When I get my hair cut I always go to the same chain location, because it's on my way home from work and convenient. I don't have a particular stylist, so I don't make an appointment and just walk in and take the first available person. For the most part I don't care who cuts my hair, as they mostly all do a good job. However, there is one person who I have consistently had a bad experience with, and I would like to try to avoid getting her again.
When I arrive I just put my name on a list, and I don't know who I'll get until they walk up and call my name. Is there a polite way to request a different stylist once I've realized it's someone I don't want?
This person cut my hair just a couple days ago, and that's when I decided I want to avoid getting her in the future, so I haven't had the opportunity to try anything yet. One thing I have considered is checking in at the desk instead of at the machine, and when they ask if I have a preference I can ask who is available. This only requires me learning the name of the one person. I would like to find an option that still gives me the flexibility to stop in at my convenience without making an appointment.