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To Macy's at City Creek: 'Lighten Up'

Published March 22, 2012 10:04 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I had a fun assignment last night, talking to the shoppers who attended the charity gala at the opening of City Creek Center.

I interviewed lots of happy folks in awe that Salt Lake City's downtown has come of age.

I had an especially enjoyable discussion with Janet Healy and her daughter Angela inside the new Macy's store. After I thanked them for their time, I was quickly approached by a Macy's employee.

"Macy's doesn't allow customers to be interviewed inside the store," the associate said with that fake smile they all seem to wear. " We like them to have a good shopping experience."

"Does that mean you're kicking me out?" I asked

I was amused at the exchange, but left peacefully and went on to interview plenty of other shoppers in friendlier stores.

After 20-plus years as a journalist I've learned if people don't want to be interviewed, they will tell you. They don't need a corporate big brother to look out for them.

Anyway, to Macy's at City Creek, I say "It was a party — not Watergate — lighten up!"