Created By: StevenT on November 18, 2011 Last Edited By: StevenT on August 5, 2014

Elitist Store Clerk

A stuck-up store clerk will turn away any customer who does not fit their standards.

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Alice enters a department store and tries to buy a dress, but store clerk Bob is eager to boot her out the door for being common riff-raff. That is, until Alice reveals she's carrying $300, at which point he starts worshipping the ground she walks on.


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  • November 18, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • November 18, 2011
    surgoshan
    • Questionable Content once featured a snobby hipster music store clerk who insulted customers' musical tastes.
  • November 18, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Seinfeld's Soup Nazi.
    No soup for you!
  • November 18, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    • Played For Laughs and then subverted in the The Office episode "Counseling": Dwight is refused entrance to a high-end store. He tells the story back at the office and Kelly suggests that he go back and "Pretty Woman their asses." Jim and Andy agree, and the three help Dwight put together a classy ensemble to return to the store and humiliate the clerk who refused him service... Turns out he was refused entrance because at the time his hands were covered in beet juice, which looked to the clerk like blood.
  • November 20, 2011
    PaulA
    • The scene in Maskerade where Granny goes to a dress shop to buy an outfit suitable for going to the opera in.

    Ticks both the "eager to boot the riff-raff out" and the "oh, you have loads of money? that's different" boxes.
  • November 21, 2011
    Wackd
    • That Mitchell And Webb Look had a series of sketches revolving around this trope. "That's right, we're back--the incredibly x people who are still unaccountably y!", where x is a synonym for elitist and y is the profession of the person in question.
  • November 21, 2011
    SKJAM
    • The Irish song "The Wild Rover": The rover goes into the pub and asks for booze on credit; the barkeep says no, "such a custom as yours I could have every day". When the rover reveals he's actually got money, the barkeep is welcoming.
  • November 24, 2011
    mdulwich
    The Simpsons: Homer has been pan-handling to raise money to buy Marge a gift, and has a large pile of cash but is looking ragged and dirty. As he enters the shop, the horrified assistant cries: "oh no! Oh no!" then, spying the cash, "OH YES!"

  • November 24, 2011
    Koveras
    • Karl Konrad Koreander at the beginning of The Neverending Story. He is a bookstore owner who makes it perfectly clear that he considers younger generation illiterate imbeciles when Bastian accidentally wanders into his shop. Only when Bastian lists all the books he's read lately, does Koreander relent and become more of a Cool Old Guy.
  • December 12, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    Bump
  • December 13, 2011
    DeluxeLambert
    I do like "No Soup For You" as a title even if it's not too indicative...
  • December 13, 2011
    vynsane
    • High Fidelity - Barry, played by Jack Black, repeatedly mocks customers and co-workers who lack his distinguished tastes.
  • December 13, 2011
    Hadashi
    What on Earth is a 'Store Clerk'?
  • December 13, 2011
    SchrodingersDuck
    In Fawlty Towers this is one of Basil's main traits. It's most noticeable in "A Touch Of Class", where he's rude to a checking in guest until the man gives his name as "Lord Melbury", although it also comes up in "Gourmet Night" where he actually posts an advert for the hotel reading "no riff-raff" and "The Psychiatrist", where he happily makes ape noises in front of the guests until he realises a couple of doctors have just checked in, when he suddenly lunges at them to shake hands while spluttering about how he always wanted to be a doctor.
  • December 13, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    • Parodied on That Mitchell And Webb Look in a series of sketches where such snobby clerks, waiters, and even a vicar replace the nicer staff and drive off the customers.
      Mitchell: They've gone, and we're back. The incredibly posh people who are still unaccountably waiters.
  • December 13, 2011
    SKJAM
    @Hadashi, if it's not clear from context, it's a person who works in a store and sells things (although maybe not to hoi polloi.) Also known as a sales clerk, a sales assistant, a Shop Keeper, a shop assistant...what do they call them in your neighborhood?
  • December 20, 2011
    Met
    In a first-season Mad TV sketch, Nicole Sullivan plays a cosmetics saleswoman who doesn't think anyone is good enough for her product. The character recurred several times during the season.
  • December 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^That'd be the Vancome Lady.
  • December 20, 2011
    MisterTimor
    That clerk in the Hyrule Castle Town store in Twilight Princess (before it becomes a Malo Mart).
  • December 20, 2011
    TechUnadept
    the snobby hotel clerk from {{webcomic/Prequel}}
  • December 20, 2011
    Maklodes
    In Kingdom Of Loathing, there's a fruit stand run by straw hippies who turns away anyone who isn't wearing a Filthy Hippy Disguise. If you show up wearing anything else, the clerk says, "Man, you're like, a slave to society, man. Come back when you've, like, expanded your mind a little bit, man. Man."
  • December 20, 2011
    Sligh
    In My Immortal, of all places, there's a shop keeper that won't sell his best stuff for posers and keep it riden for the "real goffik". Does it apply? (He sells for the other guys... just not the "good" stuff).
  • December 21, 2011
    Psi001
    In a Tale Spin episode "A Touch Of Glass", Rebecca is shown throwing out slobbish customers, trying to bring in more sophisticated clients. When this ultimately leads her to be conned by two supposedly wealthy customers, she is helped by lower class Louie and learns her Aesop about judging people by looks.
    Baloo: You don't make money by throwing customers away.
    Rebecca: Customer? He looked more like a bum!
  • August 1, 2014
    XFllo
  • August 4, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In the 1979 The Incredible Hulk novel Cry of the Beast it is established that Bruce Banner has bank accounts all over the country with safety deposit boxes holding emergency cash, ID and proto-debit cards. After he gets done Hulking Out he tries to go to the bank but they won't let him in because he's not wearing a shirt or shoes and his pants are a mess. The manager chides the teller for not letting him get in, citing a Catch-22 - if he can't get at his money, how can he go buy clothes so he can come in and get at his money?
  • August 5, 2014
    Nazetrime
    Not Always Working may be a good place to look also.
  • August 5, 2014
    Antigone3
    I'd suggest a No Real Life Examples Please flag on this one should it launch. We don't need a page of Complaining About Stores You Don't Like.
  • August 5, 2014
    Bisected8
    Complaining About Stores You Don't Like'd probably be covered by the "No Troper Tales" rule anyway.
  • August 5, 2014
    gallium
    A "Store Clerk" is someone who clerks at a store.
  • August 5, 2014
    TonyG
    The Pretty Woman and Seinfeld need context.

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