Working At A Convenience Store Is A Real Inconvenience

Working At A Convenience Store Is A Real Inconvenience

Working in retail isn't what you think it is.
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Anyone who works at a convenience store knows that it isn't always convenient. Whether you work at a gas station, a fast food restaurant or really any retail position in general, you'll probably relate to these struggles.

1. Customers are just plain rude.

No matter where you go you're probably going to find rude people, but if you really want to catch a glimpse at more than a few impudent people, just work in retail. I couldn't tell you the amount of unnecessarily rude and belligerent customers I've had to work with, but those disrespectful customers end up becoming the butt of our jokes and a good laugh is something I'll take any day of the week.

2. Your coworkers don't seem to want to do their jobs.

It never fails. You show up to work in a great mood, ready for the day, only to find out that the store is an absolute disaster and you have to be the one to put it back into order. You often find yourself wondering, "What does everyone do all day?" and "How did nothing get done?" even though you already know the answer— your coworkers are lazy and inefficient.

3. Sometimes coworkers don't even want to show up for their jobs.

As if people not doing their jobs wasn't bad enough, a lot of times they won't even show up for their shifts. You watch the clock wondering, "Is so-and-so going to come in or...?" while you simultaneously scramble to find a replacement just in case. Whether it be calling in last minute, not calling or showing up at all, or claiming they didn't know they had to work (even though the schedule has been posted for over a week) we know this struggle all too well.

4. "This is how much? That's outrageous!"

I know, right? I mean, I'd give you a discount if I could just to get you to leave the store quicker, but unfortunately I don't make the prices. Now, are you going to buy that or just stand here and yell at me for something I have no control over?

5. You're only as fast as your slowest customer.

Getting people out the door quickly is usually your specialty until someone comes up to the register that takes absolutely for-ev-er. When a rush of people come to cash out you get in a groove scanning their items, taking their money, bagging their things, and sending them on their way but let's face it: you'll still only ever be as fast as your slowest customer.

6. The customer is always (but pretty much never) right.


We're told that the customer is always right, but undoubtedly the customer is really the only one that believes that load of bull. I never realized just how many people know everything there is to know about my job and the place I work at... except they don't, but you can't tell them that!

7. "All you have to do is stand at a register."

This one really gets me. Let's just take a moment to pray for the people who think all our job requires is for us to stand at a register and wait for people to come pay for things. How do you think things get put on the shelves? How do you think the food gets prepared? How do you think anything happens at this place if all I do all day is stand at my register? Don't worry, I'll wait for your answer, because apparently I've got plenty of time for that.

8. Regular customers that make you want to run away when you see them coming

I think we've all got those customers that we absolutely dread. You see them approaching and you contemplate finding some place to hide until they're gone, until you realize you're the one that has to wait on them. You've got the customers that take forever to get their things in order before allowing you to cash out the next person, the ones who are unbearably loud and obnoxious, those who always want to stand at your register and talk your ear off, the ones who always give you a hard time... the list seems to be endless! The longer I've worked in retail, the more annoyances I've found with some of the customers who come in regularly.

9. People tend to quit shortly after being hired.

Ever have that 'last man standing' feeling, watching employees come and go? Sometimes I wonder what makes them apply for the job in the first place if they're just going to up and quit two months later. Did they not realize that they were actually going to have to work...at work? Or maybe they wanted more hours and instead of earning them, they just decided they'd try and find a place that would give them 40-plus hours right from the start. Whatever the reason is, you're glad they're gone but wish there were more reliable workers who would apply for their position.

10. You always hear people talking about how we don't deserve the amount of money we're making because we made a mistake.

I mean, I get it. You pull up to the drive-thru at McDonald's or walk into Starbucks expecting to get exactly what you order and you're furious when they get your order wrong. Most of the time we apologize profusely, correct the mistake to the best of our ability, and in a lot of cases you get your money back or a free item of some sort for the inconvenience. But there are still those people who take things a little too far and demand that we try to live on ridiculously low wages just because we make mistakes like any normal human being. You'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) at how many customers actually give their order wrong and then assume the employee got it wrong. We don't deserve to make less than a livable wage just because we make mistakes; we're still people and we have to earn a living just like you do.

