|08-27-2009, 12:38 PM||#101|
Broca Beach Realtor
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Broca Beach
maybe not the worst but...
When i was working in the toy department at Kmart I found a used Syringe under the transformers.
|08-27-2009, 01:18 PM||#102|
Join Date: Aug 2008
I worked in a video store from 91-95. It's a little different than other retail jobs in that a huge portion of your customers are regular customers that you really get to know. Which can be a mixed blessing.
Anyway, there was a guy who was a particular pain in the ass. Always bringing movies back claiming they didn't work, stuff like that. We'd put notes on people's files if they were always causing problems so all they employees are aware of it. This guy had such a note on his file. One day he brings back "Raiders of the Lost Ark," swearing the picture was all messed up (keep in mind, this was in the days of VHS). I pop in the store's VCR to check it out. We're both looking directly at the screen, which is CRYSTAL clear, and he says, completely straight-faced, "Yeah, you see, that looks terrible."
I can't remember if I let him slide or what, but a few months later, his brother-in-law bought the store. Needless to say, the note on his file was quietly removed.
Now I work for a DVD mail order company and I fortunately don't have to deal with customers. But the employees can inspire a whole different set of stories. A few years back, we had a major problem with theft in the warehouse. One day, one of the warehouse employess got caught walking out the door with several DVDs stuffed in the front of her pants. The managers mercifully let her go home, assuming she'd figure she was fired. The next day she showed up to work like nothing happened, unable to fathom why she no longer worked there.
|08-27-2009, 01:29 PM||#103|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston TX via Starkville MS via Bay St. Louis MS via New Orleans LA
Well I use to be a full time Xbox rep right out of college here in Houston TX. I 'm talking from right before the launch of the orginial to just before the launch of the 360. I'm a District manager now for another merchandising company so I'm in and out of retail stores all the time.
Anyway as a an Xbox rep I would constantly get approached by 15-17 yr old girls in the malls and offered their services to get free Xbox swag. Now, I was 23-24 at the time a had a very serious gf (who's now my wife) but man some of these girls were smoking hot, but I declined their offers and just gave them stuff I had on me. To think of what a girl would do for these silly little things is scary.
I have tons of stories....for instance one Friday morning I headed to a Gamestop near Reliant Stadium, it was about 10 am and i walked in and no one was there and there was nothing left in the store...nothing. I called out and I heard muffled yells coming from the back room and I walked back there to find the two employees tied together on the floor. I untied them and had to stay to talk to police which was was fun especially since in the same parking lot was a Kmart who had two on duty police officers who worked there everyday since crime was so bad there.
Which leads me to another story at that very Kmart. About three months after the Gamestop incident, I was calling on that Kmart and finished up my call. I was talking to the department manager about 10 ft away from the interactive displays. While we were talking we heard a loud boom. Some guy punched through the Plexiglas window and grabbed the ps2 and the gamecube...the xbox was too big to grab. There was a huge pool of blood because the genius sliced open is arm. The cops tackled him in the parking lot and he was denying the whole thing, but the fact the two systems were under his shirt and the blood trail said differently.
I also have a a story about Grand Theft Auto. It was one Christmas season and I was doing a store call and these two bratty 10-12 kids were acting like real douches in the aisle. Anyway they were telling there milf, um I mean mom that was the game they wanted before Christmas. Well they were just annoying little turds and the woman came up to me to ask about the game because she wasn't sure. Well I told her exactly what the game was about and the kids were getting ticked and they were saying that's not what the game is about he doesn't know.....when earlier they came up to me and asked if I worked for Xbox to which their response was cool. Anwyay, once the mom found out she went off on hers sons and popped both of them on the ass....I couldn't help but laugh as she grabbed them by the ears and led them out of the store. Me and the department manager laughed for a good 20 minutes about it, because he said if I didn't say something he would have.
|08-27-2009, 01:29 PM||#104|
High Attitude Sniper
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Sacto, Cally
I used to work for 7-11... in South Sacramento... the ghetto end of Sac. I dealt with some of the dregs day in and day out. I found out shortly after starting there that at another 7-11 around the way... one of the employees had chased a kid out of his store into the parking lot. As he was chasing him, the kid turned around and shot him... in the face. I was told not to chase people.
I did have some great back-up though... Jim. Jim was in his late 50... this old grizzled white guy... he used to work concert security for Bill Graham Presents. The best part was he lived in the neighborhood and all the regulars knew him and knew not to F*** with him. When Jim took his glasses off, it was time to pray for your life... Jim didn't put up with crap from anyone. We always kept a baseball bat behind the counter... Jim brought a gun to work with him. He left the gun case open on a stool right next to him, all night long during his graveyard shifts.
I ran into his wife, who was working at a nearby Wal-Mart, and found out that Jim had passed from lung cancer a few years back. I was honestly sad... Jim was one colorful guy.
