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Oct 21, 2016

Us retail employees think that dealing with just a couple bathrooms in a retail setting is pretty bad, right? Imagine of you were responsible for FORTY!!! Well, joining TRB this week is a man who is. Travis Sloan of the After 6 Podcast drops by to chronicle his misadventures at Wal-Mart, his "shitty" job, and what it is about a self checkout that seems to attract the idiots. All this, some Fuck You Notes, and a few rants worthy of rewinding! So listen and enjoy, but first, you gotta be sure you're wearing someone else's nametag!

Check out Travis and his co-host Adam Christopher on iTunes, after6podcast.com, and follow them on Twitter!

Travis (Twitter - @theTMFS)

Adam (Twitter - @bitesizedAC) (Twitch - After6podcast)

The After 6 Podcast (@after6podcast)

Get that Couch Party app if you haven't yet!  It's the easiest way to get all nine members of the #CouchPartyCrew in one tap of your finger! It's all FREE, and all for YOU! The crew loves to hear from you, so make sure you drop a 5-star review for your favorite shows wherever you're listening from!

Oct 14, 2016

TRB is joined this week by a fellow member of the #CouchPartyCrew, Dexter from the Let's Get Drunk and Talk Comics podcast! We talk minimum wage, discuss the assholes you experience on the way to work, and review fine adult beverages! Dexter tells us a bit about himself, and positions himself for a return to the show to tell his tales from retail hell.

So kick back and grab a cold one (we did), and enjoy the show! But most importantly, be sure that you're wearing someone else's nametag!!!

Want to follow Dexter on Twitter? @jealousofregis                     Need to catch up on his show? @drunkcomicsfans                     Want to listen in? Find him and the rest of the #CouchPartyCrew on the totally FREE and AWESOME Couch Party app for Android!

Enjoy this show, Let's Get Drunk and Talk Comics, or any of your other favorite CP podcasts? Be sure to drop off a 5 star review over on iTunes!

Oct 7, 2016

This week, TRB is joined by a good friend of the show, and a fellow slave to the (meager) retail paycheck. Listen in as @RiteAidProblems describes some of the horrors of retail pharmacy from the front end, and a few of the things customers do with their back end! She even manages to tell a story that combines TRB's least favorite things: bathroom abuse and thieves. So grab your favorite beverage and prepare for a good time, talking about bad things.

Haven't downloaded the Couch Party app yet? Well get your ass to the Google Play Store and put it on your favorite Android device already! Official home of the #CouchPartyCrew, it gives you nine of the best podcasts available in one convenient press of the finger. And did we mention it's totally FREE?!?! So get it now and drown out those bitching customers!

Drop by iTunes and leave The Retail Rant a sappy 5-star review, and be sure to follow our guest this week on Twitter (@RiteAidProblems). But most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

Sep 30, 2016

Yet another week has passed in retail hell, which has brought you back to your weekly therapy session. On this episode, TRB discusses how the drive to work is bad enough without the swerving douchebag, why I won't hold items for people, your retail escape pod, and much more! Also, a new side of TRB is revealed on his new blog, therantybastard.wordpress.com. So kick back, grab a cold one, and enjoy!

Enjoy the show? Be sure to leave a 5-star review on iTunes, and support the #CouchPartyCrew by downloading the Couch Party app! Nine amazing podcasts, all in one convenient tap of the finger! And it's all FREE!

A big thanks to Adam and Travis from the After 6 Podcast for having Judge Ranty on last week! Look forward to hearing from Travis on a future episode, along with a slew of brand new guests coming soon!

Sep 23, 2016

Ranty doesn't have a drinking problem, he has a retail problem! From the endless loop of soft rock that is the elevator music of retail life, to the thieving bastards who make a living off of lenient return policies, TRB is going to attack them all this week. Add in a few new beers and a favorite musician, and you've got the makings of a new Retail Rant.

