Hi to you all, today's post is going to be a very different post to what I normally write but to be honest I feel like I just have to get this off my chest.
As most of you know, I work in the retail business for a big Pharmacy company. Now I have worked for them for 14 years. Over that time there have been many instances where I and my colleagues have faced abuse, verbal abuse and not just from youngsters or teenagers. Lately it has been from middle aged, well to do men and women and even from the elderly.
I suppose that most of you will think that anyone could work in retail, and I guess to a point that may be true, many a time there have been instances where I have been told my job isn't rocket science, and you don't need a degree to work a till. But, you do need patience and broad shoulders to work with the public, as the name calling and the shouting can get very hard to deal with, and very upsetting at times. We don't get paid a fat lot to be fair, and okay it isn't the world's most important job to do. I do not get paid enough to be yelled at and pointed at and just have to put up with it.
When I walk into a shop, I have a good look around and see if I can find the products I am looking for, if I can't, then I politely and quietly ask them if they would mind telling me where the product is. If it's out of stock, then that's fair enough,I'm unlucky I don't start shouting at the person saying " well you're advertising it on the tv, they had them in that other store I went into." How is it that person's fault that they have sold out, how is it their fault you saw it on the television???
People really need to start considering other people and their feelings. I wouldn't shout down a shop to get that persons attention, I would go up to them and ask them what I needed to know. I have people barge into me with their pushchairs, I have had them bang their shopping bags off my head when I have been stocking shelves. I have had people throw the products that they wanted to buy 5 minutes ago at me, just because they have had to wait a little while because there is a queue.
Today was the straw that broke the camels back. To have a grown man and woman shouting in my face and squaring up to me over 40p !!!!!! 40p that they were not entitled to anyway, and I had gone out of my way and phoned Head Office up for them, when I really did not need to do that, is out of order.
If you are a customer in a shop, please remember that the staff are not robots and they are not there to be treated as if they are dirt on your shoe. They have lives, they have feelings and they are doing that job just to provide for their family, and to keep a roof over their head. They may have other issues that you don' know about, and are fighting so hard just to keep their head above water, so please think about how that person is feeling before you abuse and swear and treat them like the lowest of the low.
Give them a smile and just say hi. It just might brighten their day.
Love and Hugs