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(NPR)   Employees of Home Depot set to vote on possible unionization, further decreasing chances of finding any employees while shopping at Home Depot   (npr.org) divider line
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2022-11-02 5:34:26 PM  
That's why you buy shiat from them online.
 
2022-11-02 6:13:53 PM  
If you can find one, you've found three or more. That's been my experience anyway.
 
2022-11-02 7:23:46 PM  
Speaking of "Employees at home improvement stores", I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half, but the only guy that could run the cutting machine was out sick that day.

/The ONLY guy.
//I get there's probably regulations and insurance concerns about letting just anyone use the saw
///But train at least a few people, dammit.
 
2022-11-02 11:46:25 PM  

Bootleg: Speaking of "Employees at home improvement stores", I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half, but the only guy that could run the cutting machine was out sick that day.

/The ONLY guy.
//I get there's probably regulations and insurance concerns about letting just anyone use the saw
///But train at least a few people, dammit.


You leave, come back with a saw, and set up shop in the parking lot?
 
2022-11-03 12:03:49 AM  
The local Lowes opened 6 months after the local Home Depot and the Home Depot was closed within a year. I honestly couldn't tell you the difference between them.

I have no explanation why Menards hasn't shut Lowes down as well. They easily do 5 times the business.
 
2022-11-03 12:57:07 AM  
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/ yeah I know it's Lowe's
 
2022-11-03 1:08:20 AM  

Bootleg: Speaking of "Employees at home improvement stores", I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half, but the only guy that could run the cutting machine was out sick that day.

/The ONLY guy.
//I get there's probably regulations and insurance concerns about letting just anyone use the saw
///But train at least a few people, dammit.


It's a chain store selling knickknacks. They're not going to have a staff full of skilled craftsmen.
 
2022-11-03 1:16:43 AM  
Most HD employees currently spend most of their time gossiping in a corner or glued to their phones. If they strike, I don't think customers would notice a drop in service.


/Once watched the employee at the register text on their phone with intense concentration. All of the contractors in the line near the lumber section waited for about ten minutes, then shrugged and wheeled their carts full of stuff out past her without paying. The next month there was a receipt checker at the door.
//The receipt checkers have about the same work ethic, and I still watched contractors consistently walk out with stuff they did not pay for.
 
2022-11-03 1:17:07 AM  
*I still watch
 
2022-11-03 1:22:48 AM  
Because union people b lazy ammirite????
 
2022-11-03 1:41:33 AM  
Just poop in the display toilet, the Home Depot employees just show up everywhere
 
2022-11-03 1:49:17 AM  

Bootleg: Speaking of "Employees at home improvement stores", I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half, but the only guy that could run the cutting machine was out sick that day.

/The ONLY guy.
//I get there's probably regulations and insurance concerns about letting just anyone use the saw
///But train at least a few people, dammit.


Just bring your own.

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Hell, if it's just a 2x4 a regular hand saw will due.
 
2022-11-03 1:57:11 AM  

Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half


Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?
 
2022-11-03 2:05:28 AM  

Corn_Fed: Bootleg: Speaking of "Employees at home improvement stores", I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half, but the only guy that could run the cutting machine was out sick that day.

/The ONLY guy.
//I get there's probably regulations and insurance concerns about letting just anyone use the saw
///But train at least a few people, dammit.

It's a chain store selling knickknacks. They're not going to have a staff full of skilled craftsmen.


Knickknacks? They sell lumber, hardware, and the like, most people don't decorate their shelves with plumbing fixtures, roofing nails, and paint supplies. I guess the lawn and garden section does have some lawn ornaments, not sure that counts as a knickknack though.

I can't speak to everyone else's experience, but the Home Depot and Lowes around here have a pretty knowledgeable staff. There's usually a couple in each area with actual experience in the department they work in.
 
2022-11-03 2:07:17 AM  

log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?


People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.
 
