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fireheart
02-20-2010, 09:08 AM
OK...this may turn into a game depending on how far we go with it.

Rules are:

-simply complete the sentence "you know you have worked too long in retail when..."
-if the job is not retail, simply change the sentence to "you know you have worked too long in <non-retail job> when..."

This idea came up with a couple of coworkers and some customers today.

You know you have worked too long in retail when...

-you are able to actually type in certain barcodes off by heart. (I can do two of the chickens just by checking the price first, as well as a bag of potatoes...the latter came after having to work while I'm still adjusting to the Implanon.)

-you're a customer and start asking the people behind the counter if they want cash out.

-you farewell them with the same robot greeting at work.

-you know exactly how to do most duties that are above you, even though you haven't been promoted (i.e. count drawers, do overrides etc.)

-you can recite word-for-word the closing spiels and/or any specials.

-you can recite word-for-word the promotions done by the "As Seen On TV" ladies. (I once actually counted how many times one of them made her call in an 8-hour day and how many times she used the word "Free." It was something like 3 calls every 15-20 minutes.)


Keep em coming. :D

TelephoneAngel
02-20-2010, 02:11 PM
You know you've walked in a call centre too long when

your phone rings at home and you automatically answer "company x telephoneangel speaking, how may I help you?"

when finishing a phone call to your mother she says "goodbye" and you answer "I hope that I, Telephoneangel, was able to answer your query in a satisfactory maner today, thank you for calling"

you call a call centre yourself and find yourself worrying that you may be making them go over their call statistic average time by asking them too many questions.

Midorikawa
02-20-2010, 07:50 PM
You know you've worked in a call center too long when you give your openening statement, and get yelled at for being yet another automated system, mashes buttons, or screams "OPERATOR! GIVE ME THE G** D***ED OPERATOR!"

You know you've worked in a call center too long when you call in to another company's support line, and are told the wait time is 5 minutes or longer, and hang up after feeling bad for the agents answering the phones.

Hobbs
02-20-2010, 08:34 PM
-When you work at Ross and answer the phone by saying, "Target."

You know you've been in the military too long when

-The French toast is the epitome of your training experience.

-Someone asks you about sports and you think they mean SPORTS (http://www.ehow.com/video_2354580_immediately-clearing-jam-ar15-rifle.html).

-Hearing Revielle immediately wakes you up.

-Your definition of handwashing is a squirt of hand sanitizer.

-Your critiques of MRE's become reknowned for their accuracy.

-You've had all 24 versions more than once.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
02-21-2010, 09:26 AM
You know you've worked in retail too long when you answer your phone at home "Thank you for calling the clearance swamp, how can I help you?"

Or "(whatever) department, how can I help you?"

You know you've worked in retail too long when you find yourself straightening the shelves at other stores while you're shopping.

Midorikawa
02-21-2010, 03:25 PM
You know you've been a systems administrator too long when you hear the server alarm noise as a sound effect in a movie, and visibly cringe.

You know you've been a systems administrator too long when your wife wakes you up from sleep talking someone through rebuilding a server.

Racket_Man
02-22-2010, 06:48 AM
You know you've been a systems administrator too long when your wife wakes you up from sleep talking someone through rebuilding a server.

You know you have been in IBM hardware repair too long when you can drive down the road and accurately describe, over the phone without benefit of a manual (paper or a PDF file) to a on-site tech how tear apart and repair various models of an AS/400.

TonyF
02-22-2010, 07:23 AM
You know you've been working retail too long when...

...you know all of the repeated 17 songs coming from your store overhead by heart.

...the junior high school kids who you've use to help are now freshmen in college.

...you actually consider manning another checkout line while you're in one at another store, just to burn down the line.

...you know, off the top of your head, more than 15 barcodes of product in your store. Products without tags are no problem!

...you can ring 40 items in under a minute.

...they use you in a training video.

...you don't even need to say your name on the phone, they already know who it is.

ArcticChicken
02-22-2010, 04:59 PM
You know you've been in retail too long when someone passes you the salt at dinner and you say "Thank you, have a great day!"

Merriweather
02-22-2010, 08:40 PM
You know you've had your home business selling craft products (basically a line of paints in tubes and things to paint with them, sold at home parties where you teach how to use them) when everytime you look at basic colours, they register in your brain as the corresponding number of the paint. It's been over 20 years, but basic green still = #7, dark green = #8 etc..

You know you've been a computer programmer too long when you're working on a payroll/disbursing program that has one main screen for input from users with 32 variations of that screen - and dream at night of a dog named the letter/number ID of that screen, who has 32 puppies (co-workers love hearing that one, LOL).

