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2009-04-29 09:44:31 AM
You've got questions. We've got a mean right cross.
 
2009-04-29 09:50:01 AM
That's fine with me, as long as I also don't have to give them my name, address, and phone number to buy a battery.
 
2009-04-29 09:57:55 AM
I thought battery was the only thing you went to Radio Shack for.
 
2009-04-29 10:02:53 AM
Just doing what tens of thousands of retail slobs think of doing every day. Customer probably deserved it.
 
2009-04-29 10:30:29 AM
jaylectricity: I thought battery was the only thing you went to Radio Shack for.

HA!
 
2009-04-29 10:43:23 AM
Sybarite: You've got questions. We've got a mean right cross.

I was thinking "...we've got punches," but that works. :)
 
2009-04-29 11:13:18 AM
They are still in business, or is this an article from 1993?
 
2009-04-29 11:33:23 AM
Boy got Radio JACKED
 
2009-04-29 11:33:36 AM
Dr.Knockboots: They are still in business, or is this an article from 1993?

this
 
2009-04-29 11:35:12 AM
Dr.Knockboots: They are still in business, or is this an article from 1993?

Somehow, I really can't figure it out myself, Radio Shack is not only still in business, but making about a 5% profit.
 
2009-04-29 11:35:49 AM
Radio Shack for when you need a AT mouse to mini-headphone converter cable at 8PM
 
2009-04-29 11:37:25 AM
Why does Radio Shack ask for your phone number when you buy batteries? I don't know.
 
2009-04-29 11:38:14 AM
being one who has worked in retail before... i dont see what the problem here is.
 
2009-04-29 11:39:00 AM
Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why does Radio Shack ask for your phone number when you buy batteries? I don't know.

It's not for Radio Shack. Their clerks are just always hitting on the customers.
 
2009-04-29 11:39:24 AM
+1 for headline, and

jaylectricity: I thought battery was the only thing you went to Radio Shack for.

+1 for this.
 
2009-04-29 11:40:21 AM
Wisconsin, huh? Was it this guy?

img79.imageshack.us
/Hot, like his temper.
 
2009-04-29 11:40:42 AM
Guessing the customer deserved it.

/worked in retail
 
2009-04-29 11:42:42 AM
sab6300: Radio Shack for when you need a itemAT mouse to mini-headphone converter cable at 8PM for 40-50% more than walmart

That's looks better.

/My local radio shacks somehow carry less than walmart
//I eventually gave up and do my ordering from the internet
///I blame living in po-dunk towns
 
2009-04-29 11:43:12 AM
Radio Shack Battery Club...
 
2009-04-29 11:43:39 AM
i84.photobucket.com

I'm in a panic, I'm frantic and I'm ... whawhawha .. maaaaaaanic!

/figured it'd be too obscure unless i posted the pic.
 
2009-04-29 11:44:13 AM
Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why does Radio Shack ask for your phone number when you buy batteries? I don't know.

All part of the One-World tracking program for the U.N.. Just makes it easier to get us into the camps. How else did you think they were staying in business?
 
2009-04-29 11:44:56 AM
My brother and I worked at Nobody Beats The Wiz when I was in college. A customer was harassing a salesperson, and my brother dove over the counter and took the guy out.

I pretty much wanted to punch every person who I would help for an hour and then they would do the "What's the best price you can give me on THAT?"
 
2009-04-29 11:46:01 AM
Once I went to Radio Shack to get a battery TESTER.

They looked at me like I was insane and said there was no such thing.

I guess I was doing it wrong!
 
2009-04-29 11:46:01 AM
All right! All right! I'll give you my zip code. Just stop punching me.
 
2009-04-29 11:46:38 AM
That coward David Lopan: I'm in a panic, I'm frantic and I'm ... whawhawha .. maaaaaaanic!

/figured it'd be too obscure unless i posted the pic.


Photobucket is blocked at work, but even without the pic, that's not obscure.

