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18 Situations That Are Entirely Too Real For Retail Workers

There is only so many times you can hear a customer say, "If it doesn't scan, it must be free."

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1. When a customer destroys a section of the store you had just finished fixing:

20th Century Fox

No worries, I was planning on spending the next hour and half re-folding those jeans again.

2. When you hear this joke...a 100 times a day:

Yeah, never heard that one before!
Twitter: @princessaly666

Yeah, never heard that one before!

3. When a customer takes 100 items into the dressing room and proceeds to leave a huge mess (without buying a single thing):

Um, were you just bored and looking for something to do?!
Paramount Pictures

Um, were you just bored and looking for something to do?!

4. When your manager takes a customer's side (even though they're wrong):

NBC

Thanks, [insert manger's name here]. You just made me look like an idiot for upholding the store policy.

5. When a customer doesn't get their way and tells you that they're taking their business elsewhere:

Great, do you need directions on how to get there?
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Great, do you need directions on how to get there?

6. When you're off the clock and a customer tries to get you to help them:

MaximoTV

"Sorry, I am off the clock."

7. When you're on break and all hell breaks loose:

If I was a better person I'd clock back in. But, I am not.
Twitter: @Jackie133Jackie

If I was a better person I'd clock back in. But, I am not.

8. When it's taking all of your willpower to keep cool:

I do not get paid enough for this!
Twitter: @RetailJobLife

I do not get paid enough for this!

9. When a customer comes up to the register and proceeds to ignore you while they talk or text:

MTV

By all means, ignore me. I am not a human being or anything.

10. When a customer demands that you give them a discount on an item for very flimsy reasons:

girlsaskguys.com

"Sorry, I can't give you a 75% discount because it was placed on the hanger incorrectly." —you

11. When you're forced to take a return on a clearly used item that the customer insists has never been worn:

VH1

Don't act like I can't see the yellow pit stains on this shirt.

12. When you feel like you're going slowly insane from having to explain a simple store policy:

"Yup, within 30 days with a receipt if you want a refund."
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"Yup, within 30 days with a receipt if you want a refund."

13. When a customer tries to use an expired coupon or a discount that doesn't apply:

Bravo TV

"Yes, this coupon was good...in 2009."

14. When a customer begs you to open the door after you've closed and the registers have been balanced out:

Fox

I am glad you know exactly the ONE thing you need to get, but come back tomorrow during business hours.

15. When a customer insists you check the stockroom even though you know there isn't anything back there:

**goes in the stockroom just to talk with coworkers on a break**
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**goes in the stockroom just to talk with coworkers on a break**

16. When you're trying to be positive, but 20 minutes into your shift you're remind about every reason why you hate retail:

Fox Television

And I have seven and a half more hours to go!

17. When you have to work with the ONE manager who is waaaay too perky and into the job:

NBC

Hey [interest manger's name here], I know you're ride or die for this store, but, don't act like I wouldn't rather be anywhere else but here at 11:00 p.m. on a Friday night.

18. And finally, when a customer tries to make small talk and asks you what it's like working there, and you must fight every urge in your body to not say your true thoughts:

NBC

"Hahahaha, it's OK. We get a good discount." —you to the customer (while screaming internally)

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