1.) Going absolutely insane when you have to listen to the same holiday playlist over and over during a shift.
2.) Finding out you are scheduled to open or close the store on Black Friday.
3.) Losing all faith in humanity when you see what people are willing to do to get their hands on a particular sale item.
4.) Having to arrive to your shift at least 30 minutes early in order to find a place to park amid the insane holiday shoppers.
5.) When half of your lunch break is spent waiting in the insanely long lines at the food court, leaving you about 3 seconds to try and inhale a slice of Sbarro pizza before you have to be back out on the sales floor.
6.) Being depleted of any and all holiday cheer that you once had.
7.) Watching people completely destroy the displays that you spend hours painstakingly perfecting.
8.) Absolutely dreading having to buy gifts for your friends and family because it means you have to go back to the mall on your day off.
9.) When you are shopping for gifts at another store and you feel like you can relate to the employees who are working there so you do your best not to make a mess.
10.) When customers think there is an infinite amount of items located in the stock room.
11.) When every single gift you give your family and friends comes from the store where you work and was purchased using your employee discount.
12.) When shoppers let their kids run amok while they shop for gifts.
13.) Trying your absolute best not to lose it when shoppers show up 5 minutes before it’s time to close the store.
14.) When everyone you know asks you if they can use your employee discount to buy presents for their entire family.
15.) Finding out you have to work on Christmas Eve.
16.) The way your feet feel after an 8 hour shift.
17.) When a customer tries to ask you what they should buy their significant other for Christmas and you’re just like…
18.) Losing all of your hard earned commission when someone returns all their holiday gifts.
19.) Having to be work at 6:30 am to prepare the store only to watch it get destroyed as soon as the doors open.
20.) Shoplifters. Everywhere.
21.) Trying your hardest to avoid a screaming mob of children who are waiting in line to see Santa Claus.