The Retail Horror Thread 2: More Tales to Chill your Bones -

Autumnal Equinox

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People really have been complete cunts to cashiers lately. I thought shit was obnoxious when I was one back in the day, can't imagine how irritating it must be to serve these fuckwits in "the new normal" era. I've seen people (boomers naturally) literally throwing their items at the cashier, calling them brain damaged if they're not sanitizing their hands after touching each item, whining about waiting in line because the store is short staffed due to Wu Flu, one dickweed actually removed his mask to directly cough at one poor girl ringing him up because she wouldn't sell him her personal bottle of hand sanitizer.

I'm an agnostic, but still, God bless you guys working in customer service and not murdering these cretins.
 

ProgKing of the North

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People really have been complete cunts to cashiers lately. I thought shit was obnoxious when I was one back in the day, can't imagine how irritating it must be to serve these fuckwits in "the new normal" era. I've seen people (boomers naturally) literally throwing their items at the cashier, calling them brain damaged if they're not sanitizing their hands after touching each item, whining about waiting in line because the store is short staffed due to Wu Flu, one dickweed actually removed his mask to directly cough at one poor girl ringing him up because she wouldn't sell him her personal bottle of hand sanitizer.

I'm an agnostic, but still, God bless you guys working in customer service and not murdering these cretins.
I’ve been telling people that the longer this goes on I’m less worried about catching the wuflu and more worried about catching an assault charge
 

Boys Club Rhetoric

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Obligatory not retail, but I work in food, so I've dealt with plenty of crazy people over the years. And this isn't even really a horror story, because I was laughing pretty hard by the end of it. Spoilered for length

Anyhow, the other day, I had this person going pretty berserk. What happened was someone imitated our business Facebook page with one of those hilariously obvious scams (broken English, a shady link to click to claim your prize, etc.) Only an idiot would fall for it, and if you do... you deserve it. It was that obvious.

So of course, I ended up dealing with that idiot. This lady messages us, saying she was scammed, and I confirm that we were imitated, and that we reported the post and also posted a warning to our customers. For most people, this would be enough. But not her.

She tells me about how she's been promised a gift certificate for her inconvenience (when? You only just started talking to me. And also, by who? The only other person with access to the work facebook page is a real cunt, and she'll happily tell customers to go fuck themselves), and she's been dealing with cancelling credit cards for an hour, Then she suggests I edit the OP to warn people.

I'm more than a little confused - our post quite explicitly warned people. I tell her I don't understand and I even screenshot it for her. And then it clicks. This dumb cow thinks that we're the ones running the scam.

Unable to believe how anyone could be so stupid, I once again explain what we've done and tell her it's out of our hands now.

She counters with, and I quote directly, all spelling errors hers, "Okay. Bysaying that I hope you are excitedby the one time offer of having your property damaged inaccordance to. And eye for an eye. In the amount of 56$. WOW. Congratulations"

Unfortunately, and rather anti-climactically, she then blocked us from communicating further. Really a shame, I was just gearing up to be a real dick right back to her too.
 

King Ghidorah

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Mine's probably not that unique but my manager was a capital C Cunt who apparently was under the impression I was omnipresent and could do 5 separate full attention requiring tasks at the same time
 

Lil Yahtzee

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I've only worked retail twice in my life, once as a teenager just exiting high school, and once when I was just exiting college. When I was 18 I got a job at Circuit City, and I was falsely implicated in employee theft about a month and a half into the job. Somebody made off with like 3 Xboxes and it was a guy I was like, vaguely friends with but only in the workplace. Eventually they caught him redhanded and they apologized to me, but I was made uncomfortable by that situation and quit immediately. After college I got a job at this lame home decor store called Old Time Pottery, and about a week into it some white trash mom had brought her kid in who was having a temper tantrum and they go into the aisle next to me (which was the glassware/drinkware aisle) and all I hear is *crashcrashcrashcrashcrash*. The little bastard just CLEARS a good portion of the shelf, breaks a bunch of merchandise, it's a wonder he wasn't badly cut. They tasked me and me alone with cleaning it up, I said have a nice day.
 

toilet_rainbow

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Some kid opened up a box of beads in the back to school section, causing little seed beads to fly all over the aisle. Took me twenty minutes to sweep up like 98% of it since beads kept sliding under rafters, into different aisles, etc from people stepping into and kicking them out of ground zero. After those twenty minutes I went "fuck it" and took my fifteen minute break (which I was just about to have before the kid dumped beads everywhere).
 

