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16 infuriating things about working in retail

WORKING IN RETAIL can be really tough.  Yes, there are days when your co-workers are sound and your customers are lovely, but all too often that is not the case.

Sometimes people are jerks, sometimes your boss needs to get stuffed and sometimes the job is a pain.

Here are 16 infuriating things about working in retail.

People trying things on just for a laugh


Oh yeah.  Go ahead, have your gas craic trying on loads of stuff.

It doesn’t matter that I’ll have to tidy it all up, put it on hangers and put it out on the floor again.  As long as you have your fun!

People carelessly pulling apart your carefully folded piles of clothing





No matter what shop you work in, no matter what kind of security you have, you will know the shoplifters, and they will be a pain in the ass.

Customers shouting at you over things that have nothing to do with you


I’m sorry that the article of clothing you purchased in an entirely different shop didn’t work out for you, but kindly stop spitting in my face!

Power hungry managers


They should never have been allowed to be in charge of anything, let alone you.

Being forced to do pointless things by your boss


Purely so they can wield the aforementioned power.

People trying to return things that had clearly been worn


It’s covered in makeup and it stinks of cigarettes.  Do they think you’re stupid or something?



Every day, you are forced to spend ages arranging clothing in order of size, only for it to be immediately messed up when customers got involved.



Not only do you have to work, but you have to work the busiest, most panicked, hectic days of the year.

Customers who ignore the fact that it’s past closing time


They don’t care that the shop just closed, they want to try on 17 items.

Staff meetings



Not being allowed to use certain lifts/escalators/entrances



God forbid that a customer should see you using the same doors as them.  They might forget for a moment that they’re better than you.

People leaving their rubbish in the changing rooms


People are gross.

Having to watch people buy lovely things while you scramble together pennies to buy a sandwich


It’s tough.  It just is.

Pointless tasks foisted on you simply because you’re not allowed to stand still


People who shout at you about consumer law when they clearly haven’t a notion


Do you work in retail?  Do you need to vent?  Tell us about your pain in the comments.


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The Struggles Only People Working In Retail Understand

In theory, working in retail is great! From big discounts to being among cute clothes all the time, what else could be better, right? Wrong! The retail-worker struggle is SO incredibly real…

1. You find yourself folding tables even when you’re off the clock. And when you’re in someone else’s store!


2. Trying to take a day off on a black-out date is your worst nightmare. It’d prob be easier to break into the White House.

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3. And speaking of worst nightmares, Black Friday still haunts your dreams. So. Many. People, So. Much. Mess.

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4. You’re used to customers expecting you to have way more power than you do. You don’t like how the jeans fit? Oh, let me go make a few phone calls!


5. Registers only go down when there’s a huge sale, a line out the door and only two of you in the store. Oh, life…

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6. You’ve chanted “the customer is always right” in order to keep your cool. WAY easier said than done.


7. You never plan on having any kind of social life from Thanksgiving through New Years. ‘Cause chances are you’ll be in your store more than your house.

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8. When your friends complain of being tired, you just chuckle to yourself. You don’t know what tired is until you’ve worked an open-close shift.

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9. The feeling you get after you watch someone destroy a newly re-folded table is haunting. “But…I worked so hard on that…”

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10. When you see ‘inventory’ next to your name in the schedule…

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11. You pray that no one asks you to check in the back for something. It’s like climbing Mount Everest back there!


12. Your good mood has gone away in two seconds flat. Especially when a customer utters the phrase, “can I see a manager?”

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13. Explaining to your family that you’re going to be late to a holiday meal is tough. In retail, there are no holidays!

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14. Even when you see someone destroying a pile of clothes, they ALWAYS refuse to accept help. PLEASE LET SOMEONE HELP YOU FIND YOUR SIZE!!

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15. No matter what, there’s ALWAYS an influx of customers 15 minutes before you close. Even if it’s the slowest day in history, this never fails.


16. You’ve underestimated how dirty humans really are. Nightly clean ups are mind-opening experiences.

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17. Mannequin injuries are no joke. Do you know how hard it is to dress those things?! They’re HEAVY!!

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18. The art of hiding your cell phone on the floor is an art you’ve mastered. Psh, as if you could stop me from texting…

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19. You’ve heard the store’s playlist so many times, you know the exact order the songs play in. And it takes weeks for them to get out of your head.


20. On-calls are possibly the worst inventions ever. This is 100 percent fact.

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