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So I’ve worked in retail for about 2 years now, and I’ve discovered a lot of things that I hate. Basically the whole job. But I think I’ll have to be more specific for this post. ANYWAY.

1. When people expect you to pack their bags for them.

Babe, I don’t get paid for that shit. At least I don’t think I do…I will admit I’m quite ageist when it comes to this. If you’re an elderly person, 9 times out of 10 I will offer to help with packing, because I’m an angel and don’t want you to be annoyed at me. However, if you’re younger and only have a few items, you can damn well pack that shit yourself. But I quite often get people stand on their phones or pretend to not see the bag I’ve placed right in front of them. Do that and you can expect your bread and eggs to be fully squished.

2. When people leave their items in the basket and put them on the belt.

So this one is specific to supermarkets and it is annoying as HELL. You can quite clearly see the basket holder at the end of the till – you literally can’t miss it – and yet, you place your basket full of things right next to me on the belt. Out of sheer laziness. I am not afraid to tip your shit out onto the belt WHERE IT SHOULD BE. The most annoying thing is having to keep the basket behind your till until it’s quiet enough for you to return it, meaning you will inevitably trip over it and swear profusely.

3. When people don’t say hi/smile back.

I’m usually quite smiley and cheery at work (don’t be fooled, it’s 100% an act. I’ll take that Oscar now.) but nothing kills my mood like a customer ignoring me. I wasted precious breath saying hello and asking how you are, wasted precious cheek muscles smiling at you, only for you to ignore me?! Ain’t on, sugar. I will transform into the most miserable cashier you have ever come across. No smiles, no chat, and a very sarcastic thank you.

4. When it’s only hot outside whilst you’re working.

So you wake up in the morning, and the sun is shining. There’s not a cloud in the sky. You finish work at 5 – it’ll last until then right? Wrong. The minute you clock out and step outside, thunderstorms. Hailstones. Lightening. The whole lot. Because God hates you and you don’t deserve the nice weather because you work in retail. And then you have to sit and listen to people complain about how warm it is outside and tell you that you’d “probably rather be outside”. Good one, Captain Obvious, like I didn’t already know that.

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5. When customers are convinced they’re right.

Yeah, yeah, the customer is always right. Bullshit. Pretty sure if you check again and actually read the label you will see that the item you’re claiming is not in the 3 for 2 offer at all. You just made that up. And if you actually read the coupon we gave you, you’ll see it’s only money off clothing. You are not being scammed – you need glasses. Sometimes it is a genuine mistake or the product is in the wrong place, but more often than not it’s a case of the customer not using their eyes for their correct purpose.

What annoys you about working in retail?



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