So far, my new job seems to be going pretty well. The work seems fairly easy. The people there seem cool so far. If anything, I’d say I only have one little thing that bothers me about the job right now.
After getting home the other day, my wife asked me to run to the store up the street to get something that we didn’t have for what she was making for dinner. The store is only a couple thousand yards (or so) away from my house, so I’ll always walk up there (unless it’s raining really hard). I walk there, get what I need to get, and start walking home. About halfway back, one of my neighbors was outside and stopped me to ask me why I shopped at that store. That may seem weird to some of you, but there was a reason that she did so.
I work for a large grocery chain. I don’t actually work in one of their stores, however. I work in one of their warehouses. Unfortunately, the one little the thing that bothers me is that one of the requirements of my job is that I have to wear a polo shirt with the company logo on the chest. So, when my neighbor stopped me, her question was, “Why are you shopping at that grocery store when you work for a different one?”
Instead of trying to explain to her that I can’t buy things from my job site (Apparently it would cause some kind of malfunction in the inventory tracking), I just made a comment about how this store was closer to my house, which was also true. I wasn’t about to get in my car and drive a few miles to buy two items from the closest store of my grocery chain when I could walk up the street and do it a hell of a lot quicker.
If this was the only incident, I wouldn’t mind the dress code thing, but I’ve stopped into one of my stores a number of times on my way home from work and have been on the receiving end of some very strange looks from the employees there. I think most of them are trying to figure out who the hell I am, because I obviously work for the company. To avoid the hassle of the conversations that would come of their questioning, I go through the self check out and get the hell out of there as quickly as I can.
It hasn’t happened yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time before I’m in a store on my way home from work and a customer is going to see the logo on my shirt and assume I work there. While I know there are some decent people out there, I’ve also worked retail enough to know that there’s a really good chance that they’ll get pissed when I tell them that while I work for the company, I don’t actually for that store.