If you’ve ever worked retail, you probably experience sympathy pains whenever you step into a mall during the Christmas season. While there are pros to working in retail (like DISCOUNTS!), it’s not an easy job. Actually, it’s a super hard job. Out of all of the weird jobs I’ve had, working at a department store was one of my least favorites (ranking below “cook at a Christian summer camp” but definitely far, far above “loading trucks at a warehouse”).
For starters, you get the worst hours. You know those lovely evenings, weekends, and holidays that everyone else gets off? Not you! Those are the times you have to work! But worst of all, you have to deal with grumpy shoppers…and it’s holiday time, which means that everyone is, like, 50% grumpier! At least! And while you’d rather be at home with your family and friends, drinking various warm beverages, you have to deal with people who insist on using Traveler’s Checks (?) and asking you why they can’t use the gift card that they left at home, but really, they totally have one. Swear.
Also, this never happened to me, but I’ve heard several stories about retail employees finding poop in the dressing rooms. So just think about that next time you want to be bitchy to a retail clerk. That person might’ve cleaned up human feces earlier in the day. And don’t be like, “Parents clean up poop all the time!” because I think we all know poop duty is a little different when it’s a relative and not, like, some random dude at Macy’s.
So this holiday season, let’s all remember that the person behind the counter is a human being who deserves not just respect, but friendliness. Their job is hard and sometimes thankless, especially this time of year. Also, sometimes there’s poop.
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