I would be lying if I said I was sad to be leaving my current job – but honestly I am over the moon to finally leave my retail job. So to celebrate, I am doing another unpopular opinions post but the theme is retail! So if you are a fellow retail employee then I commend you. As you can tell from the title, this is my second unpopular opinions post so make sure to read the first one here.
A little disclaimer: If any of my points made are things you have done in the past then I promise you my intentions are not to offend in any way. We all know I am a salty bitch who loves to rant.
Having headphones in whilst at the tills is one of the rudest things. Admittedly I serve a lot of customers who either pause or turn down the volume of their music. But there has been SO many occasions where I am asking questions or creating conversation with customers and they clearly can’t hear me so I am practically shouting questions at them until they take their headphones out.
Watching someone deliberately put something back in the wrong place is the worst. So a bit of background: I work in a very small card shop so we are usually very short staffed. So when customers pick up a pile of cards then put them all in some random place in the shop, you can understand why I am a tad salty about it. Because it is like, who do you think has to find everything you don’t want dotted around the shop and put them back? Yes granted, it is my job to make sure everything is neat and tidy. But christ it is annoying. If they politely gave them to me and said they don’t know where they go, then all is good. But don’t blatantly shove shit in the wrong place.
On the daily more than 50% of customers ignore me when I say hello. Funnily enough, sales assistants are real people too. If someone greeted you in your every day life then you instantly reply. But when it comes to shops you are basically treated as if you were invisible. Don’t get me wrong some people are so god damn nice, but others are so rude and getting ignored is becoming way too frequent haha.
The laziest thing a customer can possibly do is kick a product under the shelf after they have dropped it. This. Omg this is the worst. As I previously said, I work in a very small shop so I see everything that happens and everyone can see me. So if someone is watching you, surely you would make an effort to not be a dick? Wrong. The amount of times I have watched someone kick products we sell underneath shelves really
fucking drives me around the bend. Like surely it is just general life skills you learn as child, if you drop something then pick it up. As I said, it is my job to make sure everything is tidy, but it is not my job to be a slave and tidy up after lazy people.
Unapologetically being on the phone when buying something really pisses me off. Yes we all have our own commitments and some people are constantly having phone calls, whether it is for personal or business reasons, that’s cool. Smile or something, even a fucking nod I’m not fussed. But when someone comes to the till and slams a product on the till without even the slightest bit of eye contact makes my blood boil haha.
I realise how bitter I sound in this post but god you end up having a lot of pet peeves after years of working in retail. I hope some of you agree with me haha! What are your pet peeves?
Thank you for reading – I promise my next post will be a positive one haha! After working 6 days in a row your gal needed to vent!
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