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View Poll Results: What sucks about working in retail?
Annoying/Rude customers 40 75.47%
(some) terrible accociates 27 50.94%
Long working hours 18 33.96%
Working on weekends 26 49.06%
Working late evenings 27 50.94%
Working on most holidays 24 45.28%
During big sales when too busy 19 35.85%
Minimum/Low wage 35 66.04%
Bad benefits 24 45.28%
Crappy managers 26 49.06%
Short breaks/meals 19 35.85%
Annoying phone calls from managers 11 20.75%
During Christmas/Holiday season 24 45.28%
Standing for hours on feet 27 50.94%
When customers trash my department 16 30.19%
Asking customers too much information 10 18.87%
Begging customers opening store cards 12 22.64%
Being on register 13 24.53%
When doing returns 12 22.64%
Annoying store policies 13 24.53%
Customers walking in minutes before closing 19 35.85%
Managers telling you "Do this, do that" constantly 18 33.96%
Being 'looked down' 24 45.28%
Getting threatened to be "written up" 13 24.53%
In danger of getting fired 12 22.64%
Different schedule/hours every week 25 47.17%
Other (?) 5 9.43%
Nothing, working in retail is great! 1 1.89%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 53. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-13-2016, 08:06 PM
Location: Energy Corridor-ish
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I worked at the major bookseller for seven years, prior to the age of e-readers, much less tablets. I love to read, so it was a pretty good fit for me, and the employee discount was great. What I hated most were the late nights, and recovering the store at the end of the night, especially during the holidays. One Christmas Eve, we were there an hour and a half after closing. The pay was pretty crappy, but the medical benefit was actually pretty good. Don't know if it still is, but comparing what it was then to what I've had since, it was actually the best.
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:01 PM
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I worked in retail in high school, and again shortly after having kids (wanted to stay home with my kids, so got a nighttime job to help make ends meet). I voted for quite a few of those items, but my top few negatives would be customers and working times when you'd rather be off (holidays, weekends, whenever). I really enjoyed a lot of customers, but the ones who suck REALLY suck. They can be so cruel and rude, it's ridiculous! And so many times, the assumption seemed to be that cashiers were uneducated and stupid. I enjoyed my life better when I could see the humor in some of the asinine experiences.

On another note, I am so sick of bad customer service from those in retail. I've been there, I know it can suck, but there is no reason to be rude to customers who are polite and respectful. Chip on your shoulder or what?
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