And take notes if you're trying to escape retail hell, as we continue our new segment, "Get to the Escape Pod". Ranty will guide you step by step on how to get out from behind that cash register and (hopefully) from in front of bitchy customers.

Be sure to check out all the friends of the show, from the amazing #CouchPartyCrew (all available for free on the Couch Party app for Android), to awesome shows like the After 6 Podcast and Steve Arce's Effinbe podcast. Like 'em? Drop off a 5-star review on iTunes and show them some love!

Sep 16, 2016

Thank you NFL! You have redirected the Sunday church crowd to yelling at their TVs and not shouting at someone behind a cash register! It's a small reprieve, but we will gladly accept it. TRB runs through a myriad of topics this week, from the (hopefully) impending end of sweaty money, to the daily horror of the debit/credit card and the return of the Google Asshole app. So strap in and let your retail misery melt away!

Got that new Samsung phone? Then get to the Google Play store and download the Couch Party app. It's the official home to nine of the best independent podcasts that will both educate and entertain! It's priced just right for the poor retail worker, because it's all FREE!!!

Once you've enjoyed this episode, swing over to iTunes and drop off a 5-star review for this show and all your other favorite podcasts! It's simple, quick, and the best way to support your favorite shows!

So kick back, grab your beverage of choice, but most importantly, be sure you're wearing someone else's nametag!

Sep 11, 2016

Straight to the point here. Fuck Miracle Mattress of San Antonio. Last episode I talked about the ridiculous nature of the "holiday ads", and then these fucks took it to the unspeakable level. Disgusting, distasteful, and worse than anything I have seen. Judge for yourself, but I'm pretty sure we both know the verdict.

Sep 9, 2016

Ever wondered what kind of "training" those customer service phone reps get? Why does upper management freak out over non-existent hurricanes? Maybe you're curious as to the meaning behind Labor Day (hint - it isn't about "the big sale"). Well TRB has it all covered on this week's episode of The Retail Rant! So come on down to Rantyville and take a ride through yet another week of retail fuckery!

Check out the rest of the #CouchPartyCrew, and download the TOTALLY FREE Couch Party app for Android. The best way to listen to the best podcasts out there. 

Enjoy the show? Then let TRB know with a 5-star iTunes review! It's the easiest, most cost effective thing you can do to support your favorite podcasts!

So kick back, grab a cold one, and enjoy the show. But above all, do us one big favor, and wear someone else's fucking nametag!

Sep 2, 2016

This week's episode features another author from the realm of retail hell, Jess E. Her new book focuses on the 28 different ways that determine if a customer is an ass, as well as some snark that even made TRB laugh! We delve into not only the book itself, but also some personal experiences that lead us each to our creative outlets. Don't mind the synthesized voice-over - Jess takes the anonymous thing very seriously.

So be sure to pick up a copy of Confessions of a Retail Whore: 28 Ways to Determine If You Are a Complete Ass on amazon.com. And if you are a Kindle UNlimited member - it's free! So go get it!

Are you listening on the Couch Party app yet? By now you should be, because A. It's been out for almost a year B. It's FREE and C. Where else will you get the 9 best indy pods out there? Download it now!

And as always, your charitable donation of a 5-star review can be left on iTunes. It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time to support TRB and the whole #CouchPartyCrew, so show us some love! And once you do that, treat yourself with a frosty beverage, kick back and enjoy a new episode. But always make sure that you're wearing someone else's muthafuckin nametag!!

Aug 26, 2016

Have you ever wondered what loss prevention people do when they're not stopping shoplifters? Well we have got the answers on this episode as TRB is joined once again by Sean William Brown! Coming back for his third appearance, we are finally able to talk about his newest book, "WalMart: I Don't Belong Here". Join in as we discuss Sean's time in WalMart LP, and some of the crazy shit that goes down almost daily in America's biggest retailer. And it's not all just stopping petty theft friends, it's way better than that. From thieves with raging hard-ons to NFL-grade tackles, Sean tells some of the craziest tales you will ever hear leave the LP office.

