Start treating retail employees with respect 2019

It’s 2019, It’s Time To Start Treating Retail Workers With The Respect They Deserve

To anyone who enjoys shopping at the mall or any store for that matter, start treating the employees with some respect!

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Dear shoppers,

On behalf of all my fellow individuals working in retail, including myself, stop treating us like we are terrible people.

If you enjoy shopping or buying gifts for people at the mall, or any store for that matter, stop treating the employees like you own the place because I can assure you, YOU DON'T!

I work as a key holder in retail and my biggest annoyance is when I get a customer that acts like I owe them something. I enjoy working in retail as I see it as fun and suitable due to the fact I enjoy fashion and clothing trends. So, please stop ruining it for me and everyone else that works in the store.

If I and everyone else in the store are doing our jobs correctly and trying our very best to make your experience pleasurable, then why do you act like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? I mean if you did, that's fine, but me working in retail gives you no reason to disrespect me as I fold your clothes and put them in your bag for you.

And please don't EVEN get me started on the people that snap at me to get them a fitting room. I am not an animal. I am a human being that understands your needs. A simple, "May I have a fitting room?" is a standard question that I understand and can accommodate for you.

Also, if a fixture is marketed as "jeans 50% off" and you pick up a shirt off that same fixture and complain to me that the marketing is misleading, that's not any employees fault in the store because we don't design the marketing or pick the layout. Us retail employees are given a list of what is now on-sale and how the item should be marketed, so please stop yelling at us about it!

If you can't come into a clothing store and act respectful to the employees that are trying to help you and give you excellent customer service, then please just don't come in at all. It ruins our experience as employees.

I understand that you people might feel that it's okay to give attitude and sass to retail workers because most associates are teenagers or college kids, but news flash sister, it's not okay — especially when some of the employees really enjoy their job in retail.

Especially around the holiday season, you'd think that the customers would be more pleasant as holidays usually brings out the best in people, but to be completely honest most of you are so brutal. It's honestly just sad that some of you treat retail workers the way you do.

How would you feel if you were working so hard at your job and then a customer just came in and acted so brutal to you and made you feel terrible for no reason? Probably not so great, right. So treat others how you would like to be treated. I promise you, it's not that hard.

Now I know not every person that works in retail is the most bubbly or outgoing but everyone is there to make sure you find what you're looking for and to make sure that you essentially come back.

I've experienced some of the most awesome customers first hand and also some of the worst. It's bound to happen, but does it really have to happen? All that I'm saying is, if you want the best customer experience in your favorite store then come in and act like it's your favorite store.

Lastly, if you don't have experience working in retail, please do not tell me how to do my job because I know for a fact I would never try and tell you how to do yours if I didn't know how to do so.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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I Am A Shopaholic Who Is Easily Enabled, Please Send Help

No, seriously, please do...tell them to bring cash, too.

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I remember the circumstances right before I first started college. I had worked a summer job and just got paid. My parents helped me set up a bank account that came with a debit card, and I had just been granted access to Amazon Prime…It all went downhill from there. I think I blew through more than $500 the first night and the other $400 or so over the next two weeks.

One thing I learned about myself is that when I have no money, I am not really lacking in anything. I am content in life. I can go on, unbothered. However, the moment I have some money on hand, there are suddenly so many things I find myself "needing." I have all these flashlights, watches, supplements, sneakers, and rings to pick from.

Sometimes, I stop to imagine how much money I would have to my name if I knew how to save any of it…maybe I would be able to pay my college fees, or at least a decent portion of them. I probably could. However, then, I think about all the things that would be missing in my room if I had not bought them. My room would be much emptier, barer shelves and emptier drawers. It is honestly a toss up on what is the better option, money to spare or little knick-knacks to enjoy.

I have a problem. I admit it. I can control it slightly by creating many extensive and specific Amazon wish lists so that I can siphon off some of the itching urges to buy by stocking different items on "maybe later" categories, things I would buy if I won the lottery, had a steady income, or just had the money I could spend without handicapping myself. This listing system only backfires when I decide I could afford to buy one of the listed items then decide that since I am getting that one thing, I could afford to buy that other thing. Boom! Next thing I know, five minutes later, there are 10 items in my cart, and my wallet is three figures lighter.

I know I do not actually need some (many) of the things I bought, but I do enjoy having them. Some are helpful. Some are fun or make things slightly easier or surprising. I do need to (and plan to) work on my impulse control because, often, something pops into my head that I suddenly would really like to have. In seconds, I have Amazon open, and it will arrive in two days. My bank account is taking hits left and right.

Is there a point to this article? Not really. I just have this problem and I am sure I am not the only one. Just being relatable here. It's hard. Some much to buy. So little cash to dish out. All of this stems from my general lack of self-discipline. I procrastinate. I speak before thinking. I take on more than I can handle, and I often forget to or neglect to take care of my basic needs. If it was just up to me with no other obligations, I would spend my life either hibernating and reading in bed for hours. That sounds nice.

I could just try winning the lottery.

It took me too long and too much energy just to write this article.

I figure that trying to address my compulsive buying would be like treating a symptom of a much more expansive and underlying problem of self-indulgence and the lack of control over many aspects of my life. I should focus my attention on the root of all my issues…but that is so much work…

Maybe later.

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