Took a trip to Nashville and The Bourbon Trail this past week. While in downtown Nashville, this type of sign was quite common in the boot stores.
Ironically, I took the photo of the sign telling me photos weren’t allowed. The list of things they don’t want you to do is certainly much longer than the list of things they DO want you to do. As far as I could tell, it was only 1 thing: purchase something.
Some might call this a response to the Amazon effect of retail locations becoming showrooms for people to experience a product, only to buy it for much cheaper online. I’m sure that’s a part of it. I’m more of the mindset that it’s an inability to accept the new business environment they’re operating in and an inability to develop a compelling smart solution to the problem. For example, they could highlight the value in supporting in a local business. They could have talked about their commitment to getting you into the right boot, instead of the boot you think you need. I’m just scratching the surface here. There were certainly options, beyond putting up a sign that would simply be ignored.
Behaviors matter. Behaviors are lasting. Behaviors are tough to change. To have such a sign up and to attempt the enforcing of it, is to for people to stop acting the way they normally act. Good luck.