I work part time in a retail store. Luckily I do not work in clothes or something, I work in the meat department. Here are some things I have encountered/learned in my adventures.
Working in retail I have learned you are never doing just one thing. You have to be ready for all sorts of things, for instance, the last time I worked I was scheduled for the meat department, but saw time cashiering, working in the pharmacy, helping produce, working frozen food for grocery, and pushing carts in from outside, all while making 2 bales in a five hour shift. A 5 hour shift where I could have easily left early by finishing my area early too.
Anyway, feels like too much talking myself up….that is not what this is about. This is about encounters like Knox Mccoy mentioned here. (I really loved his blog post about the human grenades you encounter at the grocery store, because of how true it is. I encourage you to go check it out if you have not already.)
One of my favorite encounters that I get all the time while working goes something like this:
Me: Can I help you find anything?
Me:(waiting for them to ask about a product they can’t find.)
Customer: (either walking away or looking at me strangely.)
Me: (walking away realizing they didn’t listen to what I said and will just reply “yes” no matter what I say.)
After having this encounter most every time I work, my new plan is to start asking randomness. My next shot will be “Can I help you buy me something?” That way when they say “yes”, I will quickly throw some Filet Mignons in their cart for a delicious steak dinner for myself and my wife.
Alright, that is part of my life spent in retail for now. Please feel free to stop by and see me when I work so I can talk you into buying something…if I made commission I would have like $2.53 or something by now…