Just my 2¢ here, I think we need to differentiate between Sales Associates and Fragrance Models. 'Romans' encounter was with a SA who was just a complete moron
I think the pushy, carsalesman-esque Fragrance Models can be even more taxing on consumers. Not that all FM's are that way at all, but they have goals and quotas they need to fill so sometimes they can lead ppl astray. I actually had to witness a couple that came in to smell Armani Code and before I could spray it on a card a FM from another company had swooped in and began showing and spraying 15 different frags for them...(I counted). They were not impressed with anything she showed them and still did not budge when the FM offered a full 3.4 oz Calvin Klein Man if they would just buy one of her products. (wise choice) Finally the wife pulled me aside and asked for the code so her husband could smell it. I sprayed, she loved it and when we walked over to him the FM saw what I had in hand and proclaimed "Oh that's too powdery for a real man" ... Needless to say they did not purchase a thing.
I've done both FM and SA and I really prefer being a SA so I don't have to limit myself with what I can show the customer, but the money is so much better as a FM.
I think most everyone here can tell a good SA within 20 seconds of talking to them and if they are bad just walk away, or have fun like I do sometime and just screw with their minds
play the opposite game with them like this. The SA sprays something on a card and you say "Ohhh that's so..." and wait a second till they fill in the blank and respond with an opposite adjective. For example, they spray A*men, you go "oh that's so" they might say "Chocolatey" and you jump on their word and say "Light" and just watch their eyes bug out of their head
They spray Eternity Aqua and you say "OH! that's soo strong!"
etc. Mind you I only do this when I am visiting a new town and the SA is a moron
Cruel I know but sometimes we need to stir things up a bit