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Looks and perception....

Last Wednesday while I was working in a high street shop in Chelsea, an upmarket area in London, a colleague of mine whispered and asked me to watch a woman who had come into the shop. The woman was distinctively not dressed well. Then, I began to notice this customer. After a while, the customer opened a product and started consuming. I then reported this to a senior colleague who checked whether the customer paid for it. When she found out that customer has not paid for it, the senior colleague walked up to the customer and asked her whether she has paid for it and told her to pay for it. Then, after a while, the customer took a stroll around the store and came back to the food section and took a product. Then, she went to the counter to buy the same.
I felt bad about this incident. I was asking myself if I would have followed the woman had she been well dressed. I have seen many customers consuming stuff in the shop floor. I never bothered asking them.
In Criminology, some 100 years back, some scientists believed people with certain shape of head and features are more prone to commit a crime. However, this was decisively and scientifically proven to be wrong later on.
Then, I was reading an article in BBC about racial segregation in UK. It said people treat others based on where they come from. Rather, the article said all should be treated as citizens of UK instead of their background for more social cohesion.
Might sound incohesive the way I have put forward. But, think for a moment, all would make sense.


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Hi!!!!!!!Your are very right, we perceive people to be good from how they look at least in the first interactions. However, we might try to cry this from the roof top, I guess as human beings even as a baby, we areinclined to good looking people and well dressed- Leena

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