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Shopping for Shoes at Century 21

A store in New York City,
Selling “bargains” at top price,
Lures the locals and the tourists
Seeking upscale merchandise.

Yet their famous shoe department,
Always crowded and self-serve,
Is so customer-unfriendly,
It hits every single nerve.

From the samples set on shelving
Much too high for short folks’ eyes,
You choose shoes that are appealing
Then you try to find your size.

All the pairs reside in boxes,
Shelved below the model shoe;
If your size and style are waiting,
You’re among the lucky few.

You remove your shoes while standing
(Seats are scattered, never free),
Slip the new ones on your feet
And start to waddle, for, you see,

Every pair is linked together
With a sturdy plastic band;
And when both feet are ensconced,
It’s hard enough to even stand.

Look around to find a mirror
(Yes, they’re also short of glass);
Shuffle slowly, like a geisha,
Or you’ll fall flat on your ass.

Then repeat with all your choices
‘Til you finally decide;
Wait in line and start to wonder
If this treatment’s justified.

But of course, you’ll be returning
To repeat the same ordeal,
For deep down, you’re just delighted
That you really got a steal!

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  1. Date: 6/17/2013 12:26:00 PM
    So glad you found a pair or two to fit all the requirements. But while your standing there in line remember your refinements.

  1. Date: 6/16/2013 8:57:00 AM
    I suppose that self-serve stores do have their advantages, but I always wish for a knowledgeable sales associate, my own chair, and my own mirror! Excellent, as always!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 7:14:00 PM
    Ilene another one of your clever rhymes. You are truly talented my friend. Thank you for putting a smile on my face. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 6:22:00 AM
    Wish I could enjoy a steal right now! :) Yea...but I'd probably not go through all the hassle...and I'd probably fall flat on my ass. Good thing I'm nicely padded! ;) GOOD ONE Ilene! Love ya! :)

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 6:16:00 PM
    Enjoyable work here! One of our hometown's great assets is it' wide range of places to shop. I actually laughed out loud at this one and thanks for your kind words. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 5:44:00 PM
    Oh my, ilene...what a riot THIS baby is!...Verses 5-7 absolutely floored me!...Thanks for the laugh, I needed it! - Tim

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 3:02:00 PM
    Hope you still love me! LOL I've been neglecting my friends here on the Soup... moving next Tuesday and hopefully back on track after that! Big hugs, Jack xoxox