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Ness 07-17-2011 09:22 PM

Have you ever worked a retail job?
 
During my tenure in college I've worked a retail job for a few years. I have to say, this is probably the worst kind of job you can have. Well, I'm sure there are worse things you can get paid for, but it's pretty much at the bottom of the barrel. Personally, I can't wait to get out of this hell-hole. The main negatives:

- Terrible pay. Unless you are in a manager position you're not going to be making that much above minimum wage.

- Say goodbye to having cultural holidays off. Labor Day, 4th of July, President's Day? No, you're working.

- Weekends? Nope.

- Awful scheduling. Especially if you work a lot of hours at most of these jobs. It's not the normal 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday. Be prepared to have your entire week ****** with.

- Oh and the best part about it. Rude ass customers. And I work at a pretty decent place I have to say as far as retail is concerned. Regardless there are going to be people out there that believe they have this superiority complex because you are working in retail and they are not. People love to leave trash. People love to try and make "deals" with the employees. People don't read policies that are easily identifiable, and when they are politely pointed out to the said polices, they get ticked. Oh and screaming kids, and bringing in pets (even though the sign says no pets) don't help matters either.


No I'll say that I have been on the other side and gone into stores with terrible service and just employees themselves that are actually rude. But working in the retail world has made me a better shopper and a much more patient individual. Really, you'll be amazed at some folks that will take their frustration out on you personally due to things that are beyond your control. Some people may like retail and want to move up the ladder and community with other and deal with all of that. I'm just saying it's not for me. The main two reasons are probably the pay (people don't get paid enough to put up with this **** really) and babysitting morons.

So I ask, have you ever worked one of these said jobs?

phlysac 07-17-2011 09:27 PM

Everything about above post is true.

Terrible schedule (I worked 3rd shift and it was different days each week, rarely more than 1 day off in a row)

Terrible pay

No benefits.

Oh yeah, and good luck getting full-time hours even if you're a "full-time" employee.


However. Having a job is a blessing not shared by all.

jayceheathman 07-17-2011 09:29 PM

At least you have a job.

Ness 07-17-2011 09:33 PM

The only thing about retail I'd say is a plus to me is that it's motivation to get the hell out. I see people in their 40's working at my position as a full-time employee. Some might have families. And that's fine if that is what they want to do. But that job doesn't pay the bills. Times are tough though. I know people lose their other jobs, but at the same time there are folks who just give me the vibe that they've been bumming it for a while and they're just going to work retail for what seems like forever because they don't want to strive for something higher and they've accepted their fate which is to be stuck in that said hell-hole until they die, which will probably be on the salesfloor itself.

Oh yeah and benefits, LOL.

Ness 07-17-2011 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by jayceheathman (Post 2624933)
At least you have a job.

LOL yeah, right.

DoughBoy 07-17-2011 09:37 PM

I had one kid **** and piss on one of the chairs in the dressing room and had to clean it up...... never understand why we just didn't buy a new chair. BTW having a job in retail and fast food sucks, I suggest neither of them because people are assholes. YAY staying in college forever!

Ness 07-17-2011 09:37 PM

This gets me in the mood to see "Waiting..." with Ryan Reynolds. I heard being a waiter might be worse. At least in retail I can hide amongst the clothes if I really wanted.

Ness 07-17-2011 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by DoughBoy (Post 2624939)
I had one kid **** and piss on one of the chairs in the dressing room and had to clean it up...... never understand why we just didn't buy a new chair. BTW having a job in retail and fast food sucks, I suggest neither of them because people are assholes. YAY staying in college forever!

Oh my goodness that is terrible. Just terrible.

phlysac 07-17-2011 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Ness (Post 2624942)
Oh my goodness that is terrible. Just terrible.

Yeah, I worked in the Pets section of a Walmart and I had a gentleman (pun) who liked to piss all over the fish tanks.

True.

CashmoneyDrew 07-17-2011 09:50 PM

The only real paying job I've ever had was for a country club.

I was a server/bartender, worked parties and events, and last summer I worked in the fast-food type area for the pool.
I got good pay but I had to put up with ****** management and some real dick members. Don't even get me started on how spoiled and disrespectful most of the kids were... ugh.

soybean 07-17-2011 10:08 PM

I guess it's the kind of worker you are too.

I know many people who moved up QUICK via retail. One girl I know, no college education and was already district manager at age 20.

If you work hard and have a great attitude there's no doubt you get promoted quickly in retail.

In contrast if you show your pessimism (which I'm sure you do), you'll be stuck in the same position for years.

General Zod 07-17-2011 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Ness (Post 2624940)
This gets me in the mood to see "Waiting..." with Ryan Reynolds. I heard being a waiter might be worse. At least in retail I can hide amongst the clothes if I really wanted.

I worked as a fry cook through college, and I have to say thats its scary how accurate that movie is in the food service industry lol. We never went as far as doing nasty stuff to the food, but waiters and servers, yeah that movie pretty much nails it.

