Can I Borrow Your Height for a Second?
I use this phrase whenever I need someone to reach something for me when I’m at a store. It works every time and always gets me the reaction I’m looking for: the person smiles, hands me the thing I need, and then moves on. No awkward comments or stares. I absolutely love it.
I think it works so well because it’s a perfect mix of humor and clarity and causes the person I’m asking to immediately focus on what needs to be done and not be distracted by my appearance.
It even works at a distance. I can say this phrase to someone half way down the aisle from me and they seem to immediately know what needs to be done. It’s amazing.
So, next time you’re in a store and need a random stranger to help you and then immediately leave you alone, try saying:
You just might be surprised at how well it works.