retail inspiration


I work in a decent sized, local, indie bookstore. It’s a great job 99% of the time and a lot of our customers are pretty neat people. Any who, middle of the day this little old lady comes up. She’s lovably kooky. She effuses how much she loves the store and how she wishes she could spend more time in it but her husband is waiting in the car (OH! I BETTER BUY HIM SOME CHOCOLATE!), she piles a bunch of art supplies on the counter and then stops and tells me how my bangs are beautiful and remind her of the ocean (“Wooooosh” she says, making a wave gesture with her hand)

Ok. I think to myself. Awesomely happy, weird little old ladies are my favorite kind of customer. They’re thrilled about everything and they’re comfortably bananas. I can have a good time with this one. So we chat and it’s nice.

Then this kid, who’s been up my counter a few times to gather his school textbooks, comes up in line behind her (we’re connected to a major university in the city so we have a lot of harried students pass through). She turns around to him and, out of nowhere, demands that he put his textbooks on the counter. He’s confused but she explains that she’s going to buy his textbooks.

He goes sheetrock white. He refuses and adamantly insists that she can’t do that. It’s like, $400 worth of textbooks. She, this tiny old woman, bodily takes them out of her hands, throws them on the counter and turns to me with a intense stare and tells me to put them on her bill. The kid at this point is practically in tears. He’s confused and shocked and grateful. Then she turns to him and says “you need chocolate.” She starts grabbing handfuls of chocolates and putting them in her pile.

He keeps asking her “why are you doing this?” She responds “Do you like Harry Potter?" and throws a copy of the new Cursed Child on the pile too.

Finally she’s done and I ring her up for a crazy amount of money. She pays and asks me to please give the kid a few bags for his stuff. While I’m bagging up her merchandise the kid hugs her. We’re both telling her how amazing she is and what an awesome thing she’s done. She turns to both of us and says probably one of the most profound, unscripted things I’ve ever had someone say:

"It’s important to be kind. You can’t know all the times that you’ve hurt people in tiny, significant ways. It’s easy to be cruel without meaning to be. There’s nothing you can do about that. But you can choose to be kind. Be kind.”

The kid thanks her again and leaves. I tell her again how awesome she is. She’s staring out the door after him and says to me: “My son is a homeless meth addict. I don’t know what I did. I see that boy and I see the man my son could have been if someone had chosen to be kind to him at just the right time.”

I’ve bagged up all her stuff and at this point am super awkward and feel like I should say something but I don’t know what. Then she turns to me and says: I wish I could have bangs like that but my darn hair is just too curly.“ And leaves.

And that is the story of the best customer I’ve ever had. Be kind to somebody today.

Writing Prompt #328

It was a war zone: bodies trampled upon and shelves uprooted like barricades. Even the professionals were trapped prisoner, trembling at the sight of utter destruction and chaos. No amount of training could have prepared them for this.

There really was nothing quite like retail during the holidays.


Reason why I hate my job episode 1

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The Retailers at Christmas

Summary: you get yourself a Christmas Temp job at Sephora, in a well known shopping mall. Only the thing is, you didn’t expect every shops workers to be so involved with one another, and you didn’t expect to be added to the ‘Retail Workers of Avengers Mall Secret Santa Party’ but… at least you got the job, right?
Warnings: This is a modern AU; This is completely for entertainment purposes/ all in humour. I got a retail job and, honestly, most of everything that happens has happened to me. Swearing/ Steve being a creep at times.
Characters: Loki (Sephora store manager), Steve Rogers (Art Supply retail worker), Bucky Barnes (Starbucks employee), Scott Lang (Baskins and Robins employee), Natasha Romanoff (New shop opening), Clint Barton (Nick’s Bits & Bobs), Sam Wilson (Sports shop), Pietro Maximoff (sports shop), Thor (Hardware store), Tony Stark (Starks Gadgets), Peter Parker (Apprentice to Stark) & Sharon Carter (The Tea Rooms)
Pairings: Bucky Barnes x Reader x Loki // Steve Rogers x Natasha// Sharon Carter x Thor // Bucky Barnes x Reader

Chapter One: Getting The Job

“Hi, excuse me.” You smiled politely at one of the Sephora workers, “I have a job interview here, at two.” You explain, the girl sighed and nodded once for you to follow her. You weaved through the shop floor, avoiding the shoppers that all collected around the makeup stands. She led you through the back doors, you assumed where all the employees go.

“Wait here.” She left you in the employee locker bit, a small cabinet of lockers all lined up, plus the sign in and out sheet on a desk beside the lockers. Coats and bags all neatly in them, you shakily sighed as the employee came back out. “My manager will be with you shortly.” She said as she walked down some stairs and back out to the shop floor.

