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I Work In Retail

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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 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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    I Do

         i work in retail . and man it is amazing and sometimes it is retarded . you know the old adage the customer is always right . while i kind of have to live it at work .
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 9, 2009

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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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    He Had Some 'Spalianin' To Do...

    Going through a store remodel and I didn't realize.... the front end was getting remodeled too! The service desk is going to be right in front of where the registers are now. Actually, It makes ALOT more sense..just wasn't expecting it...SURPRISE! My GSTL expained the whole thing...
    parakeet8157 parakeet8157 51-55, F Apr 16, 2013

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    Life In Retail The Week Before Inventory

    Today's offering is, I fear, probably going to be a rambling rant. In the last four days, I have worked 37 hours, not my record for hours worked in a short span, mind you, but possibly the most frustrating.  Of that 37 hours, I have worked a total of 5 hours in the four...
    bdwriter bdwriter 36-40, F 2 Responses May 17, 2011

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    Has Anyone Saved To Buy A Car While Working Retail?

    Is this even possible? I'm interviewing tomorrow for a possible full-time retail job (probably under 9 dollars an hour) and my car isn't in the greatest shape. Anyway, is there anyone out there that has been able to save up to buy a car while working retail?
    Mevo Mevo 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 25, 2011

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    I Miss My Store

     i used to love working in retail especially for Claires ...  that was one of my fav jobs next to denny's  third shift and the hospital . I plan on returning there one day .... it was so organized and everything ... it could be an ocd patients worst night mare...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 2, 2007

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    It's Not All Bad

    I don't actually mind my job most of the time. I jsut get the occasional day when I want to strangle some stuck up customer moaning about being short changed a penny!!! I'm a supervisor and open up the store everyday so I'm pretty much in charge for a lot of the time I'm there. I...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 7 Responses Oct 14, 2007

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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

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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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    I Was...

     I used to work in retail until last year. A convenience chain (let's call them 6-Twelve, shall we?) and a regional gas station affiliated with Chevron.  The fun time was Halloween. Seeing the little ones come bouncing in to show off their costumes and get something...
    Quadrophenic Quadrophenic 36-40, M Oct 14, 2007

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    miracle98 miracle98 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    I am a very good employee.

    But I ******* hate going to my job. F*** retail!
    LauraF328 LauraF328 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    How Much Longer

    it's nice to get a day off in the middle of the week to run errands that you can't do Sat/Sun but I don't know how much more I can take. there can be such a fakeness to it.
    ron ron 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 19, 2006

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    Retail Rants: The Customers

    I work in retail and the demographics is mostly affluent tourists from other parts of the continent. A lot of them have no social etiquette whatsoever (how ironic, considering that the stereotype for wealthy folks is to have some manners) when it comes to interacting with people...
    monikers16 monikers16 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 24, 2013

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    Retail Hell!!!

    Lets just say that I hope to get out of this job one day. I live in a very small town in the south. There arent alot of jobs here at all. So, in order for me to survive I have to endure the pain and agony of this job.
    picgirl picgirl 31-35, F 13 Responses Oct 13, 2007

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    College Job - Walgreens

    I work at a Walgreens in the Chicagoland area. I was hired as a senior in high school, and have been there for a year and a half. I'm in the photo department but they have me do salesfloor and register. It's my first real job, and I am pretty satisfied with it. Most of the...
    convoku convoku 18-21 Jun 16, 2011

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    Work

    i worked in retail for a while.Its not really that bad.
    texasrosie texasrosie 61-65 Sep 24, 2008

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    People These Days.

    wow lets jsut say my 1st retail store i hated it i was mostly in stock room and fitting room and people wow since when is going to a clothing store to buy something turn into a maid serive.. is it really that hard to hang up your clothes put then right side out.. (not hand me a...
    rockinkandy rockinkandy 18-21, F Aug 23, 2008

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    Used to

    I used to work in retail and I miss it.  I love being with and around people.  I worked at a Wal-mart in Texas, in sporting goods for a little over a year.  I was trying to learn every thing I could about sports even though I am not that much into them just so I...
    rondat rondat 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    From The Office To Retail

    Today is my last day in a law office, where I slaved from day to day. Sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day is not my ideal job. It also didn't help that my bosses hated me and literally nitpicked at my flaws and mistakes while everyone in the office does the same...
    jetaimeh jetaimeh 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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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*
    SouthernBelle254 SouthernBelle254 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 16, 2013

