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Ilia
in my own little world...
I love writing fantasy and retail-hell stories.
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This story was originally posted on: July 26, 2010 ------------------------- From: T Once upon a time, I worked giving pony rides (you know, a bunch of live ponies harnessed to a rotating wheel.) One day, this young couple drives up and asks if their kids can have a ride. We told them the price, they paid, and then they proceeded to reach into their backseat (where there were two car seats) and they unstrapped... a pair of teddy bears, one dressed like a boy and one dressed like a girl. I thought it was a joke, or that they wanted a funny photo op, but no pictures were taken, and neither of them were laughing. The guy was actually kinda quiet and pokerfaced. The woman on the other hand was looking on with an adoring smile, though she panicked when one of the bears began to slip a little. Afterwards, they just thanked us, put the stuffed animals back into their car seats (while the lady cooed about how much fun that must have been for them) and drove off. I figured maybe she'd lost her kids at some point and she lost her mind and created an unhealthy illusion... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Jenna Brittain I work in a restaurant. I never expect tips on take out orders. I expect tips otherwise. It's just the norm. Know what royally pisses me off? Earlier this week I got assigned to a catering order - all I had to do was help make it and drop it off. I got picked for the job because a) I have a gps, and b) I have a civic (the rest of my coworkers have trucks). I was really excited when I saw that it was a $200 catering order. Catering orders usually give pretty good tips and it means I get an unofficial long smoke break, AWAY from horrible customers. I got to work an hour early so I could prepare it, left early to make sure that I got their on time, and got it there ten minutes early. I got a ten dollar tip. I got a 10 dollar tip on a fifty mile round trip, through the busiest part of the metroplex with the most traffic, in a strange neighborhood. I used 1/4 a tank of gas and dragged my ass out of bed early. I was expecting at LEAST 10%, so $20... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Deli Brat I slice cheese, chicken, ham, turkey and sausage in my deli.. among other random deli meats. I REALLLLYYY relate to the closing at ten thing. I am also off at ten. Customers don't realize that it takes forever to clean, then sanitize, my entire dept... Then to have them order at 9:45? WTF?! I then have to clean my slicer, counter, whiteboard, wrap station, scale, and redo my floors then retake out that trash that I used. And if we get overtime, we get in trouble. I hate closing! Oye! --Deli Brat Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Retail Hell Underground
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From: PhotoFemme DAMMIT TO PIT. Okay, we had a clusterfrag of aftheads tonight. Twelve year old kid who was rude to his mom, being impatient and backtalking as he then complained that the 'perfect birthday card' he picked was eight bucks. His mom got a $2 card, but as I reached to ring it out the hellspawn SHOVED another card in front of it that was $3. He then snarled "Keep da change!" as his mom paid in change. That hellspawn also stole my pen. I understand people have limited incomes. But this next lady had spent 3+ hours in the store and then started snapping, "That's not 75% off! Why is that full price? Why is that toy $2 if it's 75% off?" My manager, Teeny Doctor (she's petite and a Dr. Who fan) had to rattle off estimated full prices from memory. I wound up putting away over half of it. I also had to void off large parts of the order before she was satisfied. Look, I hate having to ask if you got your flu shot. Corporate wants us to sell the vaccines! I do not need to hear you anti-vaxx scrap. It doesn't cause Autism!... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Phone Bitch We closed at ten, but the shifts go until 10:15 or 10:30. Whoever worked until 10:15 is the lobby closer, which means vacuuming and mopping the dining room. I always closed on Friday nights. It was about 10:05 and all I had left to do was to vacuum. There was still a family sitting in the dining room, but I started vacuuming anyways because I'd been there for eight hours and I WANTED TO GO HOME. The man comes over and goes, "Do you mind? We're trying to eat!" They were already there for like, half an hour. --Phone Bitch Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Fender After working in a toy store for a year, I can tell you that the "biting" thing is the new craze in parenting. I've seen so many parents do this same thing. The first time I saw it I asked the mother what the hell she was doing. She explained that she wasn't "biting" but merely pressing her teeth down just enough to pinch the skin. That's still called biting in my book! The squalling child she was latched onto certainly didn't think it was merely a "pinch" either. Many parents upon getting caught doing this offered the same explanation. And now, I see the same thing at the dog park while I'm walking my Pomeranian: people reprimanding their dogs by biting the poor creatures' ears. What Caesar Milan wannabe is telling people to do this as good behavior modification?! I don't want to see kids, or dogs, get bitten no matter how misbehaved they