August 1, 2013 - DishonorableMention
Season Hire happily not returning
So like many on this awesome site I have been exposed to how awful Target can truly be. I was blind and gullible in the beginning when they used innovative ways to refer to wage slaves and how we appease the “guests” with their purchases. In the months I have been hired to work I saw what Target is truly like: a REDcard spewing machine that will happily spit in your mother’s face if that means you will open up a REDcard with us today. The team leaders love to do what I have appropriately deemed as lurking: hovering over your shoulder to make sure you ask EVERY guest about the damned card. It has gotten to be so awful that I was not coached once but THREE times within the past 2 weeks to “step up” my game and “drive home those sales”. Who in all honesty cares about the 5%? Sure that seems like a lot when you rack up your bill to the 500-900 dollar range (and living in a tourist town I see that happen easily within a day) but buy an avocado. Buy an apple. Knock a dime off the asking price and add the sales tax in and you may have a discount on your hands. We need to wake up and smell the roses: the 5 percent is a LIE. It is a trick to make guests shop with Target more and successfully brainwash those willing to lay on their backs, spread their legs, and take the bull right up the divide. It broke my heart to truly see past the smoke and mirrors that they display to guests and see the lifeless, heartless machine chug along.
During the beginning of my employment (or should we say team-ment?) at Target I got to meet cool people and genuinely make guests smile. I still strive to see that every shift I am on. As I worked longer and longer hours I got to see what these assholes were really all about. Favoritism was rampant in the store. If you sold a REDcard you got announced to the entire team who had walkies that you are an awesome person. Where’s the recognition for the guy who tries to make suburban hell retail a little less awful? I couldn’t tell you how many customer (fuck guests) compliments I received within my first week because I was talking and making their shopping experience wonderful instead of mindless. Did that truly matter? Did that make my potential transfer and cross-train in other sections a lively possibility? Hell to the thrice-damned No. I gotta bump up that conversion process or else I could say goodbye to potential future careers with Target. I get hounded at least once a week when we have a slow day on the pushing of REDcards that I have to keep hammering away at these people to get our goal met. Is it so wrong to ask them if they are shopping with a REDcard today, and if not then could I interest you in signing up for our free debit card? If they politely say “No, thanks” I tell them, “No worries”. More than once I have been told that I need to quit saying “no worries” when they decline and instead keep skullfucking them into submission.
I am going to be finishing up my bachelor’s degree in the next couple of years so I think it safe to say that I could give a shit less about them at this point. At first I thought it would be awesome to get an easy transfer down to the place where my college is located nearby, but now I believe wholeheartedly that I stand better chances finding a job in better places. This bullshit about “beggars can’t be choosers in this economy” is complete and utter crap. We may not have the liberty of being choosy in our employment, but when it compromises your rights, health, and happiness then I say turn your nose sky high at this shit.