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I use to be afraid of escalators in the mall, It wasnt the riding part that scared me , it was at the end and I thought it would suck me in.
I use to believe that if you touched one of those dressed mannequins in the department stores you would turn in to one.
At grocery stores used to think that coupons were money!
when i was about 5 or 6 i asked my mom what a flea market was. i had been bugging her so she told me that it was a store that sold fleas just to get me to shut up. i believed her and thought it was true until i made a complete idiot out of myself when i was about 11.
There are these metal devices used to measure what one's shoe size is. And when I was little I used to believe that these things were made to cut off your foot so whenever a sales clerk in a shoestore approached me with one I'd promptly run away crying hysterically.
When we were about to park in some mall's parking lot, my mom looked around at all the cars and said "it's gonna be a zoo!" (as in, the place is gonna be packed). When I went in with her and looked around, I asked her where the animals were. XP
I believed that inanimate objects had feelings and opinions.
When we'd go clothes shopping I thought that my new clothes didn't like me, and wished that someone else had bought them instead.
I used to believe that while in the grocery store check out lane, just as it was possible to scan food items to determine their price -- it was possible that I too could be scanned. I thought many times about how much I might be worth.
When i was younger my mother would often take me on trips with her to the grocery store. Sometimes while shopping i'd see the words "Fat Free" on a package. I'd always earnestly encourage my mom to buy the product because i that "Fat Free" meant that you got fat free of charge.
you know at the convenince stores and such, they have those round mirrors on the ceiling, so the clerks can see if you are shoplifting? well, im 14, and up until a short time ago, i always thought those mirrors were actually hidden security cameras, so if i was in an isle alone with one of those mirrors, i would either wave, make faces, or glare at it, because i thought some security gaurd was watching
When I was around 6 years old, I lost my knitted winter cap in a department store while I was there with my Mother. Two weeks later, we came back to the store, and the escalator was all taken apart. My mom told me not to ask anyone if they had seen my cap because it had been pulled down into the escalator and gotten caught and we'd have to pay for the escalator repairs. I guess I had more presence of mind at the time because I didn't believe it but I thought SHE did.
When I was little I used to have the habit of sticking my hand up inside vending machines, trying to reach the candy.
One day my mom told me that I shouldn't stick my arm up into the machine, because there were little men inside who dispensed the candy, and if I put my arm up inside far enough, they would grab me, pull me in, and I would forever spend my life as a vending machine worker.
To this day (I'm 22 now) I still have to get someone to reach into the vending machine pockets to fish out whatever I purchase.
This isn't my belief, but something a friend of mine heard a small girl say as she was exiting a store.
In New Zealand, there's a store called "The Warehouse." In the commercials, it always says "The Warehouse -- Where everyone gets a bargain!"
This girl was only about three or so, and so she didn't know what a "bargain" was, only that everyone who went to the store got one. Apparently, she was heard crying and wailing upon leaving the store about how she "didn't get her bargain!"
when i was a kid, i used to believe that in the utility shop that i passed by every day, they'd have a sale one day, and the price of a real big car would be $1 and i'd buy it
My sister and I used to believe that the "payers" (cashiers) in stores got to keep all the money in their cash registers.
When I was around 8 years old, My Mom wanted to take me into the “Sears-Roebuck” store. I didn’t want to go because I thought she was saying the “Sears-Robot” store. I was afraid there would be robots in the store that would chase me around.
When I was little I would not go on the escalator as I thought if I did not get off on time, I would be taken underneath. Walked a lot of stairs in those days.
one time when i was young my grandma took me shopping and we split the list. on my list was the letters T.P. i thought she was too emberassed to write out "Tam-Pons" so i went walking over to the isle that contained them. she asked what i was doing and i replied 'getting your 'tam-pons' gramma. she was throughly emberassed as was I when she corrected me and told the story to everyone in the family.
When I was little and my mother left me in the car while she ran into the shops I used to think that if I froze whenever someone walked past, they'd think I was some kind of statue and therefore would not kidnap me. I taught this to my little brother and sister who tested this idea out when they spilt a bottle of milk on the floor. My father walked in and they froze like statues, standing right next to the mess. My father (somehow saw them) punished them.
When I was little, I thought a sweater outlet was where you took your sweater to get " let out" after you grew out of it so it would fit.