I originally posted this on thelaughtercafe website which you should check out.
Let me take you back to the good old days of the 80s when Newcastle had a C & A and BHS where my story starts…I know what your thinking, whats a trendy guy like Richard doing in BHS, but they were refitting the shop out and there was a sale on, a sign I cant resist. Anyway, I went in and found a nice pair of jeans on sale and took them to try them on. For some reason the fitters thought it a wise idea to put the makeshift changing facility slap bang in the middle of the shop near the entrance. still I went in, took my trousers off and just about to slip into the jeans when a voice from the otherside of the curtains says, ” Try this one, Im sure its free” and opens the curtain. In her panic she quickly reshuts the curtain, but too hard which causes the pole to fall down. The noise and panic from the assistant of course causes the entire shop to look round and even passers by just happened to glance in. I dont know who was more mortified, me or the assistant.Poor assistant then tries desperatly to hold the curtain up as I slip back into my trousers apologising constantly for what seemed like hours but was probably minutes. I left trying to leave with dignity and an aire of brovado like I didnt care, with the entire shop smiling or giggling into there hankies…….Needless to say, I didnt buy the jeans.