I know that I complain about my job a lot, trust me- I really do know. I also know that it’s not a bad job, the people I work with are alright, the pay is decent and the hours are very reasonable. (I only work part time, my course is full time.)
As of tomorrow I will have been at my job for a year. About a week ago I went and spoke to my boss about setting a date for me to leave, at the moment it’s looking like I will officially be sacking it off on the 10th August. Counting down the weeks!
It does feel really strange, I finished school on a Friday, on the Thursday I started work at my new job. It was such a quick turnaround, I didn’t even have a holiday or a break. I can’t believe that it’s been a year, it feels like only a few months ago.
By way of reflection I thought I’d give you a run down of some of my best and worst moments:
- The first time I ID’d someone they got really angry and shouted at me, I think I cried inside for about a week…
- Got caught in a rainstorm and soaked to the skin in my uniform- even my shoes were full of water. I then had to work in the chill aisle for four hours. Yes, I did get sick.
- Being stupid and going to work with a fever- almost passed out every time I had to lift something/bend over/be nice.
- Spending four hours on tills after I’d just ended things with the guy I was seeing. I’m talking ten minutes before the start of my shift… ouch!
- Having a customer call me stupid. F*cking Twat.
- The time someone tried to scam us. I had a tug of war with them, we were fighting over £200 worth of notes. (This is also a triumphant kind of moment for me as I worked out what they were doing and didn’t fall into their trap- however it was late, dark and it was only me and one other guy on the shop floor.)
- Having to calm down a homeless addict who was threatening to attack me because we didn’t stock his tobacco.
- The Letch. An affectionate nickname that I’ve given to the married man who comes in, occasionally with his kids, and behaves in a very unnerving manner towards me. I can’t actually fault what he says or does, there’s just something about him that makes my skin crawl- actually, maybe it’s the low tone of voice, the leaning in and the frequent winks… urgh.
- When we/a customer collectively managed to smash five bottles of red wine in the same aisle within a two hour time period.
- Friendly customers; I have numerous people who come in regularly and ask me about my life and how I am, they really brighten up my day!
- The time I got to spend half my shift pissing about in the canteen. Yeah… don’t tell my manager about that one.
- Any time that they let me off the bloody tills.
- When I got to till train the new guys, I felt all smug and knowledgeable.
- The amazing xmas party; we went out for a meal at 7pm, I got back into my house at 5am. What happened in between would take half a blog to detail.
- When they bake too many doughnuts. Mmm…
- Scoring 100% with the mystery shopper.
- When I got to spend half my shift facing up the beans. It was incredibly satisfying.
- And of course; meeting my partner! Every conversation that we had, (and still have) and the time when he finally worked up enough courage to ask me on a date.
’til next time,