Picture this: you’re on your way to a birthday dinner and realise you completely forgot to buy a card and present. In a hurry, you stop by the shops. You look at your watch and see it’s five minutes until closing time, but staff are still in the shop. Brilliant! You pop in, spend 10 minutes choosing a gift, have it wrapped in-store and you’re good to go.
Everyone wins, right?
Well, yes — except behind that bright, helpful smile from the worker at the cashier, she was probably silently calling you every name under the sun for delaying her home time. In fact, it’s just one of the many, many annoying things customers do that retail workers quietly hate — here are 16 others.
1. Messing with their displays.
“A pet hate is people messing up tables and folding while you’re working on it, so I have to put on my, ‘You suck but I’m going to pretend it’s OK’ face.”
2. Changing your mind at the register.
“I can’t stand when people don’t finish shopping before coming to the register. It’s the holidays, lines out the door, and you are sitting there still pondering over items. Ring them up, then remove them, ‘Get me another size quickly, the price is wrong’, etc. There is always some idiot that takes like 45 minutes to checkout three items,” wrote one Redditor.
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3. Hanging up things wrong.
“It’s a nice thought, but when people attempt to hang things on the wrong hanger (like T-shirts on clippy hangers) it’s just another item I’m going to have to re-hang.”
4. Asking lots of questions.
If you need genuine help, that’s fine — but don’t be lazy about it.
“It pisses me off when they’re asking me a million ridiculous questions, the same ones over and over, when they can see very clearly that at least five people are waiting who need my help,” said one Reddit user.
5. Interrupting to get attention.
“I wish customers would stop staring at me while I’m on the work phone to a customer or helping someone else. I acknowledged you already, and you know I’ll be right with you, but by staring at me you only makes me incredibly uncomfortable, which makes me less enthusiastic to interact with you, not more,” said one Redditor.