For the season coming to the busiest part of the year, I find work at Toys to be... somewhat mundane.
Take yesterday for example: the Wii launch. I was even working in the R Zone, where all of the electronics and games are stored. I had one person come up for thier Wii. One. But then again, my shift started at 3, so...
Also, I felt really helpful to this one elderly couple and thier granddaughter. It was like... ten minutes into my shift, and they come up to the register with some things (can't remember what) and I see the granddaughter reading a Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon guide book. After I scan the man's stuff, I say, "Is that Mysterious Dungeon?" She looks a little nervous and nods. "I love that game!" I shout, "I've already beaten it. It's so cool."
The girl looks up to me kind of shyly and nods. "Yeah... I'm at the part where you have to get to Rayquaza..."
"Oh really?" I answer and print out the recipt for the gentleman. "I hated that part. It's 25 floors then 9 more. The nine floors on top are especially hard with all the metagross and salamence."
By this time, the elderly couple are smiling at me, and the gentleman says, "We can never figure out stuff like that, what with all the pokeemans..."
The girl is smiling too, and she asks, "What pokemon were you?"
"Torchic," I reply as I get the elderly man's check and start writing all the crap I have to write on his check.
"Torchic?" she asks, "That's so cute! I'm skitty."
"Aww!" I cry, even though I know skitty's crappy with the low stats, "That's adorable!"
They walk away after I print the recipts smiling and happy. The encounter put me into a good mood until one of my managers came up to me and said a man with a bike said I said something disparaging to him. I didn't even check that guy out!
Fortunately, that little mishap was at the end of my shift, so I didn't have a lot of time to feel bad about it. I told my mom what happened when I got home and she told me that sometimes, the customers make up stuff like that so the store'll give them discounts or something. Are people really that low to make up a rumor that could get someone fired just to get five bucks back?
Anywho, at work, I have taken an unofficial vow to make each of my customers smile in some way or another. So far, I've succeeded, even with one elderly lady that was pretty pissed off with a new trainee that was hired yesterday. I feel accomplished.
Black Friday is looming ahead. I work seven hours there, in the afternoon til close. God help me.
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|honestgamer - November 20, 2006 (09:02 AM)
The customer's that come in with a smile on their face make a day at retail much better, as do the ones that leave with one because of action you took on their behalf. You can't please everyone, though, and the only way to feel okay some days is to keep that firmly in mind. Some people want to be pissed off. Your mom is right about the guy on the bike, too; people do that because they are cheap bastards with one person's interests at heart: their own.
|goldenvortex - November 21, 2006 (10:05 AM)
Are people really that low to make up a rumor that could get someone fired just to get five bucks back?
Yeah, I used to get people at my old job that were like that ALL of the time. They'd complain because a certain product we had was like 10p more expensive than what it was in a rival store. They'd actually request to have the ten pence taken off the item, just because the store down the road had it for that price!!
Some people are dicks.
|khris - November 21, 2006 (11:33 AM)
I thought I should tell you that that song is not actually done by System of a Down, but some ocremix submitter.
|silverishness - November 22, 2006 (07:00 AM)
Well, I feel a bit better about the douche.
Though, Khris, your truth made me sad. ;_;