Just thought you will be interested to know what happened to me yesterday when I went to that shop to change some combat trousers that I have bought last week and that they didn't fit.
Me: 'Erm.. good morning, I was wondering if I could change these trousers I bought last week, they are my size but for some reason they don't fit me at all and...'
Him: SHOUTING:'WHAT SIZE YOU WANT!!!!'
(I thought he was a bit deaf, so I shouted back)
Him: muttering something that sounded like idiot, ****, wanker, wasting my time, etc...
Him: YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY ME £2 FOR EXCHANGING THEM, YOU TIME WASTER, I HAVE A BUSINESS TO RUN!
Me: Erm.. really? Erm.. I have not money with me so I will have to go to the bank and get some.
HIM: More abuse... shouting and more of 'wasting my time'...
At this point I was a totally shocked, in normal circumstances I would have said something to that horrible old man about his attitude. His shop or not he has to comply to trading standards regulations, and talking like that to customers is really not on and charging for the returns/exchange of goods it not on either but I didn't want to keep those trousers that didn't fit me so I thought I'll give him the £2 and forget all about it, so I went back with the £2 and he threw my trousers on my face practically and muttered some more rubbish at me before shouting GET OUT!.
The whole experience was very surreal and I was in shock for quite a long time afterwards but can't help but finding the whole thing funny as well.
Be aware.. the shop is soooo dusty and dark and smelly and the most scary thing was seeing him holding a holding a large pole as in ready to hit me with it.
One of the personalities of Walworth.
I had a problem years ago with some boots, my experience was similar. I still see the proprietor from time to time, loading up the outside of his shop. Characters like that all add to the rich fabric that is the Elephant & Castle.
Two pound well spent?
Sounds a bit like the bloke who owned the army surplus store in the film Falling Down starring Michael Douglas.
The stuff hanging outside and the dusty window display makes you wonder if the shop is a front for some srange activity going on in the back room.
The whole look of the place seems designed to deter customers.
I think an londonSE1 undercover reporter should don a disguise and do an investigative piece.
i bought an army cape there
..great for cycling in the rain
its a bit like a waterproof poncho with a nice high collar you can tuck your chin into to protect your lower face
youve still got access to all your usual pockets
also you can drape it over the handlebars so the gear shifts
dont get wet and slippery
if you like sitting against trees in parks in summer it doubles as a groundsheet too
i read about him in a thread about stocking up for Glastonbury
they suggested you could go there and choose either to be insulted or entertained....