Retail Stories #1

I never did apply to internships exclusively during school. The job I’ve held since high school can’t beat the flexibility, culture, and the pay. I consider myself to be the luckiest student in retail, though I do have to admit that the job has it’s unique aspects. Over the years, I’ve experienced some wonderful and weird things. I suppose with this added category, it’ll give some readers more of an ‘inside look’ of the packing rat’s life.

A customer walks in to return a Betta fish – those colorful fish usually found in glass vases at your office or friend’s desk. The fish looked stressed: breathing heavily, lethargic, and formed quite a few lesions across the body. She wanted to know what was wrong it it since it was rather sudden. I ran down through the list of possibilities: was she changing the water, any recent chemicals in the house being sprayed, etc. It was stumped as to a clue why this fish appeared it was about to pass. I asked if there had been frequent temperature fluctuations since it might just be an accumulation of stress for the fish and she just hadn’t noticed.

Without hesitation or a blink, she admitted that the house was a bit irregular and that her bowl is next to a window in the middle of winter – so she decided placed her fish in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up.

I couldn’t tell if it were a joke. I remained as professional as I could to not give the potential prankster their desired reaction. Telling her the fish is likely to die very soon, she left the poor swimmer on the counter. Nuke died by the end of my shift.  No, she wasn’t a blonde.

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3 Comments on “Retail Stories #1”

  1. May 6, 2008 at 12:57 am #

    does stupidity prevent charges of animal cruelty?

  2. May 6, 2008 at 1:00 am #

    PETA is all about stupid and look at them. =)

  3. May 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    good point. You didn’t let that lady have another fish did you? I’m not a big fish lover but come on- first its beta fish- before you know it she’s throwin kittens in the oven to dry them off after a quick bath.

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