For students, it's often necessary to earn some money over the Christmas break. And many students pick up a job in retail to do just that. So why not join us as we grumble our way through the 12 most annoying things about working in a shop during the festive period.
1. Crazy shifts
When the dreaded Christmas rota is drawn up, all you can do is watch and cry as nearly all of your break vanishes into thin air.
2. Tonnes of New Christmas promotions
...that you're definitely not going to remember. You're only human!
3. Christmas music
Remember how it was kind of fun when your boss first put on the Christmas CD? Well now you would rather gouge your eyes out with a spoon than listen to that same weird, jazzy cover of Last Christmas again.
Has there been a stampede of wild animals through the store? Well, that's not too much of an exaggeration when you think about the harrassed Christmas shoppers that have been charging around the place for the last few weeks.
5. Crying children
Because the one thing everyone needs in a chaotic, hot and downright unpleasant shop is a misbehaving, screaming child. Better still is more than one misbehaving, screaming child. Said no-one ever.
6. Christmas Eve panic
People really do lose their heads. And you're just watching it all with a slightly horrified kind of bemusement from behind the tills.
7. Customers asking for advice
You're really not sure how that customer expects you to recommend the perfect gift for her 15-year-old grandson based on the unnecessary yet somehow still very vague information she's provided about him...
8. That overly Christmassy colleague
Running around reminding you all to be happy because it's Christmas. You'll be happy once you've managed to escape this chaotic frenzy of panic, frustration and greedy capitalist nonsense.
9. Stupid lunch breaks
*Manager planning everyone's breaks on Christmas Eve* "Lunch at 10:30? Close enough."
10. Worst customers in the world
Why oh why is there always one person slowly wandering around the deserted shop at 5:30 on Christmas Eve? Everyone wants to go home, why aren’t they at home?!
11. Working boxing day
Why? Just why? There's seriously nothing worse than waking up early on Boxing Day morning knowing you have work.
12. Sick of christmas by christmas
You hate to admit it, but working in a shop makes you a little sick of Christmas before Christmas has even arrived.
That being said, we're sure it's nothing that plenty of pigs in blankets and a little mulled wine can't cure...
So, there you have it! Our 12 Joys of Working in Retail at Christmas.
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