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I Work In A Grocery Store...

And customers are so mean to me! I don't understand why....

For some reason, I, just a simple shelf stocker, get blamed for not having something in, or for the store not carrying a certain item. When someone is actually polite to me, it really makes my day... I wish people in general were a little nicer.


I get payed $9.50/hour, while the other people with the same job as me get 10 (unfair).


I have to clean up messes that stupid customers make because they try to fit their cart through a 2 foot wide space with glass bottles on the shelf beside them..


If customers were a little nicer, I would actually like my job.

CCCC8888 CCCC8888 18-21 2 Responses Feb 11, 2010

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I worked in a grocery store for 5 years and I HATED every minute of it. lockpick is exactly right when he said that the customer service industry is dehumanizing. People feel like that just b/c of the type of work you do they can treat you any kind of way. I really feel for you, CCCC. I empathize with you, too. After my experience in retail, I've always made sure I treated everyone who worked in customer service with respect b/c I know what they have to deal with on a daily basis.

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It's interesting how people will treat other people isn't it. I am effectively a bureaucrat. I too endure humiliation, rudeness, and general lack of respect in my work environment from my coworkers. I want to scream at them and say what's on my mind, but I keep my mouth shut or worse I placate. Just the other day I overheard one of the senior bureaucrats saying to another coworker that I must think I'm a man for not enduring something he thought was funny at my expense. I said nothing. I do this so I don't lose my paycheck.



I don't envy you in your job as it is in the customer service industry which is by far one of the most dehumanizing places. I've watched people treat cashiers, janitors, and clerks with the dignity of a rabid dog. I do not understand why some people feel the need to attack or generally be mean to someone they don't know. It really baffles me.