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    Love/Hate

    I have worked in retail for over 10 years, if you count the part-time jobs I've had when I was in high school and college.  Currently I am a manager. I have a Love/Hate relationship with retail.  I love the discount, the interaction with different people all the time...
    QueenD QueenD 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 4, 2008

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    This might sound a little mean

    but my self-esteem has risen a lot in the past several years I've been working retail, specifically in a thrift store, because I see how dumb a lot of people are. They don't seem to think, I repeat myself over and over, and they walk around with a blank expression on their face...
    Allison7593 Allison7593 36-40, F 5 days ago

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    Working in retail sucks customers expect the

    world like they might as well be asking you to wipe their ***. Gets me so mad like no go away. and stop messing the shop idiots.
    SarcasticCxnt SarcasticCxnt 18-21 1 Response Jul 8, 2015

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    I buy my coworkers Lunch,

    Drinks and Snacks just to brighten there day.
    surge88 surge88 26-30, M Nov 9, 2015

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    I'm sick of hearing people complain about this.

    So I'm gonna explain because I work in retail. So I'm gonna simplify why they have to put Christmas stuff out so early. they get the stuff in shipped in during the months of September and October. For the month of September threw the first few weeks of October the stuff is...
    Straightouttabacon Straightouttabacon 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 12, 2015

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    peppermintsugar peppermintsugar 22-25, F Dec 15, 2013

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    I've been working in retail full time

    since December. It's exhausting and disorienting. My week never "ends" because I almost never have a weekend. It's a really trippy mind trick that makes my life appear like a small, dark, never-ending tunnel. My schedule is almost entirely opposite that of my fiance's so I get...
    Dollfaise Dollfaise 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 13, 2014

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    As much as I want a grown up job,

    I sometimes think I'll miss the miserable old people who give me a hard time in the clothes shop I work in <3 One time a woman asked me to hold her baby while she went to the bank. I said 'ummm...' For long enough for her to realise that that's not okay. Educating the...
    anniechan anniechan 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 24, 2015

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    This past Monday was Labor Day,

    and the retailer I work at was advertising a ton of sales and specialty products, so naturally, we were pretty busy. I work at the Customer Service and Returns Desk, so I'm used to dealing with all types of customers and questions. However, this past Monday, I had two Honorable...
    BabyRottie BabyRottie 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 3, 2014

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    Love hate relationship.

    ... Something about it keeps sucking me in...
    justgettingby01 justgettingby01 36-40, F Sep 3, 2015

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    So I have a new job. I been there

    for about a month now and so far I'm not doing a good job. My employers was suppose to have me train on their register and they waited to last minute. So today was my training and I could not get anything correct:(. So my employer had a look of disappointment on his face. So now...
    annabell19011 annabell19011 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2014

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    I work in a thrift store

    and I'm amazed what a sense of entitlement most people seem to have. They act shocked at the idea that they're supposed to pay money for what they buy. Smh. They try to get over on us all the time. I've never seen as much lying in my life as I've seen at this store! But I'll say...
    Allison7593 Allison7593 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    i started my job in retail today,

    and i actually love it.
    megakarp megakarp 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 6, 2015

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    I Am A Cashier For Winn-dixie...

    I am a Cashier for Winn-dixie. I have just started, but its something that I always wanted to do when I was a little kid, corny but its true, now I am doing it. I know its not going to be a life long job, but for now, its more than perfect for me!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 16, 2010

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    I work for a national wireless company

    and hate my job, not only do I have the shittiest hours ever (our store is open from 9-9 so our shifts range from 830am to as late as midnight) but I never get to relax even on my days off. It's the most stressful thing that I've ever been through. While I'm at it I ******* hate...
    magazinex3 magazinex3 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 17, 2014

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    It's only been a month

    and I absolutely hate it. It's a women's clothing store. I hate the assistant manager and sales lead. They're so condescending to us AND to customers. They talk very slowly and loudly like you're a deaf person with dementia. I hate selling the useless credit card with 25...
    BubbiBubbles BubbiBubbles 22-25, F Jul 19, 2014

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    First day on the job.

    . Was a wonderful day, great co-workers, polite too. Long day 10-9:30 pm.. Standing in heels, phones, clients, schedule appt.. And one 15 minute break... I love it:). I think on my day off I'm going to get my mani/pedi n my nails done at my work place.. Can I get a discount, lol...
    Jacy5064 Jacy5064 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 25, 2015

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    So depending on the way I do my make up I

    either get South American or Middle Eastern. And luckily today was Middle Eastern because I had the rudest customer I think I've ever experienced in retail history. And all my customer had to say is "you're lucky your Blank" ( ethnicity) Because "I would've dealt with you...
    Skiipp Skiipp 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 3, 2014

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    Coco98 Coco98 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16, 2014

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    I recently got a job in retail at Dollar

    General. I have been there for a week now and I got my first angry customer. I handled it pretty well though.
    ObserverOfLife ObserverOfLife 22-25, M Nov 10, 2014

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    A women came into the store

    where I work wearing a t-shirt and men's boxer. Also it was 25 degrees outside.
    ObserverOfLife ObserverOfLife 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 12, 2014

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    6 pallets, 172 boxes.