11. Dealing with people who question why you need to see their I.D.

Well, for one, it's the law, and for two, it's my job. Tell me again where you're getting confused by this concept. And no, I don't care if you're in here all the time. I'm not going to lose my job because you left your I.D. at home or you're just too lazy to take it out of your wallet.

12. "What do you mean you can't break a hundred?"

I mean I literally do not have enough money in my register to give you change for a hundred dollar bill for a two dollar item you wish to buy, especially considering the last two people just did the same exact thing.

13. "Can't you open another register?"

Well, golly! That sounds like a splendid idea! I was hoping to ring out this entire line of angry impatient customers but, you're right! I should just stop my coworkers from doing their important and productive tasks in order to make your wait just a couple minutes shorter. Thank you, I hadn't thought of that, except that there isn't anyone else who can get on a register right now so, unfortunately, you're stuck with me. Have a nice day!

14. Being called in to work...now that's an inconvenience.

You're finally enjoying a day off from work which feels like something you never actually get to do, when you hear your phone ring. You curse to yourself as you realize that it's work and debate answering it or just letting it go to voicemail, but you know if they're calling you on your day off that there is probably no other option and they really do need your help. Being the good employee you are, you throw on your work clothes and head out the door, trying to remind yourself that this is just more money in the bank. Maybe you'll be able to enjoy your next day off...whenever that is.

15. Is it that hard to put the money in my hand?

I don't know if holding your hand out is something you do for fun but typically when I have my hand out at work it's because that's where your money goes. Not on the counter, not thrown in my face— it goes in my hand. I realize I might be doing something at the very moment that you have your money out but I promise it isn't like burning coals, it won't hurt you to hold on to it for a moment or so while I finish what I'm doing on the register. I hold your change out for as long as it takes for you to take it from my hand because it's polite and much more efficient than throwing some wadded up bills your way.

16. "So... where were you yesterday?"

Those employees that just mysteriously fall off the face of the earth on the day they're supposed to come into work — gotta love 'em. They don't show up for their shift, don't answer your calls or texts, and you start to wonder if maybe something's wrong. But then the next day, they show up for their shift as if nothing ever happened and don't even address the fact that they were nowhere to be found the day before. You're left baffled, wondering why they haven't acknowledged their obvious absence and aren't sure whether it's your place to ask them where the heck they were or why they didn't at least call in if they weren't going to show up. Even when you do try to ask, they dodge the question and you're still left wondering what in the world went on the day before.

17. Travelers drive you nuts.

They have accents you can't understand, speak languages you don't know how to speak, and a lot of the time they don't know how things work around your area — but somehow it's never their fault, it's always yours. Whether it be that they don't understand what pre-paying for gas is, they don't like the price of an item, or they try to ask you about things you just don't know the answers to, you're bound to get yelled at for something that is completely out of your control.

18. You have to work weekends.

Little known fact about most gas stations, restaurants, or basically any retail business — they're open on the weekends! Yes, the customers definitely know this but a lot of the employees still haven't grasped that concept. When you sign up to work in retail, you sign up for weekends too. We all want to have weekends off but the simple fact is, it isn't possible.

19. "Aren't you supposed to be smiling?"

This is probably one of the most annoying things to hear throughout your day. How in the world do customers expect you to smile continuously for six or more straight hours, and who are they to tell you to smile, anyway? Are we not allowed to relax our faces once in a while? We're human too, we feel emotion, and we really feel the pain in our faces after a long day of smiling at (almost) every single person to walk through the door.

Until you work in retail, you won't be able to fully understand the annoyance and the stress of working in a place like a convenience store, gas station, fast food place, or otherwise. It may not seem like much to you, but after hours of grinning and bearing it, it becomes slightly exhausting, and there really is no end to the amount of crap we take from people every day.

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Nursing students everywhere have all similar struggles and can all come to an equal understanding when it comes to school. Many things come right to mind when I think of how much my life has changed since I made the decision to study nursing.

I have gave up a lot just to allow myself to go through this schooling but it was all proven to be worth it. If you are a nursing student I can almost guarantee all of these will spark an insight into what it is like.

1. Coffee is our water

It should seriously be "Nurses run on Dunkin" because the hours spent studying, waking up at the crack of dawn for clinical, the lack of sleep, the amount of school work, etc. would not at all be possible without the energy that coffee gives us.

