The Retail Rant turns 50 this week! (Well, fifty weeks that is.) In usual ranty fashion, TRB serves up his take on the world known as retail hell. On this week's episode, the guys out there will learn what happens when you slip an underage girl your number, how TRB's soul has died from "kindness", and the best lies that customers have told retail employees when returning merchandise. A big thanks to everyone that sent in their comments on Twitter (@The_Retail_Rant)!
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So kick back, leave a 5-star iTunes review (50 weeks and only 10 reviews? Come on!), and most importantly, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!
Joining TRB this week for his foray into retail hell, "gas station gal" (Twitter @thirdshiftchick) explains the rigors and stupidity that involve working the overnight shift. You'll also learn the three things that a customer should NEVER say to a retail employee. From late night drug dealers, to Canadians trying to buy gas in a "foreign" country, you'll find it all in this week's edition of The Retail Rant podcast!
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Enjoy, but as always, be sure to wear someone else's nametag!
It's been one hell of a day, and you've been ready to leave for the last 2 hours. You finally lock the doors, escort the LMAs out, and breath a sigh of relief. But then it hits you. The store is wrecked. You sigh harder. Well, it's that second, prolonged sigh that brings you this week's edition of The Retail Rant podcast. See why TRB hates closing, and all the little surprises that rear their heads after locking up. So kick back, leave a 5 star iTunes review, and as always, wear someone else's nametag.
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TRB is joined this week by another good friend of the show, Tara (@tara_atrandom), to talk about the similarities within the retail world. You will learn that customers can be a pain in the ass, especially in one particular retail setting. We also chat about our disdain for the American shopping mall, as well as how work can make you hate a celebrity. And you'll see why not everyone in the Couch Party Crew should run for president (hint - they're all running).
A big thank you to everyone who took time out to show support for our friend Seattle Amanda (@mandasaures_rex). It is greatly appreciated by Amanda as well as TRB!
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Peel back the onion this week, and let the tears flow as TRB discusses the most outdated and irritating method of payment - the check. From their many negatives to the few positives, and a lot of scams in between, listen in while The Ranty Bastard pours out his disdain for checkbooks in retail.
Also, please support our good friend of the show, Seattle Amanda (@mandasaures_rex), as she goes through a very rough time and some bad health issues. Be it a message to help her through the day, or a donation to her razoo.com fundraiser (Healthy is a Goal - Amanda Rhoades), please show our friend some love. Because once you've experienced retail hell, we are ALL family.
In this week's episode, join TRB as he rants about the use and abuse of the retail parking lot. From people who simply cannot park, to the beggar's badlands, this show will highlight the foul treatment that customers and vagrants unleash on our parking lots every day.
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Beware! Temperatures are starting to rise, and the sweat money has already made it's return! Join TRB on this week's foray into the world of retail hell as he discusses funky (as in sweaty, not George Clinton) customers, the neverending fight with mail-in rebates, and what cost cutting does to retail morale. Brought to you in allergy-HD audio, this episode is the perfect way to kick off the "spring selling season"!
Be sure to leave a lovely 5-star iTunes review, and be sure you're wearing somebody else's nametag at all times!
This week's episode of The Retail Rant is brought to you by yet another "interesting" week in the retail life of TRB. Warmer weather means that the idiots are starting to come out of their winter cocoons. From the "well, it's under warranty" people to bosses that turn emails into a half marathon, it's all on this episode.
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How many times have you wished you had a superpower while at work? Admit it, we all have. Whether it was invisibility or mind reading, we have all thought about it. In that spirit, TRB welcomes HAB (@Couch_Party) and Rnady aka "King Dork" (@MRetailSlave) to the show this week to discuss which comic book ability we would want if we were stuck in retail hell forever. It's some good old fashioned fun as we goof off and just have fun discussing retail past and present. Also, an exclusive announcement from Randy regarding the future of The Miserable Retail Slave podcast!
And seriously, if you enjoy the show, leave TRB a 5-star review on iTunes! I've been stuck at 7 reviews for the last 6 months, so show some love for your retail hating friend.
Most importantly, be sure you're wearing someone else's nametag!
We've all seen it lately, the people that voice their opinion about "customer service" on a receipt. Well these crafty little wordsmiths have found their way on to TRB's radar this week. These Shakespeare wannabes that leave their little nuggets of "advice" on the tab have to be stopped! And TRB will tell you how! It's been too long since the restaurant "customer service" industry was a topic here on the Rant, so this episode is for every server, waiter/waitress, and bartender that has had to count how many letters their tips had instead of dollars.
