Retail Workers Share the Dirtiest Dressing Room Blunders

6. Shoppers’ inappropriate comments can be crueler than expected. Pregnancy can present challenges for many women who choose to continue working during their term. Their willingness… Trista - July 23, 2021

6. Shoppers’ inappropriate comments can be crueler than expected.

Pregnancy can present challenges for many women who choose to continue working during their term. Their willingness to keep working is commendable and shows just how far women have come in the workplace, shattering others’ expectations of women’s capabilities. But still, when a pregnant woman is likely experiencing fatigue and other symptoms while working, the last thing she wants is a customer approaching and laughing at her.

To aquasleo’s dismay, she went through that experience: “When I was pregnant, I worked for a little while at a [Halloween] store. I was tending the fitting room one day, and this woman walked up to me and began laughing hysterically. She asked, ‘Oh my God, [what] is that? That’s so funny!’ Me: ‘Excuse me?’ Her: ‘The belly! That’s hilarious! Where did you get that?’ I was temporarily stunned as I searched my brain frantically for a P.C. way to explain to her where I had gotten the belly. After about 30 seconds of me staring at her blankly, her smile melted into absolute horror as she realized her mistake. Her: ‘Oh god. You’re really pregnant, aren’t you?’ Me: ‘Yes, ma’am.’ I’ve never seen someone exit a store that quickly.”


5. Customers berate employees for mistakes they make themselves.

Customers can be outright mean, as Txiemann illustrates in his story: “While working . . . at a clothing store, one of the other employees accidentally opened the fitting room door on an older woman. He was in his early 20s and into the metal scene (long black hair, gauges, etc). She flipped her [s*&^] and asked to see the manager. I was the [moderator] and had to listen to this woman berate my coworker and say the worst things about him . . . as I explained that we were incredibly swamped and that she should have had the door locked if she was changing (as was written on the inside of each fitting room door).

She [stormed] out only to return a few minutes later with four additional Karens . . . [None of them] believed I was the manager as I was also in my early 20s. They refused to leave until they spoke to whoever was in charge. I ended up giving them the corporate number and told my friend to act like he was fired and pretend to call his mom crying outside the store to see what they would do. The entire flock of Karens walked by without a care in the world.”


4. Some shoppers ask for too intimate of help…

[deleted] describes a time when they were roped into helping a customer, even though her husband was just nearby: “I work at a clothing store where I come into contact with many customers whose actions I find to be inappropriate. During my first few months of working there, I was stationed in the fitting room, the usual spot they had me working. I had a customer wave me over who was standing in one of the doors of a dressing room. She looked like a lady in her mid-thirties who seemed to be shopping with her significant other.

She asked me if the yellow shirt she was wearing looked okay on her, and then she walked to the fitting room and stood in front of the mirror so she could get another look at herself in it. I said I liked it, and then she had me come into the fitting room (with the door still open) and held up to me the same shirt but in black, and said it’s the same size, but it fit differently, which I thought was odd. 


3. …that can backfire on the employee.

[deleted] continues on to the more horrifying portion of the story: “She must have thought that I didn’t believe her because she then walked around me to shut the fitting room door (we were then in this tiny room alone together), and she started putting this black shirt on to prove to me that it looked different. Now, I did not know this lady, yet I still got to see a glimpse of her nipples, and it was the most awkward experience of my life. All I could think of [was] why didn’t she invite her S.O. in there with her, instead of me?

When she finally put her shirt on, I told her it did look different and that she should get the yellow shirt instead. I booked it out of there, hoping no one would see me coming out of the closed fitting room with a customer. This lady did not see anything wrong with what had happened, but I was so embarrassed and confused [about] how I let myself get into the situation. It made me pretty [wary] when other customers would ask me for help in the fitting room in the future.”


2. Fitting room signs may need to be neon and flashing to prevent inappropriate nakedness.

geoliciouswerdsmith shares a story from his wife that highlights the apathetic attitude that retail workers can develop after seeing too many disturbing things: “I remember an incident a few years ago [that] my wife told me about. [My wife] needed a pair of jeans and went into a discount clothing store that was fairly new to the shopping center to check what they had before heading over to a more expensive store.

She [was] making her way down the main aisle and [started] seeing women just trying on clothes right where they were–trying on shirts, trying on pants, just standing there in their bras and underwear. She looked around and saw a sign [that said] “Fitting Room” and out of curiosity walked over to see hardly anybody there. WTF!! These women were so lazy and had zero shame. I asked her what the employees were doing, and she said they all looked just mentally checked out. That store was open only 2-3 months at the time. Years later, it is still there. She hasn’t been back. Who does this??”


1. Shoppers treat retail workers like servants.

beeeezintrap explains, “Just a regular day at work, working the fitting room. This customer comes in, and, long story short, he comes out with the clothes and no hangers (not a big deal), so I asked him if the hangers were in the room so I [could] grab them. He goes, ‘Yeah, and all the other clothes I didn’t want.’ So I say, ‘Okay, have a nice day.’ I turn around into the room and see hangers everywhere and clothes on the floor. But wait, there’s more… HIS DIRTY [A*%] SOCKS.

So I turn around, and the customer is walking away, and I say ‘Sir, you left your socks in the room.’. . . He goes, “Yeah, I don’t want them anymore; you can throw them out.” At this point, I’m in shock. And I say, ‘Um sir…” and he goes, ‘Yeah, go pick ’em up.’ Thank God my manager was there ’cause I was gonna lose [it]… My point is, RETAIL WORKERS ARE HUMANS. Not your maid, your mom, your punching bag. Just because we are required to be nice to customers does not mean we are a doormat for you to [s*&^] on.”