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The Top Five Reasons I Hate Working at Express

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Jul. 8th, 2001 | 05:02 pm
mood: annoyedannoyed
music: Savage Garden - The Animal Song

1) I get a discount, which is fabulous... except for the fact that it means I spend way too much money there.

2) On my feet for 6 hours straight. Though I have figured out that I can now ask for breaks at temporary lulls and now I do get them. Which is always nice.

3) Closing. For some reason, people seem to feel like it is a good idea to trash the store. I don't understand it -- it's simple matching. I mean, I can understand it if someone doesn't want to go through and put their sizes back in precisely the right order, but really, why does a tank top end up on a rack of pants? I suppose I hope for too much from people, but even so. I am closing again tonight and I have a feeling that it will be a looooong night.

4) Intra-store competition when one only works closing shifts. Because we are of course competing on units per hour that we sell... but the system that logs it counts our total units and divides it by scheduled hours. Which is truly irritating because what looks like 10 hours on my peformance record is in reality six hours. Anyone who's done math will notice that this can make a big difference. But I still do all right, I guess.

5) Sunday Morning Meetings. This is the second one in two weeks and both times it has caused me to miss both meetings at the Kingdom Hall. Because they're always at 7 am or 8 am and supposed to be an hour or something and they're not in reality -- they end up being three hours or four hours, so I completely miss book study (I haven't been in three weeks and this really really saddens me because I like book study), and then often I come home so tired that I fall asleep and then miss the afternoon meeting. Although I imagine that if I went to bed the night before, it would help me to be more awake. But today, at least, I've also had a sore throat to contend with, and it is raining, so I will blame my tiredness on that.

I am closing tonight and it is with Ria. This means I will be at the store far too late. I hope the rain deters visitors. I know this is a bad attitude, but I don't want to be there for hours and hours. I have to get up in the morning to go back to the lab.

I am looking to returning to the lab with somewhat mixed feelings. On the one hand, I will get to learn new things and I always enjoy that, but on the other hand it means a lot less freedom and a completely insane schedule again. (though fortunately I'm only working tonight and friday night this week. Which is nice. :-) Not that I mind working really, since I don't, but I like having time to myself to do fun things periodically as well). If only I didn't always have to work weekends. It seems like the store always becomes so much worse on the weekend days. I know that if I decide to stay at Express during the school year (which I probably will for some of it at least, though I will certainly drop my max hours to 18 or so per week) I am going to say I am not available on sunday nights or friday nights and probably add in thursday afternoons. But, this assumes many things which are still to be decided. But, we shall see. Right now, it is time for me to get going to make it to work. (oh, the ecstacy). oh the agony.

Oh and by the way, I am addicted to shopping. Boredom is a bad things for me... when I get bored, I shop. This is not good.

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