I initially had no idea how to make a gif, but Giphy.com made it fairly simple. I wanted to create something that represented how I am feeling given that Black Friday is in 3 DAYS and will likely be an absolute nightmare for me as a retail worker.
I wanted to make something that looked sort of ominous while still being funny, which is why I used a sort of blurred filter and static sort of effect on the words. The original clip is from Glee, and I accessed the clip from here.
Just yesterday, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new regulations to slow the spread of Covid-19, one regulation being that masks must be worn in indoor public spaces and retail stores. You can read more about the new regulations here.
I feel like this is long overdue, so I am so relieved that this mandate is finally being implemented. While my store already had a mandatory mask policy, these government regulations will help us by showing that we were in the right all along. Some customers would complain that we didn’t need a mask mandate in our store if the government hadn’t deemed it necessary. Hopefully, those people will shut up now!
Now, if only people would learn how to wear a mask properly…
At my store, I’ve seen all the incorrect ways to wear a mask: not covering the nose, not covering the mouth, hanging off the ear, sitting only on the chin, etc. It’s really not that hard to wear a mask correctly. If your mask keeps slipping off your nose, buy a new one; seeing as we are over 8 months into the pandemic, you’ve had plenty of time to get a mask that fits. Also, you don’t need to take off your mask to take a phone call. You’re still in a store with other people, so be respectful and always keep your mask on.
One other note that I’ll make is that mask use, while being very important, is not 100% effective. Please continue to physically distance from others. I’ve noticed that more and more customers come way too close to me, almost as if they think that wearing a mask allows them to disregard the 2-metre distance between us. PLEASE keep your distance even when you wear a mask- combining these two methods is essential to keeping you and others safe.
With Covid cases rising in BC and new measures being put in place, I bet some of you are worried about what might happen next. If things get worse, what if they close the malls? What if your favourite store has to shut down at the peak time for shopping? I personally recommend shopping online when possible to protect you and your loved ones. However, when you do have to go to the mall, here are a few tips for having the most pleasant, safe experience.
1. Shop Now, not on December 20th
The mall is only going to get busier as we get closer to the holidays. If you get your Christmas shopping done now, you will deal with smaller crowds and more space for physically distancing. Plus, it’s good to get this done early in case some stores shut down!
2. Shop During the Week
Weekends are notorious for being crazy at the mall, and that is no exception even with Covid. For example, my store usually has a lineup to enter the store on the weekend, versus no lineup on weekdays. If you can, come to the mall on these quieter days and you’ll have an easier time physical distancing, as well as finish your shopping more efficiently.
3. Shop in the Morning
Between 10am and 12pm, my store is usually quiet. If you come at this time, you’ll have no trouble physical distancing from others. You can also get better quality assistance from retail associates because they can focus more on your needs instead of you plus thirty others. If you combine coming early with shopping during the week, you’ll be done with your holiday shopping in no time!
If you’ve worked in retail before or know the ins and outs of shopping, then you must know that everything has been fabricated to make you believe this or that.
All advertisements have been carefully crafted and honed by marketing experts in order to attract your attention to sell you something, whether it’s the latest trend in jeans or the best tasting juice in the market. Companies want you to buy their product, and in order for them to do this, they need to lie to you.
Have you ever seen a fast food commercial that showed you the most perfect, juicy, delicious, voluptuous, colourful hamburger in existence? Did you crave that burger later on when you were out hungry? Did you go to that fast food joint and buy that burger only to find that it wasn’t anything like it looked in the commercials, instead it was a sad, greasy lump of meat and bread?
Take this infomercial for the FABU-FIT-ME for example:
There’s nothing remotely true about this infomercial, in fact it’s not a real product you can buy.
This is what I’m talking about when I say companies lie to you. It’s nothing new, and you’ve probably %100 knew about it before I even began to think about including it as a learn to lie post, but I’m here to make you aware of what you’re already experiencing in your life.
In retail, they do the same thing:
When you walk into a store, browsing for an update in your shirt collection, a sales person comes up to you and asks if you need any help.
You’re in the midst of feeling the material of a shirt that caught your eye but weren’t too committed to, she takes note of this and then says the following:
“I love that shirt! I bought one just the other day and I’ve been wearing it almost everyday since! I even bought one in another colour! I feel like it’s one of those items that will never go out of style, you know?”
You probably get this all the time if you go shopping often. Sales associates pump out the bullshit at any opportunity they get. I work in retail and I know for a fact I do this.
I get a lot of customers asking if I’ve tried a product or if I know if this is good. If I know it’s an absolute shitty product, I will tell them the truth to spare them the hardship of wasting the money they could’ve spent on something better. However, I’m only human and I don’t try every product in the store and so I can only guess at how great something is judging by the price and the brand.
I will straight up tell my customers that the product they’re holding is a very popular product and is wonderful and it has never been brought back for a refund.
If you want to start learning to lie, retail is a great way to start.
Even if you don’t want to work in retail, being an aware customer is also a good way to start. Simply by asking “where can I find jackets?” when you’re not really looking for jackets at all.
The lesson here is lying happens everywhere, people lie to you to get you to spend money. And if you don’t start lying back, you’ll inevitably end up in this endless cycle of buying into the lies these big corporations are feeding you.