We used to have a regular that everyone in the neighborhood called 'Snaggletooth' due to a lack of incisors. Now, I'm 5'8", 160lbs... not very intimidating by most standards... and ol' Snaggletooth was well over 6 foot and probably had 100lbs on me... and always gave me crap. He was an ass and a thief... and a poor one at that. One day... I'd had it. I'd seen him put a 40 of Old English 800... 8Ball to use the vernacular...
segue... 8Ball is wretched, wretched beer. It shouldn't even be called beer. It's piss in a bottle. I can't recall how many times I've had to mop that crap up because some ghetto rat was too drunk to hold onto the bottle. Someone might as well have just peed on the floor.
Anywho... and he came up to the counter and threw down a Snickers bar. I told him it would be $.89 for the Snickers and $1.49 for the beer in his pants. He started to get all indignant with me... "I ain't got no beer!" Riiiiight... get mad at me for pointing out you're a crappy thief with poor taste in beer. I told him again the total for his sale and he once again threatened me. He was going to reach over the counter and beat me down. So, I picked up the phone... stared right at him... and in a completely flat tone, gave him 3 options... "Look... you can pay for the beer and the candy bar and leave. You can leave the beer on the counter, pay for the candy bar and leave. Or, you can pay for the candy bar, walk out with that crap you call beer in your pants, and I call the cops. Everyone around here knows you and where to find you and you can go to jail for stealing a beer. Up to you." Again... physical threatening. I stepped up to the counter, as close as I could get and once again said "Up to you." He took the beer out of his pants... scrounged around in his pockets for $.89... and walked out.
I never had a problem with him after that.
The best part about working there was 4 nights out of the week, for our graveyards shifts, we had armed K-9 security. These guys were the kind of guys that couldn't quite make it as cops, but were still allowed to carry guns and enforce the law in some way... they were awesome. The best part was the dogs. These dogs were HUGE... a Rottweiler named Jake and a German Shepard name Carl. Both looked like they could eat a Rhino... the animal... not the Joe vehicle... that would make me sad. Carl was the nicest dog... he'd just lay behind the counter and let you rub his belly... but once his handler Andy put him to work... stay out of the way.
One night, I was taking the garbage out and I heard a commotion out front... as I came around the side of the building I saw two young rats arguing with Andy. He had just gotten there and Carl was still in the car. Andy shouted out his command and Carl came out that car window like a tide or gold and brown fur... I've never seen a man run so fast. That was truly impressive.
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|08-27-2009, 01:36 PM||#105|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: South Carolina
Wait 5 minutes, come out, and give your best "boy, checked everywhere... just not in. can take your name & number and give you a call when it is in? [/QUOTE]
In my 3.5 years of being a retail business owner this was the only way that I found to effectively deal with someone wanting merchandise that just wasn't in stock.
Any other answer and the customer would always leave upset. The funny thing is, I actually did intend to call them, but I would lose their number or just plain forget to.
At my dollar store I used to have this local street preacher guy drop by about once every six months and preach me a sermon. He was a pretty cool guy...a little off in the head, but he always wore these awful cheap polyester suits and had a big ol' cowboy hat...he walked everywhere he went, with a sack over one shoulder and a bible under his arm...he wold go to hospitals and jails and stuff like that...I always picked him up and would give him rides whenever I saw him...he went by the name Brother Blaine...I always thought it would be cool to start a band and call it Brother Blaine...
Anyway, not sure that actually has anything to do with the other posts...but I thought he was a pretty interesting guy...funny thing is, our shopping center let one of those cheap traveling "christian carnivals" set up in out parking lot...like the tilt-a-whirl had a big sign above it that said Jesus and there was Bible verses all over the place...anyway, Brother Blaine dropped by and I asked what he had been up to...he said that he just had preached to the Carnies on the parking lot...I asked him if he realized it was a Christian Carnival and he replied, "Yeah, but there ain't the first thing Christian about those bunch of assholes!"
That was one of the funniest things I've ever heard in my life.
|08-27-2009, 01:43 PM||#106|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: mountains of TN
Toilet rep found dead after working on the toilet display at Lowes.
The best was my friend Jay. We worked at possibly the most laid back Lowes store in the area. Jay had one customer that was like a 100 and stone cold deaf. He made comments about her virtue and asked other things I can not type here and she would just smile and agree.
Over half the store I worked at was 21 year old drunks. We drove the bosses crazy. We had a cool set up on the roof of beer coolers and lounge chairs and smoked in the store. The boss had to decide on who stayed for the day by who was the most sober.
We played baseball with outfielders on fork lifts and did donuts in the snow on them. Wiped out a display of Christmas trees one year.
Our store was the only one that cranked Clutch through the speakers for the Manger display. When asked by the boss as to why I calmly told him that it made the baby Jesus smile. I loved that job.
|08-27-2009, 01:44 PM||#107|
Join Date: Oct 2008
I vote this thread of the year!
|08-27-2009, 02:06 PM||#108|
Lexi Belle fan
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: San Jose, CA
anyone in hear worked during the Tickle Me Elmo madness?
|08-27-2009, 02:11 PM||#109|
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|08-27-2009, 02:11 PM||#110|
Join Date: Feb 2008
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