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(Vice)   Suck it up Buttercup. Try Costco on Black Friday   (vice.com) divider line
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2020-03-18 4:22:15 AM  
There are record sales. People are saying they're never seen anything like this. It can only be described as post-apocalyptic.

I always knew the millennial obsession with vinyl would doom us.
 
2020-03-18 5:02:35 AM  
Or try not having a job because you're a restaurant employee.  Things are about to get tough for an awful lot of people, many of whom would love to have that Whole Foods job.
 
2020-03-18 5:18:52 AM  

TomFooolery: Or try not having a job because you're a restaurant employee.  Things are about to get tough for an awful lot of people, many of whom would love to have that Whole Foods job.


O noes, I have to put things on shelves and then <sob> people take them.
 
2020-03-18 5:27:16 AM  
I remember Back To School season when I was at OfficeMax..

Yeah, I'll get a ladder to get to the top stock, so I can open a case of spiral notebooks and hand them down to the crowd below..
 
2020-03-18 6:04:38 AM  
My step mother works at a Costco, apparently theres almost a fist fight everyday at the Fuel Station and over parking spots on the average Friday, 10x worse on the Friday of a Long Weekend and straight up mad house on Black Friday.
People were getting into scraps over TP, people walking up and literally up and take TP packages out of someone's cart and trying to walk off.
Its nuts.
Whole Paycheck workers have no idea how bad it could be.
 
2020-03-18 6:10:14 AM  

Fear the Clam: TomFooolery: Or try not having a job because you're a restaurant employee.  Things are about to get tough for an awful lot of people, many of whom would love to have that Whole Foods job.

O noes, I have to put things on shelves and then <sob> people take them.


Oh noes - I have to work in a panic atmosphere trying to stock what we have, being constantly bugged about finding more that doesn't exist atm, and being around nothing but scared, freaked out people that are liable to get violent about dumb shiat at the drop of a hat.  Yeah, why the fark would that be stressful at all?  Quit being an asshole.  Yeah, it's Fark, but shiat as it is atm... think before you kneejerk.
 
2020-03-18 6:44:07 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fear the Clam: TomFooolery: Or try not having a job because you're a restaurant employee.  Things are about to get tough for an awful lot of people, many of whom would love to have that Whole Foods job.

O noes, I have to put things on shelves and then <sob> people take them.

Oh noes - I have to work in a panic atmosphere trying to stock what we have, being constantly bugged about finding more that doesn't exist atm, and being around nothing but scared, freaked out people that are liable to get violent about dumb shiat at the drop of a hat.  Yeah, why the fark would that be stressful at all?  Quit being an asshole.  Yeah, it's Fark, but shiat as it is atm... think before you kneejerk.


Meh, I mean its Whole Foods its upper class "Do you not know who I am, let me speak with your manager" panic.

not

Wal Mart "you dont know me, I will stab you and your manager" panic.
 
2020-03-18 6:49:42 AM  
Fatigue is setting in on these workers. On Saturday I watched a Walgreens cashier stuffing the cash tray slots with all the wrong bills. I looked in her face and I could see the defeat.
 
2020-03-18 6:50:21 AM  

snoopy2zero: Meh, I mean its Whole Foods its upper class "Do you not know who I am, let me speak with your manager" panic.

not

Wal Mart "you dont know me, I will stab you and your manager" panic.


I've been to Whole Foods a couple times in the last week. Seemed perfectly fine, at least here in the UK. I don't think most Brits realise there's a food store fancier than Waitrose, so it hasn't quite been ransacked the way the other shops have.
 
2020-03-18 7:00:26 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Fear the Clam: TomFooolery: Or try not having a job because you're a restaurant employee.  Things are about to get tough for an awful lot of people, many of whom would love to have that Whole Foods job.

O noes, I have to put things on shelves and then <sob> people take them.

Oh noes - I have to work in a panic atmosphere trying to stock what we have, being constantly bugged about finding more that doesn't exist atm, and being around nothing but scared, freaked out people that are liable to get violent about dumb shiat at the drop of a hat.  Yeah, why the fark would that be stressful at all?  Quit being an asshole.  Yeah, it's Fark, but shiat as it is atm... think before you kneejerk.


