I have an announcement to make…drum roll please…I AM NOW OFFICIALLY OUT OF THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS!!!!!!! “What the What?”, you say. “This can’t be true! The Bonnie Busick I know is a clothes whore, loves clothes, sometimes uses clothes as a form of self-expression and therefore a slave to clothing employee discounts!” While much of this is still true, the retail clothing environment has become a toxic place to work for me. Not because of co-workers. I’ve worked and met some of the best people on the planet. No, my friends, it’s the retail customer that I have issue with and more recently, the re-sale customer.
I’ve worked retail on and off for about 20 years and I’ve watched retail and the retail customer evolve and change to a more self-involved, mean spirited, narcissistic creature who yells, cusses, throws clothing, flicks you the bird, and name calls when they don’t get what they want. They don’t give a second thought about taking out their life’s troubles on the poor, unsuspecting retail employee behind the counter who doesn’t have a clue what is going on in said customer’s life. All they know is that they are getting abused and they don’t know why. It comes out of nowhere because of one little word…”no”. “No, I’m sorry. We are out of that item.” “No, I’m sorry. We cannot purchase the items you brought in to sell because they do not meet our guidelines.” Well, you get the picture. It got to the point where when a customer who I did or did not know would come in, my blood pressure would go up 10 points because I knew they are normally difficult or because I didn’t know them or if they would be difficult, so I would brace myself for a potential conflict if I knew the word “no” was going to be part of the interaction.
I think part of aging gracefully is knowing when you are licked and realizing that life is too short to be so dreadfully unhappy about one aspect (or more) of your life. I turned 49 last month and knew it was time to move in a different direction and like manna from heaven, I saw a “now hiring” sign in a window, which lead to my new job. It’s a positive, happy place, in line with my values and today was my first day of orientation and I knew today that this was a wise move. It jives with my beliefs in slow fashion, slower consumption. I will be working for an Austin based company called “Snap Kitchen” which provides a healthy fast-food option made only with ingredients you can pronounce in biodegradable containers. Even the employee uniform is provided by American Appearal! The more I learn about the company, the more excited I get!
So come and visit me! I will be at the Avery Ranch location on Parmer…just a two minute drive from my house! I should probably look into getting a bike because the commute is so short!