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2012-12-30 05:38:03 PM

whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.


Really? They love my slipstick.
 
2012-12-30 05:47:23 PM
Bullshiat. We hire them as temps, with every intention of firing. At no point did we hire them with even a hope of staying.

Every year we have that one guy who really rocks, and we'll try and find a job for him, but we never ever hire temps with the idea of maybe keeping a few.

TEMPS SUCK.

/retail management. wee.
 
2012-12-30 06:00:35 PM
so... does their 99 weeks of unemployment get reset, or no?

/serious question
 
2012-12-30 06:02:24 PM

jayhawk88: "We may have something permanent for you after the holidays."
"If I'm elected, I'll fight for what matters to the common man."
"It's OK, you don't have to get me anything for my birthday."
"We just want you to do some cross-training with him, don't worry, your job is secure."


"I promise not to come in your mailbox"
 
2012-12-30 06:03:44 PM

WhoopAssWayne: Just wait until the Obama Limit kicks in and these workers get no more than 29 hours a week *ever*. More liberal stupidity, more pain for the working people.


I couldn't agree with you more. Employer-based health care sucks. Single payer FTW. To hell with Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
 
2012-12-30 06:05:07 PM

Ikam: One of the more obnoxious things about retail now is the introduction of the on-call shift. I know some temporary workers this season who have to call in an hour before their shift starts to see if they even have a shift that day. It really sucks if that person has arranged babysitting etc. only to find out the shift has been canceled. This affects a whole lot more people than just the worker who is getting screwed out of shifts.


That is incredibly shiatty of the employers. It's not that farking hard to draw up schedules, and if you can't afford to run people even at a minimum on the schedule, don't farking hire them. "Hiring" them to work at your convenience is just, evil.
 
2012-12-30 06:24:56 PM
If you were expecting to be hired on a continuing full time basis after the holidays, you're at fault for deluding yourself. They are interested in keeping the bare minimum of staff to run the place, and as soon as the Christmas season is over, they are kicking your ass to the curb. You can hope for it ..sure..but try hoping in one hand, and crapping in the other, see which one fills up first.
 
2012-12-30 06:31:28 PM

LOTN: Ikam: One of the more obnoxious things about retail now is the introduction of the on-call shift. I know some temporary workers this season who have to call in an hour before their shift starts to see if they even have a shift that day. It really sucks if that person has arranged babysitting etc. only to find out the shift has been canceled. This affects a whole lot more people than just the worker who is getting screwed out of shifts.

That is incredibly shiatty of the employers. It's not that farking hard to draw up schedules, and if you can't afford to run people even at a minimum on the schedule, don't farking hire them. "Hiring" them to work at your convenience is just, evil.


It is shiatty, and it is getting worse.

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-01-17/strategy/30634343_1_sh i fts-schedule-worker

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/04/06/8608/call-employment-good-b u siness-bad-workers

http://operationsroom.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/the-challenges-of-work i ng-in-retail/
 
2012-12-30 06:54:04 PM

had98c: Maybe they should have been better at selling things.


I'm great at selling things ... to customers. But they don't shop in brick & mortar stores any more.

They come in, see what you've got, ask you a million questions, let you think you're about to close them ... but they "have to think about it," which means go online for a greater selection, and purchase at prices way below your wholesale and get free freight. Yep, that popular piece of profitable merchandise you were counting on selling a ton of this holiday season is an online dealer's loss-leader .. and he's got a warehouse full of 'em.

They don't care about your "service," or your expertise, or your sage advice, or whatever value you can add. If they don't like what they buy online, they just get a call tag and send it back using the site's insanely liberal return policy and their ability to bellyache up the chain of command until someone makes a "customer satisfaction" decision to make the belligerent caller happy.

Then they come back to your store and waste another guy's time with a million questions -- the first guy they talked to either quit because he wasn't making more than his $8/hour 32-hour wage, or got fired because his sales sucked -- and go back online to get another great deal.

Retail is dead. Anyone thinking of opening a store should forget that fantasy and learn to drive a UPS truck instead.
 
2012-12-30 06:56:09 PM

vabeard: A tale as old as time.

/worked "seasonal" several years at "The Hecht Co" aka "Hecht's" in the DC Metro area.


aka Macy's
 
2012-12-30 07:32:07 PM

whatshisname: No. Engineers don't get chicks.


engineers and IT, are pretty much all I go for...

/yes I'm strange
//go play your games while I read a book
///no I don't want to go out
 
2012-12-30 07:40:09 PM

whatshisname: No matter how good Christmas sales are, January and February are always really slow.


I'm not sure why this was a big surprise to people. Even back during the 'good' Bush years, no one expected to stay much past the end of the holiday return policy, whatever the company decided that would be. It was Jan. 10th for us, and some people got cut loose earlier than that. I think Circuit City was just after the 1st. Then we got two months of a mall that looked like a set for a post apocalyptic movie...

Yet, my friend who was working for the Sears photo studio was all surprised when he found out they were cutting hours. I was like do you not remember your two year stint at Johnnie Rocket's?
 
2012-12-30 09:05:41 PM

whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.


Yes they do, and they give great head.
 
2012-12-31 01:01:00 AM
Surprised everyone missed this part.

"It does kind of suck that it's like, you work so hard and so long, and you can't really afford to buy anything you want,"

And yet she's complaining at the start of the article that she's only working 10 hour weeks. And most of that is just standing around with 10 other employees and no customers. And really if she's expecting to pay off her thousands of dollars in credit bills, I don't think working 20 hours at minimum wage is going to make that much of a dent.
 
2012-12-31 08:16:46 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I've been hired on as seasonal and kept quite a few times. Hell last time they kept me, and when the garden center had to close most of the week they transferred me over to the design/install side to keep me on.

I get lucky with bosses that reward good workers.

Wouldn't you rather have the money than fark a boss?


Well sure, but if a raise is off the table a reach around helps.
 
2012-12-31 12:38:57 PM

whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.


But we do keep our shoes shiny, so we can see up their dresses.
 
2012-12-31 02:17:44 PM

Slam1263: whatshisname: LDM90: Maybe if they'd gone to college and become engineers, they'd be rich and have lots of chicks now.

/amidoinitrite?

No. Engineers don't get chicks.

But we do keep our shoes shiny, so we can see up their dresses.


You'd think they would have miniture cameras in their shoes.
 
2012-12-31 02:30:48 PM

WhoopAssWayne: Just wait until the Obama Limit kicks in and these workers get no more than 29 hours a week *ever*. More liberal stupidity, more pain for the working people.


You know, except for the "liberal stupidity" part, your comment regarding unintended consequences of the 30 hour work week has merit.

-Keep the party bashing out of your comments and you might have more people listening.
 
2013-01-01 05:02:19 AM

Gabrielmot: WhoopAssWayne: Just wait until the Obama Limit kicks in and these workers get no more than 29 hours a week *ever*. More liberal stupidity, more pain for the working people.

You know, except for the "liberal stupidity" part, your comment regarding unintended consequences of the 30 hour work week has merit.

-Keep the party bashing out of your comments and you might have more people listening.


Please, don't tell them how to camouflage. I don't have time to pick the weeds out of the garden here...
 
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