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

Cover Image Credit: Flickr

Popular Right Now

You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

Cover Image Credit: Jessy Scott

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Even When You Don't Have It In You

For the struggling college student at the start of a new semester.


The above picture represents a stage in my life that I thought I would never get through. I had just finished final exams and was terrified of the outcome of my last semester as a Junior. I had experienced so many mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks from a series of events and low places that I found myself in throughout the semester, so much that my mom had to stay with me during final exams. I needed encouragement, and I needed it bad.

Kind of like right now, and I'm sure that some of you might find yourself in the same place.

While the start of a new semester looks shiny and promising, there is always that point when reality begins to settle in, and you realize that responsibilities are resurfacing just as fast as they left at the onset of Christmas break.

You show up to the first day of classes, all of your professors throw a syllabus at you, as well as your final exam date, and you begin to feel your forehead break out in sweat. We've all been there, and that is precisely the place that I found myself at while sitting in my first ever 8 AM of my college career.

Not only do we attend classes, but nightly meetings as well, all while attempting to retain a social life and keep up with our mental health.

It's A LOT. I know it. I've been there.

There have been days when I wanted to simply throw in the towel, and quit school altogether.

I have been at the point when I couldn't find even a sliver of motivation to get me through the meetings, the extra credit seminars, work, or even to church.

The feeling of defeat is nothing new to me, but what I have learned is something that will forever be a constant even though my motivation level is not always.

The Lord doesn't love you because you do everything right, or you attend every meeting and aren't a second late... The Lord loves you because of you are His, and that will never change.

See, regardless of our level of perfection in a certain class or at a meeting, he is always constant, always.

Regardless of our inability to give ourselves creditor to take time to breathe, his loves you fully, with no prerequisites.

That is what had gotten me through the majority of my sleepless night when a responsibility or test kept me awake at night with anxious thoughts.

Regardless of our performance, or how good we look to the people of this Earth, our worth is found in God, and we must not let performance or standards of society fog up our sight of that.

Related Content

Facebook Comments