I went to buy something today, in a physical store. Suddenly, at pay time, while I was focused on finding the purse on my bag, the assistant asked something that I didn't get:
"Have you downloaded our app?"
I looked at him, my hands clutching my purse about to be open to pay. Your app? Why would I...?, I wondered for a second. But my honesty won over politeness and hypocrisy:
I felt that final sting of doubt, of restraint--do I, do I not? But this was the equivalent of flashing a full screen banner before I type in my credit card number at check out time in an online shop. An unwelcome interruption. Awful.
"And I won't. Because it's pointless."
"Is that because you don't have an smartphone?"
"No, it's because I don't want your app. What's the point? I don't need it. And I am sorry that you have to ask this."
No, it's not OK. It's not OK for you and it's not OK for me. It's wholly stupid.
Stores of the world, I am NOT going to download your app.
We will be talking business then.