I had the worst day at work. I work in a maternity store and most of the time it's wonderful, but sometimes I get crazy days.
First, this guy came in with his wife and about six kids (not exaggerating). The bigger kids wandered around the store messing up my displays (though admittedly not seemingly maliciously). The little one, seemed to be almost 2, wandered in after everyone else, crying. She continued to cry the entire time they were there. For the most part, everyone just ignored her while she cried and begged for her Mommy.
The dad stood to the side making snarky comments while the pregnant mom carried big piles of clothes around and tried to figure out what he thought of things, which he refused to tell her. He continually made mean comments about the little girl crying, without speaking to her, cuddling her, anything. The mom said, "She needs a pacifier, she's tired." He said, "Well, if you'd pop her off the t*t, she wouldn't need a pacifier!" The mom ignored him and bought a pacifier for the little girl, which led to a 5-minute tirade on his part about why does he need to buy a f***ing pacifier for her, it's a waste of money, etc.
He then started complaining that he needed to give the girl Nyquil or Benadryl. At one point, he actually turned to me and asked if we sold Benadryl to "quiet kids." I glared at him and could barely choke out the word "No." I didn't say anything more than that because I would have said something rude and I don't want to get fired.
THEN when they were paying, he looked at the mom's belly and muttered, "Probably not mine anyway, don't know why I should pay for it." At that point, I was ready to kill the guy. I was polite to them, but not cheerful like I normally am with customers. I just wanted them to leave.
Right after that, a woman, her 3yo daughter, and her mother were shopping. For the first half hour they were there, the grandma played with the little girl, who was really sweet and well-behaved. After that, it seemed like she got tired of playing with her and waiting while her daughter shopped, so she spent the next half hour sitting in a chair telling her granddaughter to quit touching things, but not giving her anything to do. At one point, she wandered off to look at a table and the grandma said "If you take another step, I'm going to bust your butt!" She ended up going to get her and dragging her back to the chair. I don't know if she spanked her or not. I couldn't look. The mom said something to the effect of, "That's what you get, I saw you pushing Grandma's buttons!" She's THREE and you've been here an HOUR with no toys or books. The kid's bored out of her skull!
Last thing was a little one, but it irked me. A woman came in with her little girl, about 3, who was helping her pick out clothes. At one point, the girl wandered over to our nursing tops and pointed one out to her mom. The mom said very loudly. "Oh no, I'm not doing that breastfeeding thing. Nooooo way!" It just made me cringe the way she said it. Whether you choose to BF or not, you don't need to make it seem like something too horrible to even think about!