I didn't say it didn't suck. I said that the TrumpSlump is putting an awful lot of people out of work just now, and things suck all around, and at least they're getting a paycheck, which is more than a lot of people are getting or have any prospect of getting for the next month or two. At least.
 
2020-03-18 7:22:56 AM  

TotallyRealNotFake: My step mother works at a Costco, apparently theres almost a fist fight everyday at the Fuel Station and over parking spots on the average Friday, 10x worse on the Friday of a Long Weekend and straight up mad house on Black Friday.
People were getting into scraps over TP, people walking up and literally up and take TP packages out of someone's cart and trying to walk off.
Its nuts.
Whole Paycheck workers have no idea how bad it could be.


MY wife works at Costco.  Costco does a door count every 30 min and then compares it to register sales.  The door count in her location, this time of year is about 300 to 350, it's now 1,000 every 1/2 from 1st opening until closing time!   There are fistfights over bottle water & TP.  Why?  We don't get it.  The Corona Virus effects your breathing not your digestive system, plus water will run from the tap no matter what.

Trump has so undermined believe in the media & government and therefore so many of these nuts refuse to accept the truth. The rest of us know he's in so over his head that were all in deep do do.
 
2020-03-18 7:37:18 AM  

Fear the Clam: TomFooolery: Or try not having a job because you're a restaurant employee.  Things are about to get tough for an awful lot of people, many of whom would love to have that Whole Foods job.

O noes, I have to put things on shelves and then <sob> people take them.


You don't feel any sympathy for the cashiers?

From what I can tell they work on their feet for hours, deal with customers who 1) want to overshare their panic/fear; 2) detail check and challenge item prices; 3) sometimes coupon or cobble WIC cards, holding up the line which fumes; 4) have to touch every item that comes their way; 5) deal with unwanted attention; 6) both ring up AND bag when the bagger is absent.

Shelf stocking often means body aches and helping lost customers - or cleaning up their messes.

If we are already at the "oh, woe is you, with your stupid job - even when that job is physically unpleasant and low-wage, with a high exposure to the public - then we might as well skip the store and go right to eating our neighbors.

cs - I was once witness to the following exchange at a University:

Professor One: - "I understand Maria will be leaving us"
Professor Two: - "Maria who?"
Professor One: - "The woman from housekeeping? She got a job as a cashier at Publix"
Professor Two: - *big eyeroll and heavy sarcasm* "Well, that is some step up, professionally...."

Turns out Maria was thrilled to have a job that didn't include cleaning toilets.

Is now really the time to demean each other for being tired of working service jobs and scared after dealing with low-grade panic in other people for hours and days on end?
 
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2020-03-18 7:37:19 AM  
It's not post-apocalyptic. It might be pre-apocalyptic.
 
2020-03-18 7:43:32 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Fatigue is setting in on these workers. On Saturday I watched a Walgreens cashier stuffing the cash tray slots with all the wrong bills. I looked in her face and I could see the defeat.


I'd like to think that was just having to work with cash.

Try paying with cash and watch what happens - especially with young cashiers.

Last time I did - which was last month - it required three minutes, two "oh, wait a second"s, a pencil and a notepad.

Working with cash and making change on the fly is becoming a lost skill - a lot of cashiers would really just rather not.

/you are probably right, though
//kids out of school is going to subtract a LOT of brain power at work
///
 
2020-03-18 8:13:15 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Fatigue is setting in on these workers. On Saturday I watched a Walgreens cashier stuffing the cash tray slots with all the wrong bills. I looked in her face and I could see the defeat.


Our brains are pretty fried at WAG.  Pretty much everyone who comes in is freaking out.  We're having people transfer their prescriptions in because we have a drive thru.  Over the next couple weeks, we'll start seeing drug shortages.  The warehouse that serves my area is already out of Ventolin and Flovent inhalers.  We just found out yesterday that starting tomorrow we'll have different hours, so we can be in the pharmacy but closed to try to get a head start on the day (morning tasks, put away our order, dig through the mountain of insurance rejections).

