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From the front line of your local stores:

I am a retail worker. I depend on other people spending money in order to earn money to turn around and give my money to others with the same job as I. I get that money is tight and the economic is super scary. That is why we need to all help each other out. Something you the consumer can do is keep in mind some rules when you are shopping and we, the retail workers, are trying to help you.

#1. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRICES AND OR DEALS ON ANY PRODUCT.
In no way can we change the rules or cut more off for you. Period. Don't even ask. We can't because it's not our decision. Every time we try to, it causes trouble. Oh, and the sale ends when the sale ends. If we left a tag up somewhere after that price went away, only the person who called us on it can get that price (unless it's a rebate, in which case we can't give it to you because the offer ended on the brand name's end).

#2. DO NOT BECOME ANGRY, GET UPSET, START CRYING, CURSE, CAJOLE, HARASS, OR THREATEN US JUST BECAUSE WE'RE OUT OF STOCK, UNABLE TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION, ETC.
If a customer becomes a basket case, we will not deal with you. We won't fall for your charms. We can report you to the authorities if you threaten our safety or harass us or make inappropriate comments to us. We can have you banned from our store if you repeat yourself. Shopping shouldn't invoke so much emotion, ok? We can't get emotional, you shouldn't either.

#3. ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE SALES PITCH AND CONSIDER IT.
This is especially in the case of department stores with electronics and appliances. If might be something you need, it might not. At least allow us to tell you about them and sell them to you maybe. It's our job to do so. Seriously, a bulk of our training surrounds the services and warranty part. We're reminded, updated, praised/lectured, and force-fed a lot of on-going training to sign you up for a club or a plan or a service. If you don't get it and the product fails in a way the brand won't cover, that's on you, not us.

#4. PLEASE REMEMBER, WE HAVE TO CLEAN THESE STORES.
The fitting room is not a bathroom; the clothes don't go on the floor; the product doesn't go there; the shelf is not a bathroom! I've worked at one place that discovered a Number 2 on the shelf along with the pair jeans they wiped with and the pillows they covered it up with. Seriously, we don't have a maid service, we are the maid service. Don't do that to us; we don't use your cabinet as a urinal do we? If you don't want the product and your not already in a line, just go put it back. The less we have to search for products, the easier we can find them for you to buy when you actually want to buy it.

#5. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR KIDS AT HOME.
I'm dead serious about this. Unless they have to try on the clothes, leave them out of the store in the car or at home. If they are trying on clothes, do it one child a trip and leave the others home. It'll save you the time of trying to find where they wandered off to, or the worst case, who they wandered off with. If you can't leave them at home or safe in the car, either don't go shopping or hire a baby-sitter/relative.

#6. WE ARE GRADED IN ONE FASHION OR ANOTHER ON THIS EVERY DAY.
You grade us, secret shoppers grade us, the bosses grade us, and we grade ourselves. If our grade is bad, we lose hours across the board. Make it an easy test. Secret shoppers, just grade us well every time; not perfect, just well. Let make this a smooth transaction and don't make it more difficult than it has to be.

#7. IT IS NOT COMPLETELY TABOO TO OFFER US A JOB IF YOU THINK WE'D DO WELL.
Do not be afraid of this. If it is better paying, most of us would jump on it. As much as we may like our job, most of us do need the money. If you want to offer an escape from this life of low wage, just toss the life preserver already ok?

#8. DON'T BE HASTY.
I know times are tough and the Holiday requires some amount of increase spending. So before you go to the store, research the product and dig for the best price. If something is out of stock at a store, have a back-up gift idea or two ready to go. Plan for a lot of time to shop on the busier days. Wear good shoes and comfy clothes. Remember your hygiene. Use the bathroom before you start shopping a store. If you take the time on this before you get in the car or in the store, things will progress faster. It'll also help you budget and see if you could do the extra service or plans once and a while.

#9. WE ARE CONSUMERS JUST LIKE YOU.
Don't think we have some privilege by working at these stores. Don't think that we somehow know that you could be buying inferior products. Don't hold it against us when we can't do what you want. We are trying to get along like you. We have to eat, sleep, breathe, work, shop, and exist just like you the consumer.

#10. DON'T BE AFRAID TO TIP.
We can't tell you to do this. By all accounts, if we did, we'd have to report them and pay taxes. But if we don't exceptional in your opinion and it's possible, a dollar doesn't hurt. Or a piece of candy. Or a kind word. Show us that we did good.

Now I could have come on here and been venomous about this, but I hope that by extending a friendly request I've got through to you. Good luck with your shopping. I will be posting tales from the sales floor all season.

Make It So....

Your results:
You are Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard
75%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
60%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
55%
Beverly Crusher
55%
Will Riker
55%
Worf
55%
Spock
52%
Geordi LaForge
50%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
45%
Data
45%
Mr. Scott
35%
Chekov
35%
Mr. Sulu
35%
Uhura
30%
Deanna Troi
30%
A lover of Shakespeare and other
fine literature. You have a decisive mind
and a firm hand in dealing with others.


Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Test



We have a Kirk and a Picard now, any Siskos? Janeways? If you're an Archer, don't bother.....

Wow, that turned out quite well I think

 1 - Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Random quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

If you want to do this again, you'll hit refresh to generate new quotes, because clicking the quotes link again will just give you the same quotes over and over again.

