So how many of you have noticed that people in retail are not held to the same standards as they were? My Tantrum today came about after a recent shopping trip.
I first went to a ‘big’ unnamed mega store to get a few things and found myself in a checkout line with a cashier who couldn’t have been more than 20. She was a very pretty young lady and very well spoken. The only thing that I have to say that caused me to ‘throw a tantrum’ is the fact that she had on BLACK – yes BLACK – eye shadow and a piercing in her lip and both eye brows!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against personal expressing. If you wish to pierce your body – in any way – that is up to you! I do remember, not long ago, that if you had long hair you couldn’t get a job without putting it up!
Then on to the next stop…. a very nice discount store. Now let me ask you a question, if you are selling discounted items – extra inventory from other stores – does that mean that you are paid less than everyone else? The answer really must be YES. Here the MANAGER checked me out! Yes, that is right the STORE MANAGER. What a privilege, right? Well, let me tell you….. Although this woman didn’t have any visible tattoos or piercings she was the sloppiest person I think I have ever seen! She was in old, stained and warn cloths which I am pretty sure – by the smell of her – that they weren’t clean either! Now this store sold cloths, so couldn’t she use her discount to get some clean sweat pants or something? I keep thinking that this was the STORE MANAGER!!!!! Just think of what her employees were dressed like! I actually didn’t notice any of the employed – they were probably staying away from this woman! I actually almost got SICK from the smell of her!
And then there was one more store! At this store I was so pleased!! My cashier had a nice clean uniform – yes, uniform – on and was very nicely dressed. It was WONDERFUL!!!
So, once again, let me say that from my point of view everyone is able to express their own self image – in any way they want. My only problem is when you are being used as the ‘face of a company’ you really should try to look your best. IF you can’t, then someone above you should MAKE YOU! Back about 10 years or so ago most retail locations required uniforms. I understand that because of the economy uniforms can be expensive for some companies and employees, however, how about a dress code? SOMETHING? Even schools have dress codes!
Please, if you are actually in the public eye remember,
YOU ARE IN THE PUBLIC EYE!!
This wonderful artist – mysillybluehippo – makes kids dress up cloths. Living in Colorado she came up with these ideas after having a hard time being able to find her own kids dress up uniforms. Now she makes them!!! They are just amazing! Here is a wonderful Chefs outfit….
Aren’t they cute? I’d better not even start talking about the ‘behind the counter’ workers at a restaurant…. that is a Tantrum for another day!
ENJOY your day and remember that when you walk out the front door – everyone gets to comment!! ~KM