//Los Lobos kick your ass into out-er-space!
//Holy crap, that movie blew. And I watched it over and over again when I was a kid.
//Stupid kids.
 
2009-04-29 11:46:56 AM
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2009-04-29 11:47:00 AM
No kidding subbie. Every time I've gone in there the past 3 years it's always the same...

"So... what's you're cell phone contract like? Need a new phone?"

Me...

"how about you just fark off..."
 
2009-04-29 11:47:14 AM
I dunno, this could go either way, article doesn't give enough detail. Yes, customers are, routinely, giant assholes. But I've met some assholish retail employees, as well.

And yes, Radio Shack is doing OK, for now. They got a bump from the sales of digital TV converter boxes. Probably won't last, though.
 
2009-04-29 11:47:30 AM
dont you dare talk trash about johnny 5
 
2009-04-29 11:48:30 AM
visio: being one who has worked in retail before... i dont see what the problem here is.

THIS.
 
2009-04-29 11:49:08 AM
pages.trinitytransport.com

What a crazed employee might look like.

FTFA: The employee is due in court May 19.

But he still works at Radio Shack, right?


/Radio Shack is still around?
 
2009-04-29 11:49:16 AM
The last place I'd ever go to buy a radio.
 
2009-04-29 11:49:33 AM
What's worse, getting punched by a Radio Shack employee, or telling your friends you were in a Radio Shack and got punched by an employee?
 
2009-04-29 11:49:57 AM
It's hard to admit but I actually worked at RS during college (happily too, my manager was a great guy and we had a blast) I had a guy come in trying to return coax cable fittings he had mangled because he tried to crimp them with needlenose pliers instead of buying the proper crimper for a couple bucks (happened all the time) when I wouldn't return his $2.00 he threw one of the ends at my face point blank... I have played goal in hockey all my life, so lightning quick out of reflex I managed to catch it and send it right back at him in one motion. I beaned the guy right in the forehead and the copper tip of the little piece of coax inside sliced him open. He left without a word.

It all happened so fast everyone was just as stunned including my manager a register away. He wanted to yell at me but was too amazed and speechless. We laughed about that one for quite a while afterward.

/RS is actually a decent place to work if everyone there is actually intelligent, however that is a rarity.
//Pent up geek aggression mixed with commission sales and near minimum wage is a deadly combo.
 
2009-04-29 11:50:32 AM
But you still have to give your address first.
 
2009-04-29 11:50:55 AM
I had this conversation in a Radio Shack two months ago:

Me: Hi there. I was looking for a DisplayPort cable. Do you have any?
Clerk: Oh yeah, we have display port cables. What kind of display port? RCA? VGA? HDMI? We have all of that.
Me: No, I mean DisplayPort. As in the Display Port interface. A specific standard.
Clerk: Oh right! I don't know if I can help you. We don't handle some legacy connectors.
Me: It's like 18 months old.
Clerk: Are you sure you know what you're talking about? I think you may be thinking of HDMI. Its digital. That means a clearer picture.
Me: Nevermind.
Clerk: Trust me. I've been in this business for 10 years. If the cable exists, I know about it. I tell you what. I'll keep an HDMI cable behind the counter for you. When you figure out what kind of display port cable you want, come on back and I'll ring you up.
 
2009-04-29 11:51:14 AM
beerrun: Just doing what tens of thousands of retail slobs think of doing every day. Customer probably deserved it.

Agreed, when i used to work at target years ago as a cashier(my first job) dealing with some customers is just not worth the $7.10 they were paying you back then. Sometimes you would get wrong information or something is labeled wrong and a customer would often make a HUGE fuss over it and in times try as hard as they can just to embarass you or make you look bad infront of everyone including the floor manager. My hat's off to the employee.
 
2009-04-29 11:51:41 AM
crewsr: Radio Shack Battery Club...

former member myself got my card punched alot in the 70's

yeah i was a bit of a nerd

i10.ebayimg.com
 
2009-04-29 11:51:43 AM
Photobucket is blocked at work, but even without the pic, that's not obscure.

