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This is my first year working holiday season at a retail store.  I’ve come across some great stories that I must share, but I’m also appalled by some behaviors of shoppers and their expectations.  Honestly…

What’s this latest trend of “Hey, let’s go shopping with those that we are purchasing Christmas gifts for…”  I mean ????

It’s kind of funny when adults are shopping together, and a couple of cute elderly people are standing at the register and they are all “in on” the joke.  But it’s fun for them, it’s no biggie.  Obviously, we are not “pulling-one-over” on the intended recipient.  There’s no true risk of discovery.

However…the following would NEVER OCCUR to me to do this…take my 3-year-old, or 7-year-old, or 10 year old…and at the register, pull an item from under the basket or hidden under clothing inside the cart and expect the cashier to quickly scan and find a bag or two to quickly hide the item before the recipient of “said gifts” turned around.

Even if your kids are great shoppers, and clueless…it’s not okay to buy their gift (or anyone’s gift) when they are present, and then request the cashier to jump over backward to “hide” the gift from the person standing next to you. (Can you double bag that so they can’t see through the bag, Can you add some extra bags/paper on top?)   First, pretty sure  many are not fooled…but mainly it’s not our responsibility.  Yes, I understand we might be the closest Target in the area for those in rural zones…but you need to shop without the giftee being present.  If you can’t…order online.  I’ve done it and the last couple of years, online shopping with delivery to my door. has made my life easy.

The occasional request is no biggie, but this has been a regular, frequent request.  And often is a demand or expectation.  Dear shoppers, please be considerate and realize this is not part of the worker’s job.  Don’t do it and if you find yourself in the situation, then kindly, and humbly make request.

Pack your bags!

I’ve been working the holiday season at Target.  For the most part, it has been a good experience.  But I would like to give gentle reminders to customers.  Please keep this in mind on your next shopping trip because this will drive your checker crazy.

Plastic, Paper, or bring your own bags.   All is good and no difference to us. Just let us know. If you are very particular over the way items are packed, you can ask/offer to pack your own items.  It doesn’t matter one way or the other to us.   We are pretty flexible and want to please you.

However, please refrain from constantly inserting your arms into the way of the checker or taking things out to reinspect items and muss over how you are going to use them or begin removing bags, just as we opened and inserted one item.  Let us finish or at least put a couple things in and give you the nod to take away.  We are trying to get your transaction completed as quickly as possible, so we can assist the next shopper in line.  It’s a little difficult to do this, if you are unpacking to inspect product further.  Read the back label of your mascara while you are shopping vs. waiting until at register and then taking everything out of the bag to find the mascara to verify if it’s water-proof.  Now we have a mess in a small area.

I’m great at Tetris and pack very well.  I pack the way I’d like items to be in my own bags…extra protection for fragile dishes, double bag for heavy items like canned veggies or bottles.  So I get it, eggs are by themselves.  Bread is not crushed.  Great.  I’ll be your favorite checker, because I already do all that.  However, if you are so particular, in a peculiarly extreme sort of way…then you really should pack your own items.  If not, please allow the checker some space.  Don’t make us so anxious that we are afraid to move forward to complete the transaction.  Because when you start getting involved, you begin taking items out of bags and moving things around, and then off the register belt before they have been scanned.  Then we are scrambling and saying, “Wait.  I didn’t scan that yet.”  STOP.  And please don’t let your kids begin swiping things across the register.  THAT’S NOT OKAY.  Although we want to make children happy, items become duplicate charges or missed entirely if they just take it.   And now we’re distracted and miss the bigger items under your shopping cart, not placed on the belt, like cases of water or TP.  Teach your kiddos not to touch.

Just be patient.  And if you are OCD, things need to be symmetrical or in a perfect order, then request to do the packing or you’re separating business items from personal. Completely understandable.  We’re willing to scan and set the items aside to lessen your anxiety so you can proceed with the bagging.  But pack and get it done and off the counter.

Cut it Out

Cut it out, is a phrase from the past.  Meaning to “knock it off” (another phrase) basically, stop whatever action you are doing…

This post, is taking both those phrases literally, when I’m reading up on the whole agreement God makes with Abraham.  Circumcision being the sign his people belong to God.

“This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you:  Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.  He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.” – Genesis 17:10-12

So, interestingly enough, Abraham had two wives (Sarah and Hagar) and owned slaves!  And basically, any of the male individuals that were “under” his house hold, if they weren’t circumcised, they were to be cut off from their people, as they had broken the covenant with God.  So after his pow wow with God, Abraham immediately complies, Calls all the males to him.

Could you imagine, dudes on their free time, hanging out.  Banging their sandals, shooting the sand, donkey races…whatever they did for entertainment back then in the desert…when they get called to an impromptu meeting.  Gathering around the fire…and all of a sudden, “Wait, what?  Why are we lifting our robes?  We’re lining up to do what?”

Abraham was 99 years old, and his son (through Sarah’s servant, Hagar) Ishmael was 8 when they circumcised their foreskin.  OUCH!  I’m thinking there were probably some dudes that were like, “I’m out.  How far is it to Egypt?  I’ll get my sandals.”  The Bible doesn’t reveal if all in the household complied, or if there were any outcasts.

And just how the heck did they do it?  With what tools?  A chisel and a hammer?  The way Moses chiseled the 10 commandments onto tablets?