For two and a half years I worked for a big box retailer, a financially failing big box retailer at that. I started off as a cashier and gradually moved my way around the store and up the ladder until the day I had to relocate. Now I am an assistant manager of a boutique, so it is safe to say I have some opinions on the retail field. This is a monthly segment I have been sharing, so lets dive in to some more things I have learned from retail.
No, I’m not talking about the kind of therapy where you go in and pay someone to listen to you talk about your problems. Although, if you work retail long enough you will need that. I’m talking about the kind of therapy where people talk to you about their problems for free.
For those of you who know me, you know that I work in a boutique that specializes in selling bras for women who have a very difficult time finding such a necessity. In this particular store it is common for me to hear horror stories of their struggle and journey to find a bra that fits them properly. Hearing stories about customers personal lives didn’t start when I starting working in a bra shop, it started at my first job.
There’s something about opening up to stranger that can’t judge you and may not even know your name that offers a sense of relief, I guess. You can dive in to the deepest workings of your mind and uncover some truths to one person who may never be able to track you down again. At least that’s how customers view it, I guess.
Lately I hear a lot of stories about how terrible their husbands are to them, how their children drive them crazy, but every once in a while a story stands out. Like the older woman who told me that she is dating a much younger man from a town five hours away. Asking me about what I knew about this particular town and if I possibly knew him. This was strange, but when she went in to detail about how he was looking for a “sugar momma” I started to lose interest. As much as I love to help people, this was not the time nor the place I could properly address such an issue.
One of the first life stories I ever heard was about 3 years ago. A young woman stopped by the jewelry counter and talked to me for an hour about her boyfriend cheating on her. She talked about how she wanted to get married, but he cheated and now he doesn’t know if he wanted to be with her any more. So she gave him three weeks to make up his mind and his time was almost up.
It’s not that these life stories I have heard are anything out of the ordinary, these problems happen to people every day all over the world. The part that makes it so bizarre is that I don’t know these people. Complete strangers are talking to me about some of their deepest, most personal problems and I’m not fully equipped to handle these situations. Question about the return policy? Got it. Question about whether to leave your cheating boyfriend? I don’t feel like that’s my business.
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