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(Orlando Sentinel)   Grocery store executive who spent his entire career with Publix spends his last day on the job just like he spent his first: Bagging groceries. "It's a personal thing for me"   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 55
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2014-03-29 12:38:54 AM  
This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?
 
2014-03-29 12:49:46 AM  
He sounds like a nice guy. There were a lot of smiles in that video. I'll bet he was a good guy to work for.
 
2014-03-29 01:22:11 AM  
My first real job was bagging groceries.  I really miss that time of my life and I learned a lot of valuable life lessons (the easy way and hard way) while in that job.  Good for him to honor his past and thank the customers that helped him make it up the ladder.
 
2014-03-29 01:42:04 AM  
I worked at Winn-Dixie and always thought about jumping ship and heading to Publix.  I'd have probably gotten a bit farther in my career and not have been stressed out by corporate management trying to micro-manage every single store like it was in Jacksonville, FL, even when the store was in the middle of nowhere.
 
2014-03-29 05:02:36 AM  
And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two  cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.
 
2014-03-29 05:27:02 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two  cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.


And he wasn't even supposed to be there today!
 
2014-03-29 05:27:14 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two  cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.


But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.
 
2014-03-29 05:31:34 AM  

cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two  cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger
 
2014-03-29 05:32:19 AM  

jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?


Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2014-03-29 05:32:22 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two  cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.


You should go work for FOX, such story telling would be a big step up in their integrity.
 
2014-03-29 06:01:10 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger



At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.
 
2014-03-29 06:01:11 AM  
Titan of industry hires cheap youth labor for growth positions to maximize profits.

Story at 11.

Good thing this isn't a HuffPO article.
 
2014-03-29 06:06:07 AM  

Gulper Eel: 5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger


At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.


I went to a homeland in Norman Ok (Robinson off I35) one of their proto stores and it was epic. If you haven't been to one lately give then a shot.
 
2014-03-29 06:07:43 AM  

taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.


I think he was just saying that threadshiatters, in general, suck. Everything in the whole damn world doesn't have to be asshole politics 24/7.
 
2014-03-29 06:28:18 AM  
I started at the Zoo by volunteering for Mother's Day Brunch and I'll continue to do it as long as I can breathe.
 
2014-03-29 06:34:17 AM  
Neat.

I mean, seriously... good for him.  YMMV, but bagging groceries sucked when I was a teenager.  I worked at the Food Lion in Southern Shores, NC.  This meant that it was the first grocery store people saw when they reached the outer banks.  We regularly had customers coming in with 4 or 5 carts full of groceries, and GODS HELP YOU if you put the eggs anywhere but the top of the pile.

Good to know it doesn't suck that bad everywhere.
 
2014-03-29 06:39:38 AM  

taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.


i know it only goes to prove white men can make it!
 
2014-03-29 06:48:38 AM  
dumb ass still put canned goods on top of my eggs
 
2014-03-29 06:52:06 AM  
Just another example of how kids are getting f**ked today. When I was a teenager, back in the sixties, bosses like this were common. Half the guys I worked for were good guys like this.
Try to find bosses like this now. Not in Reagan country.
Not to paint everything in rose - there were plenty of bad bosses to - but labor laws were enforced, and unions still had a few scraps of political and social power. Now, labor law is being dismantled, and the unions are being legislated out of existence by people who claim to believe in non-intrusive government.
You kids are so screwed. You only have one channce (and it's a slim one) - and that is to get your asses to the polls and vote like you never have before. But you probably won't. The list of excuses is too long:
Both sides are bad (true).
Both sides take money from corporate manipulators (true).
Both sides are just alike (false).
Democrats aren't real progressives (true).
I can't stand (lesser-of-two-evils candidate of your choice). I don't care - suck it up and do the right thing for your country./
I care more about some single issue than about the overall welfare of the nation (possibly true, but is so you are an asshole and need to change).

I mean it.
Vote - or don't utter another single whine about "The Boomers" as long as you live.
 
