Im going to post this here in the General Discussion forum because I want everyone (not only Hermès ladies) to hear this and I want to see if anyone can beat my story with other shops though I think its going to be pretty difficult cos this one is as crass as you can get! Last week I went to Hermès in Bangkok. My friend and I decided to get a Kelly Dépêche briefcase each because we only have the Sac à Dépêche version. All good until our cards were taken away for payment. So while we were waiting my friend asked: do you have a Birkin around by chance. The answer is no. OK nothing out-of-ordinary but the gentleman added that in Thailand you need to spend 500,000 baht (~$12,500 equivalent) with them first to get your name onto the list. I have had enough and thats the final straw. I just snapped and it made me realise how sad/lame (and a hypocrite for that matter) I have been all along buying things from a shop that I have to beg to buy! Isnt it funny that one can buy a 67,000 Chanel Haute Couture dress without having to kiss anyones foot but with this bag shop, I have to suck up to them first to earn the privilege to get on the list for a bag less a tenth of the price. If it was allowed, I want to use swear words about who do they think they are, Supreme Court judges/Law Lords? Lets talk in the US/European context, obviously no assistant will say what Ive been told in Bangkok and it is not this clear-cut. And again you can walk straight in to get a Birkin because Ive done it but I hope no one is going to argue that there is no building relationship stuff going on (a nicer and shorter way to put it is sucking up). Some are going to tell me if you cant take it then dont buy it which is what Im going to do. I already have a love-hate relationship with this brand with me giving away the Birkin to my mum but with this new clear cut evidence of arrogant attitude towards customer, I swear to God and everyone here can be my witness once I get back to Europe Im taking it back and clearing out all my Hermès trash so no one in my family will touch their stuff again!