Last year I wrote a tongue in cheek post about working retail (or any service based industry) over the holiday season, and I feel that with less than a week to go until Christmas it’s due to be revived. You all may or may not know, but my day job is retail based and If you’ve ever worked in any sort of service industry or retail (and everyone should be made to work a Christmas in retail once in their life in my humble opinion) then you’ll know that familiar dread that comes this time of year. For many of us, the joy of the season is simply squashed a bit by working in retail, and regardless of what you do or don’t celebrate there is only so much Christmas music a soul can be forced to listen to. If you don’t read the rest of this post, that’s fine but I’ll leave you with this: Be nice to those who work in retail, hospitality, service industry, etc especially this time of year. You’d be surprised the last time they might have heard a ‘Thank You’ or a simple ‘You too!’ when they wished you Happy Holidays (or Merry Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah or whatever the hell else… it’s not about that people! It’s the thought!) If you have worked in such type of job industry, you might commiserate with me on some of these things…
If you’ve worked in retail, then you know these types of customers well. Let’s all have a light hearted laugh about some of these, and feel free to join in with the comments below!
The “I know you’re on your break/off shift/shopping on your day off, but could you just help me with one thing?” Customer
The “Moseying around 5 minutes after store close” Customer
The “I need this yesterday” Customer
The “How dare you wish me Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/ Festivus” Customer
The “What do you mean you’re out of stock?!?” Customer
The “Why is this line so long and why don’t they have enough staff working” Customer
If you’ve got some fun/frustrating/downright stupid stories from working in retail, please share with us below! If you’ve got some amazingly sweet customer stories let’s hear those too!
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