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18 December 2008 @ 12:27 pm
A Lesson in Futility  

Dear Opener of Packaging,

This time of year it's pretty stressful to be working retail in the first place. It only amps it up and makes me want to throttle someone more when someone takes it upon themselves to open the packaging on items that are constructed to only to have said packaging opened once. Once you open it, I have to damage it out because it's obvious that it's been trifled with. It only frays the nerves further when it is something that has nothing to do with Christmas, like toothpaste. And it's not as if we haven't been been doing this dance every day for the last month or so. I so look forward to meeting you someday.

No love,

Dear Purloiners of Low-Grade Cosmetics,

Yes, I am quite aware that there are more than one of you. While we welcome all customers that enter our store, we do discourage any 'sticky fingers' on our shelves and suggust that you washed your hands of your recent activities. It is quite unpleasant to be forced to spend the majority of your evening ringing gifts outside your department, only to return to find plastic security molds and UPCs randomly left on the shelves. Then again, it's on your conscience and my security camera. Have a happy holiday and I'll see you in the new year. Wear something festive when we send the car for you.

No love,

P.S. If you feel the need to continue your current career, please do decide to upgrade your tastes in cosmetics. We'd respect you more if you showed your refinement.

Most Beloved Last-Minute Shoppers,

While I do understand your dilemma perfectly (I still have several gifts to purchase myself), please take into consideration that there are been four flyers sent out in the last four weeks. Items that were marked as limited time only in the Black Friday sales-blast are likely out-of-stock now. Some items are only purchased by the company at Christmas, and as such, the stock is limited. There are items that are capable of being reordered, and we are doing so, yet some were a one-time-only deal. I feel for you, really, I do. I wanted one of the 20s Flapper Jewelry Dolls myself. But having a hysterical breakdown on a new employee is not the way to receive the service, or item, that you want. Neither is demanding a raincheck (which we cannot do and have never done). This is the Christmas season; in the last week before Christmas, items sell out. We have no control over this. While we apologize for being out of the Coleman  fishing pen, it is best to do your shopping in a timely manner. As Uncle Buford's 'dream gift' is not available, might I suggest a gift card in the same amount so that he might choose a substitute after we restock? 

Please enjoy the rest of the season with your family.

A Little Love,



Okay, the season is finally getting to me. We're working fairly busy nights with a skeleton crew. At Christmas. They cut our hours for the rest of the month due to 'lack of business'. Right. *sigh* I want to call out sick today so bad, but I'm only working four days this week. I'd say I'll be glad to see Christmas over, but I really don't want to see what hours look like in January.    
On the Verge of: annoyedannoyed
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Lois: Lois :: Grinkalalanekent on December 18th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
I assumed the icon is my reply, Bry?
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Lois: Lois :: OMGWTF?!kalalanekent on December 18th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw. Front desk again, huh? What's up with you always getting stuck there?
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Lois: Lois :: Discoverykalalanekent on December 18th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you were supposed to be a receptionist? Did I miss this somewhere? *is curious*
Obsessed fangirl: Bones - hugbabettew54 on December 18th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
*shakes head* I don't know how you do it!! You brave soul!! *huggles*
Lois: Lois :: Facepalmkalalanekent on December 18th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
It's a sickness. A sickness that slowly erodes what brain matter you have. *headdesk* I have to get out of this business, but until the economy takes an upswing, it's the safest place to be. Especially since I have two years in.

But bet me that I'm not working at Lush the first chance I get. I'd love to get something outside retail, but this will do for now.
januaried: STAR WARS > hugglesjanuaried on December 18th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
*tacklehugs and smooches*
Lois: LS :: Superman Lois :: Love Youkalalanekent on December 18th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
*sighs and sinks into the hug* OMG, let it be over soon. Impending death would be kinder. *groan*
Grace: SG1; Vala's going crazyrepmetsyrrah on December 18th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I feel for you *hugs* I really, really hate people who open packaging before they buy it. *grrr*

And people who get angry because you don't have what they want? *glare* (actually they're not so much annoying as the ones who blame you for it like you just destroyed the world). This is specifically why I'm not getting a job until January, last time I worked before Christmas I almost punched someone (also thinking of getting a non-people related job this time, Grace does not tolerate idiots well)
Lois: Lois :: Captain Badasskalalanekent on December 22nd, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, my favorite are the ones that tear something open to get a good look at it, then leave it sitting somewhere and get an unopened one because 'it's a gift'. ARRRRRRRGH!!!! *beats them half-unconcious*

I'm going to try to get myself out of retail by next Christmas. I've done waaaaay too many Christmases by now. I keep being afraid I'm going to be too angry at them at some point that I actually scream at someone. God knows they're trying my patience this year.
maaike_fluffy on December 19th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Word. On everything. *huggles fellow retailer* Christmas is only the season of joy if you're not the one standing behind the counter, I know all about it. Especially the last... man that sounds familiar.

*throttles customers for you*
Lois: Lois :: Captain Badasskalalanekent on December 21st, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
They really are unbelievable, aren't they? I certainly hope I'm never that rude to anyone working a register. Period.
Tamanna: colbywhumpswingandswirl on December 19th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
*puts you in a nice comfy chair, with a cushion for your feet, and hands you a nice big steaming mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows*

Poor thing. *hugs* I have never been so glad to be living in a (mostly) secular country in my life.

*kicks idiot customers for you*
Lois: LS :: Superman Lois :: Love Youkalalanekent on December 21st, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
*sighs with deepest relief and lets herself be spoiled*

I'll be so glad when this season is over.