2022-11-03 2:50:48 AM  
Am I the only person who wants to browse in peace? No, I don't know where to find what I'm looking for, but there's value in wandering and seeing what there is to see. Instead I feel like I have to act like I know exactly what I'm doing at every moment, and rush in, rush out, to avoid being bombarded with ever-so-earnest "can I help you?"s.
 
2022-11-03 3:30:46 AM  

Unda: Am I the only person who wants to browse in peace? No, I don't know where to find what I'm looking for, but there's value in wandering and seeing what there is to see. Instead I feel like I have to act like I know exactly what I'm doing at every moment, and rush in, rush out, to avoid being bombarded with ever-so-earnest "can I help you?"s.


Yeah, but the stuff in Home Depot is arranged so haphazardly that you *need* an employee there.
Granted they don't know where the thing you're looking for is either....
 
2022-11-03 7:05:56 AM  

ReapTheChaos: log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?

People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.


Owning a car makes you incapable of cutting a 2x4? Huh. Ok.
 
2022-11-03 7:23:17 AM  

log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?


That's a convenience thing when you don't own a circular saw or have a place to cut at home.
 
2022-11-03 8:43:04 AM  

ReapTheChaos: log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?

People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.


Point of order: I voluntarily own a minivan, and can put a small stack of plywood/OSB in the back, which is a big reason why I got the minivan.
 
2022-11-03 10:01:28 AM  

log_jammin: Because union people b lazy ammirite????


Murcans are lazy

Thats why they prefer to sit at home and live off other peoples labor by owning company stocks.
 
2022-11-03 10:03:24 AM  

Unda: Am I the only person who wants to browse in peace? No, I don't know where to find what I'm looking for, but there's value in wandering and seeing what there is to see. Instead I feel like I have to act like I know exactly what I'm doing at every moment, and rush in, rush out, to avoid being bombarded with ever-so-earnest "can I help you?"s.


Maybe they think you are shoplifting?
 
2022-11-03 10:04:25 AM  

seanpg71: Unda: Am I the only person who wants to browse in peace? No, I don't know where to find what I'm looking for, but there's value in wandering and seeing what there is to see. Instead I feel like I have to act like I know exactly what I'm doing at every moment, and rush in, rush out, to avoid being bombarded with ever-so-earnest "can I help you?"s.

Yeah, but the stuff in Home Depot is arranged so haphazardly that you *need* an employee there.
Granted they don't know where the thing you're looking for is either....


They always lnow where gizmos are.

Things throw them off.
 
2022-11-03 10:06:23 AM  

log_jammin: ReapTheChaos: log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?

People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.

Owning a car makes you incapable of cutting a 2x4? Huh. Ok.


Owning a car means you arent blowing money out the tailpipe of a truck.
 
2022-11-03 10:18:12 AM  
LA checking in here.
Our 2 Big Boxes are Home Despot and Lowes. I can't tell you how much more pleasant Lowe's always is.
The project lumber at HD is utter crap, unless you get lucky.
Problem is, HD is just down the street from me, and Lowe's is a 45 min drive away...

//sorry sir, this isn't my department
 
2022-11-03 10:28:05 AM  

log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?


Surprisingly enough, I don't regularly carry a saw with me. Also, if they'd have the capability and would do it for free, I'd totally want the paint department to paint the walls. Painting sucks.
 
2022-11-03 11:03:46 AM  

SpocksEars: LA checking in here.
Our 2 Big Boxes are Home Despot and Lowes. I can't tell you how much more pleasant Lowe's always is.
The project lumber at HD is utter crap, unless you get lucky.
Problem is, HD is just down the street from me, and Lowe's is a 45 min drive away...

//sorry sir, this isn't my department


So 5 miles away? :)
 
2022-11-03 11:20:23 AM  

guinsu: SpocksEars: LA checking in here.
Our 2 Big Boxes are Home Despot and Lowes. I can't tell you how much more pleasant Lowe's always is.
The project lumber at HD is utter crap, unless you get lucky.
Problem is, HD is just down the street from me, and Lowe's is a 45 min drive away...