A small part of you hoped you’d get the job here. You didn’t exactly have any experience with retail before, nor did you have the qualifications to work in a makeup branded store but you had the right amount of motivation for it. Plus, this mall, Avengers Mall, is one of the best to work at. It’s in a great area, plus apparently, the atmosphere when working is great overall. You had been recommended to get a job here by a friend, Clint Barton, so you decided to get the first available job going.

“Y/N Y/L/N?” A voice brings you out of your head, you glance up to see a tall man with piercing blue eyes and a emotionless face; not exactly the type of person you expected as manager. You nod once, “Come inside my office, we’ll answer a few standard questions and then do a small trial period on the shop floor.” He eloquently explains, you nod silently and follow him into the office.

It’s small, a desk and chairs and in the corner is a TV with security footage being played. You take a seat after taking off your jacket, the long black sleeved shirt and black jeans on show; which you were asked to wear over the phone earlier this week.

“Now, please, don’t be nervous.” He sits down in front of you, “I’m Loki, Store Manager of this Sephora. Got a few routine questions I need you to answer, then we’ll see how you handle shop floor.” He raises an eyebrow at your silence and you let out a nervous chuckle.

Shaking your head slightly and taking a deep breath. “Sorry, that all seems fine.” He nods with a small smile and begins the interview, asking the mundane questions that your family had said would be asked. Honestly, he seemed a little bored to be asking them all; he wrote down each answer you gave.

“Now, you don’t have much retail experience, I’m willing to look past that because we all have to start somewhere.” You nod slowly, “Well, I guess, should see how you are on the shopfloor. C’mon, it’s not too difficult and it’s only a ten-minute thing.” He stands up and you instantly follow; he holds open both doors for you and your nerves begin to creep up again.


“So, how do you think you did?” Loki asked as you both stepped into his office once more, he placed your paperwork down and turned to you with a curious smile.

You thought for a few seconds. “Hopefully, well enough to get the position. If not, well enough to be considered if any other jobs do come up after this?” You word your answer as more of a question back, Loki nods once at your answer. “If not, id I don’t hear from you, then I guess, thank you for giving me a chance and allowing me to see how interviews are played out.”

Loki’s eyebrows furrow, hands being clasped behind his back as he moves as though he is in deep thought. You shift uncomfortably from foot-to-foot, waiting for he has to say. “…You want the job?” He turns to you, arms out like a grand gesture and your frown as he lets out a slight chuckle. “Honestly, the job is mundane and tedious; it’s selling makeup products and the pay isn’t great either, so, want the job?”

Your eyebrows shot up, shocked by the question that he had asked. Honestly, you didn’t expect to get the job, much less, be asked right after your interview. You stand on the spot, opening and closing your mouth trying to find a thing to say back to him, as he waits for your answer.

“Uh- no,” Loki’s eyebrows shot up and you quickly cover it. “No, I meant what? Just- yes, I want the job but shouldn’t there be a waiting period? Or something?” You asked, which only made Loki smile and shrug whilst crossing his arms.

“I’m taking a chance, call it a Christmas Miracle, if you want.” You chuckled slightly, “Everyone I have interviewed hasn’t been as confident and nice have you been, we-I-need that around here. Think about it, if you must?”

You shake your head, a massive grin coming upon your face. “No, I want the job. No thinking needed, I’ll take it, tell me when I start and I’ll be here.”

“I’ll email you everything you’ll need, plus times.” he steps forward and extends his hand, you take it with a big smile. “Welcome to the Sephora team, Y/N.”


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“Hi, welcome to Nick’s Bits and Bobs, I’m Clint.”

You stare at Clint for a few seconds. “I know, we’re friends,” you chuckle as Clint rolls his eyes.

“I have to say that otherwise, Nick gets mad, he watches all the security footage at home, it’s weird,” Clint whispers and looks at the camera directly above you. “Anyway, how was the Sephora interview?”

You shrugged. “I got the job, offered it to me right after the interview. Although, the store manager isn’t what I expected.”

“You met Loki?” Clint grinned and you frowned. “Short black hair, skinny and tall, kinda looks like it he were to be an animal he’d be a crow.”

You chuckled and nodded. “I will never be able to unsee that now.” You sighed, “but yes, met Loki. He’s the store manager but he doesn’t seem to know a lot about makeup, it’s odd.”

“He bullshitted his way into the job, plus that position. He’s Thor’s brother, by the way.”

“Wait… Thor and Loki, brothers? Let me guess, Loki’s adopted.” Clint widens eyes and nods quickly, “Shut the fuck up, they aren’t named after the Norse gods!”

Clint laughed. “No we all call them Loki and Thor, it’s their nicknames. Honestly, I can’t remember their real names anymore. Thor even had his name badge changed. He works, literally, on the second floor in the Hardware Store.”

“Do all of your friends work here or something?” You asked chuckling but Clint nods, shrugging one shoulder as he lent against the till in front of him. “Really?”

