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blog post: Do you work here?

A female customer asked me as I was straightening up the hosiery/tights section in a major department store. There were two associates standing by the cash register caught up in a discussion about last evenings reality TV show finale regarding a part of the state I reside in. I paused and said, “no, but I should be.”  I was looking for tights in a specific color and size. Granted, I have more time on my hands than many shoppers,  so I began picking up items off of the floor and placing them back into their respective place. But, if I was rushing through on my lunch hour or had limited time, entering a section that was disorganized, items on the floor and associates standing around talking,  I would have left the store vowing never to return. The customer saw that I was the only one who looked like I was doing “work” hence the question, “do you work here?” She needed help and wanted to know which brand I would recommend. Now, again, I have just told her that I didn’t work there but I didn’t want to come off indignant and she really was sincere in her request. I went ahead and assisted her, highly recommending my preferred brand that I wear. She said she would try them out since she was clueless about tights. She thanked me and proceeded to the cashier. I stood there thinking that I just did someone else’s job. How nice it must be to come to work, stand around and talk, do minimum customer service and still collect a paycheck. I became frustrated because there are people out there, like myself, that continue to hit the pavement looking for employment and there are some people gainfully employed showing up just to fog a mirror. If I sound a little bitter, I am. Right now, a job is something you are paid to do. Do it! If you don’t like your job, you have an option; exercise it and find work that you do like. There is someone out there who would gladly show up and appreciate having somewhere to work and get paid to do so. As I continued to look through the selection of hosiery,  I couldn’t find my size in the color  I needed. However, I did leave the store knowing that I helped someone discover a new brand of hosiery. You can call it paying if forward; I call it another satisfied customer.

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1 Response to “blog post: Do you work here?”


  1. 1 Judi
    October 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Loved your blog post! How are you?

    J.


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