25 Signs You Worked In Retail

25 Signs You Worked In Retail

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Gotta love retail. At times it has its good days and others you just want to throw everything to the ground and run for the nearest exit. When working in retail, there are plenty of things that never seem to change. Here is a list of things that only you know when you work retail.

1) When you try on clothes with friends/family, you make them put *everything* back where they got it.

2) It becomes hard to interact with people, and you slowly start to hate everyone.

3) You will hear over a thousand times "Do you work here?" (Looks at name badge) "Yes."

4) You prolong your breaks till the last possible second.

5) You've heard the same songs on loop for so long, outside of work you have to change the channel if you hear a song.

6) The technology breaks so often that you know exactly how to handle it because you are basically a repairman.

7) You have mastered not letting the costumers know you are faking a smile.

8) You give yourself mini pep talks from the parking lot.

9) Kids can either make or break a situation.

10) The count down to "Black Friday" starts in the summer.

11) The real motto is "The customer is always wrong" until proving to be correct.

12) When you have to tell a customer their card is declined. "Awkward."

13) When a customer lets their spawn roam wild and free. You want to hurt someone at this point.

14) Your customer blames you for something out of your control.

15) Hearing "Can I pay part card/part cash?"

16) When the customer has mistaken you for a qualified therapist.

17) When someone asks "Do you have any in the back?" you go to the back stare at your phone for a few minutes, come back out, "Sorry we seem to not have any at the moment."

18) When an item doesn't scan and the customer says "So it must be free then!" (Enter fake laugh here)

19) We don't need to hear the story about how you left your coupon at home.

20) You try to hide when the manager calls asking if anyone can do over time.

21) When you clock out, you don't walk to the exit, you high-speed run.

22) You learn to memorize the price of every item in the store.

23) When people request to speak to a manager just to hear the same thing you just said.

24) When you call in sick and you can feel your boss's hateful glare burning through the phone with the power of a thousand suns.

25) When you've put the receipt in the customer's bag and they THEN ask for it in their purse instead of just taking it out if the bag themselves.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Stop And Enjoy Where You Are

Yesterday is done and tomorrow cannot be planned

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I work at a summer camp, I spend every single day of the summer interacting with young people. They talk about everything; jobs, dating, marriage, kids, houses, college. One day I was talking to one of my campers and she was telling me all about her future life. Who she wanted to marry, what she wanted to be and her kid's names. She told me all about what college was going to be like for her, and she even had the car she was going to drive planned out. I sat there in awe at the fact she knew all of this (I barely know what I want for dinner tonight let alone what I will be doing in 10+ years). And then after the awe wore off the sadness came over me.

Why do we so often want to rush the rest of our lives?

Why do kids especially think the future will be so much more exciting?

As I grew up I was guilty of it too. I wanted my life to start, I wanted to be done with the crap, I wanted to be grown - it seemed so much more fun than being told what to do and when to do it. But now that I am (kind of) grown, and seldom told what to do or when to do it, I wish I could go back.

But at the same time, I do not.

As I sit here now I have learned to become content on where I am, maybe it is partly because I am petrified of the future. Or maybe it is because going back would mean losing all freedom. But after realizing the past and future have happened and will happen, I have learned to live in the moment. The now is better than the 'has been' or 'will be'

I guess the point of everything is stop wishing for tomorrow, stop wishing Monday's were Friday's and stop wishing winter was summer. Stop wishing your life away and be where you are now with the incredible people surrounding you. Take that random bus to nowhere, take that picture (even if someone complains), and always take a look around and realize everything you have. Because your so desired tomorrow may not have it. You only have control of right now, at this moment - make this moment worth something.

"Remember then: there is only one time that is important - Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power." - Leo Tolstoy

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