6 Things Everyone Working Retail During The Holidays Knows

6 Things Everyone Working Retail During The Holidays Knows

Not every customers is going to be pleased with your services.
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To all my fellow retail workers who can relate, I recently started working in retail and it is my first job working in retail. This job appeals to people and others not so much. I can not account for the many people who find it appealing. I for one do not typically enjoy it and the one thing I hate most is working retail during holidays. The herds of people who trample in to do last minute shopping or the herd of people that come in daily. The constant feeling of being rushed to help customers and the long hours you work with no recognition of the hard work you pulled off can be upsetting at the end of the day. These are the struggles of working in retail during a holiday.

1. Constant lines of people waiting to be helped.

If you work in retail and have worked holidays you know what I am talking about. The questions never end and the line of people at the registers never seem to end either.

2. "Where is ___________?"

The late shoppers who come in looking for a particular item that we did carry a week ago but since they are shopping the day before the holiday of course we are out! What did you expect?

3. When the customer cannot find the item that was right in front of their face...

I mean come on, there are only four aisles of seasonal merchandise and you're asking me where something is that was right in front of your face. Slow your roll and take your time. Life is not a rush.

4. When the customer has an attitude because they had to wait for help.

I am only one person and I cannot simply help more than one person at once. Be patient and I will be patient when I help you. It is not just you who needs help.

5. A customer has 6 separate transactions

One of the busiest times of the year and you choose to do this now? I feel bad for myself for being put through this but also for all the customers waiting in line... "Sorry about that".

6. Telling the customer that we are out but they still want you to get another employee just to make sure...

Customers make no sense, if we tell you it's out then it's out. The next employee will tell you the same, nothing will change in the couple seconds it takes me to find someone else.

So to my fellow retail workers, good luck this next holiday and I hope you make it out stress free, but maybe that is asking for too much. Just remember to remain calm because you do in fact need this job and you can not afford to lose it. So with that in mind just know that you are not the only one dealing with this nonsense. As much as the customers ask ridiculous questions and many do not believe you, it is okay because what matters is you tried to help. Not every customer is going to be pleased with your services. So happy next holiday retail workers hope its as much fun for you as it was for me.


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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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The Stages of Planning a Target Run

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Target is the place where a shopper’s dreams come true. Where else can you find the perfect mix of everyday essentials and random items that you didn't even know you needed, all while pushing a giant red cart?? Usually, one of these trips require days, sometimes even weeks of planning. Okay- fine, you could also just stop by quickly one day later this week, too. Regardless, every Target run occurs in the following stages:

Running low on a crucial part of your daily routine - This is the slow realization that a Target run is in your imminent future. You start to get excited for shopping for mundane essentials.

Contemplating what else you need - Or most likely, what other random things you WANT…

Making a List - In an effort to avoid spending an entire day inside the Target store. Because time literally slows down once you push through those automatic glass doors

Bonus points if you color-code by aisle or department.

Checking the Cartwheel App - Checking the Cartwheel app for deals and coupons could either really benefit your wallet or really drain your savings. Who knew candy was on sale for buy 2 get 1 free this week only??!?

Deciding on a Date/Time - Deciding on the exact day & time is crucial because you want to make sure you have enough time to wander the aisles after finalizing your master list. You don't want to rush through your Target run after all!

Crossing the first items off your list - After arriving at the store, you efficiently maneuver the cart and check off the first items on your list.

Getting distracted by the display - You are making great time when you spot a display of new/limited edition/ Target exclusive merchandise. Why did they have to put that display in plain view??

Realizing you have been shopping for approximately a million hours - How long have you been in the black hole that is inside every Target location. Has anyone missed you yet? Does anyone even know where you are?? Kidding, EVERYONE knows where you are!

Checking Out - You gaze happily at the full cart as you wheel it towards an available cashier and start unloading your purchases. Overall, you got everything on your list and only a few random impulse buys.

Getting home and realizing you are running out of another crucial item - Once you return home with your arms full of Target bags and start putting all your purchases away, you realize you are almost out of hairspray/ hand soap/ sticky notes. Looks like you need to plan another Target run!

Good luck on all your Target adventures!

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