What IS it with retail workers? If you are one, please don't do THIS....
Don't assume my financial status / economic class by what my kids and/or I am wearing!
I'm college educated. I'm well read. Also considerably educated. I come from a middle class family of some means. Granted, nobody should be discriminated against, but because I'm different than is being assumed, I notice what you're doing.
What you're doing is immediately directing me towards "clearance", and what's on sale. Please inform me of where things are or what's on sale, but don't nudge me toward those things because I'm dressed down today and you think that's all I can afford. Maybe, depending on your store, I can't afford to buy there often...but some things I choose to prioritize in terms of quality and price, and it is none of your business!
Don't tell me what I'm looking at is too expensive for me by saying, "Well these are X amount of dollars, but over here is something that is less than X". Just let me look at things and prices myself.
My parents were somewhat wealthy in old age, and they still refused to buy cable tv, air conditioning and a microwave. My mother didn't wear expensive clothes. When you look at somebody, you don't really know what you're looking at.
I've also walked into furniture stores or any place where a salesman might make a commision off of me, and if the store is busy, the salespeople will ignore me completely in lieu of somebody whose younger than me but better dressed...who I probably have more money than! You idiots, you lost a sale!
I hate being classified.
And I know it's happening to other people. You are treating people like poop. Whether they have money or not, you should treat them all with dignity and they will buy what they want and what they can afford. You'd be better off for yourself anyway, treating everyone like they could afford the most expensive things...that will make them feel good and want to buy something from you.
It's not simply that you're informing me of the sales....it's that look and attitude of condescension...like the waitress eager for her gratuities who looks over at your table with the three kids and assumes the kids will throw food all over and you'll leave her nothing....I know, because I waitressed much while in college. They will grumble and assume the table's a lost cause, and some will not be as attentive or friendly because of it.
Please, treat all with dignity and respect.