//sorry sir, this isn't my department

So 5 miles away? :)


Exactly. You're from LA too?
 
2022-11-03 11:41:57 AM  

log_jammin: ReapTheChaos: log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?

People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.

Owning a car makes you incapable of cutting a 2x4? Huh. Ok.


Username checks out. 
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2022-11-03 11:57:30 AM  
Home Depot had their founding and growth phase where a good number of ground-level employees got great stock options as the company was expanding. It wasn't unusual for an early hire sales associate to work 15-20 years and then retired as a millionaire.

Of course, that's all done now and sales associates can be:
1. Retired people who know building trades from a career or other hands-on experience, or;
2. Teens who know nothing.

The people who know building trades are valuable employees and they would benefit from a union to secure them good wages and benefits.
 
2022-11-03 12:34:17 PM  

ajgeek: ReapTheChaos: log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?

People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.

Point of order: I voluntarily own a minivan, and can put a small stack of plywood/OSB in the back, which is a big reason why I got the minivan.


That's the exact reason I own one too.
 
2022-11-03 12:38:16 PM  

ReapTheChaos: ajgeek: ReapTheChaos: log_jammin: Bootleg: I needed a bit of lumber from Lowes, a 2x4 cut in half

Who is incapable of cutting a 2x4 in half without "staff" to do it for them?

Did you also get upset that no one in the paint department was available to paint your wall that day as well?

People who own cars instead of pickups or SUVs.

Point of order: I voluntarily own a minivan, and can put a small stack of plywood/OSB in the back, which is a big reason why I got the minivan.

That's the exact reason I own one too.


Cheaper than buying a pick up for 70K
 
2022-11-03 12:51:07 PM  

Linux_Yes: Owning a car means you arent blowing money out the tailpipe of a truck.


It is far cheaper to get a car with a trailer hitch and a small utility trailer. The trailers just big enough to haul plywood, some lumber, a couch, or an appliance can be bought cheap on the used market and they are also small/light enough for vertical storage in a garage where you use a rope to a ceiling joist and winch it up to store it upright against a wall.
 
2022-11-03 12:52:40 PM  
They have an app that tells you which aisle and bin number the item is located in. Self checkout, curbside pickup or delivery. Unless you need something cut to length or paint mixed you usually don't need an employee. I've scheduled appliance delivery and installs, flooring all on line.

Funny story, I was in a home depot looking for sex bolts. I asked the clerk for sex bolts and he dam near threw me out of the store for being some kind of pervert. Ignorance is funny when it happens to someone else,
I shop only on line now and find the item location in store unless I can wait to have it shipped. They don't have sex bolts btw. Lowes, Grainger, Amazon do but not the depot.
 
2022-11-03 12:56:32 PM  
My local HD is pretty much as messed up as everyone's else's but I did score a 9.5' tall werewolf for $200 Sunday.

Most everything else I go to Ace. A little more expensive but they have employees that are helpful.
 
2022-11-03 1:28:12 PM  

mrmopar5287: Linux_Yes: Owning a car means you arent blowing money out the tailpipe of a truck.

It is far cheaper to get a car with a trailer hitch and a small utility trailer. The trailers just big enough to haul plywood, some lumber, a couch, or an appliance can be bought cheap on the used market and they are also small/light enough for vertical storage in a garage where you use a rope to a ceiling joist and winch it up to store it upright against a wall.


Something tells me uve done that b4
 
2022-11-03 1:35:33 PM  

Linux_Yes: mrmopar5287: Linux_Yes: Owning a car means you arent blowing money out the tailpipe of a truck.

