If You've Ever Worked in the Hell That Is Customer Service You'll Definitely Relate | 22 Words

We've all worked some crappy jobs. When you're fresh out of school and you just need some work experience, just about any job will do. But there are definitely tiers of job crappiness. Somewhere near the bottom of the crappy job food chain is every customer service job ever.

If you've ever worked in food service or in retail, these things will all feel very familiar...

It can take a lot of patience to deal with customers.

There are certain customers who, no matter how many times you explain it, will just never get it. We should all applaud those who are brave enough to take on the idiots of the world.

Sometimes customers will completely ignore you.

"Welcome to Taco Bell!" you exclaim with a smile (because your manager insists on it). And what do they do? Nothing. SAY SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

If you're going to make it in customer service, you'd better have the patience of a saint.

Being yelled at about things completely out of your control can come up fairly often, especially if you have incompetent managers. Sometimes it helps to remember the money you're making while you're forced to sit there and listen to someone scream like a child. Sometimes...it doesn't.

You can't always hold it together, though.

That's when you say, "One moment please," go to the back of the store, and just let it out. If you're lucky, they'll go away and never bother you again.

Multitasking is a critical part of any retail job, but customers don't seem to realize that.

It's great being told to do something when you're literally in the middle of doing multiple other things. Just great.

After awhile, you start to relish the moments when someone asks to see your manager.

As long as you've done everything according to store policy, you're happy to call your manager to the scene, because...

There are very few things in life more satisfying than having your manager tell the customer the same thing you told them in the first place.

Working retail means you find joy in the oddest places. Like in a rude customer getting their well-deserved comeuppance.

Not all customers are rude, of course. But you tend to remember the mean ones more.

Sometimes life just works out in the best way possible. Karma is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

There are always going to be the customers who make ridiculous demands.

And when those "needs" aren't met, they'll act like a 5-year-old. Or Patrick Star.

Another favorite retail job event is when a customer threatens to take their business elsewhere.

We're gonna let you in on a little secret. Every time you threaten to take your business elsewhere, every single employee wants to Shia LeBeouf it and tell you to "JUST DO IT!"

When you work retail, you start to think it must be some kind of law that every single customer has to make the exact same joke.

Maybe you gave a halfhearted chuckle the first time. After the millionth time, it gets a little old.

It's not your fault that you don't find their awful jokes funny.

The job has completely broken your will. But hey, at least you're making minimum wage!

When you've been working somewhere a long time, you know the store inside and out.

So when a customer questions your product knowledge, it can be hard to keep it together. Forge on, valiant soldier. Forge on.

There's nothing quite like the sweet relief of being able to go home at the end of your shift.

Of course, you inevitably have that one last customer who sneaks in two minutes before close. Of course.

But once those doors are locked and you're finally safe from customers...

It's the most lovely feeling watching them try to open the locked doors to no avail. Leave customer service workers alone!