By Anonymous - 31/07/2012 06:42 - United States - Houston
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This FML depressed me :( why would you bring this depression on the rest of us?! But that does suck, sorry for your luck and break up OP.
Well I can definitely say that working in retail is one of the hardest jobs out there. We lowly under paid associates get minimum wage, work at any hour, holidays, and on top of that have to try to smile and sell shit that people refuse to buy.. You people who don't work in retail need to step back out of your little bubble and remember an associate is a human too and we don't like being crapped on because we didn't have a 110 watt freaking smile! Suck it up buy your damn tampons and get the hell outta the store! To anyone who works in retail and gets crapped on a lot by fellow associates or customers. I totally relate, hang in there.
95 - while I agree that no human should be crapped on, I can see why people want retail workers not to look angry, irritated or depressed. Employees of a store are like a business card to customers; it's more likely for them to return to a store with happy (or at least not unhappy) employees. Yes, it's a crappy job with bad salary, but as in every job where you interact with customers in person, you need to be able to switch on that "Hi, I'm super excited to be allowed to help you"-face. Personally I don't mind someone having a bad day, but sadly, the majority counts :(
That customer is a total idiot. I would never complained to someone's manager just because a someone looked a little depressed. Not your fault OP.
I would suggest either taking personal time off, having some girls nights, getting a bottle of wine, or just sitting at home and watching The Notebook to cry it out.
Yes, but where do you work? If you help plan funerals, I bet it wouldn't take much to make the customer sad. If you work at, I don't know, a cookie shop, then this story is hilarious. After all, who could be upset when surrounded by cookies?
If you are that depressed then there's no need to go to work. I've been in your shoes and I know how you're feeling. If I were you, I'd take a vacation and go some place fun and exciting. You need to get your mind off the situation.
Maybe OP won't get paid if s/he doesn't go into work, so s/he sucks it up and tries to do his/her best. The customer is an asswipe for complaining about an employee looking depressed, and the manager is a jerk for writing OP up. I can't remember my mood being affected by someone else's mien. I'd rather someone not be artificially cheerful. Ring up my stuff, and let's get this over with. OP, I'm sorry about the breakup. Take care of yourself and do whatever you need to do to get this out of your system.
Don't be down op; if I didn't work out then it wasn't meant to be. All this did was free you up to find that right person. I see past relationships as a way to help you find what qualities you do or don't like in a partner. As for the whole job thing that sucks but you have to learn how to leave your problems at home. Work is work!
Theres a limit to that. People aren't robots and while in the perfect world it'd be great to just stop feeling things it isn't always that easy. Her employer is a dick and needs to stop escalating minor issues, how hard is it to have a quiet word with your employee over this? It isn't a common or extreme situation, it's an example of poor management. Even if the customer makes it out to be a huge deal, do the decent thing and lie to the customer.
22- while I do agree that op's employer was a bit harsh i still think they should have left there problems at home. Learn to control yourself! What if everyone who was having a crappy day just started crying at work? Nothing would get done. Find somewhere private to mope then move on. No one is worth my tears, especially if they hurt me. I am a stay at home mom so essentially this is my job, I can't be depressed in front of my kids if I'm not having a good day; I just suck it up and move on, and you know what... by the end of the day it's usually not so bad because you don't spend the whole day focusing on the negative.
And people have emotions. If you're that upset you can't always just turn it off and pretend you're fine. I had to go to work as a cashier just hours after a horrible breakup, and I tried to act normal because I didn't want to be sobbing at my register all day. I managed to stop crying once I got there, but a coworker noticed how upset I still was, and asked if I was okay. And that was all it took to start me sobbing again. Sometimes you just can't help it. Luckily, my manager's not a heartless bitch like OP's seems to be. She asked if I needed to talk, and gave me some time to calm down before going back to my register. OP- I feel your pain, and I'm sorry you had to deal with such an awful customer and manager :(
And 29 & 45- there's a difference between having a "crappy day" and being extremely upset/ depressed over something horrible happening, and not everyone can just take a sick day if they're not really too sick to work. So what do you do? Go to work, and yes, try to suck it up and be professional, but that's not always possible. As was said above, people are not machines. We have feelings and sometimes it's just too hard to shut them off and act cheerful when all you want to do is bawl.