- 7 years ago
@Bostongrl25: Completely different situation (I’m just a lowly supermarket cashier lol), but yeah, I have.
I’d been experiencing constant, debilitating pain for around 3 months. I was taking 16 painkillers a day with little effect, and facing another operation (I’d had one just 13 months before). I was also suffering with chronic fatigue, and was juggling my part-time job with my final year at university, so, my working week was around 70-80 hours. Basically, I was mentally and physically exhausted, on the verge of becoming depressed, and I was in a lot of pain; and, because my job is physical, this only made it worse (basically, my ovaries and fallopian tubes were stuck to my uterus, so certain movements made everything ‘pull’; not pleasant).
I was working one evening in the tobacco kiosk, where we also have sweets/candy/gum etc. This customer started shouting at me because we didn’t have the chewing gum she wanted in the specific sized packet she wanted. I apologised to her, but she just went on and on.
I broke down. I was upset, but also angry and frustrated. I felt that if us not having the specific make and flavour of chewing gum in the specific size of packet she wanted was the height of her concerns, then, frankly, she could fuck off.
It was extremely awkward because I was on my own, and we’re not allowed to leave due to the high-value items we stock there. It was very busy, and I couldn’t see a supervisor. So, I was trying to hold it together and serve customers while crying like a crazy person. Thankfully a regular customer saw what happened and went and got someone, but it was so humiliating, especially as essentially it must have looked like I was crying because someone had a go at me (which is so not like me; I’m a very tough person and any other say would have given as good as I got).
My point? We’re all human. Sometimes, things get too much, and it gets the better of us; it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You calmed down and apologised, so don’t worry about it; I’m sure he will understand.