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"I think you left these behind," I said, handing them to her. This happens all the time when women try to return bags they've used. Tampons, lipstick, coins, Tic Tacs, and condoms are the top treasures found.

"Greasy" let out a sigh, as if I were the problem. "I was just trying my things in it. I really don't see what the problem is here. It's none of your business what I keep in my handbag.?

It is when my commission is at stake I'm not your Designer Handbag Rental Service My name is not BagBorrowOrSteal.com

Enter Freeman Hall, an aspiring screenwriter who sets out to realize his Hollywood dream, but instead plunges into the seventh circle of Retail Hell when the rent comes due, selling animal-hide Hobos and overpriced clutches to Lookie-Loos and Picky Bitches — but always with a sunshiny smile.

Freeman toils in the handbag (that's handbag, NOT purse) department of the Big Fancy department store, where he sees, hears, smells (and unfortunately, feels) it all Here, he provides a true — and truly shocking — account of life from the other side of the handbag display. From early-morning RA-RA RALLIES to the craziest crazy-lady customers, Freeman's horrific and hilarious workday tales redefine Juicy Couture.

As Freeman begins to plots his escape, he realizes that despite the Big Fancy's lax return policy, for him, there really may be no returns . . . no exchanges . . . no way out.

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"For Hall, retail was destiny, for he came from a family of retail workers, including his great-grandfather, who owned a furniture-and-appliance store in his hometown of Reno, Nev. But Hall, as he explains, had a different dream: he wanted to be a screenwriter. He didn't give up those aspirations, despite having retail jobs during his growing-up years. When he moved to California to get closer to the film industry, he looked for a job that could help him pay the bills and look fabulous at the same time. He landed a job at a department store he calls 'The Big Fancy,' an upscale emporium known for its customer service. Those who've worked on the front lines of the service industry will relate to Hall's bitter memoir (and recognize the retailer as Nordstrom, where he spent 15 years as a handbag salesman). Hall's memoir chronicles wacky training exercises, sleep-inducing staff meetings and, of course, the customers. Every nutty client becomes a character, from foul-mouthed Lorraine, aka Shoposaurus Carnivoarus, to more generic Serpents and Bloodsuckers. Screenplaylike renderings of Hall's dreams pop up throughout the book, as do rants about co-workers, customers' endless capacity for lying in the service of returning obviously used items and more. Hall's voice is sharp and sometimes funny, not unlike a retail-centric Perez Hilton — but the book will leave readers wondering why Hall stayed in retail for decades if he hated it so much." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Hall is an aspiring screenwriter who sets out to realize his Hollywood dream, but instead plunges into the seventh circle of Retail Hell when the rent comes due. Here, he provides a true--and truly shocking--account of life from the other side of the handbag display.

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tripichick, January 4, 2014 (view all comments by tripichick)
An excellent collection of stories of the work life of retail slaves, i.e., the overworked people who tend to your needs in stores. Freeman Hall writes with clarity and sympathy about difficult customers, overbearing bosses, and insane coworkers. This book led to the creation of www.retailhellunderground, an online forum where slaves post their stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781605501024
Subtitle:
How I Sold My Soul to the Store Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate
Author:
Hall, Freeman
Publisher:
Adams Media Corporation
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography/Business
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
8.52x5.78x.94 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "For Hall, retail was destiny, for he came from a family of retail workers, including his great-grandfather, who owned a furniture-and-appliance store in his hometown of Reno, Nev. But Hall, as he explains, had a different dream: he wanted to be a screenwriter. He didn't give up those aspirations, despite having retail jobs during his growing-up years. When he moved to California to get closer to the film industry, he looked for a job that could help him pay the bills and look fabulous at the same time. He landed a job at a department store he calls 'The Big Fancy,' an upscale emporium known for its customer service. Those who've worked on the front lines of the service industry will relate to Hall's bitter memoir (and recognize the retailer as Nordstrom, where he spent 15 years as a handbag salesman). Hall's memoir chronicles wacky training exercises, sleep-inducing staff meetings and, of course, the customers. Every nutty client becomes a character, from foul-mouthed Lorraine, aka Shoposaurus Carnivoarus, to more generic Serpents and Bloodsuckers. Screenplaylike renderings of Hall's dreams pop up throughout the book, as do rants about co-workers, customers' endless capacity for lying in the service of returning obviously used items and more. Hall's voice is sharp and sometimes funny, not unlike a retail-centric Perez Hilton — but the book will leave readers wondering why Hall stayed in retail for decades if he hated it so much." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Hall is an aspiring screenwriter who sets out to realize his Hollywood dream, but instead plunges into the seventh circle of Retail Hell when the rent comes due. Here, he provides a true--and truly shocking--account of life from the other side of the handbag display.
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