Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Mystery Shopper

I have a new sideline.

I get paid to do it but it doesn't make me rich or famous. I even get to do it from the comfort of my computer chair though other times I have to go out into the big bad world and do it.

I am a mystery shopper!

I get paid to buy stuff I want (on the last occasion something I actually needed) and then comment on the service I get. I've worked in retail so I know how shit the job can be but some people don't make it easy for me to say nice things about them. The criteria can be quite strict and this makes it a bit difficult if the member of staff is nice but crap at their job.

Then last week I had a reality check and the biter was bitten back!

Halfway through the day at work I was approached by a gentleman who got out his ID and showed me he was working undercover for my bosses and needed to check me over. He did all his checks and was happy I was doing the job correctly and to the expected standard. He would have had no qualms to wrap me over the knuckles if I was doing it wrong no matter how nice I was.

So, sales/customer service assistants of Great Britain beware you may be serving me in my position of mystery shopper sometime soon!


nitebyrd said...

A mystery shopper? Really? That must be fun. Good thing you checked out properly. A mystery shopper with a mystery checker-outer! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hey, maybe usefull Helion Research... www.helionresearch.com offers many international mystery shopping jobs...

Chopper said...

Hi nitebyrd, I don't know if fun is the right way to describe it though it may be more fun if my memory was better. Trying to remember names and all the other bits of imformation is sometimes a bloody nightmare!

Hello Anon, thanks for the heads up!

Rebecca Emin said...

Hi - I did some mystery shopping for a time. I hope you enjoy it. One of the jobs I loved the most was when I had to pretend I was organising a christmas party for my 'company' and go and have a tour of a hotel. I dropped my 9 month old off at my parents house, and went off in a suit, totally exhausted after being up all night but it felt like I was an actor! If you need some suggestions of more companies to add to your list, give me a shout.

Chopper said...

Hi Rebecca, I'm quite hoping they will offer me some hotel work in the near future as we have quite a few trips coming up and that would save me a couple of quid!