Stuff like "if you see you're running low on widget X, don't hesitate to grab some from the back" "did I show you where to get the widget X?" when I just got some from the back and they should have seen it.
Or "if it's slow never hesitate to tidy up around here, you'll work better and it's more pleasing for the customers" when clearly, someone has jussstt spend time cleaning up (sure it's not perfect, we just had a customer, but that's in no way what our work station would look like after 4+h of work without tidying up!).
At least it's harmless I guess.
Oh i hate that. I've been at my PT retail job 3 days shy of 8 years. and in that time, nothing has changed as to what we do to close. So I know we have to vacuum, swiffer the wood floor, bring hangers in the back ,etc. and don't need to be told over and over and over and over. I just do it. I look to see what's been done, and what hasn't, and just do it.
It drives me nuts. So I've learned to either tune them out, or just nod and say "uh huh" and continue doing what I'm doing.
My one manager, who I love dearly, makes me nuts in other ways. Employee purchases or returns have to have two sigs, and a manager sign. I will be up in the front of the store, and this manager will either be doing an employee transaction, or need a return signed, and gosh darn it she wants you to come RIGHT NOW and do it. and if you don't drop what you're doing and run back, sign, then run up to what you were doing, she gets someone else! she just can't stand to see that stuff sit for more than 2 seconds. I kid you not. So I've just learned to say ok, when I'm done, and she'll get someone else. since its not imperative it gets done right that nanosecond!