I was at a sports shop yesterday and I was looking at a few caps they had for sale. I saw one very unique San Diego Padres cap and I asked the worker there if he could get me one in my size to try on.
The cap had not been worn before, so the brim of it was flat. But since I find the flat-brimmed style as something I don’t like, nor feel comfortable wearing, I started to bend the brim of it before I put it on. I like all of my caps bills bent — it feels better to me.
Then another worker (wearing a flat-brimmed cap) at the store saw me bending and scolded me for bending it, threatening me that if I bend the bill, I have to buy it. He claimed that bending the bill of the cap decreases its value.
I questioned back, asking how could I try on the cap if I can’t try it on the way I wear it? There is a different feel with a flat compared to a bend. How could I try the cap on if I can’t wear it the way it was meant to be worn?
He didn’t know how to respond. I left the store without buying anything.
I understood his point for keeping the bills flat, but he made it seem like flat was the only way to wear caps. Does this make sense to you? I know flat is a preference for some, but it isn’t for everyone. I like my bills bent and I feel that I have a right to bend the cap in order to see if it fits me right.
Has the flat-brimmed cap become so popular that people actually think it’s the only way to roll?