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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Do people have no shame? Working retail brings out the worst in people




I’ve probably said this before, but life behind a retail counter, demo cart, or any other place of business does not give the people on the other side full reign to abuse you.  Yet I’ve found this to be true over my working career and it doesn’t seem to change no matter where you are in the service industry.  People need someone to yell at, throw things at, and argue with.  Why is human nature like this?  I guess it always has been and always will be.




Sometimes wouldn’t you love to place them in your job and trade places just for a day and see if it would change their attitude?  They could not survive for five minutes in the situations that are commonplace for us service workers. 



 Yes, sometimes this is very hard to do
 
I don’t know why the rudeness of people still surprises me.  I’ve worked several jobs over my working career whether it be selling food, jewelry, clothing, or other products.  The customers on the “other side of the counter” are pretty much all the same.  They’re ready to make you feel you are “far below their level.”





I think the best thing that could happen is for everyone to spend a day, or two, in another’s shoes before they’re given free control to belittle and criticize.  I certainly always think about the person waiting on me in places that I go and I have respect and patience because I know they put up with a lot and they’re doing the best they can under the circumstances.  Wouldn’t the world be so much better if we all went in the store with that in mind?  After all, when you’re rude how is that going to help anyone?




I hope everyone reading this will think about it as the holiday season approaches and everyone is busy at their jobs trying to take care of everyone the best they can.





 
Happy Birthday, Thea


Also a happy 60th birthday to my youngest sister who has reached this milestone in her life.
 

6 comments:

  1. Hi Sunni! I worked in the medical field for many years and it's the same thing. As long as you have to deal with people, you'll run across these seemingly terrible people with no social skills. I think the problem is that these people are suffering some horrible ordeal and they're miserable and frustrated, so they take things out on total strangers. At least that's what I used to tell myself.

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    1. Vashti,

      I'm sure you're right about that. I've worked retail in a number of places doing different things and people are always the same in that there are rude ones in the bunch. They probably are miserable and frustrated, which is a shame.

      Sunni

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  2. Oh! Happy birthday to your sister!

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    1. Vashti,

      Thanks! I'll pass that on to her. It's a big one this year.

      Sunni

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  3. Thank you kindly Vashti. It was a horrible day though for me. I spent hours in an animal hospital with my cocker-spaniel. There was a dog show here this past weekend and the vet thinks that is where he picked up his nasty bug. 5 scripts later and I am out the door with him. He is slowly recouping.

    Sis I know all about rude people myself. It use to be the customer is always right. That went out years ago. I get so upset with some though I just come right out and ask them "Are you having a bad hair day?" It really turns some of them around, kind of shocks them back into reality. LOL. Love you.
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    1. Thea,

      I hope Andy is better. Yes, perhaps shocking rude customers might work on some of them.

      Sunni

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