Most of us have encountered snooty salespersons…you know, those types in luxury stores who will look you up and down because you don’t look like someone who can afford to buy an Hermes bag or a pair of Prada shoes.
Unfortunately, a lot of people still judge a book by its cover, which can have serious repercussions when you happen to insult VIPs dressed in simple garb. Case in point, this story of Jai Singh, Maharaja of Alwar in Rajasthan.
The salesman didn’t recognize him without his royal clothes on.
In 1920, the Maharaja was strolling along the streets of London when he chanced upon a Rolls Royce showroom. He decided to go in and inquire about the price and specifications of one of its luxury vehicles. The British salesman, who had no idea who the visitor was, took one look at the royal’s appearance and treated him just like any other poor Indian citizen. The Maharaja was shown out of the showroom by the discriminating salesman.