It finally happened… While this isn’t an exciting post, it is my first.
I worked in retail for the same attraction for over a decade. I loved my job and we continued to increase sales. As part of the buying team, I was one of the few people that knew just how well we were doing and I had my specialties. Late last year the attraction decided that, despite having sales that were the best for our sort of company in the business, they were going to outsource us. My job was moving across the country and the new company coming in offered me a part time job, working in the store, rather than the management level I had been in for so long. Rather than accept that, I found a new opportunity elsewhere.
My new gig has better hours, better pay and better insurance so I’m loving it! One of my previous vendors asked me if I could Rep for them as a side gig though and I said sure. Then the pandemic hit and the attractions that I was to service (including my previous locale) were closed. The other day I went to write an order for my side gig. The store’s manager is the same one that was there before so we’ve known each other for years. He was doing opening procedures and left me alone in the shop, the gate half open, while he headed to another location briefly.
One of the guys in Visitor’s Services for the attraction stepped into the shop, saw me and immediately was like, “Oh hey, where’s XYZ? I have someone here to deliver something for him.” Mind you, I’m not in uniform, not wearing a name tag, wearing dress clothes, have a laptop bag at my feet and a clipboard in my hands. All of their staff were wearing the same mask and mine was different. I’ll admit that I was nice about it, despite some residual bitterness over the loss of my job there, since it had been like a home. “Yeah, I’m not sure where XYZ is, but I think he went to –? I don’t work here anymore,” was my reply. He got this look on his face like, ‘oh yeah…” If you could see an embarrassed flush through the mask, it would have been there. He hightailed it out of the shop. I winced at the personal reminder, but then grinned, knowing that I’d finally have a story for this thread.