EASY WAYS TO MAKE WORKING RETAIL LESS INSUFFERABLE
Personally, I work in a grocery store with a lot of fresh produce so some of these won't apply, but.
- •Load your purchases in the order you want them to be packed.I don't like having to reach over and grab the last cold item you left next to a bunch of toxic chemicals.
- •Know what produce you bought.Yes, we're known for fresh food but no, I don't know every single apple variety by sight and not all of them have stickers.
- •If you have extra change, tell me before I press that button.Yeah, sure, it's simple mathematics to you but I have dyscalculia and it's stressful trying to mentally calculate your change once the machine has done it for me.
- •Don't leave random items you decided not to buy everywhere.This sounds super nitpick-y but hear me out. That steak you left in the DVD aisle can't be sold, now, and that soft drink you left in the ice cream section is going to explode. When you check out, hand them to me instead and someone will run them back.
- •Ask me how I am after I ask you.It's likely neither of us cares, but it's polite and makes me feel like a human being.
- •Take your headphones out/hang up your phone call when you go to pay. It might only be a twenty second transaction interaction but it's polite and we appreciate it.Suggested by @alanarogerrrrs
- •Don't put your baby's only-covered-by-a-diaper butt on the same counter we put baked goods on!!!Re: my time at Sprinkles cupcakes. A small, germy human with very little bowel protection crawling on a space that we put unpackaged, fresh foods on in unsanitary and disrespectful. We'd have to instantly deep-clean the surface every. Single. Time.Suggested by @rebeccaroanoke
- •If you make something fall, please pick it up yourself!Working at Brandy Melville with mostly 14-16 year old clientele was a nightmare. It's not cute to make a sweater fall off a hanger and not pick it up!Suggested by @josie
- •Read ads carefully.I used to work at a grocery store, and people would ALWAYS come in having misread the ads for the week. That's understandable, but don't argue when I'm trying to show you the error (in a polite way of course). Also check the date. So many people would come in with an ad that wasn't for that week, and I'd have to say, "Well actually, that's next week's (or last week's) ad." They would usually get disproportionally pissed off about this.Suggested by @twigvicious
- •If an item doesn't scan correctly and it has to be numerically typed in and/or a manager is called over, please don't make a joke about how you "guess that means it's free!!!!"(The worker has heard that joke a minimum 3 times already just that day. They're trying to sort out your sale & really don't want to have to muster up a laugh at that comment.)Suggested by @americson
- •If you're looking for something specific, come in with the name and/or sku number. We sell 10,000 different white shirts, no I don't know which one you're talking about.It's called the Internet people, use it.Suggested by @JosieFeather