I Think Everyone Should Work Retail Once In Their Lifetime

Just trying to make the world a better place. 149 People

    It Will Change Your Perspective

    Things I learned from working a year in retail (hopefully I don't offend anyone): 1-If you don't plan on purchasing an item, put it back where it came from. The underpaid employees have to spend time (sometimes off the clock) putting your items back in their correct spot. Just...
    timelessaire timelessaire
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Aug 29, 2010

    Only then can you know the true pain of

    customer service!!! Or the joy of having a boss who makes it their mission to ensure whatever you're doing, it's not being done quick enough,well enough,efficiently enough!
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Nov 2, 2014

    Customers! Stocktake!

    Supervising juniors! and millions of little jobs! Wait what I need to do all of them? Please let me know when you find a way to split me into dozens of little humans boss. And increase my salary.
    Eugene214 Eugene214
    31-35, F
    Nov 2, 2014

    I think everyone should at least once!

    Get yourself a taste of what really happens in retail work! ??
    BuggsMom BuggsMom
    31-35, F
    Nov 14, 2014


    Maybe if everyone in the world worked retail just once in their lives, they wouldn't be the rude, selfish, arrogant bastards most of them are when they're shopping. I worked retail, waited tables, and did receptionist work for almost my entire 20's, and it has been so miserable I...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Dec 1, 2009

    At Christmas Time

    Just one week - Jeepers - in some case, just one shift - during the Christmas rush would be such an eye opener for some people.  Probably most people dont really need to get an up close and personal look at the madness behind the counter, alot of people can be very...
    auroraaustralis auroraaustralis
    8 Responses Dec 11, 2008

    I'm Probably Going to Sound Really Ignorant...

    ...but I've never worked in retail. I've worked (either paid or unpaid) as an office assistant, food prep staff for Meals on Wheels, tutor, public relations for this hip hop troupe/nonprofit, research assistant for a psychology research institute, one of those people that sit at...
    yoyy yoyy
    26-30, F
    8 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    Only then will you understand the horrors of

    working drive thru and asking "would you like fries with, no how about an upsize?!"
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 3, 2014

    So True

    My first (technical) retail job was when 6 years ago i was 15. I was working at Market Basket in Seabrook, NH. It was my first job. My first day on the job (and mind you i had NO training.  Just a few simple rules like only cold items with cold and only food items with food...
    RubyBloodDrop RubyBloodDrop
    26-30, F
    10 Responses Oct 2, 2010

    Working in retail opens up your eyes to many

    different things regarding how companies run. It also gives you essential experience in dealing with kinds of people. I work part-time as a retail assistant. Our company is actually a huge national company with stores all over the country. In the past I've worked in hospitality...
    Sapphire14 Sapphire14
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 28, 2015

    It Really Is...

    a microcosm of the world.  People always think THEY are the only ones in a hurry, the only ones that need waited on; that THEIR problem is the only important one.  They think that because you are behind the counter you are not human. I have had...
    patchworkofmistakes patchworkofmistakes
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Jan 16, 2010


    Retail is kind of hard, but then Its easy. The only problem with it is when you got to pee and you have a line full of people, you have to hold it until you get the very last people. Also, it sucks when people call out and they can't find someone to work for the person and you...
    ascs ascs
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jun 23, 2009

    How To Shop In A Retail Store

     From my blog...What better category to put this under... I’ve worked in retail for 13 years. Sadly, a lot of people apparently don't know how to shop in a store or treat retail workers like human beings. These are people that i assume have never worked a service...
    Mistletoe10 Mistletoe10
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Nov 25, 2009

    Toys R Us...christmas...

    Yup, I've worked back of house for two Christmas's at the Russy. First year I did overnights. Anybody with me? Good luck to all you new seasonals.
    HumphreyTungsten HumphreyTungsten
    22-25, M
    Nov 10, 2010

    That And Food Service

    Everyone should work in retail and food service at least once in their lifetime. Why? First, both are sucky jobs, but both will teach you how to have empathy and compassion on others who have to work those jobs to pay their bills. Furthermore, after having a bad day at both of...
    RitaRee RitaRee
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 19, 2011

    Lessons From A Former Cashier

    Some of the things I do differently after being a walmart cashier for 2 1/2 years, no matter what grocery store I'm at I usually push my cart back to the nearest cart corral in the lot. Yeah, walmart pays guys to do nothing but gather carts, but most local stores don't. If the...
    WolfEloin WolfEloin
    26-30, F
    Jan 1, 2013

    So I've been involved in retail my whole life

    because of the small "family business". It's nice but it gets boring to the point where I have to give myself work to do sometimes. Working at the register is pretty much fine, I actually like packing and organizing the shelves because well no one else does it and it looks great...
    RoastedCycki RoastedCycki
    70+, F
    Jan 1, 2015

    It Would Do the World Some Good

    If everyone worked in retail atleast once in their life they would learn a few things. Retail can be one of the hardest jobs to handle and if you don't have patience then you don't stand a chance. In a job where "the customer is always right" you have to bite your lip...
    PlayNice PlayNice
    22-25, M
    5 Responses Dec 6, 2007

    Orrrrr you could go be a apprentice of your

    father if he happens to have a long career with crew chiefing and Driving with NASCAR
    TheAnonymousTroll TheAnonymousTroll
    16-17, M
    Nov 2, 2014


    As a teenager, I worked at Eaton`s.  It was the best store I have chose to work for.  The job was fun + I worked in the kids department, also the people in my department was the best colleagues I could have ever asked for.  We were a great team put together.  It is too bad...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2011
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