Sunday Shopping

Yesterday the ex showed up at my till with the new girlfriend.
For someone who says that we were great friends I have no idea who she is.
I also may have gotten a little tetchy with him after the second time of him braying ‘huh?’ like an ass and suggested sharply that he invest in some damn hearing aids.
The customer behind not knowing the situation only caught the part about ‘damn hearing aids’ but I was in no mood to dispel his attitude towards me with an explanation.
I should not work Sundays.
I mean I can work just I should be done at 5 and not work through until 6.
I get irritated at the people walking into the store when we have 2 minutes until close for just one or two items.
$500 later and I am steaming.
Okay that may be an exaggeration on my part as it has never been that bad but I know that K told me about one where it was close to $300 and the customer refused to come to the till until they were done shopping.
Now this is where my customer service differs from theirs.
As a supervisor I brooked no shit with people shopping after close.
We have hours to shop in not before and most definitely not after.
Staff would like to get home and either go to bed or spend the rest of the evening with their families as is the case on Sundays.
I would go and let the customer know that we were closed and to head to the front.
The supervisors today are letting people slip in and shop for fear of upsetting them.
Look we are open 7 days a week.
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 6 days a week.
12-6 on Sundays.
Please explain to me why you feel the need to wait until 5:59 to run to the store?
I was telling J yesterday that were I to stop at a business and they were closing even in 5 minutes I would turn around and go home.
Nothing is that important that it cannot wait.
I am not going to be that person.
I am just not a Sunday person.
I did not grow up with Sunday shopping.
If you ran out of something you went to the corner store, little mom and pop places where they knew your name.
Even Saturday everything was closed by 6 p.m.
And we are not talking about the 50’s.
In Steinbach our Main Street is shut down at 6 p.m.
Stores in the mall close at 6 as well.
And it is still 2021.
©Aug. 2/21
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Karen Rides Again

My boss is pretty positive that Karen has some serious jealousy issues regarding me and we cannot figure it out.
I cannot figure it out.
Despite the fact that she is not my favorite person at all I have always been nice and friendly to her.
Do I have my issues regarding her and how she is?
Yes.
Do I bitch about her to everyone?
No.
Well maybe a little.
Not everyone but my supervisor.
She is right up in my business.
Asking me what I am doing.
How many orders do I have.
Staring at me when I am on floor and she is in a till.
Making comments about me which I can see her do but pay no attention to.
I am not stupid.
Forever trying to catch me on something.
Last Thursday she made a comment to the supervisor on and said supervisor calls me immediately after and both stand staring at me as she asks if I will cover her lunch.
Me: Absolutely. I have no issues with that.
Sup: Okay great.
Me: I will still be on the floor unless it gets really busy. I only answer pages for K when she is on break.
Sup: Oh.
Yeah oh this.
Friday K asked me to cover her lunch.
To close down my till and work in CS.
Next thing I know all hell is breaking loose.
Karen went storming into see K on her break.
Karen: I have nothing to do and Jay is in CS. I don’t think that I should have to open up at checkout 3 while she is in CS.
K: It is not busy enough for 3 to be going. And I asked Jay to shut down and do my break.
Karen: Oh why? Was she whining to you about her shoulder hurting?
K: No again Karen I asked her to shut down and cover my break.
Karen: Well what am I suppose to do?
K: I am sure you can find something.
I have only included the pertinent part to this conversation.
As K told me I took a deep breath and let it out.
I was done with this.
Now I cannot go to Karen and outright confront.
But I can make things a little uncomfortable for her.
The following is what I have asked K to say to Karen the next time that she comes to complain about me and she has agreed to do so.
Karen you seem to be having a lot of issues with Jay of late. I think that the three of us should sit down and work this out. It cannot continue going on this way.
Do I think that she will agree to sit down?
No.
But maybe she will start to think twice before making petty complaints about me.
I have warned K that if I do happen to overhear Karen making any comments to me to other staff there will be words.
Big words that insult and confuse.
She is a Karen after all.
©July 26/21
Picture is my own