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, , , , | Right | June 8, 2018

(It is Black Friday around eight pm. I have already worked about 20 hours since Thanksgiving, between my two jobs. I am woozy and wobbling on my feet from exhaustion, but I’m doing my best to stay polite, professional, and helpful to customers. A woman approaches my register.)

Me: “Hey, how are you?”

Customer: “Oh, I’m just so exhausted from shopping all day! We’ve been going since seven this morning. Started over at the outlet mall and just made our way over. But, my goodness, shopping is tiring! You wouldn’t believe how many people are out there! Like, doesn’t anyone spend Thanksgiving weekend with their family anymore? It’s ridiculous! I don’t know how anyone could spend more than a couple of hours surrounded by this kind of chaos! I just can not wait to get home and go to bed, but I still have so many other stores to hit.”

(All I could do was stand there, dumbfounded, as I rung up her purchases. It took every bit of willpower I had left to not yell, “YOU’RE tired?! You can go home! This is my life!”)

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