many discounts for. It took me a while to figure out they meant old people.
i used to believe that lowe's home improvement warehouse was a mayonaise factory
I used to believe that people give you money when they're actually giving you change. So once my mom said she was low on money while shopping, I asked her y dont you just ask the cashier guy over there?
For most of my childhood life (from birth to age 11) I lived in the area. My family always went to the same grocery store(a Kroger), so until I was about 6, I thought that everyone in my city went to Kroger for grocery shopping, so I was shocked when I went to kindergarden and found kids who went other places for groceries!
Up until I was about ten, I used to think that supermarkets could choose whatever name they wanted, like pubs. So, where a pub could be 'The Crown', 'The Anchor', 'The Queen's Head' or whatever, supermarkets could open and pretty much choose what they wanted, like 'Waitrose', 'Sainsbury's', 'Tesco's'. I couldn't work out why they only chose the same three or four names...
When my younger sister was just beginning to read, she would try to read all the signs she came across. In one of our favorite stores were dressing rooms bearing the sign "no more than 2 garments in dressing room at one time". She thought it read "no more than 2 grandmas in dressing room at one time" and was very concerned about what would happen to the 3rd grandma.
When I was younger I used to beleive the word 'pharmacy' was pronounced 'pyrima-cy'.
When i was 7 my Mum would stop the car to go into the Royal Bank of Scotland. Even though I knew I was in Bolton, England I thought that the branch must be in Scotland. I never resolved that problem until I realised the truth.
I used to always wonder why my clothes gets shorter within an year of buying it.Finally I came to a conclusion that if you remove the price tag from the dress,it would start diminishing in size every day.I did't realize it was I who was growing and the size of my dress remained constant.
for some time I used to think that at a drug store people really sold drugs.
I used to belive that if you didn't step off the escalator in time you would be sucked into the mechanism.
I used to think a strip mall was a mall where people wold walk around the mall naked and then put they're clothes back on when they leave
I used to believe that the phrase "window shopping" actually referred to the act of shopping for new windows.
I spent much of my youth wondering why my mother wanted so many windows, as well as why she was finding it so hard to find any as she always came home empty handed.
When I was little(3-8ish) I used to believe that if you were under 21 you weren't allowed to walk through the aisles where there is alcohol in stores. Nobody told me that, but I just kinda made it up. I everytime I would walk down it with my parents I would always check to make sure that nobody that worked at the store was around because I didn't want to get into any trouble. The first time I walked down the alcohol aisle I thought I was being so risky.. I don't know how I found out that it wasn't illegal.
I used to believe that the overhead-pages on the loudspeaker in supermarkets was from lost children looking for their parents.
I used to belive that employees who worked at 24/7 shops lived there and never slept!(they worked 24/7)
I thought 'Miss Selfridge' was an actual person. When I questioned who it was that was giving my classmates all these lovely clothes, I was laughed to the ground.