Well, I put my time in as a retail worker, and I can understand the frustrations with that generally underpaid job. But I’m not sure I agree with some of your complaints. So here’s a response from the customer’s viewpoint:
-being demanded a discount becuase something had dust on it
Why should I pay full full price for a dirty item? And isn’t keeping the stock clean part of your job?
*-people dumping stuff on my counter, and continuing to shop *
Maybe if your store had some shopping baskets handy…
-being belittled by some bitch on a power trip
Annoying, but get used to it. It’s just part of the job. And you get to make fun of her, after she leaves.
-people shopping on their lunch hour, then yelling at me becuase they are late
I doubt they are yelling about being late while shopping. It’s when they have to wait in line at the checkout counter that they yell at you. If your store had enough staff, like putting on extra people at lunch hour, you wouldn’t make your customers late.
-the phrase “the customer is always right”. The customer is always wrong and annoying!
Maybe, but how long would your job last if there were no customers?
-Having to do a price check, and then being yelled at by the customer becuase they are not happy with the price
You have to do a price check because you (or someone in your store) failed to mark the price on the item in the first place. If the price was on the item, customers would not yell at you if they were unhappy with it, they would just leave it on the shelf.
-having to tell people what the combination to the bathroom is when it’s posted right on the door!
So why do you have a lock on your bathroom door? It’s rather pointless, if the combination is posted right there! If you left the door unlocked, you wouldn’t be annoyed by these questions, so it’s your own fault.
And how does your store get away with that–I think it’d be illegal for a public facility to do that here.
In fact, working in retail will bring you into contact with hundreds of people every day.
Some percentage of them will be real pains. Get used to it!
If you let the jerks get to you, it will make the job so stressful your health will suffer. If, instead, you think of it as an opportunity to accumulate funny stories about “the latest idiot I had to help today”, you will find your job much more enjoyable. And it certainly won’t be dull!