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Pampered Chef: How I put my foot in my mouth today...

  1. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

    I am just a little irrritated and thought I'd write it out here, so thanks for listening!

    I stopped at a house that sold fresh produce today to get some berries. When I approached the garage where the berries were I noticed the lady selling them was a mennonite. No big deal. So, I waited for her husband who was picking the berries to bring them up and we made our transaction. I had a mini catalog and handed it to her. I told her I didn't know if she knew anyone who sold, but if not there were some of our newer products and my info was on the back. She said her daughter loved Pampered chef! ( Very nice so far.... ) So, I continued, told her new products were coming out in sept but for anyone who hosted a show with me in August they would be entered in a drawing for $100 cash. She dropped the paper like it was a snake, said thank you and turned her back on me.
    I left very confused, but after talking to my mom I figured out they would probably look at that as gambling. That apparently contests like that are a big no-no. So I'm really sorry that I offended the lady, but instead of being curt I wish she would have just explained that they didn't participate in drawings such as that. I respect other people's views on religion and would never knowingly try to offend them!

    Anyhow, it has been bugging me all day. Partly because I offended her and partly because instead explaining she just shut down. Oh well, thanks again for listening....
    Aug 5, 2009
  2. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    You meant well. It's her problem that she couldn't look past the drawing and get some handy items. All she needed to do was say that she didn't want to be entered when she placed her order.

    Don't worry about it. (we still love you)
    Aug 5, 2009
  3. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

    Awe, thanks Ann! :)
    Aug 5, 2009
  4. cewcooks

    cewcooks Advanced Member

    what's a mennonite? sorry I don't get out much...
    Aug 5, 2009
  5. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

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  6. lcucinella

    lcucinella Member Gold Member

    Menonites are like the Amish, but are not as strict. They will use some of the more modern thngs, electricity cars ect.
    Aug 5, 2009
  7. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

    that is why I figured Mennonite... she had the little white sphere of a hat covering the back of her hair, but she had a car in the drive...
    Aug 5, 2009
  8. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    You had no way of knowing. Let it go.

    In our area we have several plain communities. (That's not a criticism. It's a term used to encompass several different groups and is used by the groups themselves.) In addition to Amish and Mennonite there are German Baptists and some strict Brethren communities.
    Aug 5, 2009
  9. Crystal Patton

    Crystal Patton Advanced Member

    Not to worry hon, I thought the same thing. :D
  10. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    The Amish hire their Mennonite cousins to drive them places.

    Seriously...there were some Mennonite ladies who cooked at the Camp where I worked summers during College, and that's what they told me.

    They had the BEST roadside stands, though. A bunch of us Camp counselors used to go to one on our day off and buy this plate sized gooey cinnamon rolls - the best I've ever had! We could also tell an Amish Stand from a Mennonite Stand because the Mennonites would look at us, and the Amish kept their eyes on the ground.

    Shake it off, Charity - you couldn't have known. ((hug))
    Aug 5, 2009
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