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I'm SO fed up with working In retail... Has anyone else out there had their share of bad experiences as well?

Asked by TheHaight (4406points) March 24th, 2008 from iPhone

I’ve been working at old navy for more than two years as a part time job while going to school. It seems that customers are just getting worse, and I’m getting fed up with it all. Yes, I want to quit but I have great coworker and managers and just love working there. I’ve had a guy call me a “dumb bitch”, someone threaten me to were we had to call the cops, yelling and screaming, over stupid rules that I dont make up!!! And I am pretty close to punching some of them in their faces, (and I am not a violent person at all) Is there Anyone else out there that has been through similar experiences? How have you handled them?


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squirbel's avatar


All I can say is that I wish I were French and lived in France and THEN worked in retail. Then I could snub without worry of termination. :)

axlefoley's avatar

I have had some bad jobs in the past. Now I have great job I love, and I can’t believe they pay me lot’s of money to do it. But I think I appreicate this job alot more, because I know what it’s like to be unhappy in work. So in a way I am greatful for exspiecing the crapy jobs.

TheHaight's avatar

@ squirbel: I’m so moving to france.. In my dreams.

@ axlefoley: that’s what I keep telling myself while working here.: its going to get better, be more optimistic. Get that damn degree (haha)..

Patrick_Bateman's avatar

Welcome to life.

flowerchild's avatar

I work in retail also. Where I work is mostly retired people. Frankly they are the biggest pain in the butts that I have ever seen. very demanding and very rude. and I totally understand where you are coming from. if you could just punch one it would make it seem all the better.

TheHaight's avatar

haha, glad to see someone feels the same way I do. Thanks flowerchild.
And patrick bateman; you sound just like my dad.

jcs007's avatar

All I have to say is:


TheHaight's avatar

What’s that?

jcs007's avatar

Google would explain it better than I.

scubydoo's avatar

retail and working with the public sux to say the least. i too share youre disscomfort with working retail.

TheHaight's avatar

oh good! I’m not alone.

smart1979's avatar

Seriously, working Retail can be terrible. I’ve done a bit, and also some sales, and I’m totally burnt from it and I don’t think I will do it again if possible, unless a great opportunity comes along. Hang in there :)

TheHaight's avatar

awe thanks! I’m on my way to work right now and you’ve lifted my spirits :)

scubydoo's avatar

lol my spirits are lifted now….wanna know why????? lol.. because I’m off tomorrow. yay happydance….seriously. sorry about that. I’ve been working for the past 8days and i am in dire need of a serious break.

TheHaight's avatar

well, by George… You deserve a break! :) my next day off is friday. Plus school, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays volounteering at an elem school all day. I’m tiRED! :(

scubydoo's avatar

…wow now I feel bad…. here i am complaining about just working.. and you’ve got school and volunteering on your plate… i’ll try to enjoy myday off and virtually share it with you as well. :-)~ heres to your day coming around a little bit faster /cheers

TheHaight's avatar

*yes!!! You better enjoy it or else. :D *

Thanks! I hope it zooms by. It probably will. :)

scubydoo's avatar

:-) haha I’ll keep you posted..

edmartin101's avatar

Hi TheHaight, I see you’re working on retail; What’s your major in school? What’s your dream job? Just to let you know, life turns around in mysterious ways. I studied Electrical Engineering and I did worked in design for over 12 years in two companies, but now I enjoy more the business side of engineering. Now I work as a Marketing Liaison hooking up clients with designers/manufacturers of electronic products. Most of my work is done online, but I do travel frequently to meet customers worldwide. You’ll probably experience something similar in your career life. Just do your best at every experience you have, it will help you in your next assignment.

TheHaight's avatar

I am going to school to be a teacher- so retail has nothing to do with my dream job i guess. I’m also volounteering at an elem school 2 times a week, all day and ready enjoy it. I was thinking of looking for a teachers aide job, but hours wouldn’t be to great and I need the money!!
Thankyou for your input-
I am trying to do my best at every experience and have DEFINATELY learned a lot from working in retail! I cant wait till I finish up school, because like I’ve said on here before- “you gotta do what you gotta do so you can do what you want to do”!

TheHaight's avatar

really enjoy it. Silly iPhone changed it to “ready”.

edmartin101's avatar

I get your point. When I was going to school I was working as a teacher’s aide. I remember those good old days. It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it. I think if you work as an aide you can get paid more than as in retail. You should try to work as an aide in High school, I think they pay more and you work longer hours.

RandomMrdan's avatar

Retail is probably one of the most stressful work environments…you work odd hours, people expect things you can’t always give them, and complain when you can’t do anything about it….I’ve worked in retail for about 4 years now…I only put up with it because I’m paid about 25/hr on commission selling electronics and what not….But I have to deal with “loss leaders” daily which you may not be familiar with….but its an item that we lose money selling to get people into the store, and it attracts terrible customers who are cheap and ruin my day…and sadly the way my commission works, it doesn’t help me at all to sell those “loss leaders” very stressful when my paycheck gets worse with everyone one I sell.

The way my commission structure works is somewhat complicated, and I won’t go into too much detail, but if I sell enough of the cheap stuff with no attachments, I make next to nothing when I sell something decent (it slowly catches up to me and decreases the % I make on each sale).

Just know, it could be worse for you…janitorial work is pretty bad I’m sure. Just put your head down, press forward, and you’ll be a teacher soon enough.

TheHaight's avatar

You are so right! I need to be very thankful for this job. Theres so many people out there that are very unemployed, so I am thankful. I just get such shitty customers… And it just gets more and more frustrating trying to keep my cool. Ittl be three years for me in October, so I might as well wait till then to find a job. Anyways- thank you so much for the encouragement, and you’re right: I will be a teacher soon enough! (can’t wait).

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