So after listening, be sure to pick up your copy of "Walmart: I Don't Belong Here", which is currently available in eBook format on Amazon and BarnesAndNoble.com. Sean was even kind enough to keep the prices low so that every retail employee in America can afford it! And for the funniest tweets from "the back", be sure to follow him on Twitter (@dearcustomer).

Of course, please continue to support the #CouchPartyCrew by downloading the Couch Party app for Android. You'll be listening to nine of the best independent podcasts in no time, and it is still 100% FREE! And if you like a show from the crew, be sure to show them some love with a 5-star iTunes review.

So grab a cold one, plug in those earbuds, but most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

*DISCLAIMER - Yes, TRB's audio sounds like he's in a 4'X4' room. Apparently a certain little Ranty turned up the FX knob when I wasn't looking. I would have re-recorded this episode, but our schedules didn't work out. However, Sean more that makes up for it , I assure you.

 

Aug 19, 2016

Heat and humidity have a very bad effect on the two brain cells that most customers have, and this week was no exception. With soaring temperatures and rising stupidity levels, retail hell takes on a new meaning. In this episode, TRB talks about a customer who left his mom to die in a hot car, why effort is maxed out when pay is, how useless "employee discounts" are, and much more retail fuckery.

The Couch Party app is the way! The way to catch nine of the best independent podcasts all in one place that is! Download it now from the Play Store for the best content and personalities, and I guarantee it will make your day stuck at a cash register a little more bearable.

So crack a cold one, drop by iTunes and leave TRB a 5-star review, and most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

P.S. Next week's episode is a special one, so be sure not to miss it!

Aug 15, 2016

Feel like you should win gold for dodging that customer as you dash for your break? Ever thought that you earned a medal by enduring a marathon of insults from a client? Well if so, then this week's episode is for you! From the "Retail Olympics" and the desire to slap a customer, to the people that think we go to "school" just to work this job, TRB has got it all covered on this installment of The Retail Rant podcast.

Don't forget about the rest of the #CouchPartyCrew and download the Couch Party app for 9 of the best independent podcasts availanle! It's 100% free, so even a retail employee can afford it (admit it, we're all broke).

So kick back, grab a cold one, and most importantly, be sure you're wearing someone else's nametag!

Aug 12, 2016

Feel like you should win gold for dodging that customer as you dash for your break? Ever thought that you earned a medal by enduring a marathon of insults from a client? Well if so, then this week's episode is for you! From the "Retail Olympics" and the desire to slap a customer, to the people that think we go to "school" just to work this job, TRB has got it all covered on this installment of The Retail Rant podcast. 

Don't forget about the rest of the #Couch party crew,  and download the Couch Party app for 9 of the best independent podcasts available! It's 100% free, so even a retail employee can afford it (admit it, we're all broke).

So kick back, grab a cold one, and most importantly, be sure you're wearing someone else's nametag!

Aug 5, 2016

Do you already have Christmas products in your back room? Well I hate to tell you, the worst part of the "retail calendar" has begun. As if it's some portal into a deeper part of retail hell, it has opened its doors and is waiting to swallow our souls. But have no fear, TRB is here to fight back on this week's Retail Rant.

The pain in the ass known as conference calls, customers who love talking politics, and the co-workers that think the fridge is a buffet, it's all here in this show. So turn your phone down low, sit in that isolated corner of the break room, and don't mind the people staring as you enjoy a laugh at their expense! When you're done, leave a 5-star iTunes review, and be sure you're wearing someone else's nametag before you clock back in.

Support this show and the rest of the amazing #CouchPartyCrew by telling a friend about the Couch Party app for Android. The shows are great, the content is awesome, and it's all FREE!!!

Jul 29, 2016

Busted your ass all year long? Made sales plan by 10%? Signed up the most loyalty cards? Don't worry, corporate will give you a 1% raise, and TRB will tell you why to throw it back in their faces. Why do the idiots/lazy/ass kissers always get promoted? Because they fear people like us. All this and a discussion with @ODProbs2k16 about back to school, all in this week's episode of The Retail Rant!