2014-03-29 06:52:14 AM  

taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.


Heyoo!
 
2014-03-29 06:53:37 AM  

Gulper Eel: 5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger


At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.


Wegman's will continue to play the role of Switzerland...
 
2014-03-29 07:01:26 AM  

Mudd's woman: Gulper Eel: 5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger


At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.

Wegman's will continue to play the role of Switzerland...


With the world in ruin, all that will remain will be walmart.
 
2014-03-29 07:37:06 AM  

jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work.

Who woulda thunk it?


I've always had a notion that the people from the Yahoo! Finance message boards spread out to the rest of the internet when the stock markets are closed for the weekend.
 
2014-03-29 07:57:52 AM  

taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work.
Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.


lh4.googleusercontent.com

Thanks for illustrating such DERP. Sometimes, mon frere, a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a human interest story is just that. But taking things to their illogical extreme for pointless partisan hackery, that takes something more than a lack of dignity. Your sacrifice will be noted though, as it should be...

lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-03-29 08:15:59 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-29 08:23:27 AM  
My first job was bagging, too. And I'm still better than the kids at Shoprite.
 
2014-03-29 08:31:50 AM  
Publix stores are usually awesome. The staff there seem to be happy and are usually helpful. The only issue is that their store layouts are inconsistent, I think because they vary in size. But also because they will cater to local needs and tastes (Kosher delis in the stores with a large Jewish demographic, with pictures of the Rabbis on the wall).

 I travel a lot by car in the SE U.S., and if I need some grocery items to have in my motel room, Publix is my first choice for shopping.

Even though it is cold, their "Grab and Go" Cuban sandwich is tasty. I went into one store a few months ago and they were out. An employee saw me looking through the sandwiches and asked what I was looking for. I told him and they didn't miss a beat. They were busy but got two people to start assembling a supply of those sandwiches.

Also, the "SAPPY" tag color resembles Publix' green.
 
2014-03-29 08:32:53 AM  
I went to check out the new Whole Foods in my town and it was nice, although I couldn't shake the feeling that I was neither hip nor trendy enough to be there.

/have since been going back to Publix with the rest of the hoi-poloi
 
2014-03-29 08:33:47 AM  
So why do Aussies call people baggers?
 
2014-03-29 08:40:36 AM  

jso2897: Just another example of how kids are getting f**ked today. When I was a teenager, back in the sixties, bosses like this were common. Half the guys I worked for were good guys like this.
Try to find bosses like this now. Not in Reagan country.


There are still folks like this out there. At least in my industry.

While I was with Aramark--which is recockulously huge now--my Regional Chef based himself out of Glenndale Arena. He walked the entire Arena every game. He made Hollandaise for the clubs himself. He pitched in anywhere it was needed--from making hotdogs and hamburgers, fetching and carrying food to the clubs, delivering pizzas to suites, working a register at an outlet while the staff was swamped, to hunkering down in the dishroom at the pot sink to give the dishwashers a hand. This is a guy who was in charge of not just our facility, but every Sports/Entertainment operation in the South West, and to make things run smooth, he'd just hop in anywhere, and he was a brilliant chef, and I learned a great deal from him.

You can be up on the corporate ladder, you can be pulling down an easy six figures, and still get your shoes wet, and hands dirty. The Corporate Chef for the entire Western division, he'd roll in, and he'd watch to see how folks were doing, and it came crunch time, he'd be making salads, he'd leap in to deliver food, he'd be doing what was necessary, and that kind of ethic isn't uncommon in food service. I've worked too many kitchens where the chef is the first guy to leap into the dishroom, and do what needed to get done, and when you lead from a position where the chef du cuisine is doing pots and pans to give his dishwashers a hand, it's damn hard for line cooks and waitstaff to just pile on more scut work and then try to skip out the door. It's a team, and when the lead guy is scrubbing pots because the dishroom is backed up, that's a great thing. There are no small jobs in kitchens, and everyone contributes and helps make things roll smooth.

