Don't get us wrong, we love finding a great fashion deal just as much as the next girl, and we completely understand that shopping malls offer the best in terms of convenience and accessibility to different types of stores.
But we can't be the only ones who sometimes feel really overwhelmed by malls -- especially huge ones. So we're going to say it: Sometimes we just hate the mall. Here are ten reasons why:
1. The place is just WAY too big. You basically don't have to workout on the day you go to a major mall; it takes forever to get from one end to the other.
2. It's always crowded. Save for specific times that no one even wants to be there (i.e. late at night and early in the morning), the mall is always swarming with customers. It can get pretty annoying when you are just trying to look at a shirt on a table and you get bombarded by people. Major frustration ensues.
3. Limited parking. There are never any parking spots near the entrance. And have you ever been in a battle over a parking spot at the mall? We have. It's not pretty.
4. Overzealous sales associates. How many times have you walked into a store just to browse and literally within five seconds, someone comes bouncing up to you asking if she can help you find something or if you would be interested in some pointless new product? Yes, we get it, you love your job, and we guess you are just doing your job... really well.
5. Unenthusiastic sales associates. You just can't win. Another pet peeve is when you go to a store and you kindly ask a sales associate for assistance and she either rolls her eyes, slowly trudges to find you that extra size or just straight up ignores you.
6. Kids. We're not evil, we promise, but kids at the mall can be problematic. First off, we remember being a kid and getting dragged to the mall by our moms. Talk about boredom. All we did was play hide-and-go-seek inside the clothing racks, torturing every adult who tried to shop. Well, now we are the adults cursing those kids under our breath.
7. Filthy dressing rooms Here's the deal: We're getting undressed in these tiny rooms and trying on clothes that other peoples' bodies have undoubtedly touched. The least we ask for is a clean room to do such an act -- preferably one without old gum stuck on the door and floors so dirty we are afraid to take our shoes off.
8. The smells. The mall is one of the few places in the world where one gets to experience a whole world of different fragrances. And they are all pungent. There is the over-excessive cologne seeping out of Hollister to the sometimes nauseating Auntie Anne's pretzels aroma to the Wilson's Leather store scent. Needless to say, your nose gets treated to an overdose of stenches.
9. Too many choices. From the endless amount of comparable department stores (Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's) to the different shoes stores that all sell the same shoes, things can get exasperating. Let's not even get started on how to decide what to eat at the food court.
10. Overspending Too many choices often leads to impulse buying. There's a reason why they call it a shopping spree.
We'd rather sit at home in our PJs and shop online: