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!
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!
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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!
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!
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!!!!
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!
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!!!!
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.
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!
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)!
Be sure to support the Couch Party Crew by downloading the Couch Party app on Android. It's totally free, and packed full with eight of the best independent podcasts out there! And take a minute to check out out our new website, smartasspods.com! And vote #TRB2016 in the Couch Party primaries!
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!
And not only can you find the show on iTunes and the Couch Party app, but visit the new #CouchPartyCrew website, smartasspods.com! Leave a note for the crew and vote for your Couch Party Presidential nominee (hint, it's TRB).
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.
And be sure to check out the new home of the #CouchPartyCrew at smartasspods.com. Leave a comment, show some love, and support TRB in the Couch Party Elections! #TRB2016 for President!!!
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!
Download the Couch Party app and get all seven podcasts from the Couch Party Crew! You'll get great programs like Miserable Retail Slave, The Drunken Dork, Couch Party (duh!), The Nerd Rage Podcast, and our newest additions; The Grime Lords and the Mixed Feelings Podcast! So get to the Google Play Store and get it NOW!
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.
Be sure to download the Couch Party app (Android users) for 7 of the best damn pods out there. There's a different show for every day of the week, so why wouldn't you?! And if you're an iTunes user, be sure to leave TRB and the entire Couch Party crew a 5-star review!
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!
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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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