This Is Halloween!

Happy All Hollows’ Eve!

 

On Sunday, me and my sister trekked over to the supermarket and bough some pumpkins, to carve. We’ve never carved pumpkins before, for Halloween, so I felt this would be the perfect year to save the childhood, that is slowly coming to an end. 😦

Also those pumpkins are HEAVY and I lack the upper body strength most people have. And my sister is selfish so I carried it all the way home. First world problems. 🙌

 

Anyways, several people have told me how hard it is carving pumpkins so I stuck to an easy design because I underrated myself, which I shouldn’t because I did one whole year of Art GCSEs. Only one year because I dropped because I was at a grade D….but still. Every little helps.

It turned out that I’m not that bad at carving pumpkins. I broke a knife, which I had to hide from my mum and I almost stabbed myself but it turned out pretty great!

Lilith, my pumpkin.

I went for a cute little happy face vampire pumpkin head. I also gave her eyelashes because she’s a Bad B and she probably coats her eyelashes with Vaseline every night – that’s why they’re so long.

My sister decided to go for a cat face, which I helped her with. She, however, accidentally, carved off one of the teeth so that’s why it only has three.

I’m not going to lie, I was really proud of myself and although

My sisters pumpkin.

Lilith (my pumpkin, but her friends call her Pumpkin Spice Queen) will rot after a while, she will live on in my heart. In all our hearts.

 

My sister’s one, on the other hand, is already rotting on the inside. It’s disgusting.

 

Next year, I’m gonna up my game.

 

Along the lines of Halloween, I have a little horror story to tell. It was a grey, miserable morning when I was told I had a biology ‘pre-mock’.  I revised for about two months, shedding blood, sweat and tears. A lot of tears. No but seriously, I need help. That gloomy biology exam Wednesday finally approached and I walked into the exam, hands shaking, heart pounding. JK I wasn’t actually scared. I was ten minutes late (not my fault) and came out of the exam depressed because I knew I did badly. Turns out, I got a B. And only three marks away from an A, which is a big improvement from my E’s in year 12. Anyways, a few days later, I go into my biology lesson, felling happy that I’m no longer considered stupid in the education system and my biology teacher announces the grade boundaries have gone up. My B, almost an A, is now a C. Whatever. I’m not bitter.

i’M nOT BiTteR!

 

Another scary story is The Haunting of Hill House. It’s a show on Netflix, which is about a family of seven, who move into a mansion and the aftermath of it, many years later. My friend kept persuading me and I finally started watching it with her and it’s honestly and truly such a good and well thought out show. I highly recommend it.

 

And on the lines of TV Shows, I’m gonna share my favourite Halloween-y but not really horrific films and TV shows:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Monster House
  • Paranorman
  • Stranger Things
  • Frankenweenie
  • Coraline
  • American Horror Story
  • Coco
  • Super 8
  • Corpse’s Bride
  • Casper
  • E.T.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the OG one)
  • Charmed
  • Harry Potter (all of them)

 

Okay, that’s the end of my Halloween post!

Did you do anything for Halloween? Did you carve a pumpkin and if yes, was it as good as mine though?

 

-Shay

Study Drugs: Trick or Treat? | St. George’s University Spotlight on Science

Last Thursday, I attended a lecture at St. George’s University, about ‘study drugs’.

Study drugs are defined as  prescription stimulant medications that are used improperly by a person with a prescription, or more often, illegally by a person without a prescription, increasing concentration and stamina.

That’s the proper, fancy definition so to put it into simpler terms, they’re basically drugs that people use to help them work better or study better, kind of like the pill in Limitless, except these drugs are made for medication not solely for doing better in school, etc.

Minor examples of this include caffeine and cocaine but today I’m going to be focusing on other examples. Examples that include Strattera, which increases noradrenaline (a hormone with is involved in the fight or flight response), Ritalin and Adderall, which increase noradrenaline and dopamine. Modafinil is also an example but there’s not a lot of information known about it.

 

Raymond Hill, a professor in pharmacology, stated there has been a 56% increase for Ritalin prescription in the past five years, in England. He also claimed that they are being “regularly approached by students who feel under pressure to take drugs as they feel like they are falling behind their peers.” And that being said, I feel like it’s important to specify that Ritalin in a class B drug and can result in prison for five years just for possession of it.

