I mystery shopped another company a few years back that primarily focused on apartments. Not being a young man anymore, I got quite a few raised eyebrows when I told the target that I wanted an apartment.
Things started to get a little easier when I started to tell them that I was getting a divorce and needed a place to live. I think it helped quite a bit...but don't tell my wife. I actually had one target joke around that she just might be looking for a room mate! She kept saying that as the manager, she had a free apartment at the complex. It took a lot of talking to get out of that one.
When I came back to mystery shopping I decided to shy away from apartments for a while. I just might take someone up on their offer and then the divorce thing would get real in a hurry.
Have fun with your shops!