It’s no secret that shopping can be a nightmare over the holidays, but imagine how it feels for those working at retail stores. There’s no doubt those working sales during this time of year get stressed out by all the craziness, not to mention the demanding shoppers, but there are some things you can do to ease their pain.
Sales associates are trying to do their best to accommodate all of their customers, so maybe take that into account when you go shopping. Specifically, one writer suggests refraining from saying certain things to sales associates, which may tick them off, and rightfully so.
Things you shouldn’t say to sales associates during the holidays include:
- “Wow, it’s busy in the store today” – Like they need to be reminded of the hell that they’re enduring.
- “I’m in a hurry, could you make it quick?” – When the store is so busy sales associates are doing the best they can to get everyone out, they aren’t going to just kick things into a higher gear for you.
- “Can you bring one in from another store?” – While a lot of stores offer this service, the holiday season isn’t the time to ask them to accommodate you, especially after December 20th. It’s your fault if you waited that long to shop.
- “Are you sure you’re out of stock? Can you check again?” – You’re lucky if a clerk has the time to check once, let alone again. Maybe try calling a store ahead if you’re looking for a specific item.
- Responding with “this is why brick and mortar stores are going under” when you don’t get what they want – That’s just plain rude. Plus, if you like buying online so much, you should have done it in the first place.
- “Can I get a discount on this?” or “If you can’t find a price for this can I get it for free?” – What makes you so special that you deserve an exclusive discount?
- “Can I please come in, I’ll be quick,” they say running in store five minutes before close – Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, don’t run into a store right before closing unless you want to get the evil eye from workers.
- “Do you gift wrap?” – Unless a store has signs that they do this, don’t even bother asking. It’s not like any sales associate has the time, or desire to wrap that present for you.