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2013-10-02 10:07:45 PM  

ZeroPly: machodonkeywrestler: d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"

Ummm, they still do.

They have no clue what they sell.

Went in a while ago looking to buy an Arduino after they had been on the market a while. Looked in the electronics section and couldn't find it. So I asked the employee and he said "ard-a-what". I tried to explain that it would just be a small circuit board with a couple of chips but he had no clue. He called the other employee from the back and they searched through the IC bins but were not really sure what they were looking for.

So I'm on my way out and I spot an entire Arduino display in the corner crammed in by the aisles of cell phones - couple of different types of Arduinos, an Ethernet shield that I needed, a couple of other shields, an Arduino how-to guide, 9V Arduino wall chargers, breadboards to help you with your Arduino, Arduino suitable project boxes, Arduino jumper kits, and even some LED's and resistors thrown in. It's a freaking Arduino smorgasboard put together by some Arduino fanatic.

I point it out to them and one goes "oh yeah, we got that stuff a while back, but no one's every bought anything from there before".


They are (or we were) paid on commission and "spiffs" on specific items. As soon as I knew you were looking for parts it was better to pretend I didn't know what you were talking about so you storm off all pissy like and so I could continue to hang out half way between the computer display and the cell phone display.

We were required to pass tests to be on the sales floor, including tests on all the electronic parts. Speaking for myself, I knew what you wanted, I wanted to get paid.
 
2013-10-02 10:09:04 PM  
 
2013-10-02 10:15:19 PM  

DoctorCal: I hope he enjoys his cell.


colinspooky: I like current humour


Ohm my god, more jokes? Keep your ion the ball.
 
2013-10-02 10:21:33 PM  

ImpendingCynic: DoctorCal: I hope he enjoys his cell.

colinspooky: I like current humour

Ohm my god, more jokes? Keep your ion the ball.


I knew you didn't have the capacity to put up any resistance.
 
2013-10-02 10:40:07 PM  

YoOjo: facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."

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Great reference
Nicely done
 
2013-10-02 10:40:30 PM  
Radio Shack in my area has about 20 pull-out shelves with various small components. That being said, most of the stuff there is overpriced.
 
2013-10-02 10:48:01 PM  
did he have his free battery card punched as well?
 
2013-10-02 10:54:08 PM  
Was he being sarcastic or just "ironic?" Or maybe "sarcastic?"

Yes there's a difference. One your mom wouldn't know.

"How about 'gag me with a spoon?' Does that work for you?"
 
2013-10-02 11:05:48 PM  

bearded clamorer: YoOjo: facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."

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Great reference
Nicely done


www.bbc.co.uk

You made me a TFer!!!Blimey, thank you!

 
2013-10-02 11:08:10 PM  

YoOjo: bearded clamorer: YoOjo: facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Great reference
Nicely done

[www.bbc.co.uk image 396x222]You made me a TFer!!!Blimey, thank you!


You're welcome

Enjoy!
 
2013-10-02 11:22:53 PM  
I miss the old Radio Shack, everything an electronics hobbyist could ever need. Nobody fixes things anymore, what a shame.
 
2013-10-02 11:39:41 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I miss the old Radio Shack, everything an electronics hobbyist could ever need. Nobody fixes things anymore, what a shame.


There is still Amazon.  My son has been buying stuff from them after he learned how to solder electronics, and Amazon is cheaper.

/nothing fancy, he likes playing with LED's.
 
2013-10-03 12:01:45 AM  
Bravo, Subby!
 
2013-10-03 12:05:51 AM  

ReapTheChaos: I miss the old Radio Shack, everything an electronics hobbyist could ever need. Nobody fixes things anymore, what a shame.


My parents owned a Radio Shack franchise in the early to mid 80's.  The retail side of the store made about enough to about break even.  The rest of the income came from my dad doing repairs in the back, CB and mobile radio installs in the parking lot, and doing field service work installing high-gain TV antennas and C-band BUDs.

