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8 Things All Retail Workers Can Relate To

1. When you smile and laugh after a customer says, “If it doesn’t scan, it must be free!”, while in reality you’re really hoping their head will explode. Seriously, we all know it’s not going to happen, get a different joke.

2. When a customer pays for a $1.99 pack of gum with a $100 bill… at 9 in the morning. And then proceeds to get mad when you don’t have change.

3. *Greets customer at the door*

*Customer gives you a blank stare and walks away*

Okay, rude. A simple “hello” is not that hard! Don’t come looking for me when you can’t find your denture cream, Gertrude.

4. Getting done with a shift and finally being able to use your normal voice again, not your retail voice. You know the one: three octaves higher, laughs at every joke, says “Have a nice day!” like a little elf.

5. When a customer is loud, rude, and overly angry for no reason, expecting to get a reaction out of you. You continue to smile and nod, then talk major shit about them to your coworker when they’re gone.

6. You: *standing behind the register, wearing an obvious uniform that all the other workers are wearing*

Customer: Do you work here?

7. When a customer complains about the price of an item, as if you, the cashier, control how much things cost. You’re right.

8. Thankfully, you usually have at least a couple cool co-workers that make your shifts bearable. Without them, you probably would have gone crazy by now.


Linsey Wolf

Gustavus '20

Hello! My name is Linsey. I study English Education at Gustavus. In my free time I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, spending time with my friends and being outdoors. 
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