A Few Reminders
It’s that time of year again—yes, the holidays are upon us. Please take the time to remember to act civilized towards the retail workers with whom you interact during this busy and stressful period!
1. Yes, we get paid to be nice to you. No, that does not mean that you get to take out your shitty mood on us. We are not soulless automatons that you can treat like garbage, we are people just like you with stress of our own.
2. That cashier whom you’re fixing with a nasty glare because you have to wait in line longer than you’d like? Yeah, stop glaring at her. Chances are, she didn’t decide how many people to schedule today, and besides, you probably need to step out of your own headspace and realize that you’re not the only person on this planet. Chill out. Use your extra few minutes in line to check your Twitter, or maybe for some quiet introspection.
3. Stop bitching to checkers, stickers, etc, about their place of employment being open on Thanksgiving or Christmas or whatever. It’s not their decision! Yeah, we’d all like to be at home with our families, too, and if there wasn’t a demand for us to be here, waiting on your stupid ass, we would be. Stop reminding us!
4. STOP COMMENTING ON HOW BUSY WE ARE. Oh, are we busy? I hadn’t noticed, even though it’s the day before Thanksgiving, and we are a grocery store. Yes, we have every checklane open and you STILL have to stand in line. Get over it.
5. Stop expecting us to care about how much of a hurry you’re in/how much things cost. My job is to get you in & out of the checkout in a reasonable amount of time, NOT place a higher priority on your time because YOU overloaded your schedule and are supposed to be across town in 10 minutes. And by the way, while we’re on the subject of Things That I Am Not Responsible For, I don’t set the prices we charge. Our prices are determined by the price we pay to our supplier, which is determined by the cost of materials, labor, and transportation. Trust me, nobody that you’ll talk to in a store is getting rich because a can of cranberry sauce is 10 cents more this year.
I could go on and on, but in general, just be nice, okay? Retail workers are people, too.