    ...just me. I hate how bosses expect you to do everything before you leave for the night. I only have 2 arms! And I'm not superman!
    premadonnagirl premadonnagirl 22-25, F Mar 14, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 29, 2013

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    I have worked for the same company

    for over 6 years as a casual employee. They had a full time position available so i applied because i love my job. I was denied full time because i need to "lead the shop not respond to it". This confused me because most days that i work its with the manager and assistant...
    Brok3nSoul Brok3nSoul 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 19, 2014

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    I work in a college bookstore.

    Today this one student came to complain about the store selling the updated edition of a textbook (which the professers are using now). This student didn't want to buy the new one because he already had the old one. He yelled at me about the prices...about not buying back the...
    EAJ05 EAJ05 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 3, 2015

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    :)

    I have had many jobs in my lifetime, usually working more than one at a time.  For the last 10 years I have held a second job working fill in whenever needed in a retail store. Unfortunately this normally meant working on a short notice and on holidays mostly.  I can...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F Oct 27, 2009

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    I am a very good employee.

    But I ******* hate going to my job. F*** retail!
    LauraF328 LauraF328 22-25, F Jul 16, 2014

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    Today at my job was interesting.

    Somebody stole toothpaste, that was only $1 but yet they bought $100 worth of ****! Somebody tried to return a bra that was OBVIOUSLY worn and old and tattered ... With no receipt of course.. Somebody .. This is my favorite! Somebody stole a pair of shoes for a kid, and left the...
    kitcat2013 kitcat2013 18-21, F 3 Responses May 9, 2014

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    I'd Rather Stay In Bed!

    I don't wanna go to work today. Wish I could stay home & enjoy the rain from my bed! BUT the store isn't gonna run itself& the bills must get paid:) *Happy selling everyone*
    squirt254 squirt254 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 16, 2013

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    I really hate people.

    Customer called me stupid and cursed me out because my nails are pink. I hate men that question a woman's intelligence at all. But for my nail color? Come on now
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 10, 2015

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    georgeristick georgeristick 31-35, M Aug 11, 2015

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    I work in retail, I was in Fast Food,

    I was assistant manager of a Sonic. And now I work in a hardware store. Being a girl in a hardware store, let alone retail period - we get treated like the scum of the earth. You ever walked into a fast food restaurant and a customer isn't satisfied. Yeah, at Sonic - I had been...
    Mkbreanna Mkbreanna 18-21, F Jan 8, 2014

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    Everyday phone conversation: "Thanks

    for calling (store name) at the (location). How can I help you?" "Uhm, What store are you?" "This is (store name)" "Right, and where are you located?" :/
    jayroad jayroad 22-25, F Jan 24

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    anybody else in retail want

    that one day where you can tell a customer what you really think of them
    robvjon robvjon 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 17, 2015

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    New Policy

    so every time i turn around there is a new stupid pointless policy at my job. no scanning coupons from cell phones no handing manager keys to non managers bla bla bla they change them so much its hard to keep up. the most amusing one yet? the social media policy. im not suppose...
    craftminion craftminion 26-30 2 Responses Dec 3, 2010

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    That day when you had the most awkward customer

    and there still not satisfied after you do everything for them
    robvjon robvjon 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 9, 2015

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    Story #89 Not Now, But Many Years Ago, I Did

    When I was a young single mom, I worked many different jobs. Frequently, I took a job as a retail clerk at the busy times of the year. Especially Christmas and August (for the back to school sales) I can't say that this was my favourite way to make a buck, but there were moments...
    Serenitree Serenitree 70+, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2011

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    What's Going On?

    Here's what happened at work today: A woman came in and asked for a puncture repair kit.  Feeling cheeky I asked her if it was for her Antonio Banderas blow up doll?  She replied "I don't know what make of bike it is, I just know it has a puncture..."  I...
    Pricey Pricey 26-30, M 25 Responses Aug 23, 2008

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    This is the last weekend

    for Christmas shopping and it certainly brings out the 'Christmas spirit' in people. Most of the customers I have had to deal with haven't been the nicest around. Since I'm a cashier and the last person everyone sees, I have been on the receiving end for a lot of disgruntled...
    LuluGPeaches LuluGPeaches 36-40, F Dec 21, 2013

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    Announcement

    I have a shop! I have a shop! I have a shop! About a month before Christmas I moved my whole life to a new city at the other end of the country to manage a store. Unfortunately Mother Nature had ideas that didn't correspond with the plans I had when I took the position - the...
    jellibeanz jellibeanz 26-30, F 9 Responses Feb 16, 2011

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    So I start my work experience today at a habitat

    for humanity restore in Florida and I get paid for this
    Mattdomb Mattdomb 18-21 May 13, 2015

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