You also know you've been a computer programmer too long (or working too many damned unpaid overtime hours) when in your dreams, you're trying desperately to translate all actions into computer code.

Flying Grype
02-22-2010, 08:53 PM
You know you've been in tech support too long when you answer your home phone with "Nerdsoft Corp, this is Grype speaking."

TelephoneAngel
02-22-2010, 08:58 PM
i dream about work as well, I take phone calls in my sleep and wake up knowing exactly how I dealt with the call and wonder if there is a real customer with that name and account number.

TelephoneAngel
02-22-2010, 09:01 PM
You know you have worked in the call centre too long when the customer complains he tried to call and the call centre was not open,

just as you go to tell him you are sorry he was inconvenienced but the hours are x to x,

you realise you are on a bus and the customer is the person behind you talking to his friend and you don't actually know which call centre they they are talking about

dalesys
02-22-2010, 09:59 PM
You know you've been a diesel jockey too long...

When you dream all night every night that you're humping trucks.:eek:

lobo94
02-23-2010, 02:46 AM
You know you've been working in the call center too long when...you dream you're on the clock, and you find out later you were talking in your sleep and following the script.

lobo94
02-23-2010, 02:48 AM
You know you've been spending too much time at the office when you walk into your home, and the cat looks at you as if to say, who are you and what are you doing in my house?

RavenStarr
02-23-2010, 03:08 AM
You know you've been in retail too long when.

You go and get ready and go into work. Only to find out that you're not even scheduled to work that day.:o

Magpie
02-23-2010, 04:11 PM
You know you've been marking too long when you have not only the solution memorized, but three or four of the most common wrong answers. (We carry mistakes through to give part marks).

fireheart
02-23-2010, 10:06 PM
You know you've been in retail too long when you start actually dreaming you're at work. (this happened to me for a few months when I first started at old store. It became worse when I was ON the antidepressants, then when I came off, they went away altogether)

Irving Patrick Freleigh
02-24-2010, 02:10 AM
You know you've been in retail too long when you start actually dreaming you're at work. (this happened to me for a few months when I first started at old store. It became worse when I was ON the antidepressants, then when I came off, they went away altogether)

Done that. The most interesting one thus far was when I was at work with no pants on, and nobody seemed to notice.

drunkenwildmage
02-24-2010, 11:55 AM
You know you have been in Tier 2 tech support to long is when your Mom calls you up with a computer problem, and the frist thing you do is ask for a ticket number.

r2cagle
02-24-2010, 09:37 PM
You know you've been in the call center too long when you can read the previous account notes in under 30 seconds, and already have worked out a solution to the problem or prepared a denial in the time it takes the customer to verify their account number and name.

You know you've been with the company too long when your first supervisor who was pretty hot at the time of hire, now actually looks like your old crazy aunt.

wagegoth
02-24-2010, 11:14 PM
You know you've been working in retail/customer service too long when someone walks toward you and all you can think is, "Please, go away; I can't do prison."

ShadowTiger
03-02-2010, 12:11 AM
You know you've been making too many keys in retail when you hear any keys jingling down the aisles and drop whatever you're doing to run over and pre-scan the keys to see if you can do them or not.

You know you're working retail too long when (Again) you dream you're at work, and you think nothing of the fact that nobody knows where the heck anything is, including yourself.


You know you're working retail too long when you advertise your store outside of work just so you'll get people you already know in the store instead of just strangers.

Midnight12
03-02-2010, 11:51 PM
you know you've been in retail too long when:

- you know all the phrases by heart and have made up your own to break the monotony

- know more about how to fix the SCO than your manager (new manager was still learning but still)

- can point of the people that "can't stand self check out" but still use it even when there are plenty of cashiers

- have made friends with even the grumpiest of customers cause you put up with their bs and you know they are just bs-ing around

- the "meanest" yet frequent customer asks for you by name because only you could handle her. (the one day she came to the store was her one day out of the week to come here and everyone else broke her routine)

SG15Z
03-03-2010, 02:59 AM
When you dream about work, get in trouble in that dream. Then when you wake up to go to work you don't want to go and have to deal with the manager, because you don't realize it was a dream at first.


You know you've worked in retail too long when you find yourself straightening the shelves at other stores while you're shopping.

This, I have done this. Many times.

- know more about how to fix the SCO than your manager (new manager was still learning but still)

Or you call the SCO's support center and when they tell you to try x, y, znd z. You tell them not only have you tried that, you've also done A-w as well, and they're surprised you knew to do that......I know too much...

Imogene
03-03-2010, 09:04 AM
-you know exactly how to do most duties that are above you, even though you haven't been promoted (i.e. count drawers, do overrides etc.)