Panty Shroom

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I fucking hate it when people who can barely muster a sentence in English try to give me specific instructions and think pointing to the lottery slip and saying "I wan' dis one" is sufficient enough for me to understand.

Me: Oh, so you want the numbers on board A for Friday?

Her: Yes

Me: *prints off ticket* Is this what you wanted?

Her: *Looks at ticket" No no no no - *proceeds to spout more gibberish comprised of pointing and "dis one I wan dis"*

She was starting to get fed up with me not being a mind reader and started going "Oh my god" in exasperation as if her inability to communicate properly wasn't the contributing factor to this ensuing clusterfuck. I handed her over to my supervisor who had just as much of a hard time understanding her and wasn't impressed with her attitude. I was serving another woman in the meantime who was equally unimpressed and commented on how rude she was being and told her as she went past.

My supervisor eventually, by some miracle managed to print the tickets she'd wanted only to have the bitch say "I don't want them". After all that shit, all the tickets printed that now had to be cancelled, she didn't want them. Spiteful, entitled bitch.

Apparently she came back in yesterday and wanted to know where the "too-let" was.
 

toilet_rainbow

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I’m in grocery today, which is not my usual department. Getting a lot of stupid questions/requests like “I want this bag [of pork rinds], but in orange.” Or showing me a picture of an explicitly listed as frozen item and asking if it’s in shelf snack foods.

This one Amberlynn Reid sized lady on (what else?) a scootypuff rode into the chips, took one look at the generics I was stocking, and asked me where the Lays were. Because her piggy mind could only think of instant gratification and not that she’s literally at the beginning of the aisle and keep looking. The laziness, man. It’s not horrific but goddamn can people be stupid.
 

Damien Thorne

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I spent one holiday season working at Target, and during that time, I was responsible for cleaning the restrooms. One time, I was cleaning the women’s restroom, and there was a sign out there saying it was closed for cleaning, and a white trash cunt just barges and and starts screaming at me, calling me a twisted pervert for being in the women’s restroom when the reality was there were a billion other places I would rather be at. She then complained to management that there was a pervert in the women’s restroom. I give management credit for not caving in to her.
 

Coffee Druid

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I'm reminded of a very annoying thing when I used to work at a craft store. I don't even need to bring up how annoying it was literally having a customer base catered to "Karens".

At the store I worked at we had a table where employees measured and cut fabric. They made a ticket with a list of all the fabric cuts and a customer would bring it up to the register to scan so it would populate into my computer. Now, once you scanned the fabric ticket it was out of the system and I couldn't scan it again. If I had to void the transaction and start again I would have to type in the 12 (or however many) digit SKU and amount in all over again. If it was a couple fabrics, okay fine. But we got quilters who would buy dozens of cuts of fabric. I remember one fine day I clocked out of work 30 minutes late because some lady made me refund a transaction because she was confused about some of the 50-odd cuts. Cue me typing it ALL in again and meticulously going through everything making sure I did it all correctly while she hemmed and hawed that this or that was wrong.
 

neverendingmidi

it just goes on and on and on and on...
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I'm reminded of a very annoying thing when I used to work at a craft store. I don't even need to bring up how annoying it was literally having a customer base catered to "Karens".

At the store I worked at we had a table where employees measured and cut fabric. They made a ticket with a list of all the fabric cuts and a customer would bring it up to the register to scan so it would populate into my computer. Now, once you scanned the fabric ticket it was out of the system and I couldn't scan it again. If I had to void the transaction and start again I would have to type in the 12 (or however many) digit SKU and amount in all over again. If it was a couple fabrics, okay fine. But we got quilters who would buy dozens of cuts of fabric. I remember one fine day I clocked out of work 30 minutes late because some lady made me refund a transaction because she was confused about some of the 50-odd cuts. Cue me typing it ALL in again and meticulously going through everything making sure I did it all correctly while she hemmed and hawed that this or that was wrong.
Jo-Anns? Been there, done that.

