The People You Will Meet While Working Retail

The People You Will Meet While Working Retail

They Will Make You Question Your Job Decision

I've recently started working in retail. I knew it would be hard work I knew it would be challenging. What I didn't know was about… the customers. I would insert scary music here if this was a video so do me a favor and imagine creepy music. Good job.

But in all seriousness, retail customers are the worst. Not all of them of course. There are a few gems who appreciate the hard work it takes to serve people. There are a few people who say thank you and make the employee want to make sure their experience in the store is a productive one. Not all people who shop are terrible.

But then there are those few. Those people that make you question your job choice. Those people who if you met them in the outside world and had nothing to lose you would probably fight or at least yell at. Those people who you might even know by name because that's how traumatised you were by them. These people should not be allowed to buy anything. They are rude. They are annoying and I'm calling them out.

1. The “Rude For No Reason”

These people come into the store with an attitude. They are either frequent customers or just terrible. They can never smile, be polite, or even express gratitude. You probably know these people by name and have certain duties you perform to make sure that they have everything they want.

2. The “Let Me Speak To Your Manager”

This person is a variation of the above person. If you don't do everything they want how they want it, they will ask to speak to someone. They will call the CEO if they have to just to get you fired. They make you wish you had some other job.

3. The “Give It To Me For Free” or “Can I Get A Discount?”

These people mistake your store for a flea market or they think they are at grandma's house where if they say it in the cutest way possible they will get what they want. I can not negotiate a price I did not set! I cannot give you anything free unless it's already labeled as a sample. Do not take it upon yourself to assume anything on display is for you to eat. It's not.

4. "The Child That Needs to be disciplined."

You know the one. The kid that comes in and steals food while their parents aren't looking. The one that screams at the top of their lungs for no actual reason. The runner, who has mistaken the store for a playground. The explorer who goes behind the counter and has to see everything. The impatient kid who can't wait for their parent to pay so they take it themselves.

5. "The Parent that needs to discipline their child(ren)"

These are the people responsible for the above. So spanking is outdated. So physical discipline is frowned upon... My mom did not have to spank me. She just had this look. A look that said everything and evoked fears without a word. She was not my friend, though we have an excellent relationship. She was my parent and I understood to respect her and to behave when I was in public. It didn't take much. All she had to do was tell me what she expected and if it wasn't done, there were consequences. Parents today are too concerned with their kids being mad at them and kids are not concerned enough. This is the opposite of how it's supposed to be.

6. The “Let Me Tell You My Life story”

These people aren't rude. They're just kind of bothersome sometimes. I have no problem listening to customers but these customers don't always pick the best time to give me their autobiography. They pick times where I am busy. Times where I need to help someone who is actually going to buy something. Times where I am in the middle of completing a task and only stopped briefly to ask if they needed help and instead I'm standing in the middle of the store, broom in one hand and ladder in the other listening to this person talk about how they once went on tour with Bon Jovi and can only eat boiled chicken when it's raining and that Donald Trump is a robot sent to Earth to confuse us all.

7. The “Oh, nothing, I'm just looking”

These people again aren't rude but they are always… just… looking. They walk around the entire store. They ask questions about each item that is sold there and then… they leave. They have bought nothing. They have only wasted time. Maybe they get a kick out of it. Maybe it's the highlight of their day. But for the employee. It's the Bane of their existence

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And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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