Folding shirts at the Gap after college might not be our dream job, but sometimes we twenty-somethings need a side hustle to help pay off student loans or save money for future goals.
No matter which retail store you work in, most of us deal with the same things every shift.
Customers ask “Do you work here?” when you’re taking clothes from the fitting room or straightening tables and you’re not sure you want to answer.
You’re expected to convince people to sign up for credit cards when you’re working there to pay off your credit card debt.
Your legs and feet ache on Monday after working long shifts all weekend.
Customers ask if they should press “Cancel” or “Enter” after signing their name for a credit card transaction. What does the word “cancel” mean, people? Say it with me, now.
You walk into the fitting rooms and it looks like a bomb went off. Swallow the sobs.
You’re running around so much that you can skip the gym and still get in amazing shape.
Half your department decides to call off, so you have to manage four registers by yourself.
You have to remind yourself every five minutes that the meager paycheck is still worth it just to make it through the shift.
Tell us what situations you’ve faced at a retail job!