Damn near every cook gets their start washing dishes at some point, and most of us are pretty good at it--which is how you got OUT of the dishroom in the first place--but it's a job that IS vital to making the place run smooth, and a lead who pitches in without reservation is setting the example. Good kitchens are run by guys who recognize the value of every contribution--from bussers to dishwashers to the guy on grill and the sous who is acting as poissoniere AND saucier, AND then giving the garde manger a hand with desserts and pulling together another ganache while the gal on the station is up to her eyelids with creme brulees--and when the chef leads by setting the example that every job is important, it makes the team gel. Folks pitch in, because that's the culture that the chef creates. In a big company like Aramark, that's just as important, and while I've heard my share of horror stories from the rest of the company, Sports/Entertainment had some chefs who were working damn hard to make things not just work, but sing, and that meant doing a bit of everything, and that was a joy to see. The teams are not just happier, they are a damn sight more productive because you KNOW folks have your back, and a damn sight stronger. Cripes, at Glenndale, we fed 16,000 folks a game, with only 12-13 cooks working clubs, suites, and providing food for the outlets. My own club, we did 350 a game--and that was with me, an assistant, and I had two pizza cooks that I was responsible for, and an Action Station with two cooks as well. Five of us fed 350, and without much muss or fuss. The Comerica Club, had two cooks, and the club lead there and I split duties between us for his 250, so out of the 12 regulars, our six cooks not only banged out the buffets, but then we pitched in help the suites, the outlets, and even had time to make our rounds to make for damn sure that the concessions folks had what they needed--and yeah, that often meant making hot dogs and burgers and popcorn so that those folks could get more done--and those folks were the kids who were at their entry level jobs--and that example meant that they didn't get skeeved out to see the folks in the chefs coats, but were glad to see us roll in, because they knew that we had their backs. They didn't front that they were "just fine" but sang out if they needed a hand. And that attitude, that willingness to say, "Yeah, I need help" came down from our Regional Chef setting his example. No shame in kitchens to say, "I need help" but it's good when that's a clear thing from the very tippy-top. After getting our tails kicked in after a game, we'd all pitch in to help the dishwashers, and that made those bastiches not just more efficient, but loyal. You have to build teams, and you do that by not just picking good folks, but setting the example and working WITH them not just in giving advice and supervising, but being shoulder to shoulder, and them knowing that when things get hairy, you WILL be there.

I've seen operations that try the more "traditional" Top/Down approach, and oddly enough, staff retention is a problem. Efficiency is often an issue. You build your teams, and that means constant work with them. Not just by handing down edicts and decisions, but getting in there, and that way you KNOW what they're facing. You do dishes in your own joint often, you KNOW if a sink is flowing badly. You KNOW if a hose is getting weak pressure or is fraying. You get that fixed, toot sweet, because you don't want that sh*t snapping on you, or the folks you're in there with. And not only do you have a happier staff, but a much more productive one, and that shows up on your profits later on.

It's not as common in some industries, but in kitchens, there are still guys who do exactly what needs to get done, even if they've got the fancy coat on.
 
2014-03-29 08:41:01 AM  

taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work.
Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.


He started 47 years ago. Let's look at the graph:

assets.motherjones.com

The comment should be "A person who wasn't paid crap managed to make something of himself because he didn't need to work 50 hours in 3 jobs to survive. If he was born just a few years later he'd likely be farked as well."

It sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to snark at a comment made on Fark, doesn't it?
 
2014-03-29 08:57:54 AM  

Unobtanium: Publix stores are usually awesome. The staff there seem to be happy and are usually helpful. The only issue is that their store layouts are inconsistent, I think because they vary in size. But also because they will cater to local needs and tastes (Kosher delis in the stores with a large Jewish demographic, with pictures of the Rabbis on the wall).

 I travel a lot by car in the SE U.S., and if I need some grocery items to have in my motel room, Publix is my first choice for shopping.