Clint chuckled. “You’re about to meet everyone I love. I would’ve mentioned it before but I figured that would make you wary of working here, honestly, you’ll love everyone.” He tried to make it sound better but it didn’t. You had heard all about his friends and they all sounded crazy, this was going to be a disaster. “At least now you’ll be able to go to the Secret Santa party this year, considering you work at the Avengers Mall now.” You groaned loudly, what had you just said yes to?

(Thank you, all so much, for allowing me to do this instead of requests this year. Wanted to focus on a series. I do have a job, working in retail, hence the inspiration for this. So, updates will be all over the place, which I am sorry for. Hope you enjoy this. - Rosalie)

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When u first start a job vs being there for 6 months #retail #ihateretail #lol #jobs

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anonymous asked:

Retail haiku inspired by my last shift. I call it- "My Drawer Is Empty Because You Are The Ninth Person In The Last Hour To Pay For A Purchase Under Five Dollars With A Hundred Dollar Bill And The Fourth Person To Lie And Say They Didn't Have Anything Smaller When I Asked Even Though I Can Clearly See Twenties, Tens, And Fives In Your Wallet Why Must You Do This To Me Please Just Stop I Am Not A Bank Goddammit!" One Chocolate Bar. Hundred dollar bill. Enjoy ninety-eight ones jerk. 😈😈😈

anonymous asked:

ugh I wanna go apply somewhere else once I get back from my cousin's wedding bc I'm just completely done w food service. between customers just sitting around for hours & managers who insist on spreading their misery around I think this environment is just wearing me down.

The management spreading their idiocy isn’t limited to food service. It happens everywhere. But if you want a few laughs at management expense may I suggest a few movies that might be entertaining to you are they are some of my personal favorites.

•Office Space

•Employee of the Month

If any of you know of some other retail inspired movies please share them.


Do Won Chang and his wife Jin Sook landed on U.S. soil from South Korea in 1981 amid a chaotic time in their home country to pursue the American Dream. Today they employ 43,000 people in 790 stores in 48 countries via fast fashion phenom FOREVER 21. That’s enough for the married couple to land a spot at No. 222 on The Forbes 400 and are worth $3 billion.

Want to know how they turned $11,000 and a 900-square-foot store in downtown LA, into one of the largest fashion retailers on the globe? Click here to see their story. 

A lesson in fatshion history

It is really startling and kind of sad to me to read fatshionistas (I’m going to assume they are 25 & under) complaining that the “only” fatshion items available are “corny pinup options.”

Yes, it is worthwhile talking about the expectation of fat women, in particular, to perform femininity but I think we can do that without totally shitting on femme aesthetic. Especially since this particular femme aesthetic has only VERY RECENTLY become available and accessible to fat women who aren’t dressmakers/incredibly wealthy.

Complain about a lack of butch/goth/punk options or wanting better ones, fine, but don’t deride femmes to make your case. Don’t suggest that femme is som sort of “default” or easy look when it’s a style of presentation that we work just as hard to cultivate as any other aesthetic. Nobody is forcing anyone to learn how to wing their eyeliner or put victory rolls in her hair. But these are skills to be appreciated just like I appreciate a totally fucking boss fade or a tight-fitting pair of jeans or a well-pressed dress shirt or beard art or makeup that makes you look like an intergalactic ghoul.

In the early 00s I had to special order a grad dress (in a size 14) to a local bridal shop because they literally didn’t even bring in anything over a size 10. The plus-size chain stores didn’t even carry anything close to a gown or grad dress. If you wanted to dress femme, you had to earn it by being thin. Or having a family member who could custom make your clothes.

The fact that a so-called “abundance” (like what, a half a dozen dedicated online retailers who specialize in full-skirted garments?) of fat rockabilly/pin up style seems even worth complaining about is evidence of how much the plus size clothing market has grown and changed in the last 15 years, especially in Canada.

Teen me would have absolutely killed to have anything remotely pretty or delicate–never mind FASHIONABLE–in her wardrobe. I basically wore my grandfather’s pants all through high school because there wasn’t even a shitty mall option for me in my city. (And I did not live in a small town). You had better odds of winning the lottery then purchasing or even thrifting a plus-sized dress that was in any way sexy or interesting or fitted off the rack at a brick and mortar.

Fast fat fashion–Forever 21, H&M plus–did not even exist as brick and mortars or online as little as 5 years ago. Last I checked both places sell plenty of separates that are in no way “rockabilly.”

You’ll never see me complain that there is more than one rockabilly/vintage-inspired clothing retailer for fat people. Maybe a certain style of vintage is having a more visible MOMENT but an aesthetic becoming a trend does not make it irrelevant. The choice to wear a pretty dress was literally  NONEXISTENT for me for so many years of my life. I will honestly spend every day dressing like a pinup model. I honestly don’t give af if fats younger than me think I’m boring for it. All of our looks are legitimate.