Why I’m Always Angry When I Get Off Public Transport.

Okay I know my last post was a list of things I hate about retail and I’m sorry but this post is also going to be a list of things that really get my blood boiling and I know it may be hard to believe now but I am actually a nice and happy person usually. Just sometimes things happen that make you rethink about your faith in humanity. Most of this thinking happens when I’m on the bus or train just people watching. The smallest things tend to bug you when you’re bored and your phones dead so you cant listen to music.

– When people have an empty seat next to them and they’re sat on the aisle side but wont move along a seat even though they can see your hands are full of bags and you’re in no state to jump over them on a moving bus.

– The lady that tells you all the stops on the train. Yes I understand that its helpful but when you’re on a train from one end going to the other end of the line and there’s about 2745 stops you don’t need to hear every single stop the train will stop at each of its stops. Most of the people on that train take it every day. They know the stops and if you don’t there are maps on the walls of the train and an electronic sign telling you the rest of the stops.

– Youths. The loud rude ones that have just gotten out of school and find it fun to scream at each other on the bus whilst digging into their box of chips and laughing their heads off at something that isn’t even remotely funny.

– The beeping noise that happens on the bus as the doors shut. Why? Whats the need? We’ve already gotten a headache from the youths yelling and stomping about upstairs, we’re on our way home from work, we’re tired, we don’t need this high pitch noise.

– When people realize they’re on the wrong train and have a panic attack and act as though the next stop is Tombouctou. THEY STOP EVERY TWO MINUTES AND YOU CAN GO ACROSS TO THE OPPOSITE PLATFORM AND GO BACK!

– People that still try to pay cash on London buses and say that had no idea it was only Oyster cards and Contactless cards that they could use. How is that even possible its been like that got ages now! Now if its a tourist it doesn’t bug me as much but when you can tell its an actual Londoner you just look at them like “really?!”.

– When you’re finally out of traffic but the bus driver pulls up to the side and tells everyone he will wait there for a few minutes for a change in driver. Surely that could have been done as we sat in traffic for the last half hour. I understand it wont exactly be safe but it would mean that we wont be stuck in traffic again.

– People that I assume forget their headphones at home and decide to listen to their music out loud and have a little rave on their own.

– The little kid that stares at you. You know which one I mean. We’ve all had this happen to us probably more than once.

– Tourists that ask you if they’re on the right train even though the beautiful robotic voice of the woman telling you each stop has just said the station they want to get off at. Like, honey I have my earphones in, that means I don’t want to help.

– On the overground when people ask you for money. Please, I just want to travel without feeling guilty for not having change on me.

Arda xx

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10 Things I Hate About Retail

Okay so I’ve been working in retail for what feels like an eternity and I know similar posts have been made about this subject before but I just want to tell you the reasons why I hate working in retail and hopefully some of you will agree with me. Before I started working in retail I was a nice person, I liked meeting new people and I liked to have a chat with strangers. This has all changed now, I now have no patience for anyone and even if someone in the store just looks at me I will smile back but a little fire of rage starts up inside me for no reason what so ever, I mean this person who has just smiled at me could be the nicest person in the world just out shopping but I will just instantly start to hate them, I mean its nothing personal. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not actually horrible to customers, I will smile and help you and joke around with you but inside I will be dying. Anyway, without further ado here are some reasons why working in retail is the bane of my life…

1- The Jokers. When an item of clothing doesn’t have a tag on so the customer says to you “Oh! It must be free!” No. If you just give me two seconds to do my job I will type down the code and the price will appear. The first few times I heard this so called joke I laughed along with the customer but after you start to hear it atleast 6 or 7 times a day you just start to stare at the customer like are you done yet?

2- Student Discounts. Every day I will come across a customer that asks for a student discount but will have no proof what so ever that they are a student. Or worse, they will show me their oyster card and inform me that they have used it as ID in our store before which is not true.

3- The Sale Freaks. Walking into the sale section to tidy up is like walking into the lions cage in the zoo wearing a dress made of meat. Those sale freaks do not care if you are there to tidy, to them you are a waste of space, you are in their way. On boxing day this year I actually got scratched by one of these sale freaks because she just wanted a jumper so badly.

4- Faulty Police. In my opinion this is the worst type of customer. They will come to the till with an item of clothing that most of the time doesn’t even anything wrong with it and demand a discount because there is a loose thread. Its even more annoying when they bring an item from the sale section which has already been reduced to £3 and ask for a discount because a button is missing. HONEY ITS £3 BECAUSE THE BUTTON IS MISSING!

5- Browsers. You know who I mean, the customers that come into the fitting room with ten items of clothing and will not buy any of them and to make things worse they will return all the clothes to you detached from the hangers and inside out. You literally get given a ball of clothes with a few hangers sticking out of it.

6- The Indecisive. These types of customers can be spotted all around the store. When they’re on the shop floor you can spot them by following all the misplaced items, if they’re in the fitting room they will most likely be next to the sales assistant holding out each item of clothing and starring at it for long moments, if they are at the till they are the ones that give you an item separate to the ones they will buy and say to you that they have changed their mind on that one but half way through the transaction they will say “actually I’ll leave that one and take the one I gave you at the start”. I don’t understand this, no-one is rushing you to make a decision, no-one is holding a gun to your head saying “GO TO THE TILLS NOW”.

7- The Rude Ones. When you spend a good 20 minutes with a customer helping them pick out an outfit or when they come to the tills and you go find them another colour or size and you shower them in customer service and they just walk away without saying thank you. After customers like this I tend to go to the staff room and have a drink of water to calm down my anger.

8- Tornadoes. These are the customers that will literally ruin the store, when they leave the store will look like it was hit by a tornado. Half the clothes will be on the floor and you’ll have broken items and there’s nothing you can do about it apart clean up after them and hope another tornado doesn’t appear half way through you tidying.

9- The Stingy. When customers act shocked that we charge 5p for bags. Its been the law since October, are you telling me you haven’t shopped since October? Then the proceed by having a go at you saying they don’t want to spend 5p on a bag and why should they have to pay. Maybe because its the law? I mean there’s nothing I can do about it, if you don’t wanna pay then you get no bag and you have to carry those thongs you just got in your hand.

10- Sneaks. The ones that manage to sneak into the store 5 minutes before you close and you have to wait for them to leave but they take their sweet time and when you inform that you are closed they tell you they didn’t realize. They didn’t realize the whole store was empty and the doors are shut and there is no music playing.

If you read this and thought “Oh, Ive done that before” please please please don’t do it again! And if you’re currently looking for a job in retail think twice before you apply.

Arda x