My DH just started a new job at a big retailer. He spends a huge amount of time on his shifts cleaning up after the customers. Those who take apart boxes and don't put them back together. Those who leave unwanted items in odd places. He said he watched one couple go through the drapes isle and open a box for every colour to see if they were the right size (even though it is marked on the box) and then just leave them. They opened about 12 boxes and then took a fresh one to actually purchase. He had to go and put the isle back together after them. Within an hour it was trashed again.
So, is it acceptable to open boxes in a store and just leave the merchandise unpacked on the shelf? Is it acceptable to do that and then take an unopened box to purchase? Does it matter that it is a big retailer like walmart, zellers or target? Is it just part of the employees job in these store to clean up after the customers?
Yes, it is part of the employees' job to clean up, straighten, fold clothes, etc. when customers leave the store in disarray. I will not shop at certain stores because it is obvious that they don't bother to do this. Stores that are clean, organized, and the shelves maintained, make it easy to find what you need and a lot of other extras that you don't need.
That said, customers shouldn't be slobs. It's not that hard to keep the stuff you look at somewhat nice. No, I can't fold shirts like the Gap, but that doesn't mean I can just toss them on the floor.
I will admit to opening boxes (not clam shells or sealed like light bulbs or pens) to make sure it's what I want. It's better for both the store and me if I do this in the store than take it home and end up returning it.
As for the opening everything and then taking a new one: There was a Reader's Digest funny where a lady had the employee at customer service open the package for her, go through everything to make sure nothing was missing, then proceeded to get an unopened one. She said, "I don't want that one - it's been opened." Duh!
Of course it is not ok to leave a mess or open a ton of boxes and just leave them. I do think however if the store is not set up with floor models of the items it should be acceptable to open a box and look at the product you will be purchasing. Usually though if it is an acceptable item I will take the one I opened.
I always thought it was acceptable. Until I heard some of what the employees deal with! Isles full of open drapes. All the boxes of dishes opened and not repacked and just left strewn around. The employees have little time to actually help customers because they are so busy fixing the shelves. And then the customers complain (I know cause I was one of them) that there are never any associates to help. It seems like a vicious circle!
Now I feel that to open all the boxes, leave a mess and then take a clean box is incredible rude! I think it is one thing to open the box and then put it back neatly. Or to open the box and then buy that item. But I don't feel it is the associates job to clean up after slobbish customers.
And I do think that the fact that it is a big retailer seems to matter. If I was in a spendy store (say a crystal and china store) I wouldn't dream of opening all of the boxes and leaving a mess. They would ask me to leave! But because it is walmart, zellers or target it is ok?
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I think it is like shopping carts, and some people are just overly lazy and rude with the mess that they leave. I think all shoppers should pick up after themselves and leave the merchandise like they found it....
That said, if the employees have to stay late or can't keep up with the mess, then the store should hire more associates.
I opt not to shop in places where there is always a mess--but I realize this is a luxury and I pay for it.
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And I will say that it is rude to just leave stuff out willy nilly, but sometimes it is nearly impossible to put things back exactly as they were. For example, if you unfold a shirt on a display of shirts. I used to have a job that required me to fold shirts all day long at a prominent department store, so I should be good at it, but now when I am shopping at a store I still can't fold shirts back exactly the way they were. Why? They were folded on a folding board, and as a shopper, I don't have one of those handy to make them look perfect. I also find that sometimes when things are folded up or arranged just so, so that they just fit in a box, it is often difficult to get them back in once they are out. So I wouldn't just wad up a shirt or a box full of drapes and throw them on the floor and stomp on them, but I may not be able to get it back exactly as it was.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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Some people are hogs. That's all there is to it. It's selfishness, plain and simple, for people to leave messes everywhere and drop things off wherever they feel like it. It is especially irritating when it's a perishable food item left in the clothing department.
I agree with most things that have been said so far. I wouldn't open a package that is difficult to open. I would try to put things back somewhat neatly, but know that I can't always get it back just so. I fold shirts that I look at in some semblance of order, but I don't try to make it perfect. If it's already a disaster area when I get to the display, I don't make it look worse but I certainly don't try to make it look better. If I open a package and it's what I want, I would buy that package.
I think, too, that maybe stores where people are getting out of work so late and/or can't provide adequate customer service maybe need to hire more workers.