Thursday, September 17, 2015
I got a million of these stories.... #Workingretail
Working retail is a lesson in patience or to put it a better way, to be a good retail worker you must have the ability to be patient in the face of the idiot-ness of people. Believe me, in retail when it comes to customers, you get a nice bag of nuts! Customers, at times, can be friendly, funny and at other times... just down right infuriating. The key to being a good retail worker is learning how to do your job well despite the personality of the customer you are waiting on. To have patience & politeness regardless. Now, don't get me wrong, the majority of our customers are nice, most are friendly & treat us well. But every now & then you get someone who test you. For instance the other day, I'm waiting on a guy who can at times be "problematic". He's just a little high-struck let's say. He tends to fly off the handle a bit. He's a "regular" so I've gotten used to him & his, for lack of a better word.. . "quirks". So I'm ok, when he tells me, "I need to use 2 "gift cards" & an ebt card to buy these 4 diet sodas I (ummm) "need " because I only have like a dollar on each one card" It's fine. Hey, he's not yelling & making a scene, which he's done in the past, so I just go with it. Yup, that's fine, no problem at all! Honestly, it doesn't really bother me, one way or another.... as I like to say, I'm here all night regardless. BUT as usually happens, he's a talker, & starts talking to me about how he needs these sodas & how he's so happy they are on sale cause he only has a little money left. I just nod my head & smile. He mentions something about "having to drink diet" because he's diabetic. Which for reasons beyond my comprehension really irritates the lady behind him. Who in all honesty is probably just annoyed with his slow ass way of paying. BUT she says.... "Diet soda is soooooo bad for you!! It's worse than regular. You should just drink water" blah blah blah (I'm quietly willing this woman to just be quiet knowing how unstable this particular customer can be) & he follows right along,.... "Really?? well everyone has their vices... " blah blah... "atleast I don't smoke, I know this friend of mine who smokes all the time" blah blah... She follows up with.... "well there are just so many chemicals in there" blah blah I'm thinking to my self... just mind your business lady. But she goes on about asper(crap)tain & Phenalena(crap)aline... & blah blah blah. Finally... thankfully... the usually "unrational" guy decides he has had enough. THEN THE MOST hypocritical thing ever comes out of this woman's mouth. "Can I have 5 packs of Marlboro menthol cigarettes?". I just stare at her for the briefest of moments while willing the voice in side my head that's screaming at this woman who should have just received the nomination for hypocrite of the year, to please not let my face show her how I feel. I mean come on...really???? 5 PACKS of cigarettes & you have the nerve to question this man's choice of diet soda. Her glass house must be a mansion.. WOW! I just smiled & wished her well. A little proud of myself for another successful experience with the idiots of our world. Yup... that's retail.