Even though it is cold, their "Grab and Go" Cuban sandwich is tasty. I went into one store a few months ago and they were out. An employee saw me looking through the sandwiches and asked what I was looking for. I told him and they didn't miss a beat. They were busy but got two people to start assembling a supply of those sandwiches.

Also, the "SAPPY" tag color resembles Publix' green.


That is one thing I always hated about Publix, the Demographic layout determines what gets put in the Stores, which in a way sucks because if you are looking for a specific item one store might carry, another might simply not have it. However, one cool thing about Publix is you can always ask them to order something, they generally will without a problem - whether its organic eggs or some random beer you have a flavor for, I once had them order some German beer and have it "ice cold", when I got called to pick it up, sure enough it was in the freezer waiting for me.

I started out as a bagger at 16 working for Publix, my manager was great - he worked around my schedule rather then me work around theirs. I only wish I could of stayed at Publix, it was a pretty good atmosphere to work at, there were so very few workers that ever were disgruntled, most are always willing to help someone if you need it. They used to be rather expensive for groceries, but over the years they matched Winn Dixie and Walmart easily, then again some things are still expensive while others are cheap.

I used to shop at Winn Dixie for the cheaper prices, but problem was the meat and veggies were always on the verge of being "Rotten". I once bought mushrooms and a day later - they were slimy and brown - Publix on the other hand, I can have bell peppers for weeks on end without going bad.
I might pay for that quality, but in the end I rather not throw out food anymore,
 
2014-03-29 08:59:04 AM  

Unobtanium: Publix stores are usually awesome. The staff there seem to be happy and are usually helpful. The only issue is that their store layouts are inconsistent, I think because they vary in size. But also because they will cater to local needs and tastes (Kosher delis in the stores with a large Jewish demographic, with pictures of the Rabbis on the wall).

 I travel a lot by car in the SE U.S., and if I need some grocery items to have in my motel room, Publix is my first choice for shopping.

Even though it is cold, their "Grab and Go" Cuban sandwich is tasty. I went into one store a few months ago and they were out. An employee saw me looking through the sandwiches and asked what I was looking for. I told him and they didn't miss a beat. They were busy but got two people to start assembling a supply of those sandwiches.

Also, the "SAPPY" tag color resembles Publix' green.


Publix is generally excellent when it comes to customer service, and my understanding is that a lot of that comes from the company actually treating the employees well.

Publix is employee owned and not publicly traded, so you don't have asshole investors trying to wring every dime of profitability out at the expense of employee and customer welfare. The ability to 'buy in' and share in the profits of the company also probably acts as a motivational force for the employees - they have a personal stake in the success of the company.
 
2014-03-29 09:14:05 AM  
Mrs Fustanella worked at Publix through her college years, and attests to that family feeling. Plus their subs are drooltastic. I think I'll have one for lunch.
 
2014-03-29 09:22:05 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Unobtanium: Publix stores are usually awesome. The staff there seem to be happy and are usually helpful. The only issue is that their store layouts are inconsistent, I think because they vary in size. But also because they will cater to local needs and tastes (Kosher delis in the stores with a large Jewish demographic, with pictures of the Rabbis on the wall).

 I travel a lot by car in the SE U.S., and if I need some grocery items to have in my motel room, Publix is my first choice for shopping.

Even though it is cold, their "Grab and Go" Cuban sandwich is tasty. I went into one store a few months ago and they were out. An employee saw me looking through the sandwiches and asked what I was looking for. I told him and they didn't miss a beat. They were busy but got two people to start assembling a supply of those sandwiches.

Also, the "SAPPY" tag color resembles Publix' green.

Publix is generally excellent when it comes to customer service, and my understanding is that a lot of that comes from the company actually treating the employees well.

Publix is employee owned and not publicly traded, so you don't have asshole investors trying to wring every dime of profitability out at the expense of employee and customer welfare. The ability to 'buy in' and share in the profits of the company also probably acts as a motivational force for the employees - they have a personal stake in the success of the company.


Not all privately-held companies are like that.  Granted, it might just be the asshole executives trying to wring every dime of proitability out at the expens of employee and customer welfare since they're not used to strong competition.
 
