OK...this may turn into a game depending on how far we go with it.
-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.