There were some good things about working retail for the 10+ years that I spent there. They joyful parts always included people - coworkers, new friends, people I wouldn't have known except that we ended up on a staff together somewhere. There were a few great memorable customers who have always sort of stuck in my head. But there wasn't a lot of joy beyond the people. I learned through my retail experiences that I am a manager, and I will be ever grateful for that experience and knowledge. It's certainly going to play a part in everything I do professionally for the rest of my working life.
There were, of course, many tasks in every retail role. Many tasks that were relatively droll, monotonous, and generally non-fun. There were a few tasks that weren't so awful (making pretty visual displays, for instance, was always fun for me). And there was one single task that was a necessary piece which I suspect almost every worker in the history of retail either secretly or publicly loved to be assigned. And that would be? Destroying "damages & defectives!"
When something is broken in whatever way in the retail world, most of it has to be destroyed beyond recognition at the store level. (It's not cost effective for stores to ship things they can't sell anywhere else. Things have to be so destroyed that if they end up in a dishonest person's hands, there's no way the store could be forced to return the destroyed items for someone who didn't purchase them to start with.)
In my current work world, I don't have merchandise that has to be destroyed - but I have a different (not altogether awful) challenge that relates a little bit. When something is slightly broken or too worn to serve its purpose well enough, we need to make the decision to replace it sometimes. But I work for a nonprofit organization. I manage incredible dedicated volunteers who are passionate about our organization, our town, our world. Volunteers who are so committed to conservation, recycling, and saving the earth that some find it very difficult to get rid of things. When I want to replace something, I have to make sure the old thing goes away. This can mean that I take it myself away from the workplace, or that I make sure someone else takes responsibility for making it "gone." If things are simply thrown into the trash or recycling, the odds are very high that they will find their way back out and into circulation without ever leaving the building.
I'll admit it. There was some raw pleasure for me in making sure this was "broken enough" to be permanently removed from use.