 

Students are feeling pressured to take these study drugs to do well and survive the education system by consuming and even overdosing on these drugs, risking the fact they could end up in prison. I even know of someone, who takes study drugs to do well in school. Dr Jennings, a science communicator, showed the effects of increasing the dose of dopamine and noradrenaline, which some of these study drugs do. These are the stages of increasing the doses:

  1. Wakeful (cognitive enhancement)
  2. Vigilance
  3. Hyper-locomotion
  4. Mania
  5. Euphoria
  6. Psychosis
  7. Coma
  8. Circulatory Collapse

You might be thinking Hmm, why can’t you just stop using it when you feel like it’s going too far. Well, Ritalin and Adderall are addictive so it can be hard to stop once you start.

So far, we know study drugs are often taken by students to get an advantage in school but these drugs have severe side effects. You might be thinking these students are cheating and are too stupid to think about the consequences. And don’t feel too guilty if you do think that because I’m @ing you right now. I kind of thought the same too.

But then, Neil Gibride, a lecturer in education, opened my mind.

 

Me and My Best Friend in Chemistry

Gibride explained that GCSEs and A Levels, which are academic qualifications taken in secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges, in most of the UK, are designed so that 30% of students will fail! 30%!

The education system is a competition amongst young people, which parents and students try their hardest to get through. 1/3 of parents knew of other parents that used ethically dubious strategies to secure a good school place for their child, like using their grandparent’s addresses or moving house temporarily so they are considered in the catchment area of the school, which gives them more of a priority into getting in. Some parents send their kids to private tuition for the 11+ exam, which, by the way, has a substantial bias against some ethnic groups.

And once you’re in the school, if your grades are suffering, the school can do this thing called ‘off-rolling’. It’s the ‘removal by one means or another, of students from a school’s roll.’ They informally exclude students so they cannot impact the exam results and make the school look bad.  Off-rolling is basically a way to boost results and climb up the league table. It’s like one big unethical game.

Ofsted should really change the focus from competition to curicuulum. That way students would probably enjoy school and learning more and suffer less in terms of anxiety and mental health AND consuming dangerous ‘study drugs’.

Therefore, it’s ignorant and inconsiderate of us to neglect the understanding of human behaviour since it’s a dynamic between the individual and context, as Neil Gibride said. You can call it cheating but it’s almost as if society is designed to force people to end of seeking these drugs.

 

In conclusion, are study drugs a trick or a treat?

They are dangerous and can be lethal but they can work in enhancing cognitive functions. And students are regularly using them to pull through the competition pinned on them through the education system and Ofsted and because of their own mental health. Personally, I think it’s not worth taking. I understand the education system is corrupt and puts pressure on getting the best grades but they can take your life or ruin them. However, I don’t think it’s cheating, even though it may be considered that. Yes, these study drugs put students at an advantage but so does private tutition and the ‘ethically dubious’ methods I mentioned earlier, which are tactics that aren’t considered cheating.

 

What do you think?

 

-Shay

P.S. Don’t do drugs, kids, unless it’s paracetamol or calpol.

She’s A Lady!


I AM NO LONGER THE DANCING QUEEN! 😢

It was my eighteenth birthday yesterday. A day I wasn’t really looking forward to.

 

My helium balloon!

First of all, I had four tests (in the week) to prepare for, which is also the reason I’ve been MIA, and the stress of it all, although I don’t show it, was getting to me. However, that being said, I had the best day! Since it was a school day, I got a lot of ‘Happy Birthday’s and messages and birthday snapchat stories because that’s how our generation show love. And my friends made it such a great day.

 

But, as I promised from a previous post, I’m going to explain why I didn’t want to turn eighteen.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not saying any of the following is relatable and about all adults, I just felt like me, being eighteen, means I’m more prone to these things.

 

First of all, being an adult tends to be associated with maturity and responsibility. I, on the other hand, am a very weird, energetic person in real life. I do weird crazy things. Being an adult means I can no longer blame that behaviour on the fact I am a child. This is sad news. I still have the face of a twelve year old, though, so I might pass as a child.

