8 Priceless Things You Learn Working Retail

8 Priceless Things You Learn Working Retail

Aside from how to drown out the same songs that the store plays over and over.

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I went into 2018 with the goal of getting my first job and am now working at an unnamed retail store for over half a year and decided to make a list of something that you don't fully learn until working retail yourself

Middle age – elderly women are THE WORST customers 

I have never had a problem with a customer that was a man or that was under 40, so I am truly convinced that it's (almost) impossible to have a positive experience with an older woman. They truly think that they are right about everything and can do your job better than you

Black Friday really is the worst holiday 

Setting up for Black Friday is just one reason that I now HATE the holiday (yes I will still go shopping because I also hate myself). It is also the ultimate form of stress for everyone at a retail store because you have unbelievable sale goals from corporate and you have impatient customers and tired associates. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

Theft is an everyday occurrence in every store 

My favorite thing is that the customers think they are being slick but really they have already been reported and will more than likely not make it out of the door with the items they are attempting to steal. truly. At my store we have HUNDREDS of cameras so like please just give up that Nike hoodie — it isn't that cute anyways

The customer isn't always right 

I can not tell you how many people have gotten upset with me because of the price of an item. As if a sales associate gets a say in how an item is priced! Also if you don't like a price on an item, why bring it up to checkout anyways?

Just as much as customers talk shit about you, you will talk shit about them to other co-workers 

The break room at my work is one big gossip session about the impossible people we deal with daily and its honestly the best stress reliever to just be able to let out all your frustration with coworkers.

If you work fitting rooms, they will never be clean

I swear no matter how many times I run clothes back and clean out the rooms, the racks fill up in 0.2 seconds and a lot of the time it's like 6 sizes of the same thing as if they really didn't even know close to their size.

How to perfect the "customer service voice and smile"

No, I am not that happy and yes, I am also uncomfortable, but if my boss sees me not smiling, I'll have my ass handed to me.

IT IS ACTUALLY HARD WORK *PRETENDS TO BE SHOCKED*

Standing on your feet for eight hours and running around a store all day and adhering to all the customers needs takes a toll on you. It's not easy, and a lot of people don't take the into account

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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