Got some 5-star reviews laying around that you want to use? Throw them TRB's way on iTunes! Throw that love around, because we know we don;t have the money (we work retail).

Check out the best 9-pack of independent podcasts out there by downloading the Couch Party app! And check out the #CouchPartyCrew's new home - smartasspods.com

Jul 22, 2016

This week Ranty flies solo, and takes a swipe at the swipers. Not Tinder, not card readers, but Pokemon GO. People that think that a retail store is the place to be catching a Charizard or that the parking lot is the best place to be fixated to a phone screen, you should not be playing this game in a retail environment!!! There's also a message from long time fan Manager John (@managerjohn), who uncovers a new breed of LMA. And last but not least, TRB brings you "Fuck You Notes", a new interactive segment of the show.

Have a "Fuck You Note" from your retail job? Call the Ranty Hotline at (810) 373-9790 and leave your message to be played on the show!

Download the Couch Party app for Android, and get 9 of the best damn podcasts out there, all for FREE!!!

So enjoy this episode, kick back, leave The Retail Rant a 5-star iTunes review, and as always, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

Jul 15, 2016

This week, we delve into the food and beverage industry with the host of the Effinbe Podcast, Steve Arce. He tells tales of customer service hell from over a decade in the business, and we discuss how to solve the problem of customer stupidity. We launch into the rant-osphere on topics like coupons, apps, and all kinds of general idiocy. So prepare yourself for lots of profanity, lots of fun, and a great show!

Be sure to support Steve by subscribing to his show on iTunes and leaving a 5-star review. Follow him on Twitter (@effinbepodcast) and catch up on the problems facing both sides of the counter.

Don't have the Couch Party app yet? Well get it for FREE on the Google Play Store already! Get access to 9 of the best independent podcasts available today. And drop some commentary over at smartasspods.com - the official home of the #CouchPartyCrew !

Jul 8, 2016

Joining TRB this week in her return to the show, it's Heather D (@IB4ECeptAfterC) to discuss why she is still drinking 2 days after 4th of July! Customers that make up their own post-holiday sales, TRB gets stuff thrown at him, and a absurd interaction that one of TRB's friends had this week. It's all in this week's episode!

You should not only download the Couch Party app, but you should also leave some 5-star love for the #CouchPartyCrew on iTunes! It's the easiest and best way to support the crew, and continue to help us in our plan for podcast domination!

So plug in those earbuds (the boss might not like what we have to say), find somewhere that customers can't find you (bathrooms aren't as safe as you may think), but most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

Jul 1, 2016

Bookstores aren't for interviews! Or are they? TRB is joined this week by @MikeBookseller for some insight into what it's like working in a "big box" bookstore. From cafe interviews and homeless hangouts, to the manager getting beat up and that one overly religious person we've all worked with, you'll find it all in this episode!

Be sure to check out and support Mike's side projects, theSKU.org and krrobar.com. He brings the misery of retail hell straight to the funny pages 4 days a week, and he'll have you realizing that his artwork is your reality every day!

DOWNLOAD THE COUCH PARTY APP!!!!! It's totally free, and packed with 9 of the best damn podcasts that you'll find in one place, all for FREE!!! Subscribe, and be sure to drop some those 5-star review on 'em!

So let's kick back, relax, leave The Ranty Bastard a 5-star iTunes review, but most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

Jun 24, 2016

This week's episode is a look into a sector of the "customer service" field that many of us may take for granted - the movie theater. TRB is joined by the host of the Digital Men - The Ultimate Rush and Prog Podcast, Ryan Howard (@howard_gregryan). From the underbelly of the concession stand, Ryan shows us that no matter what kind of industry you're in, customers will always find a way to be a douche.