 

Making friends is easier when you’re a child because you’re in school practically everyday. I still have another year in school but still! I have university either next year or the year after and although there will be people there to talk to, I feel like it might be harder to make friends. I am a social person and will take initiative in situations like that but it’s still daunting.

 

I used to get stuff for free. NOW I HAVE TO PAY. For example, I have to pay for eye care, dental care and probably a bunch of other stuff I don’t know about. That’s actually a little bit of a lie because I still get eye and dental care for free since I’m in full time education but my point is, being eighteen means I have to pay for stuff. My parents are making me pay for my phone bill. ☹ I do like to be in control, though, so maybe it’s a good thing.

 

I hate the idea of being grown up. I don’t want to grow up. This ties in with the acting weird point because I don’t want to be completely mature and ‘normal’. I also don’t want to worry constantly and get so involved in money issues.

 

I have to make big decisions and there’s not much leeway for my indecisive ways, right now. I can’t just change my mind tomorrow and decide I want to be an astronaut, like you can do when you’re a child. I know that it’s never too late to do what you want (unless you’re on the brink of death, then I’m so sorry) but the way society works and the school system works, I feel pressured to make sure my whole life plan starts now and isn’t a failure.

 

I can go to prison for a criminal offence. This one’s going to be really difficult for me. 😬

Despite all of the negativity that’s been most of this post (sorry), I wanted to add a little bit of positivity because on the majority of occasions, I try my hardest to look on the bright side of things. 😄

  • I can finally vote, which is important to me because I like to make my own decisions and have my say on things.
  • I can serve jury duty, which is always fun, amirite?!
  • I can get a tattoo. I actually want to get one of a semi colon!
  • Ya girl gets paid more! A whole two pounds more. 💸
  • I can make a will, which, again, is always fun!
  • I can buy fireworks.

The vegan Baileys ft. Willow, my cat

I can do a lot more important things but those are my top six.

 

 

Also, big announcement! I had my first legal alcoholic drink. It was dairy free almond milk Baileys. Dairy free because one of my best friends, who gave it to me, is vegan and is clearly respectful to the acne prone antichrist that is my skin. She also made me a vegan cake.

 

To end on a high note, eighteen isn’t that bad. AgE iS JuSt a NuMBeR…

 

-Shay

Mean Girls Day!

On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.

And if I was there, I would have said Mean Girls Day, uncultured swine!

 

And trust me, I wore pink today.

 

It’s Mean Girls Day! Why? October the 3rd was the day Aaron asked Cady what the date was. And you know what she said? She said October 3rd.

Now, if you haven’t watched Mean Girls, firstly I want to correct you before you say “it’s just a movie, don’t be so dramatic”. It’s not just a movie. It’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that chose me. Specifically, one evening when I was about ten, with my parents, and I wanted to choke on soil when the coach said to not have sex because then you will get pregnant and die. And I never got ‘the talk’ so I guess, better Coach Carr than no one.

 

But besides my strange childhood that made me the way I am now (i’m okay), I wanted to share my top favourite iconic Mean Girls quotes:

 

“On Wednesdays we wear pink.”

 

“If you’re from Africa, why are you white?”

 

I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy.”

“She doesn’t even go here.”

 

“I can’t help it if I have a heavy flow and wide set vagina.”

 

“That is so fetch.”

 

“I gave him everything. I was half a virgin when I met him.”

 

“I’m kinda psychic. I have a fifth sense. It’s like I have ESPN or something.”

 

“Ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean, that’s just like the rules of feminism.”


“You can’t sit with us.”

 

“You go Glen Coco!”

 

And on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle, so that man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.”

 

And two extra bonus ones because I think they’re important and everyone should live by:

“Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.” – Cady Heron

There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it.” – Janis Ian

 

Hope you had a happy hump day!

 

-Shay

Spooktober!

Pinch punch, first of the best month!

 

I LOVE October. It’s the best month. Not debatable.

And the reasons as to why it’s my favourite month is nothing like those of a typical white girl, with their pumpkin spice lattes. No.