Also, be sure to catch TRB's big announcement that will change the face of retail! So plug in your headphones, crack a beer or 12, and get ready for this week's Retail Rant!
Don't forget to leave an iTunes review if you're checking out the show on an iOS device, and rate the Couch Party app if you're listening on Android!
What's the single worst day in retail? You guessed it, inventory day! Join TRB this week as he talks about how much he hates inventory, both the day of, and the mad scramble leading to it. This episode previously "aired" in 2015, but with so many new listeners, how could I deny you? Laugh because it's funny, cringe because it's true. And as always, enjoy, leave a review, and destroy if necessary!
No, it's not a Sandra Bullock movie review, it's this week's episode of the Retail Rant! Join your old pal TRB as he discusses how the internet has ruined brick and mortar retail, and made the job of the retail employee more difficult than ever. Also, check out our spot for a Google app that we all want, but will never happen. Subscribe on iTunes (and leave a 5-star review!) for all you Apple people, or get your fix on The Couch Party app for Android.
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And as always, enjoy, leave a review, and destroy if necessary!
"Sales will be up in February!" they said.
"Everyone is getting their tax money and going shopping" they said.
Well if you listen to this show, you know that "they" is corporate, and "they" are a bunch of bean counting idiots. So join TRB this week on the Rant as we discuss the stupidity behind February sales targets, the new products that make our own "As Seen on TV" hell, and a thrashing of people with expired coupons. It's a blast making this show for all of you, and this one was no exception.
WARNING - 2 SHAMELESS PLUGS FOLLOW
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Also, a great friend of the show has published his first book outlining his time in retail hell! So get over to Amazon and purchase your copy of Frank Lee's "Why We Hate You: A Retailer's Confession", available in eBook, paperback and hardcover! It's an honest portrayal of what life is like in retail hell after 20 years, and much like this show, it strikes back for all the retail grunts out there! And be sure to leave your five star reviews for both Frank and TRB! Enjoy!
This week TRB takes a back seat to two ladies that not only do a great job as mothers, but somehow manage to juggle a full retail schedule too. Join Mrs. TRB and Heather (Twitter @IB4ECeptAfterC) as they discuss what the struggle is like to not only be management in retail, but being a mom to 2 kids as well. From old ladies rubbing pregger bellies, to people comparing their German Shepherds to your kids, this episode is just what the doctor ordered for all you working moms out there!
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Join TRB this week as he discusses a discovery from the Snowpocalypse, a new breed of the hated LMAs. The show makes a turn to people with no clue why they are even in the store. Shorter episode this week after the last two marathon shows, so enjoy, leave a review, and destroy if necessary!
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TRB is joined again this week by our good friend Amanda (@mandasaures_rex) as we finish ripping into the retail "doctor". We cover points 26-50 of Bobby's "50 Pet Peeves about Retail Workers" and the idiocy behind them. From not asking enough questions, to asking way too many, this list should make every hard working retail employee sick. We discuss his detachment from what retail is really like, and why no one should take advice from a stuffed shirt that hasn't worked in a store in 20+ years. Subscribe and review on iTunes for all you iPhoners, and download The Couch Party app for the Android crowd!
Also, don't forget to check out our sponsor, accessorygeeks.com. With free shipping every day on all your tech accessory needs , the geeks at accessorygeeks.com have you covered! And when you use promo code "party5" at checkout, you'll receive an additional 13% off your total purchase!
Join TRB and special guest Amanda (@mandasaures_rex on Twitter) as we discuss and obliterate 25 of the top 50 things that customers hate about us, the retail employees. Long episode here, so long it turned into the first 2 part Rant! Enjoy, leave a review, and don't forget to wear somebody else's nametag!
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Well, winter is here, and we can't do anything about it. But while you're nestled up in your blanket with your NyQuil, check out this week's episode of The Retail Rant podcast. TRB discusses why winter sucks, sickness in the workplace, and a few other choice topics, all while using the "f-word" (not "free") a lot. So bundle up, pop in your earbuds, and enjoy this week's show!
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A big thanks to Mrs. Tom Coe for our promo spot this week, and as always, enjoy, leave a review, and destroy if necessary!
New year, new show, the same old Ranty Bastard!
