Yesterday was Memorial Day. The unofficial first day of summer for us Americans. A day filled with cookouts, beer, friends, and family.
I, like quite a few other folks that work retail, had to work. Because Memorial Day sales and whatnot.
Before I begin, let me first say thank you to the servicewomen and men out there that keep us safe, and I send peace to the families that have lost loved ones.
Listen, I don’t know what it is about holidays that turn some shoppers into entitled snots, but I swear, anytime it’s a major holiday folks tend to get really snippy.
I’m helping a customer, right? She’s looking for correcting concealer (these are the concealers that come in orange, yellow, or green; most often used for correcting skin concerns), so I’m showing her a concealer palette we carry. Now, it’s clear that the person I’m speaking to is a customer, as I’m handing her product and explaining the best way to apply it when I hear a crash on my counter.
I look over, as does my customer.
Here stands a woman with giant sunglasses on and one too many lip injections tossing items on my counter.
“Hi, ma’am. Can I help you?”
“Yeah. You ring up here, right?”
I look. My customer looks.
“Well, it might be a moment, as I’m helping someone right this second–”
“But there’s a register here. You ring up, so get to it.”
I blink. What in the actual…
“I do ring, but I am currently with a customer, who was here before you were. We do have other open registers with no line, and if you don’t wish to carry your items, we have baskets to your immediate right. But I cannot ring you up right this second. If you want me to help you, you’ll have to wait a moment. I’m sorry.”
She looks at me. I look back like…
She sneers (or tried to sneer, cause the Botox wouldn’t let her frown), snatches her things and takes off to the other register. That was less that 5 steps away. With NO LINE. *side eye emoji*
My customer: “Did she not see me standing here?”
Me: “I know, right?! What in the world…”
“Honey, I work retail too. I get it. But listen. I’m going to take this concealer, so…can I get rung up here?”
At which point we look at each other and dissolve into laughter.
And yes, I rung her up there. 🙂
Just a little something to make you smile on the first day back at work. Happy Tuesday!