 

October is my birthday month. And although I don’t really get excited for my birthday anymore, it’s just fun waiting and building up towards it. Also I get money and my sister is forced to be nice to me. I’m turning 18 this year, which I am actually dreading but I’m looking forward to the birthday celebrations withy my friends and family and their presents. Presence, I mean.

 

I love Halloween. I know a lot of people and possibly a lot of you do not celebrate it, some with the belief it’s a celebration of the devil (which it wasn’t created for) but I love the vibe of it. I like the orange colours and pumpkins and the Halloween house parties and horror movies and dressing up. It’s fun. And it’s fun to be scared every once in a way. Get that adrenaline pumping. Keeps you alive!

 

October is also in Autumn and that means cosy dark evenings and nights, drinking tea (I’m so British) and watching Netflix films, feeling guilty about not doing more revision and schoolwork, which eventually leads to a mental breakdown. Its’ really all good fun. And I find that I light a lot of candles, too. And I like the feeling of coming from the cold inside into a warm house and shower. Basically, it’s a really cosy season.

 

October is before November. (Call me a genius.) But November is the lead up to Christmas, which I also love. And also Christmas things start popping up in shops around October, and that makes me happy even though I know it makes a lot of people annoyed. Seeing people annoyed is also kind of funny.

 

As much as I love October, I hate the spiders. October seemed too good to be true, and then there was a giant spider running around my doorway. Don’t even try to say “it’s more scared of you than you are of it” because they come to me. I don’t go looking for them. THEY. COME. TO. ME.

 

However, despite all these things, which are the general reasons as to why I love October so much, this month, particularly this year, I am:

  • Getting my life together. I’ve actually started revision early and almost finished all my biology revision posters. And I’m doing my homework the day I get it. I deserve a glittery sticker.
  • Catching up on The Flash. I stopped watching it sometime last year because I was so busy with school and felt too guilty to watch TV. Now that I’m on top of everything and actually not slacking, I feel like I can treat myself.
  • One of my work colleagues motivated me to continue to write my story, which I intend to do this autumn, especially with NaNoWriMo coming up. If I find the time, of course.
  • Planning on posting a lot of Halloween related posts as well as a depressing post on why I don’t want to turn 18.
  • Going to more science related lectures at Universities (I usually go during autumn/winter).

 

I also want to mention that I know I haven’t been so active lately and haven’t been going through my reader as much as I used to. I’m in my last year of sixth form and let me tell you, it’s hard. I have to stay on top of revision (AS and new A2 content) and stay on top of the mountains of homework I get a week and write my personal statement for Uni (which is so scary) and volunteering and work. It’s a lot and when I do have free time, I tend to be too tired to write or use my laptop. So I’m genuinely sorry but I have to prioritise those things for the sake of my education.

But I’m in a good mood because it’s finally October. XD

 

What’s your favourite month?

 

-Shay

Disney Princess Lessons!

We’re back to life, back to reality. And back to school, learning, socialising, anticipating death to take us away. You know, the usual.

Most of the people reading my blog are still students and even though you probably had a bunch of lessons today, listening to your teachers, I wanted to reminisce and write about the OG childhood teachers, most likely if you are a girl. The Disney princesses.

A while ago, I saw the new trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2, which features the Disney princesses, and seeing them all together made me realise how much I actually love them, despite the negative implications they had on me and younger girls. 

There are a lot of negative connotations, morals and examples in the world of the Disney princesses, for example waiting for your prince to make your life better. However, today I don’t want to focus on the negatives. I’m going to focus on the positives, even though I don’t necessarily agree with all of them.

 

Snow White

Snow White is probably the dumbest Disney princess ever. But she’s cute so whatever. I think her stupid mistakes allow younger children to not make them. 

🍎 Snow White taught the lesson of not accepting food from strangers and in general, don’t randomly trust people you don’t really know because you can be taken advantage of.

🍎 She also showed that you shouldn’t be vain and arrogant as it won’t get you anywhere, exemplified by the Wicked Queen, and looks aren’t everything. Instead, sit down and be humble. Personality is important.

🍎 Be kind and considerate. Help out and be selfless and you’ll make good, trusty friends, who you can rely on, like the seven dwarfs and animals.

