December 23, 2019

Glad I'm Out

I had need to call my local Walgreens' pharmacy today.  Nothing complex, not even all that important as it turns out.  I easily could have not bothered and nothing would have been changed or affected in any way... that's how "not important" it was.


As the conversation came to an end, I did what any decent human being would do: I wished the pharmacy tech a Happy Holidays.  I mean, Christmas is just a couple of days away, I'm sure they were stupidly busy, and they took a moment or two out to answer the stupid question of someone who was, honestly, wasting their time.

If they had gone off on me, well, I can't say I'd have been happy about it, but I would have understood.  As y'all know, I worked retail for far too long to ever really blame someone in the biz for losing their minds at this time of year.  Instead of that, however, what I got was either a great acting job or someone who was honestly surprised and pleased to have gotten pleasant holiday wishes.

Which makes me wonder... just how bad IS it out there these days?  I mean, retail employee abuse doesn't shock me, but I didn't even say "Merry Christmas."  Just Happy Holidays, like I was taught to do when I was behind the counter so as not to potentially offend anybody.  Yes, I know, but old habits and all that.  I've stayed out of the stores and malls this season, so I have no clue about crowd size but judging from that one phone call, the grind apparently sucks quite badly now.

Be nice to retail workers.  They're trying to help you have a merry Christmas, don't make it hard for them to have one too.

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1 I've been going to the local Walmart's built-in McDonald's for breakfast a lot lately, and so the Walmart greeters all recognize me.  The usual one who's there on weekdays has been "Merry Christmas"ing people.
But this is Texas, not California.

Posted by: Rick C at December 24, 2019 10:27 AM (Iwkd4)

2 I'm so, so, so glad I'm not in a client/customer-facing job much anymore. I've heard too many horror stories lately from those still on the front lines. Oof.

Posted by: GreyDuck at December 24, 2019 05:42 PM (rKFiU)

3 This is absolutely correct.

Posted by: Ed Hering at December 24, 2019 09:45 PM (/cXdK)

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