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Here's something that really fucking annoys me....and by the way, if you are a friend of mine, I already know that this is not about you, and it is not directed at you. I just really need to yell right now.

Folks, when you enter a retail establishment, do the folks that work there a favour and hang up the fucking phone and remove your headphones so that you can hear them when they're asking if they can help you!

Phone users: multi-task somewhere else. If the call's that important, go shopping later. We don't mind. For one thing, your conversation is of absolutely no interest to us, really it isn't. If you're one of those self-important types that has to impress everyone by conducting a conference call while buying toilet paper, you have little value to humanity and should probably be pushed into the path of an oncoming bullet train. Comprende? Bueno.

iPod/Walkman users: pretty much the same deal as the fucknuts on the telephone. There'll be a pause or a stop button on your music gizmo somewhere; find it and use it. Interacting with your fellow human beings isn't that much of a chore, you might even learn something. Failure to do this should, in a perfect world, result in a car battery being hooked up to the more sensitive regions of your body and then switched on. Oh, and you'll be pushed into a swimming pool at the same time, ideally with a load of bricks shoved down your shorts. Oh, for a perfect world.

I do not care if you're male or female, white, black, yellow, green or blue, young or old, handicapped or a fitness freak, religious or atheist, local or visitor. I consider the above transgressions to be rude, when all we're trying to do is give you a hand in helping you find what you're looking for. And there's no reason for rudeness. (For those of you who argue that this entire rant is rude to begin with: if you haven't committed the above transgressions, this rant is not directed at you, and I hope you're having a great day. If you have...well, perhaps you should go back to the beginning of this post and read it over again.)

Hey, here's a fun project for all you scientician-types out there: create an energy field that will automatically turn off any cell phone or iPod that passes through it in one direction (i.e., entering) and switches it back on when you leave. (And again, for those of you who say you're expecting an important phone call? If it's that important, take it at home! You'll probably need to write stuff down anyways, right? Buying Ding Dongs can wait.)

...needless to say, I had people like this ALL FUCKING DAY today. When the mass executions begin, I really hope they start with them.

Here endeth the rant. (Gosh, I do feel better now!)



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Aug. 20th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
I have ONE statement to argue with here. - "For those of you who argue that this entire rant is rude to begin with: if you haven't committed the above transgressions,"

I find that most people who get angry at people who behave this way are the worse transgressors of these behaviors. They are therefore defensive as their ego wants to defend itself from the embarrassment of admitting its wrong doings.

I think it is perfectly acceptable for customer service individuals to ignore and skip such customers till they are ready to give their attention to the task at had.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm...possibly. I can only speak for myself and my observations of others I've known who also work retail, but (as a result of having worked retail and other customer service jobs), I always try to be polite to and acknowledge employees who ask me if I need any help. And I always turn my iPod off when I go into a store.

"I think it is perfectly acceptable for customer service individuals to ignore and skip such customers till they are ready to give their attention to the task at had." In theory, I agree with you. In practice, though, I find that these folks are the ones who bitch and complain (usually on Yelp!) about the lack of customer service more often than not...

See? This is one of the things about LJ that I love! Intelligent discourse with a friend, even though it's not in person.


Aug. 20th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
My gosh, yes.

If I take a call in a store, I make it a point to either go all the way outside, or go as far away from most customers as possible and wrap up my call there. If a call comes in when I'm at a check out desk, I usually tell the caller I'll call them right back, and then apologize to the person behind the counter.

Ultimately, those very same folks who get skipped over by you because of their lack of attention will then proceed to raise a stink about being skipped over. Unfortunate, but oh so true. It all stems from the fact that people need to learn some basic manners and stop walking about with an air of entitlement.

Having held a job with the public library for 3 and a half years a while ago, I saw all kinds of rude and inconsiderate behavior. My sentiments and recollections are echoed by those of my boyfriend, who also works in the library system in the East Bay.

And don't even get me started on people who call my office, me, their accounts manager, and proceed to CHEW while talking to me on the phone. That's a whole other ball of wax.
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