Friday 26 August 2016

To wee or not to wee: the art of toilet trips

It’s all about timing. Mid mornings and early afternoons are usually better than first thing or mid-afternoon - when the yummy mummies are on the prowl. And it’s useful to check there’s nobody dodgy-looking outside who might dash in and empty the contents of the shop into a duffel bag whilst I’m mid flow.

It’s the being on my own. It causes problems when I need the loo. I can’t just lock the front door because;

1) The Boss Erratic has spies everywhere, and she’ll know; 
2) There’s always a bunch of stock displayed outside and it would just be too much of a pain to pack it all up and get it inside every time I needed a pee.

Photo: Unsplash: Gabor Monori
No, I just need to get the timing right.

And the preparation. Preparation is key.

Friday 19 August 2016

The Great Rota mystery

Hello. Shop Girl X here. I’m at work today. And then…who knows? The Boss Erratic hasn’t done a rota. So I have no idea what I’m working next month, next week, or even in two days time!

Sadly, this isn’t unusual.

The Boss Erratic (aka TBE) seems to find compiling rotas a bore. Actually, TBE seems to find quite a lot of things a bore: health and safety safeguards, any sort of team communication, food sell-by dates. A queen of visual merchandising she may be, but a stickler for the rotas (and practically anything else) she is not. 

Picture: Pixabay: Artsy Bee

Friday 12 August 2016

The mystery of the invisible shop

Photo: Pixabay: Graphic Mama
At least once a week a random customer will come in and ask me if this is a new shop. Not so strange, you may think. Except this has been happening for almost five years. The conversation often goes something like this:

“Are you new here? You must be new here.”
“Not really. We’ve been here for almost five years now.”
“No. That can’t be right.”
“Er, well yes, we have.”
“You weren’t here the last time I was in town.”
“When was that?”
“A few months ago.”
“Um, yes. We definitely were.”
“Oh. But I haven’t seen you before.”
“You haven’t? OK….. Well... er.... I’m sorry about that, but we were definitely here then”
Sounding most put-out: “Oh.”

Awkward pause……and we’re off again:

Friday 5 August 2016

The bonds of love…

A lovely lady came in. She didn’t move very well and had a stick. She said she wanted to buy some scarves so we starting looking at the scarves and discussing the options. I asked her whether she preferred lacy edging or plain edging, and she told me she liked to be tied to her bedposts using them.

Photo: Pixabay