3 - Go to flickr's "explore the last seven days" http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Name: Beef Shank
Album: which side he's on
Album Cover: yellow morning

Quick show of hands, please

How many of you would attend a passover seder if one was held?

For those who don't know, Passover is the Jewish holiday that observes the story of the Exodus from Egypt by the Hebrew slaves.  The term "passover" comes from the 10th plague that swept away the first born sons of Egypt.  The Hebrew painted their main archways with goat blood so the curse would pass over the house.  If you're curious about more, consult your Wikipedia here.

Any seder will happen the night of either the 19th or 20th, although if more people want to jump in and want more time we can work something out.  This is a potluck-type and if you don't keep it kosher for passover, just mark it as such.   The main thing to remember is not to mix meat and dairy together and no bread that has risen.

I plan to do this with Kryssie and William in any case; just figured if people wanted to join, they could.

EDIT:  Never mind, lost any budget I may have had to trying to solve financial crisis. The landlord wants the 417.50 I owe by monday or the whole house goes on notice.  I have 200 of it (thank you William) and can't find the rest.  Jesus, this keeps up I'm gonna have to start a telethon.

Jan. 20th, 2008

20 deep questions that could really tell you something.
[ Not simple questions like "How Old Are You?" ]

1. Is it difficult for you to look into some one's eyes when you are telling them no?
Depends on the someone and what I'm saying no to.

2. You are on a flight from Honolulu to Chicago non-stop. There is a fire in the back of the plane. You get enough time to make ONE phone call. Who would you call?
I'm not really sure who'd pick up a call from me anymore, so I'd probably just try to put out the fire.

4. You are at the doctor's office and she has just informed you that you have one month to live?

(A) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die?
Yes

(B) What do you do with your remaining days?
Everything I always wanted, ending with a naked parachute jump where it doesn't open in time.

(C) Would you be afraid?
At first. Then angry. Then pleading. Then hungry, because emotion takes it out of you

5. You can have one of the following two things: trust or love?
Trust; love can't work without it.

6. You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do?
If my boss fired me for saving a dog that would not be a boss I would want to work for anyway. (I agree, especially if I show up wet and smelling of dog)

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Everywhere.

8. Think of the last person who you really knew that died. You have the chance to give them 1 hour of life back, but you have to give one year of your life. Do you?
If only to bury the hatchet before burying him, then yes.

9. Are you the kind of friend that you would want to have as a friend?
In doses. But he'd feel the same, so it'd work out.

10. Does love = sex?
One enhances the other, but both are just as good on their own (sometimes better).

11. Your best friend dies, what would you do?
Mourn, but also be glad that their pain of living is gone.

12. When was the last time you told someone HONESTLY how you felt?
I just blogged it before this, does that count?

13. What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them or that you don't love them back?
It's hardest to do the first, then come to the fact of the second.

14. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up?
My life. (Agreed; as much as it can suck, it's mine dammit)

15. Excluding romantic love, when was the last time you told someone you loved them?
I do it as a departing comment a lot as well as tell my cats all the time.

16. If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had "no regrets" what would it be?
Not get back together with Kryssie and just leave our weekend in Seattle as a nice time and nothing more.

17. Imagine. It is a dark night, you are alone, it is raining outside, you hear someone walking around outside your window. Who do you call?
No one unless they try to fuck with me. Then I call the paramedics to pick the dumb ass up after I drop a fool! (No? I heard that somewhere once...)

18. Would you give a homeless person CPR if they were dying?
After calling 911, yeah.

19. Are you old-fashioned?
No, I'm 24th century. UFP!

20. Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or to never fall in love ever?
Well I've had the first and I don't want the second. I think I'll have the chicken.
Dramademic (drah-mah-dem-ick) n.: An epidemic of drama, or when one dramatic event causes continuing and mutating drama.


Please use in a sentance below.

Joell + Alcohol =.....

You know it's only been a few years since you and I talked
That's kind of weird seein as you first saw me walk

But blood's thicker than water, we got hot under-the-collar
Sibling rivalry's some shit but we gotta move on now

So after 3 drinks and a cherry this shit dont seem so scary
Trying to type though some shit that be getting fuckin hairy

Time to patch up the past and make sure that shit lasts
So here I come up in a ship with a white flag on my mast

So you can see you and me ain't a source for your stress
I don't wish bad on you I only wish you the best

But I get getting on your head straight
That until you do, I can be patient and wait

Don't forget that I'm your brother and I'm all that's left
After both the parents we had each took their last breath.

Don't forget I'll be here if you need me or not
That I don't care if you're fine or in a tight spot

Water under the bridge is all it is to me.
So if you read this at all, make a phone call to me.

Holler.

Inspired a little by "December 4th"

I realized fully now how much I'm a creep
I didn't catch on till now; it goes deep
So on that note I'm gonna fade out
Check in now and again to see how things made out
I know I give the creeps but it's not purpose
Just trying to see if talking's with anyone is worth it
I won't talk, won't stalk, or send a message
No one wants to deal with me, I get the message
But for my parting words I must say
That my purpose here kind of went astray
I don't know what I want from anyone
So until I figure it out I guess I'm done





"If you cant't respect that, your whole perspective is whack; Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black....."

La La LAAAA

I feel like doing karaoke.  Anyone else down for it?