18 Signs You Work In Retail

18 Signs You Work In Retail

My fellow retail workers, I apologize for every mean customer you have dealt with.

Oh, retail. How much I love/hate you. You have taught me many many things. The most important of those being how to hold my temper. I have found that too often do customers feel as though they are above the cashier or worker. That regardless of what the employee tells them, they are always right. Anyone who has worked in retail knows that these signs are very true. and accurate. And will make you question why you still work in retail when let's face it, 85% of the time you hate it. (hint: it's because you love your coworkers and secretly like the place you work). But even if you love everything about working in retail (which is highly unlikely) you will still enjoy and hopefully laugh at this list below.

1. You take advantage of every second on your lunch break because you know as soon as you clock back in you will be bombarded with customer questions.

2. You also know that these customer questions you are bombarded with are absolutely ridiculous and stupid, but you still have to come up with some sort of reasonable answer to tell them. (and no, "let me go get my manager" doesn't work every time.)

3. And for those times you do know the answer to the question but the customer STILL asks for the manager and the manager tells them the same answer that you did. That's like icing on the cake.

4. Praying that your boss doesn't schedule you to work the same shift as the one coworker you can't stand.

5. But also praying that your boss does schedule you with the one coworker you love to work with.

5. You’ve heard the same 5 songs on repeat for your 8 hour shift so often that you’ve learned all of the lyrics and completely hate that you do but will still sing along.

6. You know all the hiding spots where no one can see you snacking or using your phone. (Sorry if my boss sees this).

7. But most days you don’t have enough care to hide it because you’re too exhausted to go through that amount of dedication to answer one text.

8. You do a little happy dance when your 9-10 hour day ends and you can finally go home and lay down.

9. Only to get back up at 7 am the next morning to do it all over again.

10. You’ve heard the phrases, “I printed this $100 bill this morning,” “It’s not scanning so it’s free right?” WAY too many times to count.

11. You have an obscene amount of hatred for those customers that see you closed 4 minutes ago but still waltz in and shop as if they don’t see you putting things away for the night.

12. You know that the customer is not always right. In fact, they are wrong 90% of the time but you never tell them that.

13. You've dealt with a line of 12 customers, both lines ringing on the phone, and you and one other employee left to do it all.

14. The immediate frustration when you ring everything out in the register just to have it freeze and need to be restarted.

15. You’ve learned how to deal with the most difficult of customers with a smile across your face.

16. You also know all of the regulars and get excited when you see your favorite customer walk through the door.

17. You are one of the nicest shoppers around because you know what it’s like to be the employee on the other end.

18. And you are actually happy that you've gotten the experience you did because you know how a person should actually be treated. (which is with respect and kindness, by the way.)

So, to my fellow retail workers I hope the days of crappy customer service and minimum wages are almost past you. And if not, well always remember to wear your smile :)

Cover Image Credit: HRWatchDog.com

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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