2. Broke is an understatement

Who can work when you have probably more than one nursing exam, 2 care plans due on two different patients, clinical paperwork, ATI's, homework, etc? Squeezing in time to work is seriously a hard task and so money is often sparse and being a broke college student becomes an understatement.

3. College students go out every weekend?

Of course nursing students do get to go out from time to time, but the whole "I am a college student and go out 4 days a week" is not a thing to us. We know the struggles of having time to go out but realizing we have to do an assignment a week ahead of time because we know about how much we will be slammed with during the week. There is no such thing as free time when you are a nursing student. More like a study party. And when we do go out after a while, it is a complete and utter disaster.

4. Chose the answer that is most correct

Nursing students know the real struggle of narrowing down a test question to two answers because of all the 4 answers on a test question they are all correct; except you have to chose the answer that is MOST correct. It is not just a regular test where there is a right answer. You are ALWAYS right but it's not always the best answer.

5. Don't forget, select all that apply

This "select all that apply" is 10x worse than choosing the answer that is most correct. It doesn't matter if you have 2 of the 3 answers that are correct, you still get the entire question wrong. Not to mention, almost every single question on our licensing exam is select all that apply. If you think these are easy, you are simply not human.

6. Mental breakdowns and saying "I'm changing majors"

The daily to weekly mental breakdowns of hysterical crying and anxiety attacks because all of the things expected of us just do not seem possible. It's okay to admit that you have said several times that you wanted to change your major because of how difficult it is to keep up and pass. You manage to get through it though with hard work and dedication.

7. Saying goodbye to straight A's

Although you may have had straight A's in high school, say goodbye to that 4.0 GPA you were hoping for. You envy college students that have straight A's but you also don't realize that they also don't study nursing. We tend to be so hard on ourselves for not getting perfect grades but we truly don't get ourselves enough credit for just passing (which may I mention is about an 80 to even pass a class).

8. Dreading writing care plans (Rn Dx, Related To, As Evidenced By)

You think nursing students just go to clinical to learn how to care for patients to learn? WRONG. SO WRONG. We spend HOURS after clinical making care plans, reflections, SBAR assignments, etc. to hand in to our clinical professor on time on top of all the other class work we have to do for our other nursing classes.

9. What is sleep?


Have a test tomorrow? Who cares if you studied a week in advance, you know for sure you will be up the whole night up until the test is that morning. Have homework due in class? You know you will be up well past 3 in the morning finishing it.

10. Not yet a nurse, but friends and family sure as hell think you are

When friends or family talk about a possible medical condition and ask you to help them, you always have to remind them that you are not yet a nurse. Yet, they still want your opinion even though you have no idea if you are right or wrong. Nursing students are always receiving texts and calls from their friends that are being hypochondriacs or are sick.

11. More reading to do than reading the bible 7 times

There is no such thing as "finishing all of your reading." Teachers assign 4 chapter readings, let me remind you. One chapter is at least 50 pages of text book readings. Also, don't forget you have to outline all this reading because you know you are guaranteed to forget over half the stuff you have read.

12. Friends from nursing school are different from the rest

You can have all the best friends in the world but nothing compares to your nursing friends. They understand EVERYTHING you are going through. They know the struggle, the hardships, and the amount of stress each of you are under. I don't think it is possible to survive nursing school without them (shout out to Alexis and Jenna). They are there through every failure and every success.

13. Getting used to waking up while it's still dark for clinical

Every nursing student knows this struggle for sure and we might as well get used to it.

14. You hate bodily fluids? Might as well change your major

Nursing majors care and love more for other people that they are willing to clean up every single type of bodily fluid possible no matter what the situation. We are experts at wiping butt if you like it or not.

15. But...No matter what there is no other life we would chose

Nursing is not a career, it is a calling. It is the most amazing thing in this world there is to do. A nurse cares for someone else so much more than they do for themselves, and they don't even have to know the person. All the sweat, tears, blood, etc. are all worth it to us. "The best way to find yourself is in the service of others."

16. There is NO such thing as 'syllabus week'

Doesn't matter if your first class of the semester is one hour or if it is three hours there is never just a syllabus week. You are always staying the whole class and you are always beginning material.

17. Every week is finals week

Every week feels like finals week. The amount of stress and work due each week is overwhelming. But somehow we manage to get it done.

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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"

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When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

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"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

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2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

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Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

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But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

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There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school

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