If you’ve ever worked in retail for any amount of time, you have likely hooked on cigarettes, have a newfound cynical attitude and a complete loss of hope in all humanity. After dealing with countless rude customers, annoying managers, and endless shifts all for minimum wage should be recognized as a crime. Here are a few thints every retail worker has had to endure in their time…

#1 You are expected to stop thieves. So you are working on the register or in the stock room, but somehow you are also expected to tackle a 6-and-a-half-foot fleeing thief. So why don’t they just hire a security guard?


#2 Customers place money on the counter rather than placing it in your outstretched hand. There is nothing more irritating – clearly seeing your hand waiting to accept the money, but they drop their change on the counter and expect you to pick it up, one coin at a time. Ugh!



#3 Having to tell a customer their card is declined. This is the awkward face EVERY retail worker has to make at this moment.


#4 Customers making a mess in the store. You are not sure if they are doing it on purpose or not!


#5 When customers are rude. Dealing with an ignorant customer is one thing, but dealing with a rude one is another. There is a struggle to maintain that fake smile on your face.


#6 When customers let their spawn roam wild and free. If you must shop with the entire family, please don’t bring them all up to the register to pay. This might be hard to believe, but only one person is needed for this mighty task.


#7 Dealing with those “cute” couple fights over who will pay this time. Why not just give me the money and go enact your strange financial foreplay somewhere else?


#8 Wandering off in the middle of the transaction! The person spots cousin Mary entering the store and leaves during the transaction to catch up on the last thirty years. Hello?


#9 Customers blame you for all the stuff out of your control. They freak out at you because the price isn’t what it says on the label. They feel like your job is also to make the price tags. Why don’t they find someone else?


#10 Continuing to fake the laugh and smile you’ve mastered. Everybody has a fake retail laugh and smile, but it gets harder and harder to maintain the longer you work!


#11 People paying using a mountain of change. We don’t mind taking change but when it takes minutes to count out and there are 10 people behind you…


#12 in reality, the Customer is almost never right. Enough said.


#13 You and your friends work opposite shifts. So the little fun you used to have during work has been stolen by your manager. Now you’re stuck working with the employees your least compatible with – in order to ensure you’re never happy at work.


#14 The question, “Can I pay part card/part cash?” Why in the world do you have to be so awkward? $3.15 by cash and the $2 by card is ridiculous!


#15 Customers who seem to move at an obnoxiously slow pace while there is a massive line behind them. Have they zero consideration?


#16 A 30-minute break is never enough for the hell you have to put up with every day.


#17 You agree to cover someone else’s shift and immediately wish you change your decision. You ask yourself, “Why did I just do that?” And the worst part is that the other person never returns the favor.


#18 Customers mistake you for a qualified therapist. We don’t always want to hear about your life struggles at 6pm on a Wednesday evening. Just get your purchases and head for the door please.


#19 Customers who enter the shop and meander around the store just before closing time! Are these people serious? Despite what they might think, we actually do have plenty of things to do and would like to leave when our shift ends.


#20 Trying to text someone without getting caught. Trying to text your friends under the register that you’ll need them to pick you up a copious amount of alcohol to forget about your job for the briefest of moments, without your boss catching you is quite the chore!


#21 Deal with drunk or high customers. This is the worst of the worst as they slur their words and gaze hoplessly into your eyes. The stink of alcohol pours into your nostrils as you try your best to deal with their dire antics. Yuck.


#22 Reminding a customer that there is in fact a line for the counter. Yes, there is actually a queue that you must enter, not just burst your way to the head of the register. And then they even get pissy with you for telling them nicely.


#23 Those irritating retail jokes that we hear all day long. “Do you take cash?” Ha ha. Good one! Yes, we do actually accept cash – especially yours… Now hand it over!


#24 Those infuriating “witty” retorts from customers. For example, when an item doesn’t scan, “It must be free.” Or even worse, you’ve endured a 3 hour blitz of customers and are enjoying your first sip of water and the temporary silence, when you here: “Oh you must need something to do!”


#25 The thought of breaking your phone in order to avoid being called into work on your day off crosses your mind on a regular basis.


#26 Your outlook on life has totally been ruined! Officially, you’ve developed a cynical attitude and your hope for humanity is completely drained.


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