I've worked in and out of retail since I was 16 and I've come to learn that if there's one thing that tries your patience, it's working with the general public. Of course, shop work isn't all bad - it can be a great way to earn money while you're at college/uni, the hours are flexible and some of the girls I've met along the way have become life long friends. There are, however, times where it has made me want to cry/scream/become a hermit. This list is dedicated to all those who have had days ruined by bitchy colleagues and irritating customers. How do we cope?!Couples who 'fight' over who's paying. "I'll get this for you! My treat!" "No, it's fine!" "Go on, I insist!" Just give me the money.
Or worse, PDAs at the till. Please no
That one member of staff who's on the same wage as you but takes great delight in bossing you around
Listening to the same pre-approved playlist for eight hours a day, five days a week
Customers who assume you have some sort of sixth sense. "I saw a white top in here about two months ago, I was wondering if you still have it?" "Okay, do you have a code or a picture?" "No"
Customers who claim to work for Trading Standards
Managers who think they're Alan Sugar
Getting a grilling for being 2 minutes late on shop floor, even though you'll probably have to stay behind for an extra half hour (unpaid) to help tidy
Cheesy meetings and 'team briefs'
Customers coming in to browse five minutes before the store closes
When that one colleague pulls yet ANOTHER sickie, meaning you're understaffed and will have to work twice as hard
Customers who beckon you over from the other side of the store rather than walking to you to ask for help. I'm not a dog
Customers who completely ignore you when you say hello or ask them if they need any help