The rant is on in 2016!! As the first show of the year, you know TRB is going to discuss all the fuckery associated with New Year's in retail! From early closings and drunken customers, to callouts and the bad excuses, this week's Retail Rant has it all. So once you've set all your Valentine's Day planograms, sit back and enjoy this episode!
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ANNOUNCEMENT!!! For all you Android users out there, The Retail Rant podcast is now on the Couch Party app! You can get every episode of this show, as well as The Miserable Retail Slave, Couch Party, The NerdRage Podcast, The Drunken Dork, and now Project Archivist. So go download the app now and listen to them all (plus you never know when TRB may make a guest appearance)!
Just a quick message to all the fans, supporters, followers, and subscribers. YOU have made 2015 a GREAT year for The Ranty Bastard, and I wish the best for every one of you in 2016. So be safe out there tonight, and enjoy a new episode of The Retail Rant coming soon.
Well, it's not all ranty this week. TRB does trash some customers, but a soft spot was hit this week that waranted discussion. A shorter show than usual, but you should be enjoying your Christmas (aka a day off from retail), and time with family and friends. So don't worry about TRB going soft; the hardcore ranting is back on and in full effect next week!
And be sure to visit our sponsor at accessorygeeks.com to pick up all the things you need to go along with your new, shiny Christmas toys! On top of their year-round FREE shipping, use promo code "party5" at checkout for an additional 13% OFF!!! From high quality, custom iPhone and Galaxy cases, to earbuds and tablet accessories, the geeks at accessorygeeks.com have got you covered!
As the final "flashback" (yeah, I know, all the way back to July) of 2015, join TRB in a thorough thrashing of two groups of people we all hate - early morning and last minute assholes. It's especially ranty, and it's a topic we ALL encounter daily. It's a particularly relevant episode, as we deal with the worst LMAs of the year, the last minute Christmas shopper!
Don't forget to visit our sponsor, accessorygeeks.com, for all of your iPhone and Galaxy needs, as well as anything else you need for your new shiny Christmas gifts. Because let's face it, those factory earbuds just aren't gonna cut it. Maybe you got a new tablet and need a case. Or a stand so you don't drop it on your face in bed. Whatever you need, tyhe geeks at accessorygeeks.com have you covered! They always have FREE shipping, and you can save an additional 13% off when you use promo code "party5" at checkout!
That phrase is annoying any time of year, but people screaming for price checks during the "holiday season" can just be downright infuriating. Join TRB this week and revel in our mutual disdain for price checks and people that want 50 $5 gift cards during a rush. And if you have a terrible manager, have them sit down and take notes for the last part. You'll be glad you did.
And for all you LMAs, visit accessorygeeks.com to finish up all of your Christmas shopping. From custom iPhone and Galaxy cases, earbuds, screen protectors and more, the geeks have your last minute ass covered! Shipping is always FREE, and you will save an additional 13% off your order when you use promo code "party5" at checkout. Don't get trampled by the masses at the mall, when you can shop from home with accessorygeeks.com!
Enjoy, leave a review, destroy if necessary, and don't forget to wear somebody else's nametag!
Not all of you have been with TRB since the beginning, but you shouldn't be left out! This is one of the first episodes of The Retail Rant, and the first to be re-released as part of the best of 2015, Ranty style. Enjoy this one as I discuss customer loyalty and coupons at great length and with distinct disgust. And forgive the audio issues - I was only 4 weeks in to podcasting and still learning a lot to bring you the shows I do today. But enjoy in anyways, because it's retail hatred at it's finest (except for the audio).
Also, no promo spot on the show itself, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go to accessorygeeks.com to finish off your Christmas list! Get those last minute gifts or stocking stuffers, and use promo code "party5" at checkout to get 13% off of your order. And accessorygeeks.com always has FREE shipping!
An early release for this week's show so that I could get some plugs out.
Be sure to go and support our friend of the show, Tom E Thompson, as he and fellow comics Andy Benigno, Chris Young and Tim Steele bring the comedy to The Riverfront Grille in Chesaning, MI this Saturday. Get to the show, bring a toy for the Toys for Tots drive, and be sure to tell Tommy that TRB sent ya!
Now with that done, check out the rest of the show as TRB addresses customer behavior during the "holidays", as well as my creative insight into the retail hell we are all trapped in.
And be sure to visit our sponsor, accessorygeeks.com. Free shipping, great last minute Christmas gifts from the comfort of your iPad, and 13% off your order with the promo code "party5". Convenient shopping without the crowds or Christmas music!
And as always, enjoy, leave an iTunes review, and destroy if necessary!