As far as repairs go, it is damn impossible to do them these days.  Nobody publishes service manuals or schematics any more, so you just have to bumble your way through the equipment on experience alone.  The only was I was able to successfully repair my big LCD TV a few years ago is because the problem was in the power supply and was pretty obvious.  If it has been a problem on the controller board, I'd have been either been seriously boned or spent weeks chasing my tail.

/Samsung TV with faulty capacitors.  Missed the class action settlement by *that* much.
 
2013-10-03 01:49:49 AM  
OK, I worked at The Shack part-time when I was in college. That place attracts every loony who has first gone to every other store in the area for some gadget or technical help but couldn't find it. Radio Shack is their last resort, they are pissed, clueless, and they have convinced themselves that it's your fault they could not find help elsewhere. And yes, customers would actually make fun of you to your face for working there.

Before the interwebs, the only way to fully understand the stupidity of the general public was to work at a Radio Shack. Something about that place brings out the worst in people.

On the other hand, the super nerdy customers were great.
 
2013-10-03 01:51:43 AM  
Anyone else read "holding a bloody paper towel to his left eye."  in a British accent or am I the only one?
 
2013-10-03 04:46:52 AM  
Does anyone remember when Radioshack had cool stuff? Like Computers you built yourself?
 
2013-10-03 05:40:48 AM  

hardinparamedic: Does anyone remember when Radioshack had cool stuff? Like Computers you built yourself?


That was over 20 years ago. They had .156 edge cards for the VIC-20's expansion port, they sold the SPO256 speech synthesizer chip, they had plastic fiber optic kits, PCBs and etchant and those fun dry-transfer sheets.

Now you can buy things that blow that all away for dollars on eBay or Hobby King.

People can do more for less now and all that stuff we used to do was boring nonsense.
 
2013-10-03 07:56:32 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [www.radioshackcatalogs.com image 220x92]

You didn't let me down.

 
2013-10-03 09:03:38 AM  

jst3p: We were required to pass tests to be on the sales floor, including tests on all the electronic parts. Speaking for myself, I knew what you wanted, I wanted to get paid.


When I worked there (only a few months in college) the attitude MY manager had was: "If they are looking for something in there,(that electronics cabinet) they know what they need. Don't waste your time learning or caring about that bullcrap. (he meant 15 cent capacitors, etc) Figure out ways to sell more batteries, phones, and laptops."
 
2013-10-03 09:06:21 AM  
If you work for any corporate retail establishment these days, you are required (while being secretly watched/monitored) to recite these canned sales pitches to the customer, each time, every time. I assure you, the employee doesn't want to spout off some drivel about a promotion any more than you don't want to hear it.

I don't agree with hitting the guy, but I can't say I blame him either.

Maybe if you're a customer, just smile and say no thanks, then ask for what you'd like? Most of these individuals are making less than 10 bucks an hour, they don't need your smart ass comments making their lives shiattier.



Really?!?
.
"Won't somebody think of the poor clerks!!!"
 
2013-10-03 11:18:06 AM  

doubled99: If you work for any corporate retail establishment these days, you are required (while being secretly watched/monitored) to recite these canned sales pitches to the customer, each time, every time. I assure you, the employee doesn't want to spout off some drivel about a promotion any more than you don't want to hear it.

I don't agree with hitting the guy, but I can't say I blame him either.

Maybe if you're a customer, just smile and say no thanks, then ask for what you'd like? Most of these individuals are making less than 10 bucks an hour, they don't need your smart ass comments making their lives shiattier.


Really?!?
.
"Won't somebody think of the poor clerks!!!"


Yes really, just because someone is there to "serve" you doesn't mean you can treat them like shiat.
 
2013-10-03 11:42:09 AM  

quizzical: I used to work for Radio Shack. So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies. Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't.


Neither does anyone working for Radio Shack.  What's your point?
 
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