All posts for the month June, 2012

Can I Make This Clear?: I’M NOT A SALESPERSON!

Published June 21, 2012 by Laitie

Everything is sales these days. Sell, sell, sell. Sell the product. Talk the customer into giving us their money. Act like you actually care about the customer and his/her needs, then take the money. I can’t do this. I can’t sell things. I’m not persuasive. Half my brain shuts off from an overload of stress during any conversation. That’s why I signed up to be a cashier.

I can do cashier, right? Ring the customer out, be super-nice, and send the customer on his/her way. That’s all it is, right? WRONG.

I have to sell, too. I have to sell credit cards and rewards programs. I have to convince the customer that getting a credit card from my department store is worth their energy and money. I. Can’t. Do. That. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a salesperson. And there are lots of people out there just like me. But every job I’ve come across is demanding I be a salesperson. Where are the decent jobs for people like me?

Sales in cashiering is just wrong, anyway. The customer by this point, typically, just wants to cash out and go on his/her way. Not listen to a bunch of recitations (which there are) and fill out forms and give personal information. The purpose of the register is to cash customers out. I just don’t even get it.

I’m exhausted every day from trying to wring credits and rewards out of these people that just don’t need the bother. Maybe this job wasn’t the best choice for me.


Disney is Disappointing Me

Published June 21, 2012 by Laitie

I’m sitting here watching Shake it Up, and I can’t help but think about that gif I saw with a scene from Raven and a scene from Shake it Up. The caption begins with: When Disney go from this…

Raven’s scene saying something like: In case you haven’t noticed, people come in all different shapes and sizes. And all are beautiful.

Caption: To this…

Shake it Up scene saying something like: Oh, you’re so cute I could eat you up! That is, if I ate.

~End description

I can’t get over how right that is. This show is obsessing over jokes about bodies. “He looks taller on TV,” “Cici has no figure,” “the famous model doesn’t eat,” etc. These types of jokes do not belong on pre-teen and child hotspots like Disney Channel. Of course it’s sending bad messages to kids. It’s just telling them the same thing as everything else: looks matter, and you have to look perfect, or else you’re a laughing stock. It’s making a mockery of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

When was Raven’s body mocked? Or any of her friends’? I don’t care if Shake it Up is about dancing, Disney should be about following your dreams no matter who you are, where you’re from, what you look like, etc. But instead, it’s going for some cheap laughs and intense psychological damage that they don’t have to deal with. This is unacceptable.

I used to love Disney so much, even with its imperfections that everyone just loves pointing out and ranting about. But these horrible messages they’re sending out, now, are getting ridiculous. I can’t believe even Disney has stooped so low, now. I’m gravely disappointed.