Work in retail they said. It'll look great on your resume they said. Well, did they tell you it'd make you feel great? Nah, here's what it's really like to work a day in retail.
You get to work, and there are what seems like thousands of customers in the store
So you go to the back, grab a headset, and see some of your favorite coworkers there
Knowing that your friends are here, you're ready to head to the battlefield with your biggest smile: the sales floor
On the battle ground, you come across the first enemy: customers who ignore you completely
But as you go to help someone else, the ones who ignored you somehow crawl back to you and now want your attention
Eventually you're able to help a few customers, and that makes you feel really good about yourself
But then you encounter the second enemy: the annoying customer
They ask you questions about products that haven't been sold in 10+ years
Or they ask you about getting a discount on a product, sometimes on one that's already on sale...
Alas you get saved by your manager, who moves you to cash wrap
You encounter a customer who wants to return something, yet doesn't have the receipt
Then they demand to talk to the manager, who you know will just give them the same answer
You then meet more customers who demand to use every coupon possible, no matter what the expiration date may be
And then they remove their card too early from the scanner, canceling the transaction
Then the customer starts getting mad and yelling at you for no reason
After the fun times at cash wrap end, you move to stocking shelves or fixing displays
You make a beautiful display and feel like you've saved the world
So you move on to the next one, only to find the previous display getting destroyed by a careless customer
That same customer proceeds to ask you a question, and you have to help them though you so don't want to
Then all of the sudden people start yelling in the headset, making you balance two conversations at once, which is not easy
Sooner or later, you get put to work the dressing rooms, which end up getting destroyed by a tornado of clothes
But then you see one of your customers actually deciding to buy the product YOU helped them pick out
But then they forget to mention your name at cash wrap...
After a long day of work, you finally get to take your break and hang out with your work buddies!
You think your shift is almost over, but then you look at the clock and see you've only been there for like thirty minutes
But as you and your coworkers bond, you realize that you CAN get through the shift
And that through all the struggles, those employee discounts are really worth it
So at the end of the day, you determine that retail isn't so bad after all
Until you remember you have to work floor set...
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