For anyone out there who feels the unfortunate pain that lingers inside you when you work in retail, you may relate to this post a little too much.
- YOU HAVE TO BE NICE ALL THE TIME
No matter what happens you have to be nice. Like a robot you have to be in a good mood all the time and sometimes that just isn’t possible! It doesn’t matter if the customer has just outright slagged you and your job off, you have to be extra courteous and lovely to the wonderful shopper because that is the amazing thing about ‘customer service’.
2. EVERYONE TALKS TO YOU LIKE YOU ARE STUPID
Many see people working in retail as stupid as it is hardly a ‘career’. They see someone who hasn’t got any brains and just stacks cheese and onion crisps onto the shelves or scans the old lady’s apple pies. But some of us are studying for a degree, and quite frankly working in retail can be super, super hard!
3. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT
Arguably, the worst thing about working in retail is how the customer is always right. Even when they are wrong and THEY TOO know they are wrong. What is worse is when they use that to their advantage. PURE EVIL.
4. YOU HAVE TO WORK WEEKENDS
It should be illegal to work Sundays.
4. YOU HAVE TO WORK HOLIDAYS
Who even needs a Supermarket on Boxing Day?
5. PEOPLE ASK STUPID QUESTIONS
Customer: “Can you check if there are any more of these in the back?”
Worker: “No there isn’t I just put them all out onto the shelves.”
Customer: “Can you just go and double check?”
6. YOU HAVE HEARD THE SAME JOKE A MILLION TIMES
And by the same customer.
7. YOU HAVE TO STAND UP ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAY
There is nothing worse than having to be constantly on your feet for a nine-hour shift. Walking from one end of the shop to another ten times in a row really does take its toll.
8. YOU ARE EITHER DELIGHTED WITH THE SAME SOUNDRACK ALL DAY OR THE SOUND OF A SCREAMING TODDLER (And if you’re lucky, both!)
Hearing ‘Justin Bieber- Love Yourself’ accompanied by the sound of a child screaming is what I like to call… Soul destroying.
10. LASTLY, YOU HAVE TO WEAR THE HIDEOUS UNIFORM
And if all that wasn’t bad enough, you have to look like a complete idiot whilst doing it… Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
I guess all these things just highlight how rubbish working in retail really is. But, it could be worse.. you could not be getting paid for it.