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Darth Groovy
11-23-2006, 05:22 AM
I just wanted to send a shout out to all my fellow swampies that work in retail at this moment. The busy season actually kicked off for me a few weeks back, and it has pushed my mind and body to the absolute limits. Starting tomorrow, we head into one of the busiest days of the year. Keep your heads on streight, and remember if you survive it, you survive anything. Whatever doesn't kill you, can only make you stronger. I've done retail for about 11 years going on 12, and I have been in some form of management for about half of that. The trick to getting through it is maintaining a sense of humor. Crack a joke once in a while, imagine that things could always be worse.

For all of you who do NOT work in retail, please give us a break over the next few months, and realize that we are human beings, not miracle workers, and NEVER judge our performance during the holidays, we are under an extreme amount of pressure.

And to all my swampies, have a Happy Thanksgiving, and a Happy Holidays!

Warmest regards,

The Groovester :cool:

jon_hill987
11-23-2006, 08:42 AM
Just so we all know: are there any things in particular we as shoppers should do/not do to make your lives easier? What really makes you want to hit the customer in question?

jebbers
11-23-2006, 10:48 AM
Just so we all know: are there any things in particular we as shoppers should do/not do to make your lives easier? What really makes you want to hit the customer in question?


dont ask how much something is at a dollar store. :dozey:

jon_hill987
11-23-2006, 11:18 AM
LOL, i suppose doing this is a bad idea as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En1C31NsdSs

IG-64
11-23-2006, 11:38 AM
Happy Thanksgiving (to the Americans.) :)

Good luck with that Groovy.

coupes.
11-23-2006, 12:52 PM
Yeah, Black Friday is just around the corner... good luck !

BongoBob
11-23-2006, 01:20 PM
Good luck to anyone doing any shopping on black friday.

And good luck to you Groovy, hope things go well for you :)

jon_hill987
11-23-2006, 01:30 PM
Why not all buy nothing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day) on "black friday"? just go on any another day.

jebbers
11-23-2006, 02:34 PM
WARNING GROSSNESS BELOW!




























YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!






































http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v367/jebadiah/Just%20me/jebsfirstcheckjebsnastyarms005.jpg
it looks like turkey skin! Have a good one!

BongoBob
11-23-2006, 03:11 PM
You just had to post that pic again didn't you :xp:

Jeff
11-23-2006, 03:30 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! :)

I hate how tomorrow, when I plan to go out to search for the Wii yet again, just happens to be the busiest shopping day of the year... :o

TiE23
11-23-2006, 05:13 PM
Arg, so annoying when people get angry at us at the grocery store because the lines are so long, like it's our fault. "Lines are long because you're so slow." Nope, it's "Lines are long 'cause you're here!" :P

Commander Obi-Wan
11-23-2006, 09:20 PM
I had my Thanksgiving a month and half ago, so I don't have to worry about long lines. :xp:

Darth Groovy
11-24-2006, 01:13 AM
Arg, so annoying when people get angry at us at the grocery store because the lines are so long, like it's our fault. "Lines are long because you're so slow." Nope, it's "Lines are long 'cause you're here!" :P

He actually has a good point. Nobody has any control of how many people decide to check out at once. People have all the time in the world to shop around, but when it comes to lines, suddenly they are in a hurry, or have a kid out in a car that is running. Today, don't expect to be anywhere without waiting in a line. We want nothing more than to get you checked out as soon as possible. Managers don't like lines either, because people get pissed and leave. Tomorrow I will be showing Christmas DVDs to all customers waiting in line. My experience is that it tends to calm people down who are waiting in lines, despite going against corporate directives. I will fight it every year and I usually win, because people often appreciate little things like that. They really do.

BongoBob
11-24-2006, 01:20 AM
Nifty idea there Grooves :)

narfblat
11-24-2006, 01:35 AM
Thanksgiving is nothing without pie. So, where is he? :p
Mmm, pie!

jon_hill987
11-24-2006, 04:45 AM
Tomorrow I will be showing Christmas DVDs to all customers waiting in line.

Just don't put on that CD of Christmas No.1's. that is a sure way to wind people up...

MrWally
11-24-2006, 07:59 PM
It's black friday and I'm cooped up at my cousin's house.


NOT splurging out money on new hardware.


:(

milo
11-24-2006, 10:36 PM
For all of you who do NOT work in retail, please give us a break over the next few months, and realize that we are human beings, not miracle workers, and NEVER judge our performance during the holidays, we are under an extreme amount of pressure.

Don't worry, I read the comic strip. I can sorta guess what it's like.

Darth Groovy
12-13-2006, 03:03 PM
I'm getting QUITE sick of people giving me **** because we are out of stuff. I can't produce a Wii for somebody and suddenly I am the Grinch that stold Christmas?! 12 days to Christmas, and my sales have been 3 times the normal number since late October....so yeah I am out of quite alot of stuff now... Stop assuming that we are just hording stuff in the back room for ourselves. As store managers, nothing makes us more happy than to sell every damn thing we have, and fast. Even if we were hording stuff in our back rooms, we are NOT hording it for ourselves, we are hording it because we are told to do so. Also when you call me 50-100 times a day for Nintendo Wii, realize that the conversation needs to stop at "no I don't have any". Pressing on and fishing for tips on our next shipment is futile. Most of the time, we don't know either, and even if we did, we don't want a mob scene in our store. Also, we are NOT holding any Wiis, we CANNOT hold any Wiis and WILL NOT hold any Wiis, so please stop trying to bribe and pester us to do so.

Datheus
12-13-2006, 04:41 PM
As much as I love you, Grooves, dramatically speaking, you were all that stood between me and my Wii. I harassed store managers every day. Eventually I landed the tip that snagged me my Wii.

Though, I was nice about it. I chatted for about 5 minutes with one manager about the craziness. (Two mothers came in looking for one while we were talking about it, heh.)

BongoBob
12-13-2006, 08:39 PM
It's more the attitude you have. If you ask nicely I'm sure it's not that big a deal, but if you're an ass, well that's different.

milo
12-13-2006, 09:01 PM
Also, we are NOT holding any Wiis, we CANNOT hold any Wiis and WILL NOT hold any Wiis, so please stop trying to bribe and pester us to do so.
Just tell them it's only "three easy payments of $99.99!" Probably get rid of most of 'em, and if not, you'll make a nice little profit for yourself. ^^

Rogue15
12-14-2006, 09:08 AM
hell we about had a huge customer shootout at our store.....freaking pink polaroid camera. burn!!!!1111111