Be sure to check out Digital Men - The Ultimate Rush and Prog Podcast on iTunes, and leave them a positive review (remember, 1 star anonymous reviews are for pussies, so don't do it!). And be sure to support the #CouchPartyCrew by downloading the Couch Party app for Android. You'll find 9 of the best damn shows out there for FREE, including this show, Couch Party, Miserable Retail Slave, Jake and Tom Conquer the World, The Nerd Rage Podcast, Project Archivist, The Grime Lords, The Mixed Feelings Podcast, and our newest addition to the crew, Let's Get Drunk and Talk Comics!

So kick back, shake off the working all "weekend" blues, drop a 5 star iTunes review for TRB, but most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

Jun 17, 2016

This week TRB is joined again by Tara (@tara_atrandom) to talk about a ridiculous news story from the past week. There is no part of ANY retail job that says "Hey, take a beating in the parking lot after work", yet one of our fellow customer service workers had to endure just that. But not from one or two people, but three upstanding citizens from Sandusky, Ohio. So kick back and enjoy an "in-depth report" (insert sarcastic comment here) from The Ranty News Network. And when you're done, drop a five star review on iTunes (thanks to all of you who have)!

Be sure to check out Tara and Nash on live.radiodeadair.com every Monday night starting at 9pm for a look into life with cats, retro TV shows and music, and of course the What The Fuck Is Wrong With You segment!

This show is also available to you for FREE on the Couch Party app, the FREE home of this show and many great others. Download it now to hear the latest episodes of The Miserable Retail Slave, Couch Party, Jake and Tom Conquer the World, The Nerd Rage Podcast, Project Archivist, The Grimelords, and those two slanderous, scandalous women at The Mixed Feelings Podcast. Eight great shows for the price of NOTHING!!!!

Jun 10, 2016

VERY SPECIAL GUEST EPISODE!!! This week TRB is joined by the one, the only, Sean William Brown! The author of "Dear Customer" makes his return to talk about the awkwardness behind all those chip reader comments, how much role plays suck, and tell us about his newest endeavor, thesku.org! We also take a sneak peek into Sean's second book, "Wal-Mart, I Don't Belong Here", which will be covered in depth in a future episode.

So kick back, grab a copy of "Dear Customer" on Amazon/B&N (or wherever you buy your books), and be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

 

Jun 3, 2016

Join TRB and @fedupphonerep this week as we chat about what it's like dealing with the public and the one thing they can't live without - their cell phone. From ex-girlfriends trying to dig up old texts, to the idiot who thought YouTube was a reliable source to repair an iPhone, it's all here this week!

Be sure to support the Couch Party Crew by downloading the Couch Party app in the Google Play Store. In addition to this fine program, you will also get Miserable Retail Slave, Couch Party, The Nerd Rage Podcast, Drunken Dork, Project Archivist, The Mixed Feelings Podcast, and The Grimelords. It's all awesome, and it's all free!!!!

May 31, 2016

Well, it's officially been one year of The Retail Rant podcast, and what better way to celebrate than by revisiting the episode that started it all. From bad audio and no format at all, to lighting a cigarette on air every 2 minutes, this pile of shit turned in to the premier podcast for anyone who has ever experienced retail hell.  So strap on your headphones and take a trip down memory lane with TRB, but don't leave an iTunes review on this one!

And a big thanks to everyone who has interacted with the show over the past year, my fantastic guests, the Couch Party Crew (who for some reason added me to their app despite this episode), and every follower who likes and RTs my daily retail bullshit. Year number 2 is going to be great, and I look forward to continuing to bring you all a profanely entertaining look into retail hell.

May 27, 2016

This week's episode takes a look at the new overtime laws that go into effect later this year. TRB discusses how it could (and probably will) suck for a lot of managers, and how it will likely impact everyone in the retail world. But don't despair, even though it's a serious topic, it will be delivered in true Ranty Bastard fashion - lots of profanity and with a distinct hatred for HR! So kick back, leave a 5-star iTunes review, and most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!

Tell your friends to subscribe on iTunes or to download the Couch Party app, and spread the good word about how bad retail really is. And be sure to check out every offering from the Couch Party Crew!

 

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