Monday, July 27, 2009

For Your Convenience


I recently got a part time job at a local convenience store. Personally I love the reaction I get when people I graduated high school with come in and see me in my little uniform and green visor. They give me this look of pity and I assume they're thinking something along the lines of "I guess she dropped out of college." or "I can't believe she never got a job."

Yes, I finished school and graduated. No, I didn't chose a career that would allow me to support myself.

Anywho...I've created a list of pointers for your next convenience store trip to make your life and the lives of the people who are providing you morning caffeine jolt a little easier.

-If you have change, please don't place it on the counter. I have short finger nails and change is really hard to pick up when it's lying flat on a smooth surface. It's already in your hand. Just wait two damn seconds and hand it to me.

- Do NOT take the coffee from the pot that is still brewing. This is not your home coffee maker. If you remove the pot, the steaming hot liquid will continue to pour out of the spout and I have to burn my pretty little hands cleaning it. Please don't do that to me...I'm someone's child.

-Why can't you just throw the damn sugar packet out??? The garbage is literally 4 inches from your coffee cup. I'm sure if you breathed hard enough it would just fly in.

-Don't bitch at me because the Entenmann's's cakes are 2 for $6 but not $3 each. Yes, you have to buy two to get the price. I didn't make up the sale and to be honest with you I don't care.

-I'm sorry that I am not the master of the lottery machine. Stop telling me to hit the "repeat" button to print different tickets. This machine is probably from 1980 and so the word "repeat" wore of about 10 years ago. You're not going to win anyway.

-Don't tell me how annoying the coffee timer going off is. I know. I'm here for 8 hours and the thing goes off every twenty minutes.

-When I'm checking out your order, don't be an asshole by saying something like "Can't you turn that beeping off?". I could but then you would have to wait for me to get back to the register to ring you up and then you would be bitching about that too.

-When you come in on Friday afternoon, do NOT tell me to cheer up because it is Friday. In case you haven't noticed, I work at a 24 hour convenience store on Friday nights. I also work Saturday and Sunday as well. Friday is the new Monday.

21 comments:

blueviolet said...

I can safely say that I have committed any of those offenses. Whew.

Millennium Housewife said...

Points noted and understood! This really made me laugh.

otin said...

I worked in a Restaurant for years, and the hours sucked! Working on Saturday and Sunday while people would come in after a day at the beach, it was horrible! People don't realize that if you take coffee from a pot before it is done brewing then it will be too strong! I feel for you!

Hit 40 said...

Have you got to clean up puke yet? Let me know

Sarah K said...

i started laughing before i read the first one! i could just picture you writing this in your head. why? because that's what i do most days!! oh, you will get so much material out of that job!

Eternally Distracted said...

My friend and I both worked in a shop that generally was fairly quiet. We used to pass the time opening kinder egg toys and blu-tacking the little surprises all around the place. Once, we were so into what we were doing that we turned round and there was a queue of 5 people waiting for us whilst we were huddled over like ''ooooo what do you think it is this time''

Mango Girl said...

Assholes tend to treat everyone bad...no matter where they are. Truly, how does one feel such a sense of entitlement?

When you decide to go postal, put laxatives in all the assholes coffee. Then smile and tell them to have a nice day ~ oh, I see you have already made other plans!

Hang in there!

Baby News said...

While I've never ventured into the convenient store line of work, I've worked at K-Mart (yes, k-mart), and a few restaurants. Customer service jobs like these give great, funny experiences in the fact that you get to see how people really act and what they really think of people working in these places. PS. I ALWAYS through my creamer packets away.

Theresa said...

Funny post! In addition to all the pesky customers, do you ever get scared of the danger of your job? Don't those places get robbed like a lot. Anyway, be careful. We all need the extra bucks.

Midtown Girl said...

You are hilariously honest and I love you for it!

What about the messy microwave peeps & people who come in just for matches/straws/ketchup packets - LOL!

If you can face you HS alum giving u strange looks while working there - you can do anything chick - seriously!

Medora said...

Oh, wow, I hear you about the coffee - hello, it's still brewing, duh! And nobody throws their trash away, no matter where you work. Severe lack of personal responsibility. Like you want to clean up after them, or it's part of what you get paid to do . . . I don't think so.

rxBambi said...

From also behind the corner:: I feel your pain! I'm also pretty thankful I haven't committed any of those faux pas...I hope.

White Rabbit said...

i. i just love you.

Not only if you leave to turn the beeping off would they be annoyed, but they'd probably put more change on the counter.


that is not okay.

In the words of Stephanie Tanner, "How RUDE!"

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Brilliant. I really like this post. I feel your frustration your customers instigate.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I can safely say I've never committed any of those... :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

ACK! Blueviolet needs to get out of my head...might pay to read the comments before I leave one...LOL!!

Merlin said...

You are SO honest that its a refreshing change :)

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