The Struggles Of Working In Retail At Christmas - Planet Whispers

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Struggles Of Working In Retail At Christmas

Hey Whisperers,

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while you'll know that i work in a supermarket, super glamorous, i know. Anyway, for today's Blogmas post i thought I'd do a post about the struggles of working in retail at Christmas! If you don't work in retail, this will give you a little insight...and if you do, i feel for you i really do! So lets get into it!

The Struggles of Working In Retail At Christmas

Christmas for us starts in October

I don't know if it's just my store or all stores but the Christmas stuff had arrived this year way before the Halloween stuff, it was ridiculous. Most people don't think about Christmas until November, but not us, we're surrounded by reminders of whats to come from as early as September some years. It's horrible.

Christmas music is horrid

Now don't get me wrong, i love my fair share of festive songs, but when you have to listen to the same playlist, on repeat, everyday, hour after hour you start to loose your mind. For me this year it's been weird off tune covers of Christmas classics and I've honestly never wanted to turn music off so much in my life.

Christmas Eve is hell 

Do i really need to say more? Customers honestly turn into some kind of crazed animals when it comes to Christmas Eve. The store is packed full from the minute the doors open to the minute they close, and I'll honestly never understand it. We are closed for one day, ONE DAY, the world isn't ending, you don't need to buy 101 bottles of water and a million loaves of bread. You will survive. 

No Christmas Holiday

This is one of my biggest pet peeves, when it comes to Christmas there is no such thing as a Christmas holiday. You work up until the very last minute and then you're back in as soon as possible. My store is open every day up to Christmas, closed Christmas day and then re-opens Boxing Day and honestly the thought of even having to get out of my Pyjama's on Boxing Day makes me want to cry. 


There's nothing worse than that one grumpy customer that comes in and does nothing but complain about the fact that the store is busy. Every year there's always one, whether they don't like Christmas, or just want to moan they find a way to let every member of staff know how much they hate being here. Sometimes i just want to scream I don't want to be here either....but that's not good customer service so i just slap on that fake smile and nod along as they complain and complain and complain. 

Go home

There's always that one customer who just trails around the store at closing time, looking at every single product on the shelves...then only buys a loaf of bread from the aisle they first went down. I don't mind if people want to ponder round the store but it's Christmas Eve, I want to go home, I want to sleep but no I have to wait for Joe Bloggs to walk around the store 10 gazillion times before he decides he just wants that single loaf of bread from aisle 1, you know, the one that he saw half an hour ago. 

Just Stop

Every store has that person who absolutely loves Christmas and makes sure everyone knows. When you've been awake since 4:30am, filling shelves, with a banging headache and the minimum amount of sleep that your body can handle, the last thing you want to hear is 'cheer up it's Christmas', because honestly, i couldn't give any less shits about the fact that it's Christmas. All i want is a hot drink and my bed, but no I'm here stacking shelves instead, so no Susan i won't fucking cheer up.

I could go on and on about the joys of working in retail during the Christmas time but then this post would be just as boring as watching Joe Bloggs walk around the store for half an hour, so I'll end it here.

I hope you've enjoyed today's blogmas post!

Happy Blogmas day 19

Thanks For Reading,

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