//Los Lobos kick your ass into out-er-space!
//Holy crap, that movie blew. And I watched it over and over again when I was a kid.
//Stupid kids.

This. I watched the crap out of that movie when I was little and thought johnny 5 saying "Now I'm really pissed off!" was the funniest thing ever! Also, him catching that beat down almost made me cry... everytime I saw it. Do not disassemble!
 
2009-04-29 11:52:31 AM
Mearn: Dr.Knockboots: They are still in business, or is this an article from 1993?

Somehow, I really can't figure it out myself, Radio Shack is not only still in business, but making about a 5% profit.


Could it be the $12 3" Stereo to Mini Converter they sell there? That and all of the other ridiculously priced cables, connectors, etc.

Yes, I know they charge that because they can. But I find it absolutely insulting that when I am in need of 2 RJ-45 connectors, I have to pay near $10 for 5 of them.
 
2009-04-29 11:52:45 AM
I'm sure this article is woefully lacking in details, but honestly, would it be nearly as hilarious if you had to read through all those pesky facts?

My sides hurt from laughing.
 
2009-04-29 11:52:52 AM
Was the customer trying to return his TRS-80?
 
2009-04-29 11:53:19 AM
Radio Shack is the only place I've been to that wouldn't refund my debit card on a purchase and had to give me cash.

The funny part is they didn't ask me for my info when I bought the shiat, but the guy did when I was getting a refund.

/$30 - 100 (no joke) for an HDMI cable?
//I needed one right away, but I'd only pay $5 on Amazon.
 
2009-04-29 11:54:32 AM
Dr.Knockboots: They are still in business, or is this an article from 1993?

Im sorry I dont know how to post links, but here is a little insight into their business.


http://www.theonion.com/content/news/even_ceo_cant_figure_out_how
 
2009-04-29 11:54:51 AM
Was it this guy?
www.pbones.com
 
2009-04-29 11:56:02 AM
I shop at that store quite often. It's one of the few that still stock electronic components.

I should give them a call and ask them about their return policy.
 
2009-04-29 11:57:35 AM
I walk through the Crystal City (Arlington, VA) mall each day on my way to the Metro. There's a Radio Shack there, entirely staffed by folks whom I'll just describe as "urban." A couple times I've dropped in there to see what's on sale. The clerks occasionally will stop chatting with the gang members hanging around in the store and greet you with a "Yo, what you be lookin' fo'?" I'm not so much worried about getting punched, as I am shot in that store.
 
2009-04-29 11:58:01 AM
Mearn: Dr.Knockboots: They are still in business, or is this an article from 1993?

Somehow, I really can't figure it out myself, Radio Shack is not only still in business, but making about a 5% profit.


It's actually very simple. Drug dealers. My bread and butter when I worked there. Non-contract/untraceable phones (Sprint, or pay as you go phones), Police scanners, digital scales, surveillance equipment, etc.

Other than that it is the elderly. Many items (like cell phone cases) are over 1000% markup. Many cost between $0.15-$0.30 and sell for $15-30.

/I once sold 4 cell phones, full accessories, a home security system, 8 police scanners, and some assorted electronics in one sale *cash* in all $20 and smaller bills. I made a ton on that one so my conscience didn't bother me too much.
 
2009-04-29 11:59:14 AM
Say it with me now monoprice.com
 
2009-04-29 11:59:15 AM
visio: dont you dare talk trash about johnny 5

The first one was good. The second one was a run to the bank.

That coward David Lopan: I watched the crap out of that movie when I was little and thought johnny 5 saying "Now I'm really pissed off!" was the funniest thing ever! Also, him catching that beat down almost made me cry... everytime I saw it. Do not disassemble!

But it did have its moments, granted. The Crazy Eddie sequence was pretty awesome too, with the electronic mohawk and everything.
 
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