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    Nov 5, 2014

    33 Experiences Anyone Who's Worked In A Mall Has Had

    You: ~Hi!~ Customer: Just looking.

    1. You've encountered a customer who was waiting outside an hour before you open.

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    And they stared at you *intently* while you were getting the registers ready.

    2. You've "networked" with employees from other stores so you could all get discounts for each other.

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    "Cinnabon is cool, but do you have that Disney Store hookup? I've got nieces and nephews 'n shit."

    3. People assumed you had answers to their 73 questions about EVERY OTHER STORE in the mall.

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    "Sir, I don't know which store sells the best orthotic insoles."

    4. You've slowly lost your faith in humanity.

    I want to murder whoever did this #retailproblems

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    I want to murder whoever did this #retailproblems

    3:17 PM - 10 Mar 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

    5. You've had to park in a sketchy-ass faraway parking lot during the holidays.

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    Why are there "BEWARE" signs in this lot?

    6. You've had a customer walk in right when you’re about to close. And they've got a RETURN.

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    Thanks, we were *this* close to making our week.

    7. You've had the guys at the security kiosk catcall you as walked by during your break.

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    So much for "security."

    8. You've folded a set of clothing and watched someone destroy it within seconds.

    9. You've endured that pleasant moment when you say "Hi" and the customer responds with "JUST LOOKING."

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    "K, cool. I'm doing well, thanks."

    10. You've had customers weird you out when they called you by name from across the store.

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    I know I'm wearing a name tag, but we're not that cool with each other.

    11. You've discovered new ways to entertain yourself on slow days.

    The joys of working in retail…#retailproblems

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    The joys of working in retail#retailproblems

    2:42 AM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    12. You've experienced the pain of checking the schedule and seeing you're closing on BLACK FRIDAY.

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    The day when you learn what it's like to clean a hoarder's house.

    13. You've constantly come across that lifer who hops from one mall job to another.

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    One month it's Foot Locker, then it's the Halloween store, then it's Wetzel's Pretzels. But they swear they've finally found the right job.

    14. You've watched customers talk on their phone while you rang them up.

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    And they got annoyed when YOU interrupted THEM.

    15. You've come to dread these words: INVENTORY DAY.

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    *Sets alarms for 4:00 a.m., 4:10 a.m., and 4:25 a.m.*

    16. You've spent way too much money shopping at your own store.

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    Oh, look! There goes another check!

    17. THIS became your go-to meal. It only cost $1.63.

    We are forever eating at work 😂 it's so hard to resist not buying anything when you work at the mall

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    We are forever eating at work it's so hard to resist not buying anything when you work at the mall

    9:42 PM - 29 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    18. You've had a customer try to get a refund for an item they've *CLEARLY* used.

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    "Stains don't count as defects, sir."

    19. Your manager has warned you to watch out for ~MYSTERY SHOPPERS~

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    You mean I have to be nice to EVERYBODY?

    20. Trying to open and organize hundreds of shipment boxes in a tiny hallway.

    21. You've had to go on a food run during the holidays and endure the massive lines at the food court.

    22. You've had to eat alone at the food court or in the break room when it's dead.

    23. You've had people think they can charm you into giving them your employee discount.

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    No.

    24. You've caught impatient customers removing clothes from mannequins.

    25. You've had a customer threaten to "call corporate" and get you fired.

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    Because we ran out of your size?!?

    26. You've suffered with parents who let their kids run wild and expected YOU to keep an eye on them.

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    Sorry, the mall isn't a daycare center.

    27. You've had to put on a brave face when spotting a shoplifter.

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    But you were actually *terrified* on the inside.

    28. You've struggled to keep your cool around a seasonal associate who's gunning for your job.

    29. You've had to get in the middle of shouting matches between unruly customers.

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    30. You've had a customer try to fool you with an expired coupon.

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    Ma'am, this says "Expires January of 2011."

    31. You've had a customer try to get your attention when you're walking out to take your break.

    32. After dealing with rude customer after rude customer, you've trained yourself to resist punching people on sight.

    33. When your shift was almost over, you counted down the minutes until you could do this:

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