 

Cinderella

Cinderella isn’t one of my favourite princesses. I liked the mice more than her, in the film. I also had a doll of her, when I was younger. I scribbled on her face.

👠 Cinderella, let’s be honest, is a really hard working princess. And she ended up living a pretty decent life. It’s not everyday you get to be a princess. Although the fact she worked hard, cleaning, didn’t link with her becoming royalty, you can tell that the general idea is hard work pays off.

👠 Ignore your sisters when they’re being horrible.

👠 Don’t let people get you down like the stepmother and stepsisters.

👠 And never stop dreaming. Cinderella didn’t constantly feel sorry for herself, crying about her situation. She went to that damn ball.

 

Aurora

I’m not particularly fond of Sleeping Beauty, even though for most of my life, I convinced myself she had the same birthday as me. Princess Aurora barely speaks in the film so I couldn’t really think of much.

😴 Invite salty people to your parties because they may curse your children otherwise.

😴 Love can help you get through a sticky situation, even though it’s very creepy that some guy wondered over and thought it would be great to snog a girl in a coma.

😴 Also, that love may take some time to come into your life. Just be patient?

 

Ariel

I love Ariel! Personality wise, I think I’m the most like her. She used to be my number one favourite!

🐡 Never stop questioning and always be curious! Curiosity leads to knowledge and I think learning is so important. It can lead to loads of opportunities. Ariel was always exploring and trying to learn new things.

🐡 Ariel had a beautiful and powerful voice and although this may be a stretch, it could symbolise the power of freedom of speech. Voice your opinions and remember you can have your say. Don’t let people silence you like Ursula did to Ariel.

🐡 Parents are annoyingly over-protective sometimes and they’re doing it for the best. But Ariel showed that you don’t need to lead the same lives your parents had or you don’t need to live the life they want you to have. And it’s okay to want to do your own thing.

 

Belle

Belle is also one of my favourite princesses. I loved how she loves reading because I was such a bookworm. Back in the day…

🌹 Never judge a book by it’s cover. It might actually be a good book. But also, in terms of people, they may have a beautiful personality if you think their appearance is ugly. The Beast turned out to be a pretty nice guy and Belle gave him a chance.

🌹 Reading is great! So is intelligence.

🌹 Belle was kind and loving and that ended up creating a lot of joy and positivity whereas Gaston’s war and hate led to violence, darkness and negativity.

 

Jasmine

Jasmine was the first coloured Disney princess, which is exciting for a coloured girl, who barely saw coloured women on TV. Jasmine is a sassy, strong woman and I love that!

🐯 One of the biggest lessons I think Jasmine taught was to be yourself and don’t let other people tell you how to act like marrying some prince. And don’t let people boss you around.

🐯 Be independent. Jasmine showed that she isn’t to be controlled and does not belong to anyone. I feel like in the olden days, it was right for women and men to think that a wife is a possession of a man but that’s not true. You’re not a trophy on a shelf.

 

Pocahontas

I’ve only watched Pocahontas a couple times so I don’t remember as much as the others. Her hair is pretty cool though and I love how brave and courageous she is.

🍃 The song Just Around The Riverbend shows that there’s always hope and you should never give up.

🍃 Look after nature and do not exploit it. Pocahontas tries to tell John Smith that Earth isn’t something you can just claim and take advantage of.

🍃 Be brave and bold.

 

Mulan

I’ve always thought that Mulan is the coolest Disney princess. I also think the film was ahead of its time.

⚔️ She shows that women are just as strong as men are. It’s a shame she had to pretend to be a boy to be considered strong but she proves that women are just as much capable of doing certain things as men are.

⚔️ Family is important, which Mulan emphasises when she risks her life to save her father.

⚔️ As a girl (or even a boy), you do not need to be polite and sweet and dainty. You be whoever you want, just as Mulan did.

 

Tiana

When The Princess and the Frog came out, I was so excited! Disney was really doing well with whipping out all the ethnic princesses, which is so healthy for young girls to see, helping them feel represented.

🐸 Personality is key. Prince Naveen fell in love with Tiana, clearly, through personality as he didn’t care about the fact she was a frog. No offence to frogs.

