A Fairly Satisfying Sound

A Fairly Satisfying Sound (Completed)

Such a lovely sound…

If you’ve never worked in the service industry before, this sound is meaningless. If you have worked in the service industry before, it is the sweetest, most amusing sound you’ve ever heard. What this sound is is a customer, ignoring all signage and timepieces, yanking on a locked door.

Why is it so amusing? We constantly do battle with customers who shut off their brains as soon as the leave their cars, forcing us to do EVERYTHING for them. This is not only vindication of the fact that we’re not crazy, that customers really are oblivious twits at times, but it is also the tiniest bit of revenge.

Our opening and closing times are, in a way, blissful moments, because they are the only moments when we are free from dealing with moronic customers who need to be hand-held like they’re kindergartners. It’s so taxing to have to help a capable adult person to do even the most basic of tasks. Besides that, we have shit to do to either open up for you or go home to our families and pets and booze.

And when you hear that “thunk”, you know your quiet time will be unhindered, and the customer has proven he is a fool. It’s the tiniest of victories.

-The Retail Explorer

13 thoughts on “A Fairly Satisfying Sound

  1. Being in a retail environment as a day job, I respect the time of silence before the opening rush and I wait until a door has been officially unlocked before entering a shop if I’m there before opening time. It amazes me that when certain shops have a sale people queue in the street hours before opening- why?!

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    • Right there with you. It’s a baffling occurrence. I’m always double-checking hours of operation because I want to respect that time. It always amazes me how many people just don’t. Some even get angry about it. It’s bizarre.


  2. ok. I get that, but I’ve been on the other end too many times to count when the shop is supposed to open at 10:00 am and at 10:10 the door is still locked. Depending on how that person comes over to unlock the door determines whether I stay or not. If they hurry over and apologize with meaning, I’ll enter. But if they saunter over like I’m a disturbance in their day, I wait until they unlock the door and then I walk away.

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    • I’ve been on the other side of that too, accidentally forgetting to open right on time. Always made me feel like a heel. The only time I reveled in it was outside of posted business hours, because my customers were always unobservant and made assumptions.


  3. Never worked in retail myself, but I worked in a university research library for a number of years. I can’t count the number of times people walked OUT through the entrance gates—gates marked, I might add, with ‘no exit’ signs, yellow & red, with letters a foot tall. It’s baffling that people IN A LIBRARY fail to READ.

    Wizard’s First Rule: People are stupid.

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