lucy24 - 8:26 am on Mar 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
The mental image I get is the picture you painted of desperate sales people who hate their jobs, and probably hate the clothes they have to wear.
Do there exist salespeople outside of WalMart commercials who love their jobs, are thrilled with their uniforms and make a family* wage? You don't meet a lot of kids saying "I want to work in retail sales when I grow up."
* Archaic term from the early labor movement. The idea was to have the whole family supported by one wage-earner working one job. I think it actually happened for about five minutes around mid-century.