🐸 Work hard and always aim for a goal/dream. Tiana opened up her restaurant through hard work and persistence and I think that’s a very important learning lesson.

 

Rapunzel

Rapunzel has a child-like, curious personality, which is something I deeply connect with. I absolutely love her! And the film is amazing!

🍳 She teaches the lesson that you shouldn’t be taken advantage of, like Mother Gothel took advantage of Rapunzel for her magical hair.

🍳 Rapunzel was brave, even though she was also scared, and stepped out of her comfort zone. I think taking risks and stepping out of what you’re used to opens up a ton of new opportunities and life experience, which you’ll never regret!

🍳 Don’t believe everything you hear. Mother Gothel lied to Rapunzel for her whole freaking life! You should always question things and make sure you understand everything going on. Also, don’t believe everything you see. as in The Snuggling Ducklings, the ‘pub thugs’ looked hardcore and fierce but all had goals and dreams and soft sides.

🍳 Rapunzel takes on like a billion hobbies to make up for her stuggle living in the tower. From experience, I can say new projects and hobbies help you through difficult times.

 

Merida

Along with Mulan, I think Merida is a boss! From her hair to her personality, she screams fierce and fiery.

🏹 Quite obviously, first lesson is to be brave. Merida is so bloody brave and it’s very inspiring.

🏹 Merida is extremely independent, choosing to control her own destiny instead of waiting for a prince, unlike some other princesses. *cough* Cinderella *cough*. Independence is so important, which I know varies amongst different cultures but it helps to make you your own person and build intuition.

🏹 Archery is Merida’s thing and she stands up for herself, stating she’ll be shooting for herself and going against the norms. Non-conforming in some instances is bad or inappropriate but right now, in this day and age, it’s what is propelling society in the right direction. Standing up for what you believe in and going against the norms is powerful and bold.

 

Elsa & Anna

I’m not gonna lie, Frozen is my least favourite Disney princess film. I’m not huge fans of the princess sisters but I do love Olaf.

❄️ Anna wanted to marry a man she had just met. In the end, we discover he’s the  bad guy. This just shows that ladies, put your books before your boys.

❄️ Elsa goes through a hard time, discovering herself and her body (not puberty though). She hides away but the film shows that your loved ones are there to support you and can help and comfort you. Don’t shut them out, whether they be friends or family.

❄️ Along with not accepting yourself and body…you should accept yourself and body. It’s a big ask but try and be confident.

❄️ Let It Go tells us to let our worries go and don’t let it break you down.

 

Moana

Moana is my absolute favourite princess, at the moment! She’s the first princess I highly relate to as she’s a brown girl from a tropical island! I was so excited when I heard it was coming out and I loved the fact that it’s one of the only princesses who don’t have a male love interest involved.

🐚 Moana followed what her heart told her, since she felt the ocean calling to her. Even if it means facing your fears.

🐚 Although this wasn’t Moana, Grandma Tala says she wasn’t afraid of what other people on the island thought of her. This shows that you shouldn’t be afraid to be different and unique.

🐚 Be strong and have confidence. Moana sails a boat, even though she didn’t know how and she set sail on her journey. She struggled but gained the strength to carry on, which is really important for everyone to remember.

🐚 Maui stole the heart of Te Fiti, which was a huge mistake but Moana helped to fix the issue. Don’t run away from your problems. Tackle them head on and it will reduce the stress building up.

 

In conclusion, most of the Disney princesses teach bravery, perseverance, kindness and the important of knowledge. I think those are pretty good lessons. When I was younger, I wasn’t a big fan of the Disney princesses and found them overrated but now that I’m older and there’s so much diversity amongst them, I understand and appreciate them more.

 

Currently, my favourite princesses are Moana, Rapunzel and Ariel!

Who are yours?

 

-Shay

Rants of Retail!

I have a part time job in a clothes shop, where my role changes throughout the day. This means I get to experience different aspects and areas of working in retail and although I am extremely grateful for having a job, especially since it’s not a hard job, there are still downfalls.