I just remember the weird ladies who would sit and flip through the pattern books. We had those weirdos doing that during a level 2 snow emergency, when we were trying to get permission to shut down the store.
 

Coffee Druid

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Jo-Anns? Been there, done that.

I just remember the weird ladies who would sit and flip through the pattern books. We had those weirdos doing that during a level 2 snow emergency, when we were trying to get permission to shut down the store.

Bingo. Not the worst retail store but still had it's moments. Reminds me of when we had a hurricane warning (or some other dangerous weather) and I was the only one who showed up besides my manager. Literally no other employees or customers but he still asked me to stay and work. Money's money I guess?

Also I'm not sure where to put this as it's an employee story. But the other day I had a cashier constantly insisting that we asked for help carrying groceries out. We did not ask or even imply that, but she kept going on about it and even stalled checking our groceries to go find some employee for carry-out. We kept saying no, it's fine but she acted like we really needed one. It was just me and my mom but we both look perfectly capable and not weak and helpless. There was another lady in front of us my mom's age with an even more loaded cart and she didn't mention carry out at all to her. She was a little older so maybe it was a communication problem but it was rather bizarre.
 

Monika H.

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Not exactly a horror story but a 50 years old lady I know that helps me with some things told me how when the first McDonalds opened here (we live in ex Sovietstan) people stood in line for hours and the line went on for several blocks.
She got in line too and remembers how much that first cheeseburger tasted like.

For reference this is when the first McDonalds opened in Soviet Russia
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Adamska

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Not exactly a horror story but a 50 years old lady I know that helps me with some things told me how when the first McDonalds opened here (we live in ex Sovietstan) people stood in line for hours and the line went on for several blocks.
She got in line too and remembers how much that first cheeseburger tasted like.

For reference this is when the first McDonalds opened in Soviet Russia
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Same thing actually happened in the PRC, with KFC actually. They built it like this two story quasi luxury place and pushed it as a big event sort of situation.

Seriously look at this:
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Monika H.

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Same thing actually happened in the PRC, with KFC actually. They built it like this two story quasi luxury place and pushed it as a big event sort of situation.

Seriously look at this:
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Yeah, it seems crazy for us, but I think that the hype was justified. McDonalds and KFC are a symbol of West and all that glamour lifestyle that people stuck in socialist hellholes would dream of. I got told something similar happened in Germany when the first Arcade opened in East Berlin.
 

Billy_Sama

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Not exactly a horror story but a 50 years old lady I know that helps me with some things told me how when the first McDonalds opened here (we live in ex Sovietstan) people stood in line for hours and the line went on for several blocks.
She got in line too and remembers how much that first cheeseburger tasted like.

For reference this is when the first McDonalds opened in Soviet Russia
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I assumed there is always huge lines for food in communist countries no matter what it is.
 

Blue Fanta

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i worked at Walmart for almost a year but it felt like a lifetime and what's worse is that i worked nightshift. managers made you feel like a slave, you get the most disgusting kind of people coming in at night, people who shit sideways on toilets, people who leave their heroin needles in the bathrooms, people who steal food and eat half of it and then leave it like a discarded animal corpse. if you can't tell i was on the cleaning crew lol, i was so happy to quit when i did. the worst thing that i remember was when an old lady who could barely walk told me her motorized cart had died in the middle of the salesfloor and when i went to get it the seat was just full of pee, and it smelled rank as fuck. i still feel like i need a shower after having to clean that up
 

MysticMisty

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Yeah, it seems crazy for us
I see it as more sad than anything else to be honest. Even moreso that this sort of thing still happens sometimes in the states. Somewhere in Arizona the state's first White Castle opened and the line was out the door on opening day. And shit was crazy when Popeye's chicken added chicken sandwiches to their menus, especially in ghetto areas.
 
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