I'm having a really odd shopping experience with two apple stores here where I live. A few years back I decided along with my father to buy a brand new G5 2.5 30" ACD the works we spent $8,000 on a new machine. My dad owns his own business he property manages and works harder then anyone I know painting, checking, upkeep on properties, raking, mowing, landscape just anything he can do he does it, naturally my dad doesn't dress like a lawyer he has a plain colored work shirt and jeans that aren't dirty but you can tell they've been worn in. Me I don't dress like a lawyer either I have a t-shirt and jeans nothing fancy.. my mom has a fake leather jacket black that she always wears. We walked into the store and no one greeted us, no one offered to help my dad or I even after standing in front of the Power Mac tower and 30" ACD talking about buying it. My dad stands in line at the register to get some help while my mom and I look around waiting to which a lady came up to my mom and asked her if she could be helped. She told the lady she was waiting for my husband to purchase a system to which the lady asked which one was her husband and when she pointed out my father the lady asked again who and kind of looked at her again. We finally had someone pull the system from the back and wheel it up. As my dad wrote the business check to pay for the system they had told him they needed to call it in. Ok no biggy its store procedure but it seemed like they gave my dad the third degree asked the bank if they were sure and wanted quite a bit of info that was already on the check, had to write it out. Come to this story now which we went to a different apple store to buy a replacement keyboard since I had spilled coffee on my other one and that died so we walked in, again no one had greeted us, asked us if we need any help or had any questions. I finally found the keyboard I wanted and wanted to pay again my dad wanted to pay with a check but the associates now have card scanners for credit cards. One of the employee's a lovely lady told us we needed to go to the back where the genius bar was. I asked the guy there if we could check out with a check so he transfered us back to the girl who was with a customer, the guy didnt seem busy and almost looked like he could just hop on the terminal and do it.. We waited for the lady and asked another employee if we could check out to no avail he "wasnt authorized to use the register didnt know how to do it" and went to get the lady. During the process I noticed that each of the employee's kinda looked us over. The lady eventually rung us up and we were on our way she thanked us for the wait and what not but in my mind why make it harder to just pay for an item with a check first off, no greeting not even a hi? Later on we went to Lowes to order a new fridge, bam no less then 5 minutes we had purchased our fridge from the guy asking us if we needed help to having one in stock to be delivered to writing a check and paying for it. Should it be that much harder to buy a simple cheap keyboard vs a fridge with delivery? My dad and I want to do a sort of social experiment so to speak I know that I want a new mac pro, my bro wants a new iMac and I'm trying to convince my dad to get himself one since he has problems with Windows.. even told him he could run XP/Vista if he wanted to. I should have my dad and maybe myself wear our work clothes the ones that have paint spots on them, wear pants that have those same spots also and see if anyone helps us. Then maybe come back later on for something and be nicely dressed to see if the employee's help us more. I do love apple I love Mac so this isn't really so much a rant as it is just things my dad and I noticed, everywhere else CompUSA, Bestbuy, etc greeted and offered help (if they're on commission still so be it).