29 Struggles Every Holiday Retail Worker Knows To Be True
When you play the Game of Black Friday, you win or you die.
Holiday shoppers who are perched at the door to rush in the minute you open.
Can I open my damn register first?
Shoppers who destroy everything and buy nothing.
Being understaffed on a busy day.
Or worse yet, being overly staffed on a dead day.
Having to work with a seasonal employee, who normally would never qualify to work in retail.
Being forced to listen to the same Christmas music over and over.
When you say "Happy Holidays" and the customer feels they have to correct you with, "It’s Merry Christmas."
Customers thinking that you have a magical supply of merchandise stock in the back.
Being told over and over, “Wow, they’re making you guys work on Christmas Eve."
Having customers waste your time by having them tell you their life story/problems.
Having to print out several gift receipts after you've already finished the transaction.
Having your scheduled lunch moved around.
Having to decide whether or not to get everyone's gifts from the place you work.
Your friends and family feel more than OK with abusing your discount.
Knowing you're going to lose your commission when customers return things after the holidays.
Dealing with customers who bring back their holiday gifts with no receipt.
When your store manager gives in to a customer's demands, and makes you look like an idiot for following store policy.
The customer who thinks you’ll open the store just for them.
People who won’t leave when the store is closed.
People who find a regular priced item in the sale section and demand a discount on it.
Having to deal with the headache of professional discount hunters (aka people who want to spend ZERO money on holiday gifts).
Having to deal with entitled customers who feel that the $40 they're spending allows them to belittle you.
Having to deal with that customer at the register who has multiple transactions, when you have a line out the door.
Having your requested days off denied.
The annoyance of being clocked out and being asked to help.
Being scheduled to work till 11 p.m. and staying till 2 a.m. to clean.
Realizing that working during the holidays will sap every ounce of Christmas spirit out of you.
Knowing that it's not truly over on Christmas Day... because tomorrow the returns start.
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