2014-03-29 09:54:03 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two  cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.

Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger

   Walmart

ftfy
 
2014-03-29 09:54:34 AM  
I know a vendor that got thrown out of a chain of stores for telling the receiver
"I don't know how you managed to take a High school job and turn it into a career, but I am not impressed". He said this because the guy was blocking him to impress some girl who worked there. Some folks in that industry thrive on being a-holes who laud their power and try to make everyone miserable.
 
2014-03-29 10:14:55 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: Mudd's woman: Gulper Eel: 5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger


At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.

Wegman's will continue to play the role of Switzerland...

With the world in ruin, all that will remain will be walmart.


Nothing left....nothing but cockroaches, Wal*Mart and Cher.
 
2014-03-29 10:43:28 AM  

Disappearing Hitchhiker: 5 star chef of tv dinners: Mudd's woman: Gulper Eel: 5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger


At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.

Wegman's will continue to play the role of Switzerland...

With the world in ruin, all that will remain will be walmart.

Nothing left....nothing but cockroaches, Wal*Mart and Cher.


i2.cdn.turner.com
Fark Cher.  I'm never gonna die.
 
2014-03-29 10:46:21 AM  

jso2897: taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

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Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.

I think he was just saying that threadshiatters, in general, suck. Everything in the whole damn world doesn't have to be asshole politics 24/7.


Thanks, Obama.
 
2014-03-29 11:31:47 AM  
Publix is the balls.  Wed. night at the Publix in Ft. Lauderdale was singles night.  While I wasn't single, the girl show was almost as good as one at a Boobies Bar.

I recently had a craving for Carvel almond bars.  I filled out a form at cust. service and a week later I had 'em at my local store.  Same thing with Matouk's Jamaican sauce.  I used to have to E-Order it, but now Publix stocks it (probably just for me)
 
2014-03-29 12:34:09 PM  
Grew up in south florida, except for the fishing, the only thing I really miss about sfla is Publix.
 
2014-03-29 12:39:48 PM  
I worked at Publix for a few years and my job was to make sure Bill (and other VP's) had what they  needed to make our customers happy.  As long as that happened, Bill was a great guy.  When we slipped up... my butt got reamed.  But that's how it should be.

Publix is a great company is work for and to shop at.  Everything is for the customer.  As an employee owned company, everyone gets some shares every year.  I had a clerk working for me for $12/hour who got a $178,000 dividend check every year.  She was almost 65 and had put every cent extra she had into Publix stock.  Publix has been on the Top 50 Places to Work in America every year since they started the list. Thiis year, they led every grocery store in America on the Customer Satisfaction list.

Good to see Bill is retiring.  One bad thing is that these old guys hang on forever so it's tough for young guys to move up into management.  This is more a problem in the Supply Chain area than the stores, but it still makes career advancement a problem.

Last year, WalMart decided they were going to target Publix shoppers with their "But it's cheaper at WalMart" advertising.   They lost.  Publix shoppers are dedicated to the clean stores and fair pricing, plus the extreme customer service Publix has.  WalMart only has price to compete with, and that's not enough.
 
2014-03-29 01:39:35 PM  
It's sad that CEOs' bonuses are based on quarterly stock prices; that pushes them to use gimmicks to juice the stock prices, and then they bail out with golden parachutes in a couple of years.

Meanwhile, the regular employees only succeed if they stay longer than 2 or 3 years, so they need the company to stay healthy. The result: the lower you are on the org chart, the more you want to push for long term success; the higher you get, the less you care about the company's future.
 
2014-03-29 02:04:52 PM  

dmax: jso2897: taurusowner: jake_lex: This article shows why news organizations should stop putting comment sections on news articles. You read this nice article about what sounds like a nice man, then you get derp like this:

AmericanPresident-in-2016

Rank 0
Wow, he did this without the government propping him up. He somehow survived without Obamacare and other costly mandates. Good old fashioned hard work. 

Who woulda thunk it?

