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kcclaire0923 65F
439 posts
9/9/2018 9:41 am
John Q. Public


I work at a large grocery chain store here in my city. For the LIFE of me, I cannot figure out why people will walk up to me and say "Do you work here?"

I have on a bright colored vest with the stores name it, I have a badge clipped on to the left pocket with the STORE name and MY name on it, plus I am standing at my cash register #4 with a huge sign flashing that says OPEN. Many times I get asked also "Are you open?" UGH!!! I just stare at them for a moment like I can't believe you just asked me that!!

So to those who ask if I work here, I will jokingly say "Only when the manager is around!! "But I would really love to say "No, this is my bowling shirt."

And to those who ask if I am open when I am standing behind my register with a huge OPEN sign, I will say "Well, that's what the sign says!" But I would really like to say "No, I am standing here just to look pretty."

The lame things I hear every day working in retail from John Q. Public....It just reminds me of what will never come out of my mouth when I am out shopping in a store. I prefer to appear brighter and smarter than that!!

kcclaire0923 65F
824 posts
9/9/2018 9:45 am

Thank God I am working part time because I want to stay busy after retiring from a long career...If I had to listen to John Q. Public on a full-time basis asking lame questions I would probably shoot myself in the head!! lol


cardsfan0622 42M
58 posts
9/9/2018 10:07 am

Big truth: There's never a shortage of stupid people... and sometimes I'm one of them.


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/9/2018 1:55 pm:
Well I bet now you won't ask if an employee works there. A better approach could be "Pardon me, I have a question."

bitchkitty2017 67F  
5293 posts
9/9/2018 10:22 am

I know and I am very happy to be retired from work now..I worked at a lot of jobs since I was 16 and the last was a cafeteria for 7 years..I worked night shift because it suited my lifestyle and home life but the dipshits I waited on were omg some real winners.. Of course I was the only one who worked night there 5 a week 11-7 and get the same questions from the same lame ass people all the time..'Are you the only one working?" .. "well yes I am but I be happy to get someone else for you, lol..its like 2 in the morning ..can we wait till 7 when my shift is over? " . The plant where I worked hired shift workers because production workers were not considered that smart...maybe they thought I was like them and only pretended to cook...ha ha


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/9/2018 1:54 pm:
Right......the lamest questions ever from the public! Like, "Are you the ONLY cashier today?" To which I will say, "yeah kinda looks like that! I don't make the store schedule."

redrockrascal 62M
21471 posts
9/9/2018 10:32 am

why people will walk up to me and say The answer is, unfortunately, in your question . . . people. Common sense is no longer common, many many people now-a-days are not well educated or bright. A bit scary really

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/9/2018 1:59 pm:
It really is scary these days/ Lje when they come up, unload all their groceries and flapping on the cell phone the whole time. When I am done, I just stand there with my hands folded staring at them. They will say "Oh I need bags." Then I bag the items, and wait for them as they are STILL flapping.....Then they say how much is it? I point to the screen never saying a word. When they are ready to walk away with the receipt I hand them I will say loudly "Your welcome!"

UGH people can be so rude but I do enjoy giving it right back....

s2ndegree 61M  
9740 posts
9/9/2018 10:33 am

What should really terrify you is the fact that
they drove a car there!

Using more than all the road!


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/9/2018 1:53 pm:
I know....when I was a banker I always got that. "I didn't bring my glasses, can you help me read this?" Then I would say "And you DROVE here today?"

benard69 63M/63F  
5250 posts
9/9/2018 11:04 am

It amazes me that they ask you a question and the Dip Shits don't try and Text You...


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/9/2018 2:05 pm:
Yes!! They can't speak sanely but they can speak "text"

Platosgames 98M  
3182 posts
9/9/2018 12:19 pm

One of my favorites along this line, was when the dollar stores first started popping up. There was one near me called, Everything's a Dollar.

I'm in there browsing around, and this lady besides me has a item in her hand. She says to one of the employees.."this doesn't have a price tag, how much is it?" The kid says hang on. Walks over to the store phone, hanging on a post and pages..."customer needs a price check on isle 3".. To which all the employees throughout the store yelled out at once..."EVERYTHING'S A DOLLAR".

I think sometimes, people just don't think before they speak.

" I refuse to belong to any organization that would accept me as a member" Groucho Marx


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/9/2018 1:50 pm:
Now that's classic!!! I sure hope she heard the page and response....

I_giv_pleasure 56M  
2715 posts
9/12/2018 10:04 pm

I used to be mistaken for someone who would work at a large chain hardware store. I don't even work in retail.


kcclaire0923 replies on 9/13/2018 5:34 pm:
Maybe you were shopping in that store and they thought you looked like a manager or something. That always happened to my former husband, he wore a dress shirt and slacks then kept his pen in his shirt pocket. People asked him to help them every store he visited on his way home from work!

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