Why are people so rude?

@myfanwy65 (1031)
United States
November 12, 2007 5:51pm CST
I work in retail and I've come across some really rude people. People who act like I've crapped on their shoes because something costs more than they think it should. I don't set the prices. I just take your money if you choose to buy it. It is not my fault things are over priced!!! Why be rude to the cashier? That's just stupid and childish!!
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@caf48180 (282)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I agree its the way people were brought up I guess. I worked at Blockbuster and people would throw fits over a late fee and I would just have to stand there like a moron while someone is telling me that the computer is wrong they didnt rent that movie on thursday in friday!!!OK the computer is picking on you because no one else had a problem that day but some how the computer knew on thursday what you were going to rent on friday down to which copy Wow these 1988 ibms sure were advanced lol. Also people who would throw a fit about policy what im not on my brothers account no sir your not do you want to sign up for your own?no, i want to rent on his. Soryy I cant do that... Then im never renting here again...thinking to myself"just like you didnt before because you dont have an account right....man that will sure hurt business around here" sorry had to rant.
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@myfanwy65 (1031)
• United States
13 Nov 07
No reason to be sorry. I know exactly what you are talking about. People are so stupid sometimes. I wonder how they can function when they are so stupid.
@caf48180 (282)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I must admit though sometimes I would just laugh as they walked away like are you kidding me. Why do I work here?
@myfanwy65 (1031)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I know that feeling, too. One woman was so rude to me I was amazed. I just did my job and she acted like I was a piece of crap. She even made me call a manager to the front. He, of course, took my side. I then proceeded to tell everyone else who worked there was a b**ch she was, after she left, of course.
@mwala1287 (284)
• Canada
13 Nov 07
I totally agree with you myfanwy65!!!!! I also used to work in retail and ive got into some pretty serious arguements with stubbornn, stupid people! I don' undserstand why people have to take their frustrations on the worlds raising prices on people who dont do anything but get payed to serve you. Its not like we make the prices, and if I did I would probably make them higher just o frustrate even more people! Kidding, i wouldnt!!!!!!!!!!! I just think people need to relax and take it easy! Your not going to get anywhere by attacking people like cashiers it is mjost deinately childish and immature!!!!
@myfanwy65 (1031)
• United States
13 Nov 07
Exactly!! What do you gain from attacking people who are doing nothing but help you? That just makes you look stupid and childish.
• Canada
13 Nov 07
Even though that is the case. People are still stupid enough to treat retail workers with disrespect. I guess becuause the rule is that "whatever the customer says and wants, always goes" is in process almost everywhere and anywhere we go now a days. yeah the consumer is what makes all companies money and what help them stay open and things like such, but what would happen if all customers got what they wanted and treated every employee with disrespect then no one would want to work in retail stores and then business would have to pay more because of all the less workers. i thinkt hat is how the world is going to turn out if ppl dont start relaing when shopping! lol
• Canada
13 Nov 07
relaxing*
@GardenGerty (81338)
• Marion, Kansas
13 Nov 07
It is stupid, and childish, and that is how it has always been. People have always acted as if you were trying to cheat them if there was any kind of error, like you, the cashier, were able to pocket the difference. I do not think you can change the general public. That is why you can appreciate the people who are nice, polite, and easy to deal with. I bet you meet a few of them as well. I try to be kind to cashiers, and sales floor people, because they are the ones stuck in the middle so to speak.
@myfanwy65 (1031)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I have met a lot of very nice people. There are people who don't even bat an eye when the computer goes wonky. Some people have to wait for the computer to find their information and they understand and are nice.
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@GardenGerty (81338)
• Marion, Kansas
13 Nov 07
Yeah, it is the stinkers who really make themselves memorable, though.
@myfanwy65 (1031)
• United States
13 Nov 07
That is so true. And, it's really sad. But, it is easier to remember the ones who made you mad or hurt your feelings than it is to remember the ones who were really nice and kind.