Yeah it sucks when you get slapped in the face with truth while you're just trying to read an article doesn't it.

I think he was just saying that threadshiatters, in general, suck. Everything in the whole damn world doesn't have to be asshole politics 24/7.

Thanks, Obama.


He bagged my groceries once during a photo op, and put the eggs under the crushing weight of corporate interests.  The nerve!
 
2014-03-29 02:23:25 PM  

hubiestubert: jso2897: Just another example of how kids are getting f**ked today. When I was a teenager, back in the sixties, bosses like this were common. Half the guys I worked for were good guys like this.
Try to find bosses like this now. Not in Reagan country.

There are still folks like this out there. At least in my industry.

While I was with Aramark--which is recockulously huge now--my Regional Chef based himself out of Glenndale Arena. He walked the entire Arena every game. He made Hollandaise for the clubs himself. He pitched in anywhere it was needed--from making hotdogs and hamburgers, fetching and carrying food to the clubs, delivering pizzas to suites, working a register at an outlet while the staff was swamped, to hunkering down in the dishroom at the pot sink to give the dishwashers a hand. This is a guy who was in charge of not just our facility, but every Sports/Entertainment operation in the South West, and to make things run smooth, he'd just hop in anywhere, and he was a brilliant chef, and I learned a great deal from him.

You can be up on the corporate ladder, you can be pulling down an easy six figures, and still get your shoes wet, and hands dirty. The Corporate Chef for the entire Western division, he'd roll in, and he'd watch to see how folks were doing, and it came crunch time, he'd be making salads, he'd leap in to deliver food, he'd be doing what was necessary, and that kind of ethic isn't uncommon in food service. I've worked too many kitchens where the chef is the first guy to leap into the dishroom, and do what needed to get done, and when you lead from a position where the chef du cuisine is doing pots and pans to give his dishwashers a hand, it's damn hard for line cooks and waitstaff to just pile on more scut work and then try to skip out the door. It's a team, and when the lead guy is scrubbing pots because the dishroom is backed up, that's a great thing. There are no small jobs in kitchens, and everyone contributes and helps make things roll smooth.

Damn near every cook gets their start washing dishes at some point, and most of us are pretty good at it--which is how you got OUT of the dishroom in the first place--but it's a job that IS vital to making the place run smooth, and a lead who pitches in without reservation is setting the example. Good kitchens are run by guys who recognize the value of every contribution--from bussers to dishwashers to the guy on grill and the sous who is acting as poissoniere AND saucier, AND then giving the garde manger a hand with desserts and pulling together another ganache while the gal on the station is up to her eyelids with creme brulees--and when the chef leads by setting the example that every job is important, it makes the team gel. Folks pitch in, because that's the culture that the chef creates. In a big company like Aramark, that's just as important, and while I've heard my share of horror stories from the rest of the company, Sports/Entertainment had some chefs who were working damn hard to make things not just work, but sing, and that meant doing a bit of everything, and that was a joy to see. The teams are not just happier, they are a damn sight more productive because you KNOW folks have your back, and a damn sight stronger. Cripes, at Glenndale, we fed 16,000 folks a game, with only 12-13 cooks working clubs, suites, and providing food for the outlets. My own club, we did 350 a game--and that was with me, an assistant, and I had two pizza cooks that I was responsible for, and an Action Station with two cooks as well. Five of us fed 350, and without much muss or fuss. The Comerica Club, had two cooks, and the club lead there and I split duties between us for his 250, so out of the 12 regulars, our six cooks not only banged out the buffets, but then we pitched in help the suites, the outlets, and even had time to make our rounds to make for damn sure that the concessions folks had what they needed--and yeah, that often meant making hot dogs and burgers and popcorn so that those folks could get more done--and those folks were the kids who were at their entry level jobs--and that example meant that they didn't get skeeved out to see the folks in the chefs coats, but were glad to see us roll in, because they knew that we had their backs. They didn't front that they were "just fine" but sang out if they needed a hand. And that attitude, that willingness to say, "Yeah, I need help" came down from our Regional Chef setting his example. No shame in kitchens to say, "I need help" but it's good when that's a clear thing from the very tippy-top. After getting our tails kicked in after a game, we'd all pitch in to help the dishwashers, and that made those bastiches not just more efficient, but loyal. You have to build teams, and you do that by not just picking good folks, but setting the example and working WITH them not just in giving advice and supervising, but being shoulder to shoulder, and them knowing that when things get hairy, you WILL be there.

