From Act I:
"I think you left these behind," I said, handing them to her. This happens all the time when women try to return bags they've used. Tampons, lipstick, coins, Tic Tacs, and condoms are the top treasures found.
"Greasy" let out a sigh as if I were the problem. "I really don't see what the problem is here. It's none of your business what I keep in my handbag."
Well, the best I can say for this book was that it was kind of okay for what it was. Honestly I expected to get more entertainment and laughs for my...more
I also found nothing offensive about the last chapter that seems to have had some reviewers cringing. That shit actually happens in retail (pardon the pun).
Retail Hell is another popular blog turned into a book. Freeman Hall is a career retail sales associate drawing on his experience at multiple high-end department stores to create a fun composite of the good, the ugly, and uglier of the other side of the sales counter. Theft, poop, massive spenders, bored rich women, discount seeking denizens, prostitutes, fraudsters, corporate rah-rah queens, and retail lifers face off against Hall as we watch him evolve from...more
When I read the back of the book, I thought it would be an interesting read. One of my best friends has a retail job and I loathe it, because we work very conflicting schedules and rarely get to hang out. So I thought reading a no-holds barred co...more
Hall overdoes the pop cultural references which will quickly date this book and make it even less funny in a couple years. References to flash-in-the-pan starlets and current television shows (and I mean current...which will provides the book with another issue later in this review), are slightly humorous when you...more
I have experienced every one of these comical situations at one time or another! Nice to know I was not alone.
This is a vacation read, not at all serious and if you are offended by bad language, stay away. However, if you have ever worked in any kind of store, serving the public, you will love this book!
I had customers and fellow salespeople both exclaim, "How can you wait on that woman? She's awful! She's treating you so badly!"
I just smiled at them and replied, "Her bark is worse that he...more
Hall moved to L.A. to become a screenwriter, but to pay the bills, he wound up selling ladies' handbags at Nordrstrom. (Not so cleverly disguised here as Big Fancy.) He would have rather been working selling men's wear, measuring guys' inseams. (They don't do that in men's wears sale these days.) And that's just one of the many things that quickly wear out their welcom...more
The book was highly entertaining to read and I breezed right through it....more
There were a few points in the book where Hall complained about the basic responsibilities of his job, and I have little patience for that. In any type of customer service field yo...more
Freeman toils in the handbag (that’s handbag, NOT purse) department of the Big Fancy department store, where he sees, hears, smells (and unfortunately, feels) it all! Here, he provides a true—and truly shockin...more
There are plenty of other "jobs in retail suck" blogs and books that are more worth the time. I think I wan...more
This book is taking a funny and bitting look at our love of retailing and spending (!). While the style...more