Retail Horror Story from last night related to CluelessWonder's story.
Had a kid come in, somewhere around age 7, without a parent (frustratingly common at our location) and start browsing the store. The first thing he says to us is "I'm sick, I have a runny nose and have been throwing up all day." I then proceed to watch as he continues browsing all over the store coughing open-mouthed everywhere. As a bit of a germophobe, when all was said and done I wanted to flood the store with bleach and then light it on fire.
Anyway, he also constantly asks my coworker and I the most inane questions despite us trying to deal with other customers. Finally, his mother comes in with his brother (who is surprisingly well behaved) and continues to watch this kid ask as inane questions while he tries to convince his mother to buy every M-rated game in the store. She sometimes politely asks him to wait his turn, but never forcefully.
Eventually the mother apologizes to us, but this is her apology: "You'll have to forgive him. He's had an IQ of 116 since he was 4, so his mind races a bit. You'll get used to it."
Fuck you, I'll get used to it! Your kid is just rude, and being "smart" is the lamest excuse I've heard for bad behavior. Be a parent for God's sake!
At least she gave an excuse? ;)
It sounds like your inquisitive germy kiddo would fit in at my store's customers (i work in a pharamcy). Sick people, airborne sickness, the works. :) I do empathize with your struggle with having to deal with distractions while helping others at the register--regardless of age. I'm curious...is there not a rule that children can't be left unattended if young
? I generally request children to fetch their parents and have them shop with them if they come in alone (very common at my job as well), or is this looked down upon by upper management? I genuinely worry about the safety of children that come in unattended, as they should not be left unwatched...