CJSchneider 07-17-2011 10:42 PM

I delivered pizza all through college. Christ was that an interesting experience.

Forenci 07-17-2011 10:47 PM

Haha, that's why I stopped working retail after my first year of college. People love yelling at you way too much in retail. If something breaks and needs to be returned it's entirely your fault (as opposed the manufacturer, or just going to customer service who actually handles those things). Plus just generally bitchiness shoppers seem to have toward retail workers.

I'm much happier working as a camp counselour over the summer at a commuting summer camp for the Parks and Rec department of my home town. You get your weekends off, work very few hours, and basically get to play sports all day. Epic win. I feel your pain though, Ness.

Revis Island 07-17-2011 10:47 PM

The thing is alot of the **** you listed applies to me too though, it's not necessarily a retail thing. I work a crappy warehouse job.

Bad pay? Check.
Weekends? Never get them off.
Awful scheduling? My 9-5 quickly turns to 9-7 very easily.

I do avoid rude ass customers, although my bitchy managers do more than enough to make up for it.

yo123 07-17-2011 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by CJSchneider (Post 2624994)
I delivered pizza all through college. Christ was that an interesting experience.

I've had a couple delivery jobs as well and as long as you get decent tips it's awesome.

BigJohn98 07-17-2011 10:55 PM

I work a retail job right now. I work at Publix. It blows.

RufusMcDaniel 07-17-2011 10:58 PM

Bad Pay? It was...but now I'm at part-time top wage, so I don't complain as much about that. Plus, I get the occasional tip, which is always nice.

Hours? Well, I only work twice a week but its Friday and Saturday, so that blows. But working til 11 on a Friday Night blows.

Customers? Wow....scum of the earth, I don't put up with anything anymore. Treat me with respect, better service...don't, well, don't expect me to go out of my way for you.

The best part about it is, most of my fellow workers are complete idiots, so management wouldn't dare do anything to piss me off, because I do a lot for them.

God bless those morons.

CJSchneider 07-17-2011 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by yo123 (Post 2625001)
I've had a couple delivery jobs as well and as long as you get decent tips it's awesome.

There are some sure-fire way to get tips as a delivery person. Some on the up-and-up, some not so much.

Craziest thing that ever happened as a delivery driver -

I had been promoted to shift supervisor (I had the ability to open the cash register and make change - $1.25 extra an hour - no huge deal), anyhow...

A driver comes back with the pizza and says the crazy guy who ordered it refused it. When I asked why, he said because he didn't order from us (Pizza-Hut), he ordered from Dominoes. He cussed the driver out and told him to leave. I said give me the pizza and left to deliver it. As I pulled up at the house, I took off my hat and Pizza Hut shirt. I handed him the pizza and he asked why it was in a Pizza-Hut box. I told him we ran out and had to borrow some. He asked " Are you serious?" I told him it happens all the time and we borrow from each other on a regular basis. He handed me the payment and that was the end of it.

Ness 07-18-2011 12:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by soybean (Post 2624969)
I guess it's the kind of worker you are too.

I know many people who moved up QUICK via retail. One girl I know, no college education and was already district manager at age 20.

If you work hard and have a great attitude there's no doubt you get promoted quickly in retail.

In contrast if you show your pessimism (which I'm sure you do), you'll be stuck in the same position for years.

Well yeah. I'm just there for the little money that there is. As soon as I'm done with school and get a job using the training I went to school for I'm out. There is nothing about that job that I like. It's hard for me to work hard doing something that I absolutely hate. Not to mention I have no desire to move up the ladder. I feel like I'd be just moving towards permanency there.

Ness 07-18-2011 12:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CJSchneider (Post 2624994)
I delivered pizza all through college. Christ was that an interesting experience.

Your comment reminds me of someone who got murdered delivering a pizza to a fake house. I saw it on Unsolved Mysteries. It was an elaborate setup and I think the guy only had $100 on him. Sad. What a ****** way to go out.

WMD 07-18-2011 12:18 AM

Fast Food..

Ness 07-18-2011 12:28 AM

About a week ago I remember being in our break room and hearing our store manager having a casual conversation with another clerk during our lunch hour and I just remember him casually saying the line

"Well just remember the customer is always right."

And the way he said it...it was as if he seriously believed it. I just ate my sandwich with the most stone cold expression on my face. You gotta be ******* kidding me. The customer is always right? That literally doesn't make sense. Especially since the customers don't work at the facility they shop at. My manger isn't the worst I've had, but I just hate how he'll get on his knees and open his mouth for any customer no matter what the scenario is.

"Oh yeah it's okay if they wear the shoes out of the box before paying for them. Other stores do that. By the way don't mind if we continually have theft issues that I'll undoubtedly lecture about at every store meeting."

Caddy 07-18-2011 12:32 AM

I loved retail.

vikes_28 07-18-2011 12:41 AM

I worked at Burger King for about 3 years in High school. If i would have stayed with it I would have been a manager by now. But I'm good with sitting on my butt and working tech support.


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