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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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Danger Of Future Tripping

Making small goals can help you achieve a better tomorrow.


The future is mysterious. Because of this elusive, unknown timeline we all face, why shouldn't we spend our time daydreaming of our distant goals and desires? These dreams have a tendency to taunt us in our seemingly boring present life. But it feels so wonderful to visualize ourselves in a better, distant state of absolute satisfaction and fulfillment in all aspects of our future. This visual that we create of a happier, healthier, and stronger self, is what we consider to be our ending goal; our definition of success.

So what is future tripping, and why is it detrimental to our future success and present satisfaction with our lives? According to future tripping is a "human condition of peering into the imagined future and anticipating the outcome," but what's wrong with visualizing our "perfect" future career, future lifestyle, and future home, with a wood burning stove and all? Well, before I completely bash visualizing a "better" you, I have to give it credit because it gives you a motivator. The issue is that people, including myself, get so caught up in what we want rather than what we need to do to achieve this version of ourselves and our life.

If we were to only focus on our ending goal, we are creating an existence of madness, and impatience. We need to begin making smaller goals and smaller effort in an effort to become better. A peer of mine said something the other day that struck home. In my own words, he said, "You can only be better than the person you were yesterday." What a simple, achievable goal to work on daily. It sets the bar low, making it easier to feel satisfied as you lie in bed at night and think, "What did I do today that made me a better me than yesterday?" In making these small, easily achievable goals daily, you are working towards this future "self" you wish to become. In other words, you must walk before you can run.

The sooner we begin rewiring our consciousness to confront our current life, self, and mini goals, the more attainable and realistic our far-off goals will become. Each day must be lived, that is a fact. If we are always thinking about tomorrow, or a year from now, or decades from now, we are wasting the precious opportunities of living, exploring, and growing that today offers. If we continue to romanticize and future trip, our levels of current satisfaction will begin to plateau.

I'd like to add and reiterate, that it is good to plan, and that it is good to have an overarching goal to work towards. College presents a perfect environment for structuring your goals (career/life path), and giving you daily errands (homework) that slowly, but surely, take you closer to your desired outcome.

So I hope that in reading this, you will start to catch yourself from future tripping in those moments of current disappointment and make a goal to make tomorrow better.

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