16 Struggles Anyone Who Has Ever Worked In Retail Will Understand

Diply 17 Apr 2018

Anyone who has worked in the soul-sucking world of retail knows how completely horrible it is. You don't get tips, you don't get thanked, and every other customer has the IQ of a shoe.

If you've never worked in retail before, feel free to browse through these struggles and educate yourself on how not to be the kind of customer that drives me to drink.

1. Working in retail typically means that, sadly, weekends are a thing that do not exist.

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And neither do five-day work weeks. Anyone who has gone more than two weeks without a day off deserves a hug and a very, very long nap.

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2. It also means that your hours aren't the typical nine-to-five.

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It's always the worst when you start a shift at 2 p.m., so you spend the whole morning doing nothing because you just know your impending doom is waiting for you.

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3. "The customer is always right" is one phrase you would love to bury alive.

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Because actually, the customer is pretty much never right.

I always find it crazy that people think they can just yell at someone just because they're a store employee. I'm sorry, but were you raised on a different planet? That's rude.

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4. If you need to run into a store and grab one quick thing before it closes, that's fine.

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But you can bet you'll be stared down if you grab a basket and start browsing while the employees are so obviously getting ready to shut things down.

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5. Sometimes, I cry at night thinking about the many hours I've wasted putting things back in their proper place because a customer was too lazy to do it.

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This is the worst in grocery stores where you find a frozen product sitting in the canned soup aisle. It's a waste!

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6. If you walk into a store, just know that the employees literally have to greet you.

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So it wouldn't kill you to at least humor them, even if you are just looking. We like being treated like humans too, you know.

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7. That moment when your shift is nearing the end but you want to look like a team player so you ask if anyone needs help before you leave.

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And then you pray to the mighty gods that they let you go.

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8. Of course, when it comes to being a "team player," that only applies to your coworkers.

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As soon as your shift is up, you dodge customers harder than that weirdo who tried to grind on you at the bar last weekend.

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9. Dear customers: Your lame jokes are old and not at all funny.

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Saying things like, "Well, I guess it's free!" if something doesn't scan in properly literally takes five years off my life. Stop.

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10. If you've ever worked in a store where the manager had your back, be grateful as heck.

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It's a really good feeling when you know they'll support you. There's nothing worse than having a manager who always takes the customer's side.

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11. There comes a point in your retail career when you kind of stop caring what the customer hears you say.

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Usually, it's a month or two before you give your two weeks' notice.

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12. Okay, it's not like we'd ever expect the customer to clean something like this up.

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But why do they have to be so careless in the first place?

You know what? I bet it was a kid who wasn't being watched. I'd bet anything.

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13. Retail life means that you close up at 11 p.m. and have to be back for opening at 7 a.m.

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It's a cruel punishment for doing absolutely nothing wrong, and it definitely ages you.

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14. If you get stuck doing those horrendous hours — or any early morning shift, really — you just have to pray that customers will leave the complaining until after your first cup of coffee.

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15. On the bright side, working in retail means that you're slowly perfecting the art of keeping your cool in stressful situations.

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Mostly because you need this job and can't afford to be fired over one annoying customer.

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16. But honestly, sometimes they make it so hard to be calm and collected.

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Like I said, some customers have the IQ of a shoe, and that's not your fault, is it?

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