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    A New Hire Level Of Respect

    , | Edmonton, AB, Canada | Coworkers, New Hires

    (At my work, the new hires all get a large blue ribbon to wear with their nametags that says ‘NEW HIRE’ on it in large letters. Most people try to get rid of it as soon as possible, usually within two weeks. So far I’ve been there about two months.)

    Coworker: *looking at my ribbon* “When are you going to take that thing off?”

    Me: “When someone in management tells me to.”

    Coworker: *looking and sounding very confused* “Why?”

    Me: “Because everyone’s so much nicer to me when they think I’ve only had a handful of shifts. I keep getting complimented on how well I’m doing and how quick I am. Plus, I haven’t had a single rude or impatient customer yet.”

    Coworker: “… now you’re making me want one.”

    Your Concerns Are Just A Drop In The Ocean

    | MA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink

    (Employees of this particular chain are upset about certain management decisions and are holding a job action. Shelves are not being restocked, and action at the distribution centers has halted the delivery of fresh produce, meats, and seafood.)

    Customer: *seeing the empty seafood display* “Where is all the seafood?”

    Worker: “In the ocean!”

    The Invisible Customer Shops Again

    | LA, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Theme Of The Month

    (I go shopping at the new supermarket that has just opened up. I had an issue with the staff previously but decided to give them another chance. There are only two registers open, both with sizeable lines. I wait over 10 minutes for my turn; I’m not in a hurry so it isn’t a huge deal. I put my items on the belt and wait for the cashier to start scanning them. She stands there, not looking at me, hands on her hips sighing. I am about to ask what is wrong, but before I could she waved another customer over.)

    Cashier: *to the other customer* “I’ll ring you up now.”

    (The other customer walks around through the exit of the lane and stands in front of me and the cashier begins to scan his three items. I am trying to figure out what has just happened and decide not to say anything because I’m not one for confrontations and I just want to get out of there. Several minutes later she finally starts scanning my items. Note, she still hasn’t looked at me nor acknowledged I was standing there.)

    Me: *because I work retail as well and know how demanding the job is, wanting to be polite* “Hi. How are you?”

    (The cashier is still silent, and still won’t look at me. I am really frustrated by this point but I decide to let it go since it is almost over. I then notice that she has just put my grapes at the bottom of a bag and put a liter of coke on top.)

    Me: “Oh, ma’am, can you take the coke out of that bag? I don’t want my grapes smashed.”

    (She finally looks up at me, rolls her eyes but still says nothing, and continues to scan without moving the coke. I reached over take the coke out of the bag and place it in my cart. I start loading up the bags when I see her putting some lunch meat in with a bleach based cleaning product. Now I’m quite irritated.)

    Me: “Ma’am, could you not put the food in with the bleach?”

    (The cashier rolls her eyes again, still not making a move to correct the problem. Instead, the last few items she scans passive-aggressively, snickering and putting a single item per bag.)

    Me: *after re-bagging my items and paying, more irritated than I’d like to admit* “Well, I hope you have a better day tomorrow.”

    Cashier: *still silent*

    (As I was turning to walk away, she turns to the customer who was behind me.)

    Cashier: “What the h*** was her problem?”

    (I leave, silently fuming but vowing never to go into that store again.)

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    Sadly The Whine Will Dine

    | West Midlands, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Theme Of The Month

    (The supermarket is unusually busy, with long queues at the tills. I only have a dozen items in my basket, and walk up to the shortest queue.)

    Cashier: *looking up at me* “Sorry, I’m closing this lane after this lady.”

    Me: “Oh, fine.”

    (I move to the next queue along. Another customer with a trolley full joins the short line.)

    Cashier: “Sorry, I’m closing this lane after this lady.”

    Customer: *whining, sighing, making a childish fuss* “Oh, but, oh please… I just … oh… please…”

    Cashier: “Okay. Go on, then…”

    (I hate it when whiners and complainers get special treatment. It’s a kick in the pants for polite, respectful customers!)

    Misconceiving The Point, Part 3

    | Lake Louise, AB, Canada | At The Checkout, Employees, Health & Body, Language & Words

    (A customer is buying a pregnancy test, which is very expensive at our store.)

    Customer: “This is so expensive, but better safe than sorry!”

    Me: “Yeah, sorry about how expensive it is. But next time try the store across the road.”

    Customer: “The next time?” *eyebrows raised*

    Me: “Oh, my god. I am so sorry. That’s not what I meant!”

    (Luckily she had a sense of humour!)

    Related:
    Misconceiving The Point, Part 2
    Misconceiving The Point


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