It is far cheaper to get a car with a trailer hitch and a small utility trailer. The trailers just big enough to haul plywood, some lumber, a couch, or an appliance can be bought cheap on the used market and they are also small/light enough for vertical storage in a garage where you use a rope to a ceiling joist and winch it up to store it upright against a wall.

Something tells me uve done that b4


Yes, my parents' garage has room for a car and then there is like 5 feet of space on either side for storage. A small utility trailer (about 4x8 cargo area) can be backed up to a side wall, attach a rope to the hitch point, and use a block and tackle slung over a beam to winch it upright. It takes up minimal space that way instead of storing it outside somewhere, or taking up lots of space in the garage.

The trailer is actually light enough that it could probably be entirely hung from the ceiling just the same as some people store bikes, canoes, kayaks, etc. from the ceiling. It's a very light trailer.
 
2022-11-03 1:57:09 PM  

SpocksEars: guinsu: SpocksEars: LA checking in here.
Our 2 Big Boxes are Home Despot and Lowes. I can't tell you how much more pleasant Lowe's always is.
The project lumber at HD is utter crap, unless you get lucky.
Problem is, HD is just down the street from me, and Lowe's is a 45 min drive away...

//sorry sir, this isn't my department

So 5 miles away? :)

Exactly. You're from LA too?


No, but I did recently visit. I've also spent time in north/central NJ and it's pretty similar
 
2022-11-03 2:32:56 PM  

mrmopar5287: Linux_Yes: mrmopar5287: Linux_Yes: Owning a car means you arent blowing money out the tailpipe of a truck.

It is far cheaper to get a car with a trailer hitch and a small utility trailer. The trailers just big enough to haul plywood, some lumber, a couch, or an appliance can be bought cheap on the used market and they are also small/light enough for vertical storage in a garage where you use a rope to a ceiling joist and winch it up to store it upright against a wall.

Something tells me uve done that b4

Yes, my parents' garage has room for a car and then there is like 5 feet of space on either side for storage. A small utility trailer (about 4x8 cargo area) can be backed up to a side wall, attach a rope to the hitch point, and use a block and tackle slung over a beam to winch it upright. It takes up minimal space that way instead of storing it outside somewhere, or taking up lots of space in the garage.

The trailer is actually light enough that it could probably be entirely hung from the ceiling just the same as some people store bikes, canoes, kayaks, etc. from the ceiling. It's a very light trailer.


I have a utility trailer that I hoisted up on my garage, which had 20 foot ceilings. Now I live in a house with a 3 car garage so the trailer is folded vertically off to the side.
 
2022-11-03 4:29:20 PM  

mrmopar5287: Home Depot had their founding and growth phase where a good number of ground-level employees got great stock options as the company was expanding. It wasn't unusual for an early hire sales associate to work 15-20 years and then retired as a millionaire.

Of course, that's all done now and sales associates can be:
1. Retired people who know building trades from a career or other hands-on experience, or;
2. Teens who know nothing.

The people who know building trades are valuable employees and they would benefit from a union to secure them good wages and benefits.


in the earlier days (Pre Nardelli), HD paid a premium for the first group. The increased sales more than made up for the labor cost increase.
 
2022-11-03 4:33:41 PM  

Another Government Employee: mrmopar5287: Home Depot had their founding and growth phase where a good number of ground-level employees got great stock options as the company was expanding. It wasn't unusual for an early hire sales associate to work 15-20 years and then retired as a millionaire.

Of course, that's all done now and sales associates can be:
1. Retired people who know building trades from a career or other hands-on experience, or;
2. Teens who know nothing.

The people who know building trades are valuable employees and they would benefit from a union to secure them good wages and benefits.

in the earlier days (Pre Nardelli), HD paid a premium for the first group. The increased sales more than made up for the labor cost increase.


It was the reverse of what Circuit City did when they cut sales staff pay (eliminated commissions) and then it was a mystery why their sales fell after the knowledgable, committed, slightly aggressive sales staff left that chain.
 
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