I consider myself a very laid-back customer while shopping.
I have worked retail long enough to know that the job sucks, the pay sucks, the
customer sucks, and basically everything sucks. If something is mismarked, I
won't scream and bitch about it suppose to be $2 cheaper or whatever. I'll pay
the extra money, kindly tell the cashier and manager that it's mismarked and
carry on. If I don't have the proper amount of money, I'll return it to it's
I can wait in lines that are too long without complaining. I won't take my bad mood out on cashiers or other employees. I say my thank yous and whatever. I treat the employees how I would have been wanted to be treated while I was doing what it is they are doing. I get it. It SUCKS.
However, my biggest pet peeve is when employees are using their phone while on the floor. Now I am not talking about keeping it in their pocket. I have done that. I understand people have kids and may keep it close in case something comes up. Or other family issues that might come up. (Once had a cashier have to answer her cell because her father was dying and found out right then and there he passed away - I totally understand that and hugged her and even waited for a new cashier since she was pretty unstable.)
What I am talking about is when an employee uses it for PERSONAL use. Sitting there texting in front of me irks me, but whatever...maybe they got kids who are telling them they are home from where ever or something. However, this story makes me mad:
My mother's birthday is coming up soon. I wanted to buy her something fairly nice, but within my budget. So, I went to Hellmart. Their jewelry is decent enough, I guess, plus they offer layaway, so I didn't have to blow my wallet all at once. The girl that was helping me was no older than 23, I'd say (I do realize I suck at judging ages, but she seemed young and kinda immature.)
I picked out a pretty necklace I thought Mommy would like and was in the process of putting it on layaway. Girl was entering my info into the computer when her cellphone BLARES. And she had one of those horrible ringtones with a horrible song that made my teeth shake. Instead of silencing it, she ANSWERED it, saying "Heyyyyy guuuurl." I won't repeat everything she said into the phone, but it was along the lines of getting extremely fucked up with enough swear words that would make a sailor blush.
Now I had my 5 year old with me at the time...she was using words that I did not want his little ears to hear. I grabbed my stuff and walked off and found a manager. Manager didn't want to believe me, but when my 5 year old asked me what a pussy was in front of him, I think he got the message.
If I didn't have my son, I'm sure I would have given her a piece of my mind, and it wouldn't have been pretty. I'll probably just get a gift card for my mom to one of her favorite scrapbooking stores. Can never go wrong with that. I just hope my son decides not to repeat any of those words to my parents or in school...Really don't need them to wonder if they heard them from me. >.<