I've seen operations that try the more "traditional" Top/Down approach, and oddly enough, staff retention is a problem. Efficiency is often an issue. You build your teams, and that means constant work with them. Not just by handing down edicts and decisions, but getting in there, and that way you KNOW what they're facing. You do dishes in your own joint often, you KNOW if a sink is flowing badly. You KNOW if a hose is getting weak pressure or is fraying. You get that fixed, toot sweet, because you don't want that sh*t snapping on you, or the folks you're in there with. And not only do you have a happier staff, but a much more productive one, and that shows up on your profits later on.

It's not as common in some industries, but in kitchens, there are still guys who do exactly what needs to get done, even if they've got the fancy coat on.


Your posts are always on target, and good stories, too (no snark intended.)

I think ARA (Aramark) was started by a couple guys back in the early 60s. Believe the name of their group was SAGA or something close. They catered the food at my college, and IIRC they were on the line regularly, doing what had to be done.

You know anything about Aramark origins?

/first job -food service
/ back when dinosaurs roamed the cooling earth
 
2014-03-29 02:37:28 PM  

Gulper Eel: 5 star chef of tv dinners: cheap_thoughts: Pointy Tail of Satan: And then, one customer from retirement, he is killed by a insane grocery activist! Just like Arch Duke Ferdinand! "Sophie!!!! Stay alive for the children....." as he faded away, blood pouring out over two cans of Green Giant Peas and a loaf of Whole Grain Wonder Bread. And so began the feared Publix/Winn-Dixie War of 2014.

But no one thinks about Piggly Wiggly when discussing the war.


Eventually the war will require the intervention of global superpower Kroger


At this point Whole Foods will surrender and Winn-Dixie will attempt to force all remaining Waldbaum's into death camps.

The war will end abruptly when Wegmans nukes Publix, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Shaw's, Stop and Shop, A&P, King Kullen, Meijer and Food Lion.


You guys think it's cute and funny.  But when the European supermarket giant Kaiser gets involved, shiat will get real.
 
2014-03-29 03:27:08 PM  
arkansized: Aramark began as a uniform provider. Coats, shirts, towels and the like. They did rentals, and then realized that was money to be made by providing the same services as the folks that they had as customers--essentially bidding on spaces, and then splitting profits from the food service with their hosts. That got them into corporate and campus food service, and then they got into the Sports/Entertainment side, which brought some high value clients.

Aramark does corporate, college food service, as well as parks and recreation sites. It's a frippin' huge company. And they still do uniform service as well, which is nice because you get some great coats, and a neigh inexhaustible supply of towels and table service.
 
2014-03-29 04:02:52 PM  

hubiestubert: arkansized: Aramark began as a uniform provider. Coats, shirts, towels and the like. They did rentals, and then realized that was money to be made by providing the same services as the folks that they had as customers--essentially bidding on spaces, and then splitting profits from the food service with their hosts. That got them into corporate and campus food service, and then they got into the Sports/Entertainment side, which brought some high value clients.

Aramark does corporate, college food service, as well as parks and recreation sites. It's a frippin' huge company. And they still do uniform service as well, which is nice because you get some great coats, and a neigh inexhaustible supply of towels and table service.


OK, I did the Wiki search (which I was too lazy to do first). Notices that ARA wasn't the *same* company as SAGA... but they may have bought SAGA.

Great corporate ethic.
 
2014-03-29 04:20:28 PM  

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My record alone was 40 and with a partner we collected over 100 at a time.  And this was before the era of the electric go-kart collector machines.
 
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