It’s holiday season, it’s open season on retail clerks

Look up, Way up…

Originally uploaded by Always_be_closing.

It’s November so it seems that everyone is in a rush to get their holiday shopping done. Or it was raining and everyone wanted to get inside. Or there was some sort of sale on at Urban Behaviour, and that explains why they needed a bouncer at the door to control the crowds.

Either way it’s mall season around Vancouver, though honestly it always feels like mall season when you work there. Last year I was clever and transfered out of Metrotown before the fall rolled around, and so I avoided the rush by working on Robson. This year I’m back at Metrotow, where every holiday season it seems like people get in more and more foul moods.

Seriously folks if you’ve never had the joy of working in a mall during Christmas there’s nothing scarier than a holiday shopper after six hours in the mall. The only thing that comes close is when I used to be an usher at a movie theatre and had to tell people they couldn’t bring their own coffee into the theatre and they uniformly reacted as though I told them that we were going to kill their first born and deflower their second.

2 Comments so far

  1. Carol Browne (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    I used to work for my friend at her kitchen shop at Christmas time and opted out of that this Christmas. Last Christmas I ended up working at the deadest mall in the Lower Mainland – Brentwood Mall in Burnaby. Ugh. Those shifts would drag on forever. No one was buying anything at that mall at all. It was brutal. My main duty was keeping an eye out for shoplifters. That mall was bad for thieves!

  2. Ryan (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

    I remember the time at the theater you told a woman she could go get coffee if she wanted but that she couldn’t bring it in. “Well, then what I’m I supposed to do?” “If you can’t go two hours without coffee you might have a problem.” Classic!

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