I just started my first retail job yesterday and as a total noob, I learned a very important lesson:
DON’T F*CKING WEAR FLATS.
This likely sounds like common sense to most people, but as a person who A) is stupid about what business casual means, and B) is used to just wearing sneakers or flip-flops, I had no idea the kind of pain standing around in flats for 8 hours would cause. As a cashier, I get breaks every 2-3 hours, but for the rest of that time, I am just standing with 100% of my weight on two little stubs evolution saw fit to bestow upon me. Those versed in retail know this. And while standing or walking around for 8 hours can be fine in the appropriate attire, it just don’t work in flats.
So don’t try it, folks. I was so distracted by the howling soreness of my feet that I walked – gingerly traipsed – out of my shift without even clocking out.
If you value your physical health and your dignity, wear something comfortable to work. Better yet, stay away from retail (unless you want to pursue self-growth or something crazy like that).
Do you have a painful retail experience you’d like to share? Please. Help me feel better about my life choices. Share them in the comments below!
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