Didn’t want to hijack the “Weird Restaurant Policies” thread - what are some strange retail store or service policies that you’ve encountered?
The strangest one I’ve seen was a woman who opened a hairdressing salon on the main downtown street of my city many years ago. One day my friend went in for a haircut and the woman said she had to make an appointment. My friend said “Okay, make me an appointment.” The woman said “No, you have to go home and phone to make an appointment.” My friend was like “But I’m here right now…” and the woman refused to accept her unless she left and phoned back. (Keep in mind that this was NOT a busy place.)
The same woman, a few weeks after she opened, started keeping her shop’s front door locked all the time and had a note on the door stating that she would NOT accept male clients, especially lone male clients, unless they provided photo ID and let her take a photocopy of said ID. (She told me that she’d been attacked and sexually assaulted at her old shop in Toronto, so I could see where this was coming from, but it still seemed strange.)