If you've never landed in this part of cyber space before, you have taken a hard, fast plunge into the fiery depths of work hell.
RHU is dedicated to giving service workers a place to rant, tell stories, and laugh about their jobs. If you are an angry customer, a corporate suite, a homophobic race-hater, and you don't like skull masks, or swear words, this blog isn't for you. Click away now, before your ears bleed and your eyeballs explode.
I'm Freddy, Crypt Keeper of RHU! Along with my trusty Co Editor Ilia, we fill up the underground with stories, rants, and questions from RHUers (members of Retail Hell Underground). We also post funny pics, videos, news stories, memes, splashes of pop culture, and whatever else we love or we think our readers might be interested in. Every month on RHU we enjoying playing around with themes for story topics and funny photos, and we encourage our readers to join in and also send us ideas for future RHU Monthly themes.
If you would like to rant or tell a story about your work hell, we would love to post it on RHU! Create your own fun screen name (we love horror movie characters as you can tell) and we will post your story, rant, or pic to the Underground for the world wide web to experience. Your anonymity is fiercely protected here on RHU. We will never reveal who members are. So if you've got something to say about your job, manager or coworkers, don't do it on Facebook or other types of revealing social media, go underground! Protect yourself and let RHU be your voice. For submission guidelines click here.
Having worked in retail for almost 20 years, I never gave up my dream to be a writer and eventually became the author of "Retail Hell," a funny memoir about life as a handbag sales associate at an upscale department store called "The Big Fancy". It's available in paperback and digital download. I was fortunate enough to have a sequel published as well and it's titled "Return To The Big Fancy". Part 2 of my Retail Hell life reveals the cutthroat side of commissioned sales along with with my experiences in coworker and corporate hell. It's available in hardcover and digital.
And if you are a fan of humorous stories about work hell, Retail Hell Underground has 4 RHU E-books you are going to love!
All stories are submissions from RHU members that follow these themes: Coworker Hell, Little Monster Hell, Discount Hell, and Stolen Hell. These special e-books are priced to sell at around $3 so you can download all 4 and dive into a sea of funny stories about jobs that folks love to hate.
Although we enjoy posting all types of work hell, RHU is dedicated to those slaving away behind a counter and in service to customers. The Underground is where we call customers custys, bad children Hellspawn, shopflifters Nasty Ass Thieves, messy customers Piggy Shoppers, and bargain hunter Discount Rats! On RHU the Custy is NEVER always right! We say what we want about them! And we LOVE to LOL!
Join myself, Ilia, Carolanne, Jason, and other RHUers as we have a chuckle about the insanity of slaving away in workplaces that should be called the 10th Circle of Hell! Take on your own secret identity and tell your story!
RHU is also available on social media with a Facebook Fan page. You can click here to LIKE IT and get RHU posts direct to your Facebook news feed. All of our posts are also tweeted so if you want your RHU via Twitter, you can click here.
If you want to join Retail Hell Underground Commenting Community, we would love to have you. Please follow the instructions below.
Thanks for being on RHU and we wish you all a fun, inspirational time while you are on the underground!
And may all your days be free from Retail Hell!
Retail Hell Underground Creator, Editor
RHU's Golden Rules For Commenting
In order to comment on Retail Hell Underground you will need to sign up for a Typepad account (the company that provides us with the service to blog).
Once you have joined and taken on a screen name to protect your identity (if you need to do that) you are ready to comment on RHU posts. Please note that we often post stories from our comments section. We do this because there are so many great ones and we want to share with readers who don't comment. All comment story posts are anonymous, as with all content on RHU.
RHU is about laughing, inspiration, sharing stories, giving advice, and offering support to other members. Over the years of its long history we have had many issues with trolling, language, disagreements, and haters so you will find our rules here to be a little different than most other websites. We do this because of the subject matter and to keep the RHU spirit of kindness and support preserved.
We are all about humor, inspiration, and lifting each other up.
A “Shit Disturber” is someone who likes to post or make comments that rile up other members and cause people to be offended. They often bully and argue with people using eye-popping fowl language while attempting to state their case. They often throw shade and troll other member’s comments and posts.
Over the years, RHU has become well aware of a Shit Disturber’s antics and we will quickly remove any comments that attempt to stir up shit and the Shit Disturber will have their membership cancelled.
If rules are broken, depending on the severity, automatic commenting membership cancellation is possible, however we usually try to work things out first if you communicate with us.
