I've heard people say that anyone who is rude to a retail person should spend a year working in retail. A wonderful dream, to be sure...
But a crusty work in retail? It’ll never happen! THOSE kinds of customers think they’re “too good” to work at a Retail store, even if it meant spending years being unemployed because they’re looking for a job that’s equal to the responsibilities of their last one.
They will NEVER settle for Retail, and they think anyone who would is nothing but a bunch of poor ghetto-trash people who aren’t worth being nice to.
I feel your pain. It's so fucking ignorant of people to just assume that the person serving their fries, or selling them a TV, or bagging their groceries, is any less intelligent than they are. Makes my blood boil.
The worst part is knowing that there is pretty much nothing we can do to change customers' assumptions - mostly, the general public will still look at retail slaves and think we're too dumb for university and this is the only job we could get. Hope everyone here can find a much better job. No-one should have to take that much shit and put up with it.
I hear ya on hating to be called stupid. It's so much worse when it's to your face, which I feel lucky to have never been in the position. However, I worked in fast food to put myself through school because I lived in a dying town that had no where a PHYSICS major could get a job that would be applicable!
Most of my fellow students, if they worked at all, had sales/retail jobs that they could make commission off of (I specifically never took an opportunity in that field because when I started, it looked like I was gonna get super promoted pretty fast! Well that fell through...) but even sometimes THEY still took an attitude with me.
It's the tone of voice and body language that says it all: You think I'm dumb. Well I wouldn't be the only physics major to graduate this year and get all A's in every single physics class if I was dumb, would I? I really hate it when people make dumb assumptions like that.