• United States
13 Nov 07
Wow!!! Do you know how many times I have heard these exact words??? I was a manager for 6 years and the way some people treated my staff and myself was horrendous!!! What about returns??? They act like we made it! I even had merchandise thrown at me when they returned it, like it was my fault it broke. Well, they paid $6.50 for a necklace...what do you expect???? URGH..retail
@jdeforge (224)
• United States
13 Nov 07
Wow Marcie, the same crap always happened to me, did you work at the Icing by chance? haha Retail is tough, but I think EVERYONE has to work it even a little in their lifetime. I never realized how much retail work really gears you for anything you do in life. Whether its multitasking, patience, responsibility, sales, customer service..whatever..you can take it anywhere you go in life! I never had things thrown at me, I let that happen to my manager :P
@nkhanna (926)
• India
17 Dec 07
hi friend.i know and can very well understand as to how bad you would be feeling when customers would make faces or say rude words to you because of the higher price of any object.actually the reason behind this is that nowadays everyone is very tensed in their life and its really very tough nowadays to earn so much as to meet their ends,so people are very frustrated.and on top of that if they see that they price has increased they feel all the more helpless and to yell out their frustrations their are being rude to everyone whom they come across.you just take a chill pill and relax and give a deaf ear to all those words.
@megumiart (3783)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I know exactly what you've experienced! I used to work at a rozen yogurt places, and people treated me like this extra, because I'm young. I hated it so much, but I grudginly kept calm.
@nishurs (582)
• India
21 Nov 07
you cant help rather for people who are rude, thry might have got it from their childhood or they are acting like that due to pressures in their life and its better to neglect such people if you have to come up in life
@wiccania (3362)
• United States
13 Nov 07
I don't get it either. Unless the clerk has done something that I find rude, I don't get rude myself. I've had a couple of incidents where I was looking for something in a size 0 (I'm about a size 16) and the clerk who was helping looked me up and down, laughed and said "oh, you think that'll fit?" To which I replied "No, I know it'll fit. It's for my mother and that's the same size she's worn for 20 years with the exception of her 3 pregnancies." Then I called over the manager and made a complaint, loudly and in front of the clerk. This was a store where they asked which clerk on the floor helped you, so they could get a sales bonus. When I was asked, I told them no one and that the manager can verify that the clerk on the floor was incredibly lacking in helpfulness. It also made all the other customers who were in the store at that time say "no thank you" to that particular clerk when she offered to help. When my friends and I worked retail, we used to get together once a month have drinks and dinner and tell stories about the rudest and stupidest customers we had that month.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
13 Nov 07
It seems these days that we as the buying public have forgotten the basic idea of courtesy on both sides. Maybe we have just gotten in the habit because we see so many doing it.Maybe it is a power play. I see no point in being rude to a sales person. You get better treatment if you are nice I think. After all what do you gain by being mean to someone?
@Marie2473 (8523)
• Sweden
13 Nov 07
Haha, I lso work with service and this is something that amazes me every day. people can really be rude and stupid.
@FLmom26 (142)
• United States
13 Nov 07
They're horrible! And it only gets worse around Christmas. I once had a woman throw a pillow at me because she thought she was getting charged twice for it. She made a purchase and came back later to pick everything up. The pillow she wanted wasn't on her receipt so she had to buy it "again." She walked over to the display, grabbed the pillow she wanted and threw it across the counter at me! I kept myself together rather well. I even had another customer see it and want to go after her to tell her what a "B****" she was. (her words, not mine) It's funny how foolish they make themselves look.
• Singapore
13 Nov 07
Oh yea, I can't disagree here. If they don't like the prices, then don't buy. If they buy, then there is no reason to be rude to the cashier if she is obviously an employee. If you are cashier for a small stall or shop, and you somehow appear like the boss, then the customer may get the wrong idea and be "mad" at you for charging high prices. But as soon as you ask for sympathy but announcing you are just an employee, usually the customer would soften towards you. But hey, unless someone was rude to me in the first place, I usually try to be nice. :P
• United States
13 Nov 07
its amazing how fast crap rolls downhill isnt it? a long time ago (lol) i was working at Target during xmas time, as part of the crew that stocks the floor displays. so during open hours we were still on the floor for the first half of the day. omg ppl got so pushy, demanding i tell them why the tag doesnt say the same price as the flyer they got in the mail, why i hadnt put anymore of whatever on the shelf, blah blah blah... i can only put on the shelf what is stocked in the back, if there are no more back there, there are no more to be bought..period. course the cashiers probably do get the worst of it i imagine. heaven forbid something doesnt ring up right, its all computerized the register is the one coming up with the prices not you. they can mention something sure, but they dont have to turn into royal pains in the a$$!
• United States
13 Nov 07
i used to work in housekeeping,which is almost as bad if not worse.one big problem is "the customer's always right" places.these type people have learned if they complain loud enough,they'll get something free/reduced..so they do. then there's always the jerk who knows you're rarely in the position to defend yourself in those jobs,and decides to give you a hard time because he can. needless to say,i'm always nice to clerks. no excuse for chewing them out cause they don't like something.it's not like you own the store.