RHU commenting rules are to protect the spirit of the blog and maintain a happy, supportive environment. In the past we have allowed commenters to disagree with each other but after years of blow ups, we have come to find it does not work in our world because disagreements and negative comments perpetuate bad feelings and energy for everyone and they are witnessed by many. It gets really ugly and it’s no longer fun or supportive for anyone.
So these rules are in place to maintain peaceful commenting boundaries and protect the spirit of RHU, which is sharing stories, ranting about work, and supporting one another.
1. There are no negative comments allowed on any post that is written by another RHUer (or random submission). This includes, personal stories, rants, observations, private photos, and videos.
The RHU Golden rule for this is:
“If you can’t write anything nice about what they wrote, don’t write anything at all.”
RHU was created so people could rant about their job and receive support from other members. So the concept is to only inspire and support each other. Not tear down, criticize, troll, bully, or mock with sarcasm.
Example: Story about a customer complaining that they were rude because of their tone of voice.
Good Comment: Sorry you had a bad day, hang in there. Hugs.
Good Comment: I’ve had the same thing happen to me because of my tone. L
Bad Comment: But it sounds like you were actually being rude and you deserved what you got. The customer had every right to complain. You’re lucky you didn’t get fired.
The fact of the matter is you are not going to like every single post that pops up here on RHU. We believe that if you see a post you don’t care for, perhaps because the person is being stupid, whiny, ridiculous, childlike, bitchy, whatever the case, the RHU rule of thumb is to say nothing and scroll on by. Don’t hit the like button and don’t write a single word. It keeps the peace and the cyber energy positive for the next person who will view the post in the coming days.
An addendum to the rule of not commenting in disagreement on a personal story or rant is if the Poster asks RHU for advice, like if they were wrong in a situation at work – did they fire someone unjustly, treat a customer poorly, get a coworker in trouble, etc. Commenters will be allowed to state an opinion about what the person did wrong, but only in a helpful way.
2. When commenting on Viral Pics, Videos and News Stories it’s okay to disagree with the link “information” in a polite way that is not offensive to other readers, however you may risk having your comment deleted if someone finds it sarcastic, offensive, or combative even if you feel you are just giving your opinion.
Example: Story about a 70 year old Walmart greeter being fired because he punched a thief who shoved him
Good comment: That’s so unfair.
Good comment: It’s because of legal issues, sad as it is.
Bad Comment: That old guy deserved what he got, choosing to work for Hellmart.
There are some that would be offended by “that old guy deserved what got” because it’s written without compassion for the worker. This is the kind of comment that may get deleted if we feel it is upsetting for other members to read.
As mentioned above, we may delete your comment if we get a complaint even if you think it wasn’t offensive. We ask that you forget about it and move on to the next awesome thing you’ll see on RHU and try to be more careful in your word choice. Having your comment deleted doesn’t mean your membership will be cancelled, however repeat offenders or comments that are hateful could lead to not being allowed to comment on RHU any longer.
As a member of RHU if you are offended by a comment, please contact us. DO NOT confront the commenter or poster. You are basically wanting to call them out and disagree with them – even if you think you are doing it in a nice way. We will delete your comment and you will have broken the rules. Confronting another commenter over what they wrote in a negative, condescending, or shady way may lead to membership cancellation. Contact us and let us handle it if you don’t like what someone else has written in comments.
3. Disagreeing or writing negative comments about another member’s comment is NOT ALLOWED.
RHU is about support and offering positive advice, so if you see a comment that sends you over the edge and pisses you off, contact us. It may need to be deleted. Don’t announce your opinion about the person and their comment to the RHU community. We all follow the same action that was mentioned above, don’t write anything and just scroll on to the next post.
Unfortunately we have had some horrible incidents go down here over the years and friendly disagreements, criticisms, or debates often lead to explosive arguments. They always end badly and then the hundreds of people that read these comments feel bad too. Energy begets energy.
If you want to write a comment of support, humor, or inspiration directed at another RHUer’s comment, it’s totally fine, so long as it’s sincere and not done so in a way that could be considered sarcastic, trolling, or shady.
Thanks for taking the time to read the Golden Rules of Commenting on RHU! We want everyone to have a great time when they’re here and even after they’ve left. Nobody should walk away from their computer, laptop, mobile device or tablet feeling angered, saddened, or upset by what someone else wrote in comments. We hope to curb some of that with these unique rules.