Write a short story about someone in the middle of a very long and busy retail shift.
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“Hard Work Has Its Perks.” by Rima ElBoustani
Work is hard. That’s what Dad always said. He wasn’t wrong. Work is hard. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t get to benefit. The benefits are what I like most. Right now, I work the aisles at your local Supermarket. Right around Christmas, there is so much Christmas cheer here, it’s catching, like some kind of addled insect you just can’t shake. I don’t know why I’m happy at Christmas. I just am. Located all over the supermarket are Christmas decorations, Christmas chocolates, Christmas food. Anythin...
“The End of the Shift” by Helen Kingkade
Time passes much quicker when you have a lot of customers. That’s what the manager told us and most of the time it seemed true. Today time must have been going at warp speed because there was a line of customers that snaked around the racks of clothes past the Thomas the Train display all the way to the door. Put on a happy face. That was another one of her pearls of wisdom. Holiday music was playing and most of it was pleasant so smiling wasn’t that hard to do. Michael Buble was dreaming of a White Christmas.<...
“A Good Innings” by Deborah Mercer
Why was I ever deluded enough to think this was a cushy job? In my defence, I wasn’t the only one and that’s not just surmising, because I know people who were turned down for this job and think I’m a lucky so and so – except even if they don’t say it, I’m pretty sure they’re thinking of an expression other than “so and so”!But they didn’t get the job. I did. To this day I’m not quite sure why, though, okay, fair enough, I didn’t tell any lies on my CV, but three weeks in the Friends of the Hospital Shop hardly ...
“The Engagement” by Arthur Tiberio
Behind the white expanse of the customer service counter, surrounded on every side by whiffs of orange, rose, and tincture of Roe, Amelia fiddled with the thin band of gold, still unfamiliar in its spot on her fourth finger. She turned it first one way, then the other, and the metal spun reluctantly but steadily, occasionally catching on the odd curvature of the joints. None of the infinite variations of position, though, were proving in the least bit comfortable. The hand felt ... leashed, somehow, which was ridiculous. It wasn't as if i...
“Ho Ho Ho” by Nicole Rook
“Is there anything else I can help you find? Perhaps a matching scarf to go with your new coat?” Michelle asked the finely dressed incognito celebrity. It was obvious to her that the celebrity’s bodyguard, a large man in a black suit, red tie and loaded down with multiple bags from the malls multitude of stores stood only a few feet from her, that this shopper wasn’t her average shopper. “ Good idea girl,” The c...
“I'm Dreaming of a New Job for Christmas ” by Arianna Harding
"Sir?""Excuse me I need help over here!""CAN ANYONE HELP MEEEE?"If my life had a soundtrack right now it would be a chorus of chaos; crashing cymbals and screeching violins accompanying a tone-deaf choir.Hi, my name is Dave and I work in retail.Over the holidays.Sacrificing my dignity and my sanity for $13 an hour.In other words, welcome to my own personal Hell.Today has been particularly crazy because the store I work at is having a "buy one toy get one 50% off", and customers, pard...
“Dragons do not make good customers ” by Millie Spence
It was 9 AM on a Friday. Black Friday to be precise. Ruby was shaking in her boots, ready to be greeted with angry alchemists looking for bottles of immortality for 70% off. She was rummaging around the candlelit shop when she heard the bell of the door ring, signalling someone was there. She popped her heard over the counter slightly, causing a pile of spell books to fall off of the counter. She heard the person scoff, disgusted.“You should be more careful.” An old looking fairy cast a judgemental eye over at the teenage witch. Be...
“Christmas Chaos.. Or Is It?” by Dianne Bramble
Kate swore that after last Christmas, she would never work retail again. Yet, here she was in her friend's bookstore two days before Christmas. What had she been thinking!Her friend, Ginny, had called her yesterday in tears.“Please Kate. I know you hate retail, especially at Christmas, but I'm desperate. Two of my best staff called in sick and I can't find anyone to replace them. I really need your help!” She pleaded.Kate rolled her eyes. She couldn't leave Ginny in such a bad situatio...
“Joys of Christmas ” by Cathryn Grossenbacher
It was a snowy day in Chicago, Angelique had started her first day at Bob's Barrel of Toys and she was very excited. She had always seen herself as a hard working woman and loved children so this was going to be a piece of cake, right? Or so she thought. Little did she know, this would be the most eventful day of her life. 8'o clock, right on the dot. Angelique had been stocking the shelves when her coworker opened up the front doors of the store. Suddenly, her ladder began to shake and a loud rumbling was heard. Clin...
“Dave Walks Among Us” by Maryn Thompson
In retail, you see pretty much every crazy thing and/or person imaginable, but you never expect to meet someone THAT crazy. When I say crazy, I mean, pretty sure just escaped from mental hospital crazy. Who else goes into a grocery store wearing tattered black robes and carrying a scythe? This guy wandered around for 15 minutes just looking at everyone. That’s not the strangest thing people do in stores, but at least they do it in normal clothes. Eventually, he comes up to my register. I managed to get the one tucked in the corn...
“Do you Hear me: a Christmas Story ” by Ash Burdell
Do you Hear me: a Christmas Story A rainbow of hues blur together in my peripheral vision as my eyes haze over in defense from the swarm of individuals who demand my attention. Christmas themes of reds and greens are fighting generic holiday displays glowing white and blue, and florescent Yellow light is piercing into my eyeballs and adding a sickly sadness to the tacky light displays. My ears are consumed by the hoard of customers who have joined to produce a debilitating dull roar. Occasionally a shrewd co...
“Rest Day” by Celest .
She arrived, barely on time. Greeting the people that are already inside the store, she rushed to the back room to set down her belongings, grab her apron and get her work started. She couldn't wait for this shift to finish.Walking to her throne. The cashier. She was met by Dan, an older-but-not-old-old co-worker that wasn't supposed to be there. "Good morning Grace" Dan beamed at her, extra cheerfully to her liking."Good morning, where is Albert?" as she asked, she looked around hoping to find her friend s...
“A Smiley Christmas” by Yair Ron
"We at Smiley's Toys want to wish you a Smiley Christmas!" the giant green emoji shrieked from the great screens towering over the cavernous space. The sound surrounded the worker, the high-pitched voice of god emanating from the vast and well disguised speaker system covering every foot of the massive store.The neon green face smiled at her beatifically, the red stocking cap that marked the season hanging foppishly on its brilliant head. Three years working here and she still wasn't used to that emerald grin leering at her from ev...
“The Night Shift” by Natalie Alvarez
"Yes, uh-huh, right over there ma'am, no sir, yes, okay, of course, right this way, will that be all? your total comes out to...." Holy crap I'm exhausted and Black Friday hasn't even officially started. I have to be here for just five more hours. Five more hours and then you can go back to your room, watch Netflix, eat some leftovers and fall asleep happy."You need the money, you need to eat and not starve." I try to tell myself to make me feel better about working in this piece of crap store, but Jesus Christ this is insane. Ther...
“Sunday” by Serenity Storey
You know that song “Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show? I used to think that song was so cool. But that was Sunday. Now it’s Sunday and I hate it. I hate that song and any other song, movie, show, book, and whatever else that talks about time loops. Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee is shitty enough as it is, but repeating a Sunday in Leiper’s Fork is incomparably worse. I’ve been stuck at this old rundown gas station reg...
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