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Retail training…isn't this cringeworthy and irritating??

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alltoomuchrightnow Wed 15-Jun-16 18:48:01

Retail training today (group/ workshop type) totally pointless as have been a manager since the early 90s and asked to do a spot of window dressing as a team exercise - 'make the window very 'yummy mummy'.
Just, ugh…..

And why ?? It's not a mum & baby shop, it's charity retail (a general charity shop)

topcat2014 Wed 15-Jun-16 18:53:01

When I used to work in retail management, I used to ask my saturday staff to do the windows as I have zero design flair

yougotitdude Wed 15-Jun-16 23:10:00

Ive worked in a charity shop- and lots of people who shopped in there during the week were Mums with young children/doing school runs so I can understand their point and I live in an area that attracts the type.

I do cringe at "yummy mummy" though and why the fuck you would want to be one I'll never understand

LunaLoveg00d Wed 15-Jun-16 23:17:42

I volunteer in a charity shop and we have someone who only ever does the window. She usually does it according to a theme - it's all green at the moment.

Would it be equally "cringe" to ask for a "young lad" or "old man" window? At least by saying "yummy mummy" you know what she's looking for.

SayWhat123 Thu 16-Jun-16 00:54:06

Yummy mummy? Sounds really cringe it that's she just old and trying to be in with some 'hip lingo' that she has heard around? You should definitely advise her it's not really a great phrase and sounds even worse on someone past the age of 22.

NinaSimoneful Thu 16-Jun-16 00:59:57

How does she envision this 'yummy mummy' character?

FireTruckOhFireTruck Thu 16-Jun-16 15:45:40

I hate the term yummy mummy, but I can imagine the type of look they are going for!

IggyPopsicle Thu 16-Jun-16 15:56:54

Eurgh. If I'd have been asked to do that, I'd have dressed the mannequin in this outfit:
Men's swimming trunks
Strapless bra with tassels sewn on
Child's sunhat
Crocs and football socks
Fingerless gloves

Y'know, just to be awkward.

Junosmum Thu 16-Jun-16 16:22:19

those two words should only be allowed together when in the sentence "this [insert food item] is yummy, mummy". YANBU.

LadyAntonella Thu 16-Jun-16 16:25:59

Yanbu. "Yummy mummy" makes my skin crawl a bit.

alltoomuchrightnow Fri 17-Jun-16 00:04:59

I wish I'd had all those things to hand, Iggy.
Woman who asked for this is in her 50s.
I'm in my 40s and childless (infertile) and really don't know what a yummy mummy looks like. Would it be.. kind of Essex girl, new mum Sam Faiers? More Beyonce? Elle McPherson? etc etc.
I lived in Surbiton which was meant to be YM capital. All I could see was a sea of Birkenstocks (which end up stinking! I know, I've had them!) White Stuff and Boden. I thought Boden was meant to be for women who were scared to look sexy. Sooooo…nothing YM there.
Also the town this shop is in is very multi cultural. There were some beautiful saris waiting to be steamed and I asked if could use them but was told no, yummy mummy. Grrr… Why can't a gorgeous jewel coloured sari be YM?

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