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    peppermintsugar peppermintsugar 22-25, F Dec 15, 2013

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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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    Yup @ Dillard's

    I started working at Dillard's in August. This is my 1st retail job before that i worked as a receptionist for 6 yrs at a nursing home. Anyway it's ok but the 2 things I don't like about it is 1. they drop pay if you don't meet your goals which sucks because sometimes the store...
    mak314 mak314 26-30, F Nov 18, 2007

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    Nervous Working Thanksgiving Til Sunday

    First time working retail and first time working during the holiday madness full of crazy customers and horrible hours. I am at least grateful I will still have an early sit down dinner with the family tonight before heading to work. But seriously what has this world come to that...
    monikers16 monikers16 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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    Black Friday

    I have worked three Black Fridays including today where I was the sole security for my location between midnight and nine am. The amount of people that came into the store was ridiculous as the store was at 50 percent revenue within five hours of opening. After fielding the...
    Arog17 Arog17 22-25, M Nov 23, 2012

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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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    Re-evaluate mate

    I am currently employed part time in a surf/skate retail store part time. I only work weekends due to study which is sometimes hard because I usually can't drag myself outta bed and to work looking fresh faced (depending on what ive done the night before) Its fun and I enjoy...
    lusciouskiwi lusciouskiwi 22-25, F Nov 2, 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

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    ShazzaR24 ShazzaR24 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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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 31-35, F Dec 21, 2013

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    Christmas brings out the absolute worst in

    people. You can see it in their faces, it's that listless stare as someone asks you if you have any ******* PS4's for the tenth time in a 6 hour shift. ****, I hate video games now that I'm around them all day.
    OneSizeFitzpatrick OneSizeFitzpatrick 18-21, M Dec 16, 2013

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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 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

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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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    Retail

    I work retail on straight commission when it's good it's great when it bad you want to just say **** it. It's definitely a roller coaster ride with the economy like it is it'll get better though I hate working the holidays black Friday 3am I'll  count my blessings though I...
    pinkgodess pinkgodess 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2009

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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 10 Responses Feb 16, 2011

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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 18-21, F Jul 19

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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

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    Hi Everyone!

    Hi everyone! I was really hoping you could help me out. I’m pursuing a master’s degree in psychology and working on a research project. We would love to get data from those who are in various fields of employment. The survey should only take about ten minutes or less. Again...
    beanpsych beanpsych 26-30 Jun 7, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    So this is going to be a long one, just warning you. No, I mean it...a really long one! So I started a new job recently and I was very excited about this new prospect because I...
    Plumbalina Plumbalina 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    I have always been aware of the gender pay gap in some industries. But working in retail i didn't think that it would effect me. I have worked in retail for 10 years. I took on a...
    AlvieBrink AlvieBrink 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    I worked in retail as a temp sales assistant for the Xmas holidays. I swear I should have got payed extra for not harming any of the customers. Some of them are so stupid it's...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Most people I've come across say they prefer the predictability of a regular 9-5 with weekends and holidays off, but personally, I love working shifts. I'm more of a night owl so...
    SpilledSecrets SpilledSecrets 22-25, F 4 hrs ago

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    There's a house being built on my street and the men are so hard working and gorgeous. Oh my it's delightful to see.
    CoffeeBrewin14 CoffeeBrewin14 31-35, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    The therapeutic massage industry is escalating quickly as the public seeks healthcare choices that advertise perfectly-staying and a higher Standard of living. A career to be a...
    Mica4014qgx7 Mica4014qgx7 31-35, M Jul 11

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    Right now i am sat on my bed, feeling empty and worthless. About a month ago i got a job as a waitress at our local pub in our village in England, cornwall. I was so excited to...
    RosieHarrietCronin RosieHarrietCronin 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am a very hard worker I am 14 and have been working my entire life. First off I'm not one of those boys that work so they can look cool in big boots 😡.No I am a real worker...
    civiclover101 civiclover101 13-15, M 4 Responses Jul 10

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    The massage market is developing promptly as the public seeks Health care alternatives that boost well-currently being and a higher Standard of living. A occupation for a massage...
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    The therapeutic massage marketplace is expanding speedily as the public seeks healthcare alternatives that promote very well-remaining and a better Standard of living. A occupation...
    Mica4014qgx7 Mica4014qgx7 31-35, M Jul 11

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