are! --Fender Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Projector Peon Oh, those people standing around gabbing always bugged me. Why? Because the managers would bitch me out for not helping the custys. They saw people and thought I was ignoring them. Grrrr. As for the biggest pet peeve I had while working in a grocery store deli? The custys who needed me to walk around the counter to hand them their order. That in itself wasn't the problem. It was that as soon as my back was turned, they had no problem reaching the free samples that were up top. Just a note, stainless steel is reflective enough that I could tell what you were doing behind me. --Projector Peon Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Aerrianna I have to post this here because I don't really want any of my irl friends to know, it's kind of silly. It's also retail/food related and I wanted to post a good story for everyone. My fiance and I were in Vancouver for holidays for five days, the third day we went to an upscale restaurant because we heard it was the best in Vancouver (it was really good, but that's besides the point). Our server, Darren, was incredibly nice, attentive, and knew the menu perfectly (really hot too! ). Basically, Darren is the server we wish every server could be like. Fiance asked if he was working the next night so we could come back and have him as a server again. Unfortunately, he wasn't but he invited us to another restaurant that he was working at. We went to the second restaurant the next night and asked for him but the hostess said he wasn't working. We were a little disappointed but we weren't going to walk out just because a particular server wasn't there. The hostess was really apologetic. So we sat down and were looking at our drink menu and who should come... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Retail Hell Underground
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From: RHUer I used to work at a college bookstore. This happened right at the end of my shift, which coincided with closing. It was a very busy day, since school has just started. A lady comes to my register with a number of items, then decides she wants to go look at some clearance items. I agree to let her leave her items at the register, since there isn't a line, and there aren't any other customers. I assumed she would only be a couple minutes. Nope. She took a good 10-15 minutes to look at stuff. Then, to make it worse, she decided it was socially acceptable to pay in one dollar bills. Her total was 62 dollars. It made for a good laugh, but it was annoying nonetheless. --RHUer Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Becci I definitely give a small tip on the rare occasions that I get take-out-- more if there's any kind of special service. I have dietary restrictions and like to make sure they're followed, and because I'm often a repeat customer, I want to make a good impression too. Servers are treated like absolute garbage. Like cashiers, they're at the bottom of the pile, so I am more than happy to give a tip just in case they're somehow affected by the take-out order. --Becci Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Retail Hell Underground
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From: SheWhoSleepsWithPittBulls My little local store is known for it's glutin-free products and the like, which are great for parents of kids who can't have it. These, unfortunately, are the same dipshits that come up to the counter with an overflowing cart of the high-priced shit. Then they still relent when their whiny spawn wants a giant, gluten containing, candy bar. WTF are you buying all this shit for if you're going to give the kid something like that anyway? And don't get me started on deli meals... Being in the Fire Service has it's share of morons with allergies, too. Like the ones who are pranked by their friends into eating shellfish when they're highly allergic. Their fucking 'friends' are standing around shocked because they, "didn't know it'd be so bad!" HE HAD AN ALLERGY. IT'S NOT FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS, YOU FUCKING CLOWNS! Allergic reactions are no joke. My mother can die if she's stung by bees. My step father has trouble breathing around cats... etc etc etc. And if YOU have one yourself, don't be a complete idiot and wait to ask about it when it's too late. One stupid bitch, I swear to God, had us coming... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Retail Hell Underground
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From: Ponda the Deli Panda We have Jennie-o and Sara Lee products in my deli. You wonder what they want when they ask for Sara-o and Jennie-Lee, lol. My pet peeve is when they ask you to open a new package of meat. They don't want the last pound or two off the butt of it, but somehow don't realize that when I open a new one they will still be getting the butt end. Or when they order roast beef and you ask if they need anything else because the slicer will get very messy, and they tell you no. But then they decide they need oven roast chicken afterwards, and get pissy about you having to sanitize the slicer after the beef. >:( --Ponda the Deli Panda Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Retail Hell Underground
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Also, why do they have braille on drive through pin pads...? One would think they would be mutually exclusive. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Retail Hell Underground