CN: brief mention of difficult life circumstances including abuse & trauma, general discussion of mental illness.
About a month ago, I was dinking around twitter when I saw the hashtag #DearMeTenYearsAgo. Woah. Where was I 10 years ago?
When I first saw this hashtag, I was about to turn 30, which is a big deal on its own, but 10 years before, the lead up to my 20th birthday had also been a big turning point in my life. Things were feeling good and stable for the first time, maybe ever, I had a great birthday party with my good friends, I had hopes for the future.
If you have any friends who work retail, you’ve probably heard a lot of their horror stories. I spent 5 and a half years working as a cashier/grocery worker at a health food store and got pretty lucky with the types of customer I dealt with on a daily basis. Most of my interactions were friendly and pleasant and it was rare that I encountered someone who was abusive or dangerous.
Even so, there are certain patterns that crop up among customers in just about every retail job. As I switch roles from retail worker to customer, I find myself following certain rules I learned over the course of se...
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