So today, I’m going to be ranting about those downfalls. 😀

 

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Customer service is a huge part of working in retail and I’m generally a nice person, so I am nice to the customers and try to help as much as possible. But good lord, give me strength, sometimes there are people that I honestly think and choose to think have come from living in a cave, having been raised by wolves. It’s like they have no respect or care for other people. I completely understand you can be in a bad mood but it’s still wrong to be mean to someone, especially a worker trying to help you out.

I’ve gotten subtle racism, rude remarks about how I’m doing things wrong when I’m really not, ageism, harassment from older men, etc.  It can really mess up your day when you experience it.

 

The 5p Bane of the Universe Bag

In the UK, the charge for a plastic carrier bag is 5p. This is because it promotes and encourages people to not buy plastic bags and re-use their own or get a bag for life. It means that there will be less plastic bags littered on the streets and less plastic will be manufactured and broken down, adding to global warming. And I mean, it’s only 5p. You can find that on the walk to the shop.

However, if I got 5p for the amount of times I’ve been asked why they need to pay for it or have to stand behind the till, listening to customers complain about the charge, I wouldn’t even need a job. It gets old.

If you don’t want to get rid of your change, re-use a plastic bag or use the magic and power of your hands.

And then I have those cases where people will buy the tiniest thing like a keyring and ask for a bag. Seriously? XD Defeats the whole purpose of save the environment.

 

The Jokes

Sometimes, there isn’t a price tag on the clothes that someone is buying. This means I have to type in a code and usually, before I type it in, I tell them there’s no price tag so they know why I’m going to be tapping away at the keyboard. And sometimes, there are people who like to make overused jokes. I love conversing with customers but just skip the annoying jokes like the ever so funny, “Oh so I guess it’s free then haha.” This also happens when the barcode isn’t working.

I didn’t know I was serving Kevin Hart.

 

Waste of Timers

I often get customers come up to the till with a pile of clothes and I’ll start scanning them. Then they’ll ask what size the item they got is and say “oh…that might be too big.” And then they’ll decide they don’t want it. And that’s fine, you can change your mind but don’t. do. it. for. every. single. item.

And sometimes items are misplaced in the wrong sections. Some stands have signs on it saying £8. It actually says from £8, which means £8 and up. But nobody ever reads the ‘from’ bit so they’ll come up, thinking what they’ve got is whatever it said on the sign and not on the actual price tag and then get irritated at me when it’s a price higher.

Along the lines of wrong prices, sometimes people come up to the till, get me to scan and de-tag and bag everything and then realise the price is a whole £2 above what they thought the price was and yell at me. XD

READ THE PRICE TAG OR ASK FIRST!!!

 

Also, don’t come and tell me that a certain item you have your eye on is cheaper in another shop. If it’s cheaper in another shop, go there then.

 

Are You Gonna Pick That Up?

But seriously, are you?

The amount of times I’ve tidied something up and someone goes over to that particular stand and dropped a few things, turned the hangers around, managed to turn the clothes inside out and have the audacity to look me in the eye and do nothing is beyond me. Or let their kids run around knocking things to the floor.

I get that it’s my job and I have to clean it up but it’s not hard to just hang the one thing your just dropped. It’s like littering and saying it’s the street cleaner’s job to pick it up.

 

The Cherry On Top

Get ready for this because these are true stories. I have never been there on the days these have happened but I get told about it very quickly.

 

One piece of advice for you when clothes shopping is don’t get to comfy in the changing rooms.

People have pooped in there. For real.

 

This one man kept asking for the toilet and asked what he was gonna do since there isn’t a toilet. So he went in the changing room and I don’t think I need to explain anymore.

This other boy was trying on these suits. He was in the changing room for ages and my manager asked his brother why he was taking so long. Eventually, the boy came out, with poop in the suit trousers. He pooped in the suit trousers!!! I actually did come that day but not to work, just to shop.

There have been other cases and some with urine too. You’ve got to mix it up every now an again, of course.

 

Despite all these downfalls, I love my job and the people I work with and even the customers, because most of them are nice. I am very grateful for having it and the downfalls can be annoying but to be honest, they don’t actually bother me a lot. There are definitely more pros to cons but I thought the cons would be funny to rant about. I may post a pros post later on.

 

Do any of you have a job or have experienced the same things I have?

 

-Shay