But hey, OT is approved.  I might go in early tomorrow just to help the front end put stuff away before the pharmacy opens.  Gotta get what hours I can until I get infected, which seems like an inevitability.  Luckily I'm 34 and relatively healthy.

Currently we're out of TP, paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, aloe, alcohol, peroxide, gloves, masks, vitamin c, zinc, liquid soap, lysol/clorox wipes, and cough medicine.
 
2020-03-18 8:38:23 AM  

parasol: Is now really the time to demean each other for being tired of working service jobs and scared after dealing with low-grade panic in other people for hours and days on end?


Yes. Yes it is. Because in the end, we are all morons.

/asst. professor
//all I need to know is the dean of my college, the chair, and the cleaning staff
///the IT department in my university can eff off, the incompetent lazyasses
 
2020-03-18 9:42:13 AM  
If would be whole foods employees. I'm a little surprised it doesn't mention anything about their customers.
 
2020-03-18 10:31:30 AM  
I think the point is that the billionaire owner of the billion-dollar company that owns the billion-dollar Whole Foods, the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, could bear the brunt of paying his workers sick leave and not demonizing the fu*king scared/sick employees.
 
2020-03-18 11:35:10 AM  
Ftfa: "It can only be described as post-apocalyptic."

No it is apocalyptic. If it was post-apocalyptic, you would be a skeleton on the floor.

Also you're stupid, your mother should be ashamed she ever raised you, you should be beaten with a ratan cane, and then fired out of a cannon into the sun.
 
2020-03-18 12:06:28 PM  

parasol: 2) detail check and challenge item prices


Well if the customer is correct, I wouldn't hold this against them.
 
2020-03-18 12:08:51 PM  

parasol: drjekel_mrhyde: Fatigue is setting in on these workers. On Saturday I watched a Walgreens cashier stuffing the cash tray slots with all the wrong bills. I looked in her face and I could see the defeat.

I'd like to think that was just having to work with cash.

Try paying with cash and watch what happens - especially with young cashiers.

Last time I did - which was last month - it required three minutes, two "oh, wait a second"s, a pencil and a notepad.

Working with cash and making change on the fly is becoming a lost skill - a lot of cashiers would really just rather not.

/you are probably right, though
//kids out of school is going to subtract a LOT of brain power at work
///


I use cash at restaurants and have never had a problem. Maybe they still get it more frequently and are still in practice.
 
2020-03-18 9:05:08 PM  

growinthings: TotallyRealNotFake: My step mother works at a Costco, apparently theres almost a fist fight everyday at the Fuel Station and over parking spots on the average Friday, 10x worse on the Friday of a Long Weekend and straight up mad house on Black Friday.
People were getting into scraps over TP, people walking up and literally up and take TP packages out of someone's cart and trying to walk off.
Its nuts.
Whole Paycheck workers have no idea how bad it could be.

MY wife works at Costco.  Costco does a door count every 30 min and then compares it to register sales.  The door count in her location, this time of year is about 300 to 350, it's now 1,000 every 1/2 from 1st opening until closing time!   There are fistfights over bottle water & TP.  Why?  We don't get it.  The Corona Virus effects your breathing not your digestive system, plus water will run from the tap no matter what.

Trump has so undermined believe in the media & government and therefore so many of these nuts refuse to accept the truth. The rest of us know he's in so over his head that were all in deep do do.


I spoke to my parents today and they told me the York Region Police are at the Newmarket Costco, they're only allowing 30 Customers in at a time. While you're in line you have to have a shopping cart distance gap between you and the person infront and behind you.
The meat section has been completely ransacked and people are just trying to get whatever they can as the delivery trucks show up.
Meanwhile if people STOP PANIC BUYING and let the stores recover everything will be back to normal-ish levels within a week. (Speaking strictly for the stores in my area)
Yet people are stoked to insane levels by nonstop media coverage of "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye CORVID-10  2020 Tour !!!!
 
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