One Who Wanders (abiona) wrote,
One Who Wanders

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National Leave-The-Customer-And-Laugh Day

Many years ago when I was still actively involved in dance, wearing boxer shorts as part of your warmup gear became fashionable in the dance crowd. My family was not willing to go out and buy a pair of shorts for me, but I borrowed a pair from my father and was satisfied at the time.

Now, it seems that what little elastic remained in the waistband is totally shot. They have always been far too large, but I used to be able to roll the waistband down a few times and keep 'em on. This is no longer true - I roll them, and roll them, until I can roll them no more - and they still fall off my rear! Since the elastic has lost that which makes it elastic, I have to pin the shorts and even then they're not something I should be seen in. Heh.

I am somewhat amused by the fact that people seem to think that I can break anything, at any time. Given the amount that people spend ... in the afternoon/evening, I probably could. But in the morning, when I have just opened my register, I generally have around thirty dollars in cash and cannot break a $100 bill, even if I'm crazy enough to hand over all my quarters and dimes. The funny thing is I had to go through the process of calling a CSR over with change twice for this in less than an hour. (One customer thought that the CSR was taking her sweet time to come over, so she grabbed her $100 and walked over to the CSR to get change!)

Also, I was the only cashier available more than once. When I work, I get absorbed into the little world that is my register, my customers, and my counter - I rarely "look up" and beyond that, and so when someone alerted me to the fact that I was the only one working, I was honestly quite surprised. I had no clue that anyone had left their station, and I was wondering if there had been some meeting, firedrill, or National Leave-The-Customer-And-Laugh Day that I was unaware of. They were merely on their breaks/lunches, of course (I think).

This is my second week, right? I'm already training and helping new cashiers. o_O;

Apparently people respond to my perpetual cheer. I've had many people compliment me, and another coworker let me know that others had told her how good my customer service skills were. I feel somewhat vindicated. Yes, vindicated.

Things I have wanted to announce over the intercom system at work but have not:
"Attention, shoppers! Please leave the premises. Shoppers, please stop spending your money on things you don't need, and leave."
"CSR/MOD to register 6 for Associate assistance, please!"

You know, I really don't know what to do about work and Otakon. I can't seem to see if they're willing to be flexible or not, and it's worrying me. Lame as it may sound, my priorities and loyalties lie with the friends and promises I've had and made for this Otakon trip. I have been hoping and planning since last year. Yes, I want to go for social reasons. But there are other reasons too - I'm going to sell my artwork, I'm going to basically see for myself how fandom acts en masse, I want to make connections, and I want to see something new that I have not yet seen. I list one of my interests when schools/jobs ask as "contemporary Japanese animation as an expression of pop culture," and Otakon would be one of the best places for an American fan to go.

I was never planning on having this job. My manager said that if I had mentioned this on my application, they probably wouldn't have hired me (since they need people here for the back-to-school rush and they hire based on availability). But I didn't mention it on my application because by the time I filled out the Value City application, the entire process seemed pointless. I had filled out countless versions of the same form, spent over a month with no luck, hearing nothing from anyone (except for two places out of the bajillion that sent me turn-downs). What does it matter, I probably thought at the time. It's not like they're going to even look at my ap. They're not going to hire me. Then again, it might not even have occurred to me to mention something like that. At the museum, they would've shrugged and said "ok."

Here, I've gone through the "forms" they have you use to request time off, and I haven't heard anything. My direct manager gave a raised eyebrow, because the end of the Otakon trip coincides with the beginning of a "blackout" period where we cannot ask for time off because they need everybody there, and asking the manager of the store didn't get me much better of a response. I feel as though I can't claim that I need to go back to school early, because now they both know that I would be attending "a conference" instead. I am more than willing to come back after Otakon is done, before I go back to school. I would like to think that they need me. So what is this hesitation?

I don't really want to quit, because I like my coworkers, and though I am not fond of cashiering, I'm quite skilled at it. I also have to wonder how it looks on later applications to see that I worked at this place for less than a month.

I am going to Otakon no matter what, I think. I just want to make sure that I limit the negative repercussions ... but how? How do I get them to see that I must go, but that I will return? Why is it so impossible for them ...? If I am so easily discarded, then don't make it seem like I have to stay!

Oh yes, speaking of discard - I got warned today that we are not to let the customers keep the hangers, and this is something that I do not agree with. If, say, they explained to me that each hanger is worth X amount and that by giving away Y number of hangers, I am costing the company Z amount of damage, then I'd say "ok." But as it is, hangers are like water here. They're everywhere. We throw the all plastic ones away. We let the ones on baby clothes go. What the hell ...? It's not like we're saving plastic or the earth by keeping these hangers, and the customer could use them just as well as we could!


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