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New Target Employee Documents Their Bizarre First Week

Working retail, you get to see an amazing number of characters stroll through the front door. There's always something new around the corner, ready to completely derail your day, make you miss your lunch break, and in rare cases, actually make you sort of happy. This Tumblr user documented their first few days of working at a Target, and the world did not disappoint. For more retail stories, check these horror stories from Hot Topic employees.

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17 Spicy Retail Memes Dedicated To The Soul Grinding Struggle

These spicy memes about working retail capture with painful accuracy the soul-grinding struggle of dealing with customers who often seem like they just want to be pissed at the world. They're real and so is the struggle. Thankfully we have memes to speak to the pain, and even provide us some bitter laughs along the way. 

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Insane Customer Demands Refund for Her Own Vase She Ruined

We're not sure what kind of person tries to spray paint a four hundred dollar vase, but it makes sense that it's the same kind of person who demands that the store she bought it from pay for her mistake. We're kind of hoping this customer is lying about the whole thing in order to defraud the store, but given the stupid-ass customers we've dealt with in our own lives, she's probably telling the idiotic truth. For a triumphant story of an employee who actually gave an awful customer a piece of their mind, check out this cashier who told off a Karen and lived.

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18 Children Of "Speak to Your Manager" Parents Express Their Great Shame

If you've spent any time in the world of retail, you're familiar with the type of customer who, no matter how wrong they are from the start, will never take no for an answer. They will be rude and insufferable to employees for nothing more than the satisfaction of "winning" a social interaction. Well their kids don't like them either.

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Entire Sales Team Has to Defer to Owner to Sell to Smelliest Customer Ever

Anyone who's worked on the floor of any kind of store is gonna be reminded of a time when there was a customer they just couldn't deal with. Thank god for the good managers out there. This one is weirdly reminiscent of that old story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. For a triumphant retail story of someone in customer service who actually got to speak their mind, check out this cashier who told off a Karen and lived.

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Cashier Lives Retail Dream, Tells off a Karen and Lives

"Can I speak to your manager" type customers get the full ire of the internet, and even their own children. This instance in particular sure is a rare sight to behold. In all of the crazy stories we hear of massively entitled people being complete jerks to anyone in retail, almost never do these wild customers ever get a piece of someone's mind. And not only that, this employee actually got away with it. Amazing.

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20+ Hot Topic Employees Share Their Worst Work Horror Stories

Hot Topic employees have experienced a special kind of hell. They regularly deal with customers right out of anyone who has worked retail's worst nightmare. Buckle up and get ready for the Hot Topic work horror story madness! 

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Customer With A Case Of Rage Gets Played In Hilarious Speak To A Manager Story

This customer with a case of that good old mad-at-the-world rage, got played. Fred is the real MVP, and this was way funnier than I expected it to be. You can't beat that timing. 

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Customer's Horrendous Petty Action Is A Retail Horror Story For The Ages

This goes right in the Hall of Fame for Customer Service Horror Stories. My god. This woman sounds like an absolute, self-concerned nightmare. Can you imagine being stuck in the middle of a conversation with this person? Um, no thank you. 

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The Soul Draining Struggle Of Working Retail In 21 Tweets

The struggle is REAL in working retail. You tend to give up a part of yourself when you submit yourself to a place where carefully manufactured smiles, and howareyou eyes, and a stubborn (faked) optimism in the face of unruly customers who just want to be upset about something. These tweets capture the tough emotional rollercoaster that the retail/customer service grind can take you on. 

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Baffled Retail Employee Tells Story of Oblivious Lady Trying to Shop

This old lady was so focused on getting her cd that nothing was gonna throw her off. If you thought some yellow tape was gonna stop her, you're in for a surprise. People in retail have to deal with some of the most aggravating people on the planet, so our hats are off to anyone who can keep their composure in situations like these.

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The Woeful Life Of Working Retail In 16 Relatable Tweets And Memes

Just don't be rude to your servers, people. It is NOT that hard. If these memes and tweets about the struggle-filled existence of muddling through working retail hit home for you, maybe you need some more. And in that case, check out the list over here.

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19 Moronic Reasons Customers Demanded to See the Manager

Lord help the customer service representative who has to deal with the customer who thinks they're always right. These stories are a mixed bag. Sometimes the insane customer gets their comeuppance, and sometimes they just benefit from their frustrating behavior. If you wanted to read more manager stories, then here you go.

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10 Flabbergasted People Share When They Seriously Needed To Speak To A Manager

Just cause you find yourself in a moment of great, impossible stress doesn't mean that the manager -- wherever they might be hiding -- is going to see you about the problem you've dug up, real or imagined. Sometimes though, when the sh*t does in fact get real, and you're not leaving some bullsh*t-stained review to diminish an establishment's online reputation, you absolutely need to speak to the manager! These are some of those stories, that capture those moments. 

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Tech Support Blows Minds of Retail Employees with Power Button Bombshell

We're not sure who's more shocked here; The retail worker who learned the power symbol isn't a camera, or the tech support dude who had to tell them?

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31 Fast Food Workers Share The Risky Foods You Should Absolutely Avoid

Consider these invaluable life hacks, for not eating your way into a 12-round bout with the nearest accessible toilet. Some fast foods just aren't worth that quick, terribly satisfying reward-satisfaction. 

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