Check.
Also constantly do the straightening other stores' inventories... (might be a bit OCD, not really sure, caught myself debating cleaning the spray bottle the cleaner is in tonight because it looked like someone let soda spill on it and dry)
You know you've been in retail too long when: you are willing to help customers at other stores that you don't work at, but do frequent, even though you won't be getting paid for helping.

tropicsgoddess
03-06-2010, 01:44 AM
You know you've worked in call centers for too long if you feel weird without having a headset on when you're on a personal phone.

You know you've worked in call centers for too long if you accidentally spew out the company's opening greeting when somebody calls you on your personal phone.

sarasquirrel
03-06-2010, 06:32 AM
you know you have worked in retail too long when

1) yo go to walmart and want to straighten shelves
2) when at home and you wanna make a phone call you keep on trying to push 9 first then realize you arent at work
3) you dream about work, and what needs to get done

sweetj82
03-07-2010, 11:37 AM
you know you worked in retail to long when....

Customers ask you questions outside of work....... i was out to dinner w/ about 20 people and some guy came to our table to ask me about my store(grrrr)

when some says you look familar and the 1st answer out of your is where you work

wolfie
03-08-2010, 02:44 AM
You know you've been driving a truck for too long when:

- You go to back your car out of a space, and find yourself moving forward (on a truck, reverse is leftmost "gate" of the gearshift and push forward, on a car that's first gear).
- You go to refuel your car and wonder why the nozzle won't fit
- You go to refuel your car, put in the nozzle, then walk around to the other side and wonder where the satelite pump is (along with the other filler cap to put it into).
- You keep trying to unlock your car with your truck key

kokopuff3
03-08-2010, 03:05 PM
You know you've been in fast food too long when:

-you know the menu prices off by heart
-you automatically start making the order of an old grump with a heart of gold when they come in
-the standard greeting by customers is "Kokopuff3, you're still here?!"
-you have dreams/nightmares of being at work at least 1 time per week
-you can accurately predict rush times
-you have been through four different store managers
-it was your first job at 17 and you're in your early twenties

fireheart
03-09-2010, 10:44 AM
You know you've worked in retail for too long when...

-the second they reduce the overall price on chicken, it only takes you 5 hours to memorise and type in the new barcode automatically. Now you do it for all chickens. :p

technical.angel
03-09-2010, 02:32 PM
You know you've worked in tech support too long when...

a problem that you've never seen before comes up and you still there truly stunned that you've never seen that error message before..

you become more and more tempted to sink into the lands of BOFH (Bastard Operator from Hell).

the only thing more satisfying than air hammering a laptop is really taking a hammer to a laptop. (Not that I've gotten to take a hammer to a laptop, but one can dream)

Midorikawa
03-11-2010, 02:55 AM
you become more and more tempted to sink into the lands of BOFH (Bastard Operator from Hell).

You know you've been in support/sys admin land for too long when you have to walk away from your computer to prevent caving to the urge to shut off a seasoned tech's phone and login information for bugging you about an issue the newbies fresh out of training are able to handle.

I was HIGHLY tempted to do it today, too. Escalation procedure means a tier 1 tech NEVER speaks to an admin directly, and this is why. All us admins go the way of BOFH from time to time.

DGoddessChardonnay
03-15-2010, 02:24 AM
You know you've worked in a a grocery store too long when you change companies and still answer the phone or get on the PA and say the name of the old company.

(this has happened to me on more than one occasion.) :doh:

- You know most of the produce PLU's by heart without a list
- You have several vendors' phone numbers memorized
- You automatically know how many 12 pks/2 ltrs/6pk .5 oz are on one pallet and can multiply how many layers by the number of cases on the layer by memory (ie, 5 layers of 8 8-pack shelves of 2 ltrs equals 40, which is one full pallet. Pepsi has their 12 pack cans on pallets of 108, or 9 packs (2 12 packs per pack) times 12 layers high. Coke has their 12 pack cans on pallets of 8 x 12, for a total of 96 on a full pallet. You get the drift here . . .)

- You know if there's 12 varieties of x brand ice cream on sale at 2/5 and the scanning office only sends 10 tags, then the other 2 varieties are also on sale if they are the same price point and you can simply make handmade tags until they send the missing tags.:lol:

I'll try to think of some more tomorrow . . .*yawn*

Food Lady
03-15-2010, 02:41 AM
You've been in retail too long when someone walks up to you with a book in hand, with mouth open to ask a question, and your automatic response is "It's 20 % off the cover price."

fireheart
03-20-2010, 02:47 PM
You've definitely been in retail for too long when you can effectively quote your union contract verbatim.