Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fifteen Things About Working in Retail

I just had my forty-five day review at my job and given my rapidly gained experience in retail, I thought I'd create a Buzz Feed-like thing to express what it's like to work in a field that I think is very much taken for granted. I am aware that my managers and fellow employees may be reading this, so know that I am not putting my work place in a bad light. I like where I work. It's the people that shop there that make things interesting...

How I feel around customers:

http://lookdeepintotheparka.tumblr.com/post/64475614804

Having a college degree and working a job most of my friends had in high school:

http://www.troll.me/images/creepy-willy-wonka/so-you-got-a-degree-in-philosophy-tell-me-more-about-working-at-target-thumb.jpg
Hey, at least I'm not the only one in this scenario. Don't judge me, Willy Wonka!

When people complain about the cost of items:

http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/4260838_700b.jpg
You can complain to my team lead, but they don't decide the prices either. Take it up with corporate. 

When I've been working by myself for hours and I try to talk to a customer but they could care less:

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/03/72/72/03727261e3e1da5e394a30d6e8a7f10a.jpg

Finding that weekends have sort of lost their appeal:

http://i.qkme.me/3r4cr3.jpg

Realizing I am Rose Tyler sans the Doctor:

http://i43.tinypic.com/2chosgm.jpg

How I feel when I make a mistake and there's no way to fix it and now I just feel like I've spread bad karma for everyone in the world:

http://geothebio.tumblr.com/post/64390092721

Zoning (or making everything look neat and pretty) in softlines (aka clothes) while customers are still shopping:

http://memeguy.com/photos/images/ive-been-working-in-retail-for-weeks-now-and-have-come-to-realize-this-is-the-typical-shopp-strategy-28481.jpg
I get this paranoid feeling that people purposely unfold all the sweaters I just folded simply because they can. I try not to take it personally.

How I feel when I get my paycheck:

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3lpp04pR11rpto9ao1_500.gif

How I feel when the team and I get all our work done:

http://24.media.tumblr.com/39e9ed82e727b81de19e31390539d6aa/tumblr_mk8m08gZpa1s4xdz1o1_500.gif

How I feel actually having a job with a real paycheck that deducts taxes:

http://media.giphy.com/media/n1BONRrZhtNLi/giphy.gif

When I think about things too much about consumerism at work:

http://gifstumblr.com/images/its-a-funny-world-we-live-in_1471.gif

When something is out of stock and I get blamed:

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lq6f85R6v61qgegaso1_500.gif

How I feel about Black Friday:

http://static2.fjcdn.com/thumbnails/comments/A+Supernatural+gif+I+don+t+already+have+Impossibru+_c5077835d312a324eccc27b374c472f7.gif

Retail may be tough, but there are far worse jobs (and I used to have one of them):


(There is literally no better photo for being a building manager. Trust me on that.)

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