The 22 Most Soul-Crushing Things About Working Retail


1. When all your days start to feel like this:

Or you just feel like doing this every day:

And your daily routine feels a lot like this:

2. When a customer asks to speak with your manager:

3. When a customer tells you, “This other place has that cheaper!”

4. Or when you meet new employees for the first time:

5. When you have to do the dreaded “clopen,” closing and opening the next morning:

6. When your day-to-day thoughts consist of this:

Well, either that, or this:

7. When you’re the only person working the cash register and the line is starting to get huge:

And then a customer spends five minutes digging around for change and just pays with a bill anyway:

8. When a customer tells you to get something from “the back”:

9. When a customer says, “Your job must be really easy!”

10. When you realize you’ve been working at your job for way longer than you originally planned:

11. When something like THIS happens:

Which basically just means it’s time again:

12. When Christmas music makes you want to kill yourself:

And holiday shoppers start to look a lot like this to you:

And this becomes your new catchphrase:

Actually, the whole holiday season is basically like this:

13. When you realize that people like this definitely do not exist:

14. When you have to take inventory:

15. When a customer thinks this will somehow help:

Or that you rang up the wrong price:

Or that this is a hilarious joke:

And all you want to do is say this:

16. When you have to grab something from an unreasonably high height:

17. When you have to clean the bathrooms…or anything for that matter:

18. When all your friends are excited about this weekend, and you realize you have to work Saturday and Sunday:

19. When the total is $20.22 and the customer hands you two $20 bills:

20. When a customer demonstrates his or her listening skills like this:

21. When your relationship with your manager is basically like this:

22. When you…wait, nevermind. Everything is the worst about retail. EVERYTHING.

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