OK, stranger things have probably happened at Walmart, but this is still share-worthy in my opinion. I belong to a highly scrutinized generation, and rightfully so. As a millennial, I can say that the majority of us suck. The ones who don’t are given a bad name by the majority. Also, I think the standard for a generation needs to change. Millennials are born from 1981-1999. I’ve work with people of all ages and you can definitely tell the difference between those born in the 80’s and those born in the 90’s.
I worked at a mental health hospital. All the millennial’s who I saw go inpatient, mostly those in their early 20’s (90’s babies), were lost. It seemed like their parents had done everything for them. They couldn’t answer the simplest question about themselves. Many of them were there due to the fact that they could not handle life after high school. The pressure to be an adult was too much. I was in shock speaking to them. Most of them asked if their moms could complete their Medicaid application for them. No, you are an adult…. It was a culture shock of my own generation!
Wow I’ve digressed a bit, back to Walmart. We were out of everything and needed to go grocery shopping. My mom offered to watch the kids because you can only imagine what it’s like shopping with a 3 year old and two 1 year old’s, especially at the end of a week day when everyone is tired. Clearly I was in a hurry to relieve my mom. We pick a line that looked the most promising, which is not a skill of mine. The young girl at the register (whose name I am unsure of, seeing as she covered her badge with the Walmart smiley face stickers and wrote “gangsta” where her name should be) seemed nice enough.
Then it happened: she answered her cell phone. I am not a confrontational person and I like to give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it’s an emergency and she had to take it. No. It’s clearly a guy on the other end. I could tell by her flirty voice and overuse of “what are you up to now” followed by a giggle (gag). She must have had an ear piece in because her phone sat on the register. Only it wasn’t working very well because she kept taking breaks from ringing up my food to lean in and hear better. I kept waiting for her to feel my eyes burning into her, but nope. At this point, I don’t even think I existed to her. Finally I said “Can you stop talking on the phone and ring me up?”. She awkwardly told the caller she that she had to go and quietly finished her job.
Who in their right mind would find that appropriate?? I wouldn’t even have the guts to do something like that! Nor would I ever think it was OK to treat a person that way. I feel like an old lady by saying “ I don’t know what is wrong with kids these days” but something needs to change! I have 3 young kids and I hope we do a better job at raising this next generation.