We often take that employee helping us for granted. Yes they are being paid, but retail employees put up with a lot or grief for very little reward. Read the list below to see the everyday problems retail workers face.
#1. When a customer asks you if you work there, and you’re wearing a name tag, headset, and uniform.
“Nope I wear these for fun.”
#2. When that pile of clothing you just spent the last 25 minutes folding is demolished in seconds.
“This is the worst.”
#3. When a customer asks if that product is in stock somewhere else.
#4. Or complain about how expensive it is.
#5. After years of mystery shoppers, you’ve developed some trust issues.
“Are you the mystery shopper? Is everyone the mystery shopper?”
#6. Even though you’re low on the totem pole, you take all the flak from angry customers, but unless your title is manager, you can’t change anything.
“I understand sir/madam, let me get my manager.”
#7. When you check your watch after what feels like ages, and it’s only one hour into your shift, and you realized you entered a retail time warp where time moves twice as slow.
“I swear I’ve been here for five hours!”
#8. When you find out you’re working Christmas Eve AND Boxing Day.
“You barely survived Black Friday.”
#9. Receiving this boxâ€¦ in the spring.
#10. You wish you could say this when customers complain about service, and you’re already understaffed as it is.
#11. This is your daily nightmare.
#12. When you realize you go into “retail customer service mode” outside of work.
“Hi, how can I help you mom?”
#13. How you feel at 8:59pm, when one last customer strolls in.
“The cashes are CLOSED!”
#14. When customers make jokes.
#15. When customers hit on your co-workers.
#16. When an item doesn’t scan so the customer says, “It’s free!”
#17. When friends make plans during holiday season.
#18. When customers return merchandise that has clearly been worn.
#19. Or when a customer tries to intercept you as you’re going on break.
#20. There’s nothing like discovering you’ve been robbed.
#21. When customers misuse the phrase “false advertising”, because you accidentally got the price wrong.
#22. Being blamed for the customer’s inability to read signage.
#23. Your reaction to any sale.
#24. It’s that time againâ€¦ dreaded inventory.
#25. But nothing beats the feeling of ending your shift early and leaving your co-workers behind.