Tumblr, I have no friends. I have an amazing boyfriend, but all my friends ditched me or left. I have very little social interaction with people, besides work and my dude. What is my life?
[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “WISH CUSTOMER ‘HAPPY HOLIDAYS’”
Bottom Text: “GETS INTO RELIGIOUS ARGUMENT WITH YOU AT REGISTER”]
Former Grocery Store Robin here again.
So last year about 2 weeks before Christmas I was working as a cashier. And of course it’s the holiday season, so among the standard greeting and parting lines, our managers like us to wish our customers a happy holiday.
Now let me just say that some of the other cashiers say “Merry Christmas” outright, but I prefer “Happy Holidays” because there are plenty of people who shop at my store who don’t celebrate Christmas for a multitude of reasons and “Happy Holidays” is the best way to avoid that awkward “I don’t celebrate Christmas” moment. (Note - there are plenty of people who don’t celebrate ANY winter holidays, but management told us to say SOMETHING so I chose what I thought was the least controversial option.)
Of course something had to go wrong.
So this elderly woman gets in my line with her middle-aged son and she’s all pleasant and smiling and when I finished ringing her up and handed her her receipt I thanked her for shopping with us and I wished her a very happy holidays.
And she just stopped.
Her smile fell, and she glared at me, and she proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes yelling at me, about how it’s “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays” and how “there is no other holiday, because it’s Jesus’s birthday and that’s the only holiday ANYBODY should be celebrating” and “show some respect” and “you must be a satan worshiper” and “I can’t believe I got in the devil’s line”.
Meanwhile her son is looking at me apologetically but is making no move to stop her and I’m over here with a long ass line full of holiday shoppers and I’m about ready to punch this old bat.
Anyway, she finally calmed down and then tried to RETURN her $200+ purchase and by that point I’d had enough of her so I called my manager over and she dealt with the return at the register behind me, where THERE ENTIRE TIME I could here this lady going on about “devil worship”.
So then after that whole debacle my manager comes over and offers to take over for me on register while I go take a break. Before I can walk away, she starts ringing up the next customer in line (who only had one item) and she tells me that I should just say “Merry Christmas” from now on. Right after she said this to me, she handed the current customer his receipt and wished him a Merry Christmas.
“I don’t celebrate Christmas.”
this is why, unless it’s christmas eve, thanksgiving etc., I just say have a nice day. I don’t get the point of wishing people to have a merry christmas/happy holiday 2 weeks before the actual holiday.
I logged onto foursquare this morning and it told me welcome back to Omaha, except I never left Omaha last night. I checked into 5 different places last night, they were all well within the city. weird.
Also just saw into darkness and it was meh. Not fucking terrible, just overly predictable.
I don’t have to work for 3 days I’m bored
of[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “ALLOW ME TO.”
Bottom Text: “ALERT THE CHECKERS IN THE BACK.”]
My store (and I’m sure many others) are plagued by the problem of little help. So when we get slammed with giant orders, we’re lucky to have even three check stands open.
Last night we were a bit busy, and I had three monster orders and no bagger. At my store a lot of baggers are trained to check (including me), but our other checker-bagger was in a check stand, one checker on lunch, and the newest bagger obviously can’t check yet. The only other person we have checking is our manager.
We don’t have anyone else to call, because you bet we’d be calling for them. We weren’t exactly slammed but we had some lines. I get to the last of my big orders and ask how the woman is, and she says she’s aggravated because we really should call more checkers. I tell her we’re all there is at the moment, and I’ll admit I probably got a little uncaring when she went on about how annoying it is to wait 15 minutes because that song is sung a lot at our store. Whole “I’m not coming back” and yadda yadda. Didn’t even bat an eyelash at her $10 coupon that came after her order. Talking to her was like talking to a pissy fourteen year old.
But really, do they think we have a table of checkers in the back room just waiting for us to call them? At 7:30PM, no less? If there’s huge lines and few check stands, it’s because we have nobody to fill them. We’re about as fond of long lines as you are.
Perhaps she was trying to weasel out a discount. I had another lady demand one before after we only had two registers open and I was a newbie checker who was messing up a lot. My only help was in another check stand.
I get this all the damn time. People really do think there are people in the back just waiting to be called up to check. Like the people on the floor have nothing else to do. I actually once told a lady I can’t make my cashier trained associates apparate from the backroom, it takes them minute to get up front too.