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2012-11-29 12:01:22 PM  
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The last time I was in a JC Penneys. . .

Summer 2003. I was hunting for a summer job between semesters at college.

I went to the Mall, looking for a routine retail clerk job. I figured the Department Stores would be the best bet. I applied at Sears, Macy's and Dillards without a problem. (Actually got hired on at Dillards).

The application at JC Penney was a nightmare.

Well, first I had to find the office. They are usually hidden a little out of the way, but I had to ask 3 employees, because the first two either didn't know where the store office was, or they were playing very dumb.

Once I got into that office, it was a nightmare. The place was shabby, dingy and run down. The entire place reeked heavily of cigarette smoke, and the decor was in the browns, yellows and oranges of the 1970's (made worse, doubtless by the tobacco smoke grime).

The secretary behind the desk was a withered crone that looked like she was 110 years old, and smoking like a freight train. She sat behind a typewriter, no computer in sight (2003, remember). A quick glance showed everything was worn, tattered and outdated; from the dot-matrix printed banner on the far wall which looked like it had been up there for a decade, to the memo on the bulletin board announcing last year's Christmas party.

With a throaty, raspy voice she asked what I wanted. I asked if I could apply for a job. She gestured off to a far corner of the office and said to apply there. In that corner was the only computer in the place. An obsolete Packard Bell 486. I sat down at it and clicked on the "Job Application" icon, and it sputtered and ground as Netscape (!) started up and took me to a web form to start putting in job application information. I realized there was no secure connection, the browser was far too old to even use an SSL connection.

I turned to the hag-secretary and asked if I was supposed to put my private information on this, since it is an unsecure connection. She told me, taking a moment from the clacking at her typewriter where she seemed to be typing up some memo or letter, that it was quite secure, since it went right to "the home office" and only they see it.

To say I was apprensive would have been an understatement. This place seemed stuck in a time warp to almost a decade prior. As I was wondering what I should do, the computer crashed. The ancient bat looked over and said they'd call the "home office" and have them send out a "computer repairman" to fix the computer, and it should be working again in a couple of weeks if I wanted to apply then.

I ran out of that place like Mexican water through a tourist, and never set foot in that chain ever again.
2012-11-29 12:51:07 PM  
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Forestry degree schools have lumberjacks and have big competitions between them in outdoor skills and also more boring stuff like IDing trees and plants.

Also, they know how to party.
2012-11-29 12:05:46 PM  
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Canadian Tire executives seen slapping themselves in the forehead whilst exclaiming `We should have done this instead of giving out our own printed money!'.
2012-11-29 11:44:18 AM  
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There's a sale at